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Seeking one lunch in Durham, NC

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Yep, looking for one lunch recommendation. Wish I would be around for dinner, as I see good options, but most of those places are closed for lunch--or only offer sandwiches. I'm looking for a place that shows its farm-to-table goodness at lunch as well as dinner. Or, just a unique, not-to-be-missed place unlike anything I can find anywhere else. Willing to drive to Chapel Hill, but not much further.


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  1. Go to Watt's for outstanding food using local ingredients.

    Watt's Grocery @ 1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 919 - 416 - 5040.

    Watt's Grocery
    1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705

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    1. re: Littleman

      Watt's is very good. Rue Cler does a nice lunch. Piedmont did (and may still, I haven't had lunch there since the ownership change).

      Crook's Corner's new Atrium cafe in Chapel Hill has a nice lunch but may be a bit sandwich heavy for what you're looking for.

      Rue Cler Restaurant
      401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701

      Crook's Corner
      610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    2. If you're interested in bbq, Allen and Son is one of the best in NC and is located just off I-40, 20 minutes or less from Durham. Another option would be one of Durham's excellent mexican restaurants such as Los Comales or Taqueria La Vaquita.

      Taqueria La Vaquita
      2700 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

      Los Comales
      2103 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

      1. Great suggestions, all. Thanks! Leaning toward Watt's for now. The Mexican places intrigue me, making me wish one was open early enough for breakfast.

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        1. re: dimsumfan

          Los Comales on Roxboro is open for breakfast.

          2103 N Roxboro St

          Los Comales
          2103 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

        2. Sandwhich in Chapel Hill is much better than the name (or spelling) would suggest.

          1. I've been dying to try Dame's Chicken and Waffles even if it's not farm to table! Let us know where you end up...

            1. I can't believe I didn't think of Toast. Although it is mostly sandwiches, they are really well done.

              1. My three lunches At Watts have only been so-so. I'd venture a guess that the head chef is not there to prepare lunch. My rec is The Federal. There specials of the day are usually top notch. Keep in ming it's a bar that serves food.

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                1. re: bbqme

                  Agreed. I've tried lunch at Watts a few times and have always been disappointed. Dinner can be great (though it's uneven). The Federal, Toast, and Chubby's Tacos are all pretty good.

                  Chubby's Tacos
                  748 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

                2. We had wonderful lunch Friday at Kitchen in Chapel Hill. It was our first time there and we were quite impressed. I had frissee salad with duck comfit and caramelized onions that was outstanding. Husband had burger that he said was among the best ever. I think it was served on brioche roll but he didn't offer me a bite. Since you said you'd travel to CH, I thought you'd be interested. I noticed some interesting dishes written on the mirror next to the bar that would be worth the trip back. Glad to find a solid new choice for lunch or dinner in Chapel Hill.

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                  1. re: yahooer

                    I've had lunch at Kitchen several times and have been very pleased.

                  2. Both the Federal and Kitchen are great suggestions.

                    1. If I could only have one lunch in the area, right now I'd pick Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe in Chapel Hill, in the old Sandwhich location.

                      A lot of local ingredients, great food, amazing pickled chutneys, a local girl "who dun good". Certainly not something you can find just anywhere.

                      Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe
                      431 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

                      1. I would try The Pig. I'm not a 'que eater, but their short rib patty melt is killer (metaphorically and probably literally). The other lunch items looked equally yummy. There is a whole 'nother thread on The Pig on the board.

                        1. Watt's Grocery is a definite. They have a great menu and cool atmosphere.


                          Watt's Grocery
                          1116 Broad St Ste 100, Durham, NC 27705