Luna: South meets South

Luna is making waves in the Durham community for serving dishes with a nouveau taste profile through the combination of South American cuisine and American Southern cuisine. The restaurant opened recently on West Main Street so it wasn't long before I decided to try the place out. To be honest, South American cuisine isn't exactly my go-to cuisine (maybe that's because the options aren't immense in London) but I was excited to try something new nevertheless.

Luna: South meets South

Piedmont: American Cuisine with a Rustic Twist

Piedmont restaurant is a Durham staple that has made its reputation off the modern farm-to-table experience. It was one of the classic spots I hadn't tried out so I thought I would visit with my Durham dining crew comprising of Ms. Millz and Ms. Brasiliana. Luckily, it wasn't too difficult to reserve a table because we dined there on a weekday evening.

Piedmont: American Cuisine with a Rustic Twist

Bleu Olive: Feel the Mediterranean

Bleu Olive is a Durham restaurant serving Greek and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, which also makes itself the restaurant of choice for the individual suffering from chronic summer nostalgia. The place is a bit farther out than I would usually venture to for a meal. However, the pictures of the restaurant's dishes were enough motivation to get me there (thanks to some local magazines).

Bleu Olive: Feel the Mediterranean
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Dashi: Ramen comes to Durham

Dashi is a restaurant that has quickly become popular in the Durham food scene for serving bowls of ramen. I hadn't had an enormous array of experiences with ramen -just visitations to two London spots including Bone Daddies and Kanada-Ya- so at least I had a good point of comparison.

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Dashi: Ramen comes to Durham
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Toast: Durham's Prime Paninoteca

Toast is another gem on West Main Street that I've probably walked by hundreds of times on my way to other restaurants in the area. For some reason, the cafe's exterior has never managed to catch my eye; at least not until I got a raving recommendation from a friend. 

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Toast: Durham's Prime Paninoteca
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Gocciolina: Refined Italian in Durham

Until I visited Gocciolina, I hadn't quite found an Italian restaurant in Durham that followed the principle of authenticity; a sort of cooking in which the chefs try to replicate the flavours one tastes in the home country. In other words, I was after real flavours - not just dishes served with an overly generous serving of grated cheese and marinara sauce.

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Gocciolina: Refined Italian in Durham
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Foster's Market Re-Visit

In my last review of Foster's Market, I said I would come back, and I did! Nothing has changed since I last visited. The restaurant still has its homy charm, which is perfect for a casual weekend brunch. 

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Foster's Market Re-Visit
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Watts Grocery: High-End Comfort Food

I have long delayed my visit to Watts Grocery! Literally, throughout the year,  I said I would visit this place "the following weekend" and then that turned into the following month and so on ... Anyway, it was time for me to get over my 'foodie inertia' so I embarked on a gastronomic adventure with Ms.K to this restaurant which is right by east campus (about a 10 minute walk or so).

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Watts Grocery: High-End Comfort Food
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Revolution: The Upscale-Diner's Escape

Durham is quite the small town with a gradually enlarging food scene : with that, comes the existence of restaurants that attempt to bring a little sophistication to the game. I think revolution is trying to do just that. This restaurant is located further down W. Main Street where the food scene of Durham tends to be concentrated.

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Revolution: The Upscale-Diner's Escape
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Mateo Bar de Tapas: A Journey to Flavour-Town

Just down the road from East Campus, this place is truly a treasure, which understands creating a balance of flavours in its dishes as well as composing authentic tastes. It was a fun and flavourful meal which was definitely worth every penny (you're also paying for the atmospheric feel). Therefore, I can confidently recommend this place! You can count on Mateo for a memorable weekend experience, with a group of friends, or for an experimental meal with the parents. 

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Mateo Bar de Tapas: A Journey to Flavour-Town
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Monuts: The Gastronomical Study Break Destination

This spot has become rather popular over the past few weeks so a visit has become inevitable. Currently, I have been twice and the experiences differed quite greatly. To summarise my experiences, I would say that the place offers decent (but not amazing) donuts and an innovative and concise sandwich menu

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Monuts: The Gastronomical Study Break Destination
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Pompieri: Pizza with a Pair of Scissors

When it comes to pizza, it has to be of a certain standard. Crappy burgers... I can handle. Crappy steak... I can handle. Crappy pizza.... Can't deal with it. Ironic right? Crappy pizza could possible account for 50% of the average college student's diet, but I won't dwell on this unfortunate statistic right now .

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Pompieri: Pizza with a Pair of Scissors
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Foster's Market: A Restaurant in a House

I hadn't exactly heard of Foster's Market until a friend suggested we go there for a rather late Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, all the places I knew were either closed or were at full capacity so this was our only choice. Although I didn't end up eating where I expected, I was delighted to have had the pleasure of dining here.

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Foster's Market: A Restaurant in a House
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Vin Rouge: A Restaurant Called Red Wine

I find it absolutely hilarious how french restaurants give themselves names that translate into rather null words in English. I laughed (to myself) when I saw Vin Rouge doing the exact same thing. "Let's just call our restaurant red wine...the Americans will never know" they must have thought

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Vin Rouge: A Restaurant Called Red Wine
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Guglhupf: An Ideal Brunch Location

Upon entrance into the restaurant, I started to feel the relaxed and slow-paced ambience. It was a nice break from the pressurised atmosphere on the Duke campus. I ordered the pork schnitzel, the buttermilk pancakes and a cappuccino.

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Guglhupf: An Ideal Brunch Location