Best of Durham

Best of Durham 2020 winners

*All results listed in alphabetical order.
** The presence of five or more winners is the result of a tie


Overall Restaurant
Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar
M Sushi
Mothers & Sons
Trattoria NanaSteak

New Restaurant
Boricua Soul
Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar
M Pocha
Sister Liu’s Kitchen

Bull City Burger and Brewery
Burger Bach
Only Burger
Town Hall Burger & Beer

Bull City Burger and Brewery
Burger Bach
The Federal
Only Burger

Eastcut Sandwich Bar
Lucky’s Delicatessen
Parker and Otis

Elmo’s Diner
Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten
True Flavors Diner

Coffee Shop
Bean Traders
Cocoa Cinnamon
Joe Van Gogh
The Oak House

Dulce Cafe
East Durham Bake Shop
Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten
The Mad Hatter’s Café & Bakeshop

Place for a Date Night
Alley Twenty Six
M Sushi
Mateo Bar de Tapas

Place for Vegetarians
Happy + Hale
Neomonde Mediterranean
The Refectory Café
Saladelia Cafe

Backyard BBQ Pit
The Original Q Shack
The Pit

Bennett Pointe Grill & Bar
M Sushi
Saint James
Saltbox Seafood Joint

Mexican Food
Cosmic Cantina
Dos Perros
El Rodeo

Asian Food
Dashi Juju
M Sushi
Shiki Sushi
Asian Bistro

M Sushi
Sake Bomb Asian Bistro
Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro
Sushi Love

Indian Food
Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar
Naan Stop Indian Cuisine
Sitar Indian Cuisine

Latin/Caribbean Food
Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken
Boricua Soul
Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas
Makus Empanadas

Greek/Mediterranean Food
Bleu Olive
Neomonde Mediterranean
Saladelia Cafe

Italian Food
Cucciolo Osteria
Mothers & Sons Trattoria
Pulcinella’s Italian Restaurant

Hutchins Garage
Pizzeria Toro
Pompieri Pizza
Randy’s Pizza

Place to Buy Frozen Treats
Goodberry’s Frozen Custard
The Parlour
Pincho Loco
Sweet Charlie’s

Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Bull City Burger and Brewery
Elmo’s Diner
Pompieri Pizza
Town Hall Burger and Beer

Food Truck
American Meltdown
Boricua Soul
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
Soomsoom Pita Pockets

Andrea Reusing, The Durham Hotel
Antonio Rios, Blue Corn Cafe
Matt Kelly, Mateo Bar de Tapas, Mothers &         Sons Trattoria, Lucky’s Delicatessen, Saint       James and Vin Rouge
Michael Lee, M Kokko, M Pocha, M Sushi            and M Tempura
Scott Howell, Nana’s

Restaurant Catering
Foster’s Market
Makus Empanadas
Saladelia Cafe

Full-Service Catering
Angus Barn (Bay 7)
Durham Catering
Indulge Catering
Sophisticated Catering and Event Planning

Alley Twenty Six
Bar Virgile

Wine Shop
Hope Valley Wine & Beverage
LouElla Wine, Beer & Beverage
Total Wine & More
Wine Authorities

Wine Selection
Bar Brunello
LouElla Wine, Beer & Beverage
The Oak House

Craft Alcoholic Beverages
Bedlam Vodka (Graybeard Distillery)
Bull City Ciderworks
Durham Distillery
Mystic Farm & Distillery

Bull City Burger and Brewery
Hi-Wire Brewing
Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

Beer Shop
Beer Durham
Beer Study
The Glass Jug Beer Lab
Sam’s Bottle Shop

Beer Selection
Beer Durham
Beer Study
The Glass Jug Beer Lab
Sam’s Bottle Shop

Artisan Food Product 
Big Spoon Roasters
Bull City Olive Oil
Cilantro Artisan Foods
Durham Toffee


Gift Store
Hometown Apparel
Morgan Imports
Parker and Otis
Smitten Boutique

Jewelry Store
Fink’s Jewelers
Hamilton Hill
Light Years

Clothing Store
Dolly’s Vintage
Hometown Apparel
Smitten Boutique
Vert & Vogue

Thrift Store
Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Store
Pennies for Change Thrift Boutique
The Scrap Exchange
TROSA Thrift Store

Home Furnishings & Accessories
Morgan Imports
TROSA Thrift Store
Vintage Home South

Durham-Made Product
Big Spoon Roasters
Bright Black Candles
Burt’s Bees
The Durham Box
Lo & Behold

Arts & Entertainment

Dance Studio
Barriskill Dance Theatre School
Dance Theatre South
Empower Dance Studio
Ninth Street Dance

Venue for Community Theater
The Carolina Theatre
The Fruit
Hayti Heritage Center
Walltown Children’s Theatre

Venue for Live Music (Large)
American Tobacco Amphitheater
The Carolina Theatre
Durham Central Park
Durham Performing Arts Center

Venue for Live Music (Small)
Beyu Caffe
The Blue Note Grill
Motorco Music Hall
The Pinhook

Art Gallery
5 Points Gallery
21c Museum Hotel Gallery
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Steven Ray Miller Gallery and Frame Shop

21c Museum Hotel
Museum of Durham History
Museum of Life and Science
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Event Space
Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus
The Cotton Room
The Rickhouse
Sarah P. Duke Gardens


Bahama Road Veterinary Hospital
Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital
Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care Southpoint Animal Hospital

Pet Sitting
Camp Bow Wow – North Durham
Creature Comforts Inn
Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care
Suite Paws Pet Resort & Spa

Car Wash
Bull City Car Wash
The Durham Ritz Car Wash & Detail Center Spiffy
TC’s of Durham

Duke Eye Center
North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat
Dr. Tonica Johnson, Eye Physicians &                     Surgeons of Durham
Upchurch Optical

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon
Duke Aesthetic Center
Gunn Plastic Surgery Center
New Image MD
Dr. Ronald Riefkohl

Event Planner
A Swanky Affair
Emily Katherine Events
Sabrina Seymore Events
Virtue Events

Anthony F. Armento, CPA, PC
Balentine & Borg, PLLC
Chris Arena, CPA
Doreen Carter, CPA, PLLC

Financial Advisor
Alex G. Nelson
Marie E. Baker
Mary-Charles Nassif
Tamra K. Ellis

Place to Get in Shape
The 360º Approach
Arrichion Hot Yoga + Circuit Training
Fitness World
Prime Athletic Training & Fitness Institute

Yoga/Pilates/Barre Center
Arrichion Hot Yoga + Circuit Training InsideOut Body Therapies
Velocity Fitness
Yoga Off East

Coastal Credit Union
State Employees’ Credit Union
Wells Fargo

Bella Trio Spa & Salon
Fluffy Tiger Massage
Fuzion Professional Massage Therapy
The Retreat at Brightleaf

Ashley Squared Salon
Atmosp’hair Salon
Bella Capelli Salon
Bella Lane & Company

Professional Photographer
Carolyn Scott Photography
G. Lin Photography
Ken Branson, MasterMIND Productions
Nikki Whitt Belch, Fancy This Photography

Carlos E. Mahoney
Ellis Family Law
Frasier & Griffin
Kreger Law Firm

Real Estate Agent
Lisa Ellis, Real Estate by Design
Justin Burleson, Fonville Morisey/ Premier            Agents Network
Paula Walls, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry          and Walston
Theresa Olson, Real Estate by Design

Real Estate Company
Classic Carolina Realty
Real Estate by Design
Spotlight Realty
Urban Durham Realty

21c Museum Hotel
The Durham Hotel
Unscripted Durham
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

New Business
Bright Black Candles
Crafts & Drafts NC
Jeddah’s Tea
Good Human Dog Training
Piano Academy of North Carolina

Home & Garden

CQC Home
G Crabtree Spaces
Grau Building Company
Project 9 Designs

CQC Home
Ellen Cassilly Architect
Grant Bizios Architecture

For Garden’s Sake
Garden Environments
Kiefer Landscaping Inc.
New Leaf Landscaping
TROSA Lawn Care

Landscape Architect
Coulter Jewell Thames
For Garden’s Sake
Garden Environments
Tributary Land Design + Build

Alpine Roofing
American Craftsmen of North Carolina
Cole Roofing & Construction
Pickard Roofing Company

Gonzalez Painters & Contractors
Hansell Painting Company
HM Painting & Drywall LLC
Zarazua Painting

Home Maintenance & Repair
Blue Chip Handyman Services
Mr. Handyman of Chapel Hill and West Durham

Kitchen Designer
CQC Home
G Crabtree Spaces
Linda Dickerson Interiors
Wood + Water LLC

Interior Design
Carrie Moore Interior Design
Linda Dickerson Interiors
LK Design
Sew Fine II Interiors

Flowers by Gary
Ninth Street Flowers
Pine State Flowers
Sanders Florist

Hope Valley
Trinity Park


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