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Jun 7, 2011 08:02 PM

Durham-Hillsborough Lunch?

My sister and I will be driving down from Virginia to Hillsborough. We are looking to eat lunch in Durham or somewhere between Durham and Hillsborough. We will have a dog with us, so a take out place or a dog friendly place would be great.

By the way, we had lunch reservations for Watt's Grocery; but forgot we would be traveling with the dog. So, we will be canceling those reservations.

Cusine does not matter, as long as it's good. Thanks.


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

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  1. Taqueria La Vaquita in Durham is great. There's no indoor seating, just a few outdoor picnic tables. I'd imagine you could grab an outside table at a place like Bull City Burger & Brewery, Scratch Bakery, Toast, Federal, or Geer St. Garden (though I have not been to this last one). Or try one the area's great food trucks like Bulkogi Korean BBQ. All of the above are in Durham; I'm sure there are places in Hillsborough as well.

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

    1. With a dog, you are limited to restaurants with outdoor seating. I have seen dogs at Foster's Market, which has plenty of outdoor seating--only some of which, however, is in the shade. If you really are OK with getting something to go, and you will be traveling on I-85, there's a Cook-Out on Hillsborough Road just west of Cole Mill Road, which is an exit on 85. As you probably know, Cook-Out is a chain, but the hamburgers are good. Any of the places mentioned in the reply by brsmith2 are good too, although I don't know how practical they would be with a dog. Federal, for example, is often jam-packed, and I'd worry that your dog could get spooked or that something could agitate it.

      Foster's Market
      2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

      1. The new Hillsborough BBQ Company would be a great choice.

        They have outdoor dining in front. It is on a quiet street and there's a great place a few doors down with dog treats! They are perhaps 10 min. from I-85.

        They are new and reviews have varied, but our experience was really good. I spoke yesterday with friends who live near by and they feel the kinks have been getting worked out (most issues were related to the pork - timing, anticipating quantity needed, etc.).

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        1. re: meatn3

          Downtown Hillsborough has 3 restaurants with outdoor seating. At two of these (Gulf Rim and The Wooden Nickel) I've seen patrons with dogs. Just down the street from them is Antonia's (at the site of the former Tupelo restaurant) but I don't recall ever seeing dogs there.

        2. Three downtown Durham suggestions:
          1. Toast has great paninis (panino?) and soups and has outdoor tables and chairs. I seen people have their dogs with them when sitting outside.

          2. King's Sandwich Shop has good burgers and hot dogs-- get their homemade lemonade to drink-- and has only carryout and outdoor seating.

          3. Diagonal to King's is Geer St. Garden. They have a beer garden area that may be dog friendly but I'd call and make sure first. Good pub food and beer/cocktail selection.

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          1. re: bbqme

            A strong second for Toast. Great food.