Spending a few hours drinking at a picnic table under string lights at Parts and Labor is practically a Durham rite of passage. This indoor/outdoor space is more bar than restaurant, but it’s definitely worth coming hungry. Cheeseburger sliders and a soft pretzel with beer cheese cover the bar food bases, but the menu is also filled with interesting (and often vegetarian-friendly) things like eggplant chapati and beef bulgogi tacos. And if you want to keep the night going, head right across the street to Fullsteam Brewery, where you’ll find one of the most extensive beer selections in Durham.
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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.
Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
You know you’re getting chicken and waffles at Dame’s in Durham and you know you’re going to need a nap after.
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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.
Hi-Wire is hands down the best indoor brewery space in Durham - it’s massive with tons of beers and games.
The Crunkleton is the best cocktail bar in Chapel Hill and probably the Triangle area.
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