Best of Durham 2021

Best of Durham 2021 winners

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


Overall Restaurant
Cucciolo Osteria
Mateo Bar de Tapas

New Restaurant
Everything Bagels (Durham Food Hall)
Ex-Voto Cocina Nixtamal (Durham Food Hall)
The Honeysuckle at Lakewood
Lula & Sadie’s (Durham Food Hall)
Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar

Bull City Burger and Brewery
Burger Bach
Only Burger

Bull City Burger and Brewery
Burger Bach
The Federal
Heavenly Buffaloes
Only Burger

Eastcut Sandwich Bar
Old North Meats and Provisions
(Durham Food Hall)
Parker & Otis

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

Coffee Shop
Bean Traders
Beyu Caffé
Cocoa Cinnamon
Joe Van Gogh

Dulce Cafe
Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Biergarten Loaf
The Mad Hatter’s Café & Bakeshop

Place for a Date Night
The Durham Hotel
Mateo Bar de Tapas
M Sushi
Vin Rouge

Place for Vegetarians
Happy + Hale
The Refectory Café
Zweli’s Kitchen & Catering

Backyard BBQ Pit
The Original Q Shack
The Pit

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

Mexican Food
Dos Perros
El Rodeo
Taqueria La Vaquita

Asian Food
M Sushi
Sister Liu’s Kitchen
Thai Cafe

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

Indian Food
Lime & Lemon Indian Grill
NaanStop 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
Two Roosters Ice Cream

Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Bull City Burger and Brewery
Elmo’s Diner
Makus Empanadas
Pompieri Pizza

Food Truck
Boricua Soul
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
The Dankery

Shawn Holland, Sophisticated Catering and         Event Planning
Matt Kelly, Mateo Bar de Tapas, Mothers &         Sons Trattoria,
Saint James Seafood and Vin Rouge
Michael Lee, M Kokko, M Pocha, M Sushi             and M Tempura
Ricky Moore, Saltbox Seafood Joint

Restaurant Catering
Makus Empanadas
The Original Q Shack
Saladelia Cafe
Zweli’s Kitchen & Catering

Full-Service Catering
Angus Barn (Bay 7)
Indulge Catering
Sophisticated Catering and Event Planning
Virginia & Co.

Alley Twenty Six
Bar Virgile
Corpse Reviver Bar & Lounge

Wine Shop
Hope Valley Wine & Beverage
LouElla Wine, Beer & Beverage
Wine Authorities
The Wine Feed

Wine Selection
LouElla Wine, Beer & Beverage
The Oak House at Durham
Parker & Otis
The Wine Feed

Craft Alcoholic Beverages
Bull City Ciderworks
Durham Distillery
Honeygirl Meadery
Mystic Farm & Distillery

Fullsteam Brewery
The Glass Jug Beer Lab
Hi-Wire Brewing
Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

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

Beer Selection
Crafts & Drafts NC
The Glass Jug Beer Lab
The Oak House at Durham
Sam’s Bottle Shop

Artisan Food Product
Big Spoon Roasters
Durham Toffee
Loaf bread
Sister Liu’s Kitchen frozen dumplings
Wonderpuff cotton candy


Gift Store
Chet Miller
Parker & Otis
The Regulator Bookshop
Smitten Boutique
Vaguely Reminiscent

Jewelry Store
Fink’s Jewelers
Hamilton Hill Jewelry
Kendra Scott
Light Years

Clothing Store
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
AREA modern home
Once & Again Consignment Gallery
TROSA Thrift Store
Vintage Home South

Durham-Made Product
Big Spoon Roasters
Bright Black
The Durham Box
Durham Distillery Conniption Gin

Arts & Entertainment

Dance Studio
Barriskill Dance Theatre School
Empower Dance Studio
Nina’s School of Dance
Ninth Street Dance

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

Venue for Live Music (Large)
Baldwin Auditorium (Duke Performances)
The Carolina Theatre
Durham Central Park
Durham Performing Arts Center

Venue for Live Music (Small)
The Blue Note Grill
Hayti Heritage Center
Motorco Music Hall
The Pinhook

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

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

Event Space
Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus
Museum of Life and Science
The Rickhouse
Sarah P. Duke Gardens


Colony Park Animal Hospital
Cornwallis Road Animal Hospital
Eno Animal Hospital
Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care

Pet Sitting
Camp Bow Wow – North Durham
Creature Comforts Inn
Park Veterinary Hospital & Urgent Care
GoDog Durham

Car Wash
Bull City Car Wash
The Durham Ritz Car Wash & Detail Center
Lightning McClean Carwash
TC’s of Durham

Academy Eye Associates
Duke Eye Center
Dr. Rabia Ali, Eye Care Center
Dr. Tonica Johnson, Eye Physicians &                   Surgeons of Durham

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

Event Planner
Events by Emily
Profound Elegance Romance
Concierge Services
Sabrina Seymore Events
The Wedding Woman

Anthony F. Armento, CPA, PC
Balentine & Borg, PLLC
Nelson & Company, PA
Thomas, Judy & Tucker, PA

Financial Advisor
Rodney E. Hooks Jr.
Kuhn Advisors
Alex G. Nelson
Bryan L. Piccirillo

Place to Get in Shape
The 360° Approach
The BodyGames Center
Burn Boot Camp, North and South Durham
GTA Fitness & Performance

Yoga/Pilates/Barre Center
Arrichion Hot Yoga + Circuit Training Durham
Hollow Rock Racquet & Swim Club
Pure Barre
Yoga Off East

Coastal Credit Union
State Employees Credit Union
Truist Bank
Wells Fargo

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

Atmosp’hair Salon
Bella Capelli Salon
The Heir Salon
Posh The Salon

Professional Photographer
Nikki Whitt Belch, Fancy This Photography
Morgan Crutchfield Photography
Genevieve Fu, G. Lin Photography
Brian Mullins Photography

Ellis Family Law
Foil Law Offices
Carlos E. Mahoney
Mann, McGibney & Jordan

Real Estate Agent
Justin Burleson, Fonville Morisey/Premier             Agents Network
Theresa Olson, Real Estate by Design
Karen Roberts, Classic Carolina Realty
Paula Walls, Coldwell Banker Howard Perry         and Walston

Real Estate Company
Classic Carolina Realty
Real Estate by Design
Right Time Realty
West & Woodall Real Estate

21c Museum Hotel
Arrowhead Inn Bed and Breakfast
The Durham Hotel
Unscripted Durham
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

New Business
Beer Tooth Taproom
The BodyGames Center
Heal Tree CBD
Rockwood Dairy Bar

Home & Garden

BridgePoint General Contracting
CQC Home
G Crabtree Spaces

Duda | Paine Architects
Ellen Cassilly Architect
Grant Bizios Architecture
Linton Architects

For Garden’s Sake
Kiefer Landscaping and Nursery
New Leaf Landscaping
TROSA Lawn Care

Landscape Architect & Designer
Carolina Garden Company
Coulter Jewell Thames
For Garden’s Sake
Hykes Design

Alpine Roofing
Chief Roofing
Cole Roofing & Construction
Pickard Roofing Company

CertaPro Painters of Durham
Gonzalez Painters & Contractors
Hansell Painting Company
Zarazua Painting

Home Maintenance & Repair
Bull City Worker Bee
Danz Hands
Zarazua Enterprises

Kitchen Designer
CQC Home
G Crabtree Spaces
The Kitchen Specialist
Linda Dickerson Interiors

Interior Design
Carrie Moore Interior Design
Heather Garrett Design
LK Design
Max Hugo Interior Design

Blossom and Bone Florals
Flowers by Gary
Ninth Street Flowers
Pine State Flowers

Hope Valley
Old North Durham


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