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Jul 22, 2014 01:22 PM

Lunch in Durham

I'll be driving by Durham this Friday and am looking for a good lunch spot. Any recs?

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  1. If you're on I-40, Allen and Son BBQ, a few miles west of Durham has outstanding 'q!

    1. Is this a drive-by or are you actually coming into town? In town Toast is a fun lunch place with the most decadent grilled cheese sandwich I've ever had. Otherwise, yeah, I'd go with carolinadawg's suggestion.

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      1. re: LulusMom

        I can drive into town. I'll be driving from Charlotte to Butner. I do enjoy Allen & Son but may want to try something new.

        1. re: ickymettle

          I'm getting out of my league here, so hopefully the Triangle experts will chime in, but I think there are some great, casual Mexican places on the north side of Durham. Here's a thread that may help:

          1. re: ickymettle

            I've heard this new place in Hillsborough is really good, not too out of the way.

            If you're in the mood for BBQ but want to try a new place I really like Johnson Family BBQ on Hwy 98/Holloway Street.

            If the weather is nice Saltbox Seafood in Durham is really good.

        2. Yes the latino faire on Roxboro in N. Durham is a good option (especially since you are heading north to Butner). If you are looking more towards downtown, I think Toro does lunch which is would be good. Toast and Dames are good lunch spots too. I do not know Monuts hours without looking at their page but that is another option. If downtown is not a neccessity, you could hit up Guglhupf and get some baked goods for the road post lunch. In short, there are plenty of lunch places that can be recommended. Are you seeking something in particular?

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          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            Not seeking anything in particular. Just looking for something good to make the trip a little more exciting (it's a quick business trip).

            1. re: ickymettle

              I'm a big fan of The Pig in Chapel Hill. I rarely order their BBQ, because there are so many other interesting items on the menu, like house made pork rinds, Vietnamese pork cheek, and pimento cheese fries.

          2. As someone who works downtown I'd pick between Mateo, Dame's Chicken & Waffles, or Pizzeria Toro, which is open again. If you pick Dame's, you need to go to their website and make a reservation, they don't take them over the phone-- and don't even think about showing up without one on a Friday unless you can wait 2+ hours.

            If it were me I'd go to Mateo.

            1. I loved my recent lunch at Mateo in Durham. Order the clams and country ham dish - one of the best things I ate during a 3 day trip to the Triangle.

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              1. re: cocobinga

                We had dinner at Mateo a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic. Pretty much everything we put in our mouths was great.

                1. re: cocobinga

                  That may not be a regular menu item, it sounds like a weekly special item. But likel y'all said, just about everything they serve is so darn tasty! Plus, it a gorgeous place to have a meal. I enjoy eating lunch there more because it's not as crowded and loud as at dinner time, although you don't get nearly as many items to choose from. Lastly, lunches a Mateo are quite reasonably priced.