Off-Campus Dining

Location
Durham, NC
Undergrads
6,631
Tuition
$43,623
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Durham is truly a great place to find anything to eat! There are a number of upper-end restaurants that students occasionally eat at, but most of the students are found eating on Ninth Street or on Erwin Road. Still, if you want to explore the dining options, you will find a variety of appealing, affordable options. Favorites include Pizza Mia, Don Marcelo's, and La Vaquita.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Durham is said to be the south's "tastiest town" and so far that seems to be right with lots of options and variety. Tere are many places I havent gotten to yet!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Durham was recently ranked the "foodiest" town in the south. The city surrounding Duke provides a plethora of off-campus dining options, the majority of which are affordable and delicious. On Sunday morning, you have to pile in the car and head to Monuts in downtown for a bagel sandwich and a fancy donut or two.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty good. Durham was awarded for its food.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are good restaurants close by

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 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
Anotherthyme
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
www.foodlion.com
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Kroger
3457 Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 383-2249
kroger.com
Super Target
4037 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 765-0008
target.com
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
wholefoodsmarket.com
Daily 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Anotherthyme
Food: Eclectic, international, vegetarian
109 N. Gregson St.
(919) 682-5225
www.anotherthyme.com
Price: $15-$20
Bali Hai Restaurant
Food: Asian
811 9th St. #170
(919) 416-0200
www.balihainc.com
Ben & Jerry's
Food: Ice Cream
609 Broad St.
(919) 416-6128
www.benjerry.com
Price: $2-$5
Blue Corn Café
Food: Latin American
716-B Ninth St.
(919) 286-9600
www.bluecorn-tosca.com
Price: $5-$10
Broad Street Café
Food: Salads and sandwiches
1116 Broad St.
(919) 416-9707
www.thebroadstreetcafe.com
Price: $10-$15
Bruegger's
Food: Bagels, sandwiches
626 Ninth St.
(919) 286-4900
www.brueggers.com
Price: $2-$6
California Pizza Kitchen
Food: Pizza
6910 Fayetteville Rd.
(919) 361-4200
www.cpk.com
Price: $6-$8
Cattleman's
Food: American
3211 Hillsborough Rd.
(919) 382-3292
Price: $3-$12
Champps Americana
Food: American
8030 Renaissance Pkwy.
(919) 361-3393
www.champps.com
Price: $5-$10
Chili's Grill & Bar
Food: Mexican
4600 Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 489-6699
www.chilis.com
Price: $8-$15
Cinelli's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, Italian
607 Broad St.
(919) 416-4554
www.cinellis-nc.com
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
www.elmosdiner.com
Price: $4-$7
Foster's Market
Food: Gourmet
2694 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 489-3944
www.fostersmarket.com
Francesca's Dessert Caffé
Food: Café, baked goods
706-B Ninth St.
(919) 286-4242
www.francescasdessertcaffe.com
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
www.jimmyjohns.com
Price: $4-$7
Kanki Japanese House of Steaks
Food: Japanese
3504 Mount Moriah Rd.
(919) 401-6908
www.kanki.com
Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Café
Food: Bakery
1802 W. Main St.
(919) 286-1987
www.madhatterbakeshop.com
Magnolia Grill
Food: American
1002 Ninth St.
(919) 286-3609
www.magnoliagrill.net
Price: $20-$30
Nosh
Food: Healthy
2812 Erwin Rd. #101
(919) 383-4747
www.noshfood.com
Price: $10
Outback Steakhouse
Food: Steakhouse
3500 Mount Moriah Rd.
(919) 493-2202
www.outback.com
Price: $9-$15
Red Lobster
Food: Seafood
4416 Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 493-3566
www.redlobster.com
Price: $12-$20
Ruby Tuesday
Food: American
1058 W. Club Blvd.
(919) 286-5100
www.rubytuesday.com
Price: $10-$20
Spartacus Restaurant
Food: Greek
4139 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd.
(919) 489-2848
spartacusrestaurant.com
Price: $12-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 45 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 56 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 36% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 59% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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