Our 8th Annual Food & Drink Issue – September 2017

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“Ask a resident to name their favorite dish or drink in the Bull City. You’ll never get a simple answer. In fact, ask yourself. I did, and I immediately started flipping through copious mental notes and weighing one dish against another. The fact is that it is nearly impossible to name a single favorite. We have too much that is too good! Just the thought of picking one dish or one drink makes me start to stutter – I want to have it all!

For our eighth annual food and drink issue, we sent out hundreds of surveys to restaurateurs, food writers and photographers, brewers, bartenders, beverage purveyors, distillers and known foodie aficionados and asked them that nearly impossible question: What is your favorite dish? What is your favorite drink? We had a ton of answers come back. It was quite a job for our editors to trim the list down to fit within our pages. I loved seeing some old-school favorites that had me making a list of must-revisit eateries and watering holes, but I also enjoyed comparing my favorites to the likes of Nana’s chef Scott Howell or Huffington Post’s food writer, Carolyn Burns Bass!

I’d like to add to the list – and don’t expect me to have one favorite!

Peach and Thai basil salad from Scratch, only offered at the peak of peach season (get a biscuit with chive butter on the side), Bar Virgile’s fried oysters, NanaTacos’ pork butt tacos topped with salsa bar offerings, any of Loaf’s fresh daily flatbreads, KoKyu’s KFC for when I feel like totally indulging, Geer Street Garden’s loaded fries with gravy after a night of gallivanting! And, for drinks, Bean Traders cold brew coffee (I keep a gallon in my fridge during the summer months), beer shopping and tasting at Sam’s Bottle Shop and any cocktail with Navy Strength Durham Distillery gin!” – Rory Kelly Gillis, Managing Parter and Senior Vice President, Durham Magazine

Click below to flip through our September 2017 issue and let us know what you think by dropping a line to editorial@legacy.durhammag.com.

To get to a specific section, click on the articles below.


46 Dinners for a Week
Durham mom Liz Clark offers a few recipes and tips for weekly meal planning

56 50 Great Dishes + 17 Delightful Drinks in Durham
More than 40 local foodies share their go-to favorites

68 Wine, Defined
Don’t be daunted by a long list of vino – our top wine experts help guide you through it


8 The Scene
PictureDURM helps us showcase images curated by locals

10 Star Power
with comedian Jen Kirkman

12 In Their Words
Dr. David S. Pisetsky takes us back to Durham in the ‘70s

24 Noted
What we’ve heard around town …

28 Go. See. Do.
The hottest events in early autumn

30 Built to Last
Alison Trott built her ‘forever home’ in Cleveland-Holloway

42 Deal Estate
How far your dollar goes in this housing market

52 Adopt A Pet
Meet a few pets from The Animal Protection Society of Durham

72 Hot Spot
Phoebe Lawless turns her attention to The Lakewood

74 Taste
Find our city’s best restaurants

77 Sip
A floral, fruity and slightly savory gin cocktail from Counting House

79 Savor
A light and simple meal from JB Duke Hotel’s MarketPlace

86 Engagement & Wedding
Tying the knot, Bull City-style


16 Triangle Golf Challenge
17  Exchange Family Center’s 25th anniversary gala
18  Dashi’s trip to Tokyo
19  Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel fashion show
20  Jim Valvano Kids Klassic
21  Durham Tech students participate in NASA initiative
22  Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University’s Museums & Dementia Symposium
23  Durham Magazine’s 2017 Women of Achievement lunch

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