10 Food & Drink in Durham That You Shouldn't Miss

November 30, 2021 Dorsey Hagwood

Durham is a city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the county seat of Durham County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population to be 251,893 as of July 1, 2014, making it the 4th-most populous city in North Carolina, and the 78th-most populous city in the United States. Durham is the core of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 542,710 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates. The US Office of Management and Budget also includes Durham as a part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 2,037,430 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.
Restaurants in Durham

1. Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

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Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

What better way to get to know a place and its people than to eat its food? Offering foodie taste boxes, walking tours, food tours, and virtual chef events. Private and custom boxes and events are available. This is a great way to experience a city, sample its best dishes, and feel like an insider! Enjoy a vibrant food and drink scene that celebrates independent restaurants and locally-sourced ingredients.

2. Triangle Food Tours

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Triangle Food Tours

Walk. Talk. Taste. Sip. - The original walking tour. Explore the Triangle one food tour at a time. Don't just see the city...taste it! An exciting way to sample the sights, sounds and tastes of the Triangle. Enjoy one of our guided walking food tours in Raleigh, Chapel Hill & Carrboro, Durham or Cary. We also offer private tours for small businesses, nonprofits and corporate customers. Call us.

3. Durham Distillery

711 Washington St, Durham, NC 27701-2147 +1 919-937-2121 [email protected] http://www.durhamdistillery.com
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Durham Distillery

Since its inception, Durham Distillery has been rethinking how to make great spirits that both embody and pioneer the New South. The answer: equal parts art and science. The result: world-class gins and liqueurs that put the New South on the map Award winning gins and liqueurs. Named North Carolina Distillery of the Year at the New York International Spirits Competition.

4. Bedlam Vodka

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Bedlam Vodka

Welcome to Graybeard Distillery! Come tour the distillery for a behind-the-scenes look at how we get all that magic into a bottle of our flagship spirit, Bedlam Vodka. Learn more about how we bring in non-GMO rice from small co-ops in Arkansas, and have your mind blown with the distillation process we have pioneered with our state-of-the-art equipment. Don’t forget to taste test along the way!

5. Mystic Distillery and Farm

1212 N Mineral Springs Rd, Durham, NC 27703-2717 +1 336-409-0131 http://www.whatismystic.com/
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Mystic Distillery and Farm

Reviewed By amandaj230 - Fayetteville, United States

My husband and I visited Mystic Farm and Distillery this weekend for the Saturday tour. I was a little hesitant at first, as I've never toured a distillery before, but my experience was absolutely amazing! The tour guide was wonderful, personable, hilarious and VERY informative. The actual farm is beautiful, and the product is delightful. I'm very happy we stopped here for the afternoon.

6. Tap The Triangle: Craft Beer Tours

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Tap The Triangle: Craft Beer Tours

Hop on our lounge on wheels and visit local breweries, distilleries, cideries, and meaderies on our all-inclusive bus tours! We include a meal from a local restaurant on each tour. Discover the unique styles and flavors of the South, including regional ingredients like muscadine grapes, persimmon, and paw paws. Tour behind the scenes and get exclusive access to the brewers and distillers who create these amazing craft beverages. Choose from our public tours or customize your experience with a private tour. Ride to each stop in luxury on our 15-passenger bus, equipped with coolers and limo seating – ideal for making friends with your new drinking companions. You’ll have a driver and a tour guide for the entire day - everyone is a VIP on our tours. The atmosphere is casual and unpretentious, so whether you’re a craft beer lover or just beer-curious, you’ll feel comfortable and entertained. Grab your tickets before the next tour sells out!

7. Perkins Orchards

5749 Barbee Rd, Durham, NC 27713-6709 +1 919-491-9559 http://www.perkinsorchard.com
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Perkins Orchards

8. Honeygirl Meadery

105 Hood St Ste 6, Durham, NC 27701-3794 +1 919-399-3056 [email protected] http://honeygirlmeadery.com/about-us/
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Honeygirl Meadery

Honeygirl Meadery is a small urban meadery located in downtown Durham NC. We ferment with local and global true source honey, and local fruits, flowers and herbs, to make artisanal meads (honey-wines). Visitors can enjoy a mead tasting, flight or glass in our tasting room Thursday through Sunday. Bottle sales are also available. Meads are seasonal and availability changes throughout the year. Check our company website for the current mead line-up. In addition to making and selling our meads, we support efforts to benefit honeybees and other pollinators - we sponsor a beehive with Bee Downtown, and volunteer on the committee for Bee City Durham. COVID-19 UPDATE: We are open for service and outdoor seating only Friday - Sunday. Outside seating is weather dependent - check our Facebook page for regular updates. We are open for curbside pick-up Wednesday - Sunday. Preorder online in our website shop for pick-up.

Reviewed By KayP428 - Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Stopped here on a Sunday round robin of breweries etc in Durham and was not disappointed. Had a tasting with 8 for $10 and the lady behind the bar was super helpful at suggesting flavours for us to try, loads to try and something to suit everyone. Highly recommend a visit as it also supports the local bee production within the area. Will definitely be visiting again before we leave.

9. Bull City Ciderworks

305 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701-3867 +1 919-237-2357 [email protected] http://www.bullcityciderworks.com
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Bull City Ciderworks

The BULL doesn't play by the rules. Hard cider doesn't have to be sickeningly sweet and taste artificial. Our ciders are made with 100% apple juice and never back-sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, so you taste the apple in all its glory! Gluten-free yeast and ingredients ensure a naturally gluten-free cider. We're crafting unique ciders that bridge the gap between wine and beer. Honey, black tea, hops, ginger, tart cherries, bacon, candy corn and hibiscus allow us to redefine cider. The BULL is bucking the trend of mainstream ciders. Taste the revolution!

Reviewed By cdkassotis - Detroit, United States

This place is fantastic. It's been a few weeks now, but for a while there I felt like I was there a minimum of once a week. They put out a wide selection of ciders, but also keep a few beers on tap for folks who might not be into the cider scene. Their single ciders are good, particularly the ginger, cherry, etc., but mixing it up is where it's at. Ask the staff for recommendations, and try some samples. My last half dozen trips in I've been mixing 50:50s, and these are often better than anything that you can get alone. Love one of their ciders, but it's a bit too sweet? Mix it with one that isn't quite sweet enough and you're golden. It's a fun new game, figuring out the best mixes, and offers some of the best ciders I've had there or anywhere. Definitely go often.

10. Durham Farmers' Market

501 Foster St In the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, Durham, NC 27701-2106 +1 919-667-3099 [email protected] http://www.durhamfarmersmarket.com/
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Durham Farmers' Market

Reviewed By NCWFUcyclingVet - Huntersville, United States

The market is located downtown and spreads over a few streets and a park. There is produce, meats, cheeses, prepared foods, crafts, and music. We spent about 2 hours with our young adult daughter and all had a great time.

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