Every so often, you miss college-aged you. Not the crippling anxiety over your future or 20-page papers, but the ability to brush off a hangover after about 20 minutes. For the present day you and the hangovers that usually last a full day, there’s Dame’s Chicken and Waffles. You can pick a waffle, a schmear (scoops of whipped butter in flavors like maple pecan and orange honeycomb), and type of chicken you want on top. Or you can go with one of their signature options if that sounds like an unsolvable SAT question in your current state. And, if breakfast cakes topped with fried meat just aren’t your thing but you’re a good sport humoring your friends, there are also options like sausage-filled shrimp and grits or an egg-and-sausage breakfast platter.
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Gocciolina is a cozy pasta place in Durham where you should bring a date and share a few reasonably-priced plates.
Monuts is one of the best and most popular breakfast and lunch spots and a trip to Durham isn’t complete without heading here.
Parker and Otis
Parker and Otis is in a kitschy gift shop in Durham so after spending $20 on candy and things you don’t need, get some of our favorite sandwiches.
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The Roast Grill
You’ll find as many opinions on the best hot dogs in Raleigh as you will people - but our favorites are the perfectly crispy ones from Roast Grill.
Poole’s Diner is more upscale than most classic diners you’ve been to, head here for a date when you want to eat creative food in a dark space.
Garland in Raleigh mixes Southern influences with Indian dishes - you could spend a whole night between the club and music venue above and below.
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Why go to a busy deli counter near a college? Because no matter who you ask, Med Deli is an absolute Chapel Hill essential for lunch.
Hi-Wire is hands down the best indoor brewery space in Durham - it’s massive with tons of beers and games.
Eastcut Sandwich Bar
When you want to eat a great sandwich on a picnic table on an outdoor patio that’s open year round, head to Eastcut in Durham.
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