Bull City Burger & Brewery in Durham, now open!
- RonboNC Mar 25, 2011 09:00 AM
Got to stop in last night for its soft opening and it was a very good meal. Still working out the kinks but their public opening is RIGHT now! Some highlights below
* Communal tables made of lovely, reclaimed wood
* Full bar and self-serve wine bar
* Play area for kids
* Candied and baconed bull nuts as starter, yum!
* High quality locally sourced meat for burger, plenty of heft and bite
* Casual, eclectic environment, great for pre-show or pre-game meal
* Still getting the on-site brewery going but should be good stuff
Overall a nice stop for a quick bite in the $10+ range. I'm sure they will evolve quickly over the next several months, the owner Seth is a very creative and committed fellow. It's going to be good, people...
We walked by there on Thursday - must have been some event going on because it was packed. The owner is a former co-owner of Wine Authorities. I am looking forward to trying it.
2501 University Dr, Durham, NC 27707
Didn't try the beer, but I had a Joan Jett yesterday. It was unlike any other vegie burger I've ever had. Whole black and garbonzo beans, yet it hung together quite well. It was very tasty and quite substantial; the only criticism I can muster is that it was a little dry, despite mustard, ketchup, pickles and aioli.
It is not entirely vegie, let alone vegan. According to Seth, there is a tiny bit of egg in the burger to hold it together, and the bun contains some cottage cheese. I can't eat dairy, so I passed on the bun, but my spouse and daughter said it was delicious.
For sides, we had some dirty fries and fried pickles. Two out of three loved the fries; I was not entirely sold. The pickles were just amazing--fried or unfried on the Joan Jetts. Those are among the best pickles I've ever eaten.
It took a while for our food to arrive, but we hit the mid-day peak at 12:15. People who came in later were served much more promptly. Service was otherwise excellent, and the help were very friendly and enthusiastic.
Finally, I must mention the serving system. You order at the counter (or the bar) and receive a number on a metal stand. Not just any number, however. They're all years, and the back contains a commentary on some important local event that happened in that year. Ours was 1865, the year of surrender at Bennett Place. My spouse is a historian, with a specialty in the 19th century American South. Needless to say, we'll be back.
Thanks for the update, dschoonmaker. I'm guessing you can't eat the bull nuts either which is unfortunate because they are tasty! Pretty sure they must pan-fry them in bacon grease... :-)
One other complaint I've heard is noise due to the open space and concrete floors but I'm pretty sure they are working on that issue too. I'm sure the place was slammed this week so it was brave of you to try it out!
Not living up to expectations or price point. Sure it’s locally sourced grass fed, I support that, but that is not an excuse for eliminating flavor. When I go out to restaurants and pay for ambiance and execution I expect something equal or better than I can do at home.
Patty: not juicy, overcooked
$3 duck fat fries: the biggest of the disappointments, small serving and since they are cut so thin there’s really no taste just a crunch texture. maybe I’m just not a fan of shoestring fries.
Service: sat at bar, slow moving bartender. Bartenders should be fast and efficient in an effort to sell more drinks and not let customers wait. Also my clothes came out smelling really smoky upon leaving. Ventilation could be better.
Dined at BCBB last night. In my opinion, they are really started hitting their stride. The bowl of pickled stuff appetizer was delicious.My burger was juicy and pink. My daughter had the hot dog of the day which was essentially a cheese dog encased in a pretzel roll (she loved it).The dirty fries were a generous portion. And they have 6 of their own beers to offer, all good. For any who were underwhelmed on early visits I recommend trying them again.
I had the same experience, but at BCB&B I had a veggie burger version of the one with jalapenos. The burger itself was bland and mushy, and as someone stated above, the roll was too dry. The regular fries were good, though. The next Saturday, I had a regular burger at Geer St. and it was better (and not because it was meat, ha.) But the next time I'm at that corner, I'll likely just go to King's Sandwich Shop for my burger fix, truth be told.