A unique and time-honored college atmosphere is often lacking in Durham, and the same holds true for its local eateries. This is not to say that you can’t find a diamond in the rough here and there because there are quaint, little restaurants on Ninth Street, such as Elmo’s and Cinelli’s, that are loved by students throughout the Triangle area. Admittedly, a lot of students rarely travel far off campus for much of their dining (though this may be as much a product of Duke’s seclusion as it is the quality of food), but there are rewards for those who choose to venture out into the wide world of Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill to explore the tastes.
The primary chain restaurants are available in Durham, as well as the unique, regional establishments—so there’s no shortage of places to eat. Finding somewhere fun is seldom a problem for Duke students as long as they are willing to try somewhere new! The South is the home of soul food, and students will regret it someday if they don’t live a little and dig in.