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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Durham is considered the foodiest town in the USA, so there are a plethora of off campus dining options.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Durham is known for it's variety in restaurants. And the food truck rodeo is great!

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It sucks, there isn't much option. Sure Durham is a foodie town, but so far it's just restaurants after restaurants selling different varieties of sandwiches. It's good for the first one or two months, but after awhile, you'll get bored. Even the food options in Chapel Hill or Raleigh wouldn't be enough, but then again I eat out almost everyday.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I'm a vegan, and the healthy options are great! You really have to get out there and look for things... hit up Monuts Donuts, Mad Hatters, Whole Foods, Pops, WaDuke, Elmos, Fosters, Parker and Otis, and Guglhupf!

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  • 107th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1037th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • Honey's Restaurant
  • Waffle House
Best Asian
Bali Hai Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Elmo's Diner
Best Coffee
Bean Traders
Best Dessert
  • Francesca's Dessert Caffé
  • Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Café
Best Healthy
  • Nosh
  • Watts Grocery
Best Late-Night
  • Cook Out
  • Cosmic Cantina
Best Mexican
Blue Corn Café
Best Pizza
Cinelli's Pizzeria
Best Wings
Satisfaction Restaurant & Bar
Best Place to Take a Date
Kanki Japanese House of Steaks
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bean Traders
  • Cook Out
  • Local Yogurt
  • Noodles & Company
  • Satisfaction Restaurant & Bar
  • Sushi Love
  • Waffle House
  • Watts Grocery

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food Lion
2930 W. Main St.
(919) 286-0400
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
3457 Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 383-2249
Super Target
4037 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 765-0008
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
621 Broad St.
(919) 286-2290
Daily 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Food: Eclectic, international, vegetarian
109 N. Gregson St.
(919) 682-5225
Price: $15-$20
Bali Hai Restaurant
Food: Asian
811 9th St. #170
(919) 416-0200
Ben & Jerry's
Food: Ice Cream
609 Broad St.
(919) 416-6128
Price: $2-$5
Blue Corn Café
Food: Latin American
716-B Ninth St.
(919) 286-9600
Price: $5-$10
Broad Street Café
Food: Salads and sandwiches
1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707
Price: $10-$15
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
626 Ninth St.
(919) 286-4900
Price: $2-$6
California Pizza Kitchen
Food: Pizza
6910 Fayetteville Rd.
(919) 361-4200
Price: $6-$8
Food: American
3211 Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 382-3292
Price: $3-$12
Champps Americana
Food: American
8030 Renaissance Pkwy.
(919) 361-3393
Price: $5-$10
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: Mexican
4600 Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 489-6699
Price: $8-$15
Cinelli's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian
607 Broad St.
(919) 416-4554
Price: $5-$12
Cosmic Cantina
Food: California-style Mexican food
1920 Perry St.
(919) 286-1875
Price: $5-$10
Elmo's Diner
Food: Family-style diner
776 Ninth St.
(919) 416-3823
Price: $4-$7
Foster's Market
Food: Gourmet
2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 489-3944
Francesca's Dessert Caffé
Food: Café, baked goods
706-B Ninth St.
(919) 286-4242
Price: $4-$6
Honey's Restaurant
Food: Diner
2700 Guess Rd.
(919) 477-2181
Price: $10
International Delights
Food: Middle Eastern
740 Ninth St.
(919) 286-2884
Price: $6-$12
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches
Food: Gourmet sandwiches
738 Ninth St.
(919) 286-5383
Price: $4-$7
Kanki Japanese House of Steaks
Food: Japanese
3504 Mount Moriah Rd.
(919) 401-6908
Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Café
Food: Bakery
1802 W. Main St.
(919) 286-1987
Magnolia Grill
Food: American
1002 Ninth St.
(919) 286-3609
Price: $20-$30
Food: Healthy
2812 Erwin Rd. #101
(919) 383-4747
Price: $10
Outback Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse
3500 Mount Moriah Rd.
(919) 493-2202
Price: $9-$15
Red Lobster
Food: Seafood
4416 Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 493-3566
Price: $12-$20
Ruby Tuesday
Food: American
1058 W. Club Blvd.
(919) 286-5100
Price: $10-$20
Spartacus Restaurant
Food: Greek
4139 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 489-2848
Price: $12-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 50 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 60 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 2% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 35% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 58% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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