Durham Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Durham

April 14, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Durham is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. Durham is a former farming village on the Coginchaug River in central Connecticut. The population was 7,388 at the 2010 census. Every autumn, the town hosts the Durham Fair, the largest volunteer agricultural fair in New England.
Things to do in Durham

1. Huxley's Bookmark Cafe

1333 E Main St, Meriden, CT 06450-4801 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 203-237-4087
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Huxley's Bookmark Cafe

Poetic Breakfast, Literary Lunches, Daily Specials

Reviewed By liamisneill - Meriden, Connecticut

I've stopped here for several breakfasts and lunches. Every time, I have someone say Hi and proceed to hand me a menu and not rush when I'm reading the Specials board.

2. Neil's New York Style Donut

83 Turnpike Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 203-269-4255
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 180 reviews

Neil's New York Style Donut

Reviewed By champangedreamz

Hopping side of the road donut shop in little Wallingford makes racks of donuts to entice. However after sampling old fashioned cinnamon sugar and glazed raised donut, I would advise going straight to the jelly. A thin crispy layer drenched in powdered sugar surrounds a fluffy tasty raised donut and delicious strawberry jelly. Absolutely Divine!! Not to be missed!

3. MONDO

10 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457-3407 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 860-343-3300
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

MONDO

Reviewed By amjs13501 - Utica, New York

Had lunch during a recent day trip to Wesleyen University. The atmosphere is urban/industrial and is family and kid friendly. We went in expecting typical pizza shop fare, but found a complete Italian menu with something for every appetite. The food was delicious and the portions are huge.

4. Lino's Market

472 Main St, Durham, CT 06422-1321 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Italian +1 860-349-1717
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 39 reviews

Reviewed By Chriscross64

I love Lino's they have a small grocery area but they prepare any stuffed breads or meals for as little as 2 to 200 people . We have ordered meatloaf , pork chops , pot roast mashed potatoes . And olive tray ... All are excellent they sell fresh rolls and bread daily and pastries from new haven .. They carry all boars head cold cuts and the best part is you can call an order ahead to pick them up . Breakfast sandwiches grinders lots of olives etc . Staff is always friendly and helpful . All of their meats are great as well . M-S lunch and dinner are busy times but worth the wait .. Enjoy thanks Chris Cross

5. Dunkin' Donuts

349 Main St, Durham, CT 06422-1614 +1 860-349-6380
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By KenG01 - Durham, Connecticut

This is a location that you see in movies, you can walk in and your standard order is being processed. They remember what you get and it is served up and ready in a blink. The staff is fantastic & quick. I look forward to seeing The staff and enjoyment of good coffee & donut.

6. Durham Dari Serve

13 Main St, Durham, CT 06422-2101 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 860-349-3367
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 31 reviews

Reviewed By Mithryl27 - Middletown, Connecticut

Memorial Day...of course the lines were exceptionally long, but everyone was in a good mood and the lines went fast. The soft serve is creamy and delicious "real" ice cream, and the Flurries are wonderful. The staff is efficient and friendly. A perfect end to a summery day

7. Pig Rig Bbq

950 Yale Ave, Yale Plaza, Wallingford, CT 06492-1858 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 39 +1 203-265-0765
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Pig Rig Bbq

Outrageous Hickory Smoked BBQ Joint and hot rod food truck. Real Pit, state of the art Smokehouse.

Reviewed By fuzznme420 - Wallingford, Connecticut

Went here with my father when they moved into their current location as I had never been to the other one. Can defusay I was missing out. They have an outstanding pulled pork sandwich. Great sauce, tender everything you expect from amazing BBQ. The staff is pleasant and friendly. Well worth the visit will definitely be returning!!!

8. Fire at the Ridge

99 Powder Hill Rd, Middlefield, CT 06455-1153 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch SGD 33 - SGD 46 +1 860-852-5444
Excellent
57%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 42 reviews

Fire at the Ridge

FIRE AT THE RIDGE & Ridgeside Tavern Mountain-side fare heating up the Connecticut food scene The centerpiece of the dining experience at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield, CT will be the upscale-casual dining restaurant "Fire at The Ridge". Named for the passion that Powder Ridge inspires in all of us for our love of sports, food, and fun. Fire at the Ridge aims to be an escape for diners, offering private dining rooms and breathtaking views of the mountain from the upper-levels of the newly renovated 20,000 square foot base lodge. Rustic booths, crackling bon fires and the aroma of fine fare will set the mood for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the handcrafted dishes by Executive Chef Kevin Cottle. Inspired by native New England flavors and locally-sourced ingredients, Fire at the Ridge is a destination restaurant tucked away in the hills of Middlefield. "That's what makes Fire at the Ridge so unique," says Chef Cottle. "We're providing guests with a sophisticated yet approachable experience in a relaxed and familiar setting." Kevin, Well-known in the Connecticut food scene and for his appearances on Hell's Kitchen and Food Network is returning to his Cape Cod roots, "My goal is to guide a guest through a natural progression of flavors and textures using locally-grown products. It should be a simple experience, never over-barring or over-complicated." In addition to Fire at the Ridge, the newly renovated lodge will be home to The Ridgeside Tavern. Locals have long known the bar at Powder Ridge to be the place to meet up with friends and for creating new friendships that last a lifetime. The Ridgeside Tavern is Chef's Kevin Cottles twist on old Colonial Taverns. Kevin, a native of Plymouth, MA will bring back New England classics with updated twist. The Tavern will serve locally-brewed beers and craft cocktails. The third leg of the restaurant stool is the company's event business. Custom designed private and catered events for every size including corporate meetings, weddings, team building, dining parties, and seminars. "We didn't want Powder Ridge to just be about catering to skiers and boarders on the mountain," comments CEO Sean Hayes. "We want to create an experience the whole family can enjoy." In addition, the company will host public events such as music festivals, racing competitions, wine tastings and cooking classes.

Reviewed By drmikemaroon - Hartford, Connecticut

We were excited to try Fire at the Ridge because we had heard that the restaurant wanted to get locals to support their efforts to create a new favorite restaurant in the area. The restaurant is located at the base of Powder Ridge Ski Resort in Middlefield, CT and we visited them on a weekend night. The restaurant is trying hard to improve their image, but it fell short in our eyes. Food was average. Service was average. Nothing that would make us want to come back. We can check this off our list of places to try.

9. Rick's On 5

765 N Colony Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492-2407 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 203-294-0231
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Rick's On 5

Reviewed By Joseph P - Wallingford, Connecticut

One of the two best places on rt.5 to stop and have breakfast or lunch. Between Ricks and Dads you can't go wrong. You try them once and you'll go back again and again.

10. Lido's Restaurant

75 Pomeroy Ave, 10 Bee Street, Meriden, CT 06450-9210 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 203-634-3959
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 205 reviews

Lido's Restaurant

Reviewed By William B - Meriden, Connecticut

The eggplant grinder is spectacular!! Good food, good price, what's not to like? Family of 4 for takeout for less than $60!

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