Makus

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Makus is an Argentinian restaurant that prepares many types of empanadas in their new home in Hope Valley Commons. The owners, Hernan & Santiago Moyano and Ricky Yofre use their grandparents’ recipes to fill the stomachs of the Bull City’s residents.
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Dorsia

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Dorsia opened about four months ago and has been almost completely booked every night of the week. Somehow we managed to swing an 8:30 rez on a Friday.

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Luna

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Luna is the marriage of South American and American Southern food that opened downtown in Summer 2015. Shawn Stokes and Sean Sullivan teamed up to create this innovative establishment that fills a niche in the heart of the bull city.

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Blue Note Grill

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Blue Note Grill recently moved from Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard to its new home near the old Durham Athletic Park, and next to the new Durham Distillery. The popular barbecue and live music venue has now planted its roots downtown.

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Purple Monkey

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Purple Monkey is a dessert and drink restaurant that opened about six months ago on University Drive. It’s in the section of the strip mall that isn’t easily visible from the street, so take the extra minute to drive through the lot and find it.

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Counting House

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Counting house is the highly-anticipated restaurant that recently opened in the new 21c Museum Hotel, an avant-garde, sophisticated venue that propels Durham’s downtown into the ranks of its East-Coast cousins. Being the flagship of one of Durham’s largest and more modern buildings, the stakes are high for this restaurant to impress.

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Burger Bach

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Burger Bach is a New Zealand-inspired burger restaurant that opened on Ninth Street in March 2015. For those of you who were hoping for meat served to the classical sonatas of the Baroque composer, the second word is actually pronounced “batch,” meaning a holiday or beach house in New Zealand.

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Primal

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Primal, owned by Tim Lyons of Blu Seafood, opened in Spring 2014. The restaurant’s cuisine is a step above the paleo diet– they serve dairy products, for example. However, everything is gluten-free.

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Old Havana Sandwich Shop

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Old Havana Sandwich Shop is a Cuban restaurant downtown. It is situated in one of the “up and coming” areas of Durham, located near the Durham County Health Department, which supplies much of the lunch crowd.

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True Flavors Diner

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True Flavors Diner, located west of Research Triangle Park, opened earlier this year. Half diner, half catering company, this restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch options.

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