So many to choose from! We have widely acclaimed chefs and eateries. These folks' restaurants are not part of a chain, they are independently-owned. They have been regionally or nationally reviewed and noted for their exceptional cuisine and chef designed custom menus. This is not a complete list by any means. As the area reputation grows more chefs are arriving and opening really wonderful places to dine.
If I had to pick two...my favorites have long been NANA's and the LANTERN. Food doesn't get much better than these chefs's create.
Also the food truck scene continues to grow and offer some exceptional choices so be on the lookout for a FOOD TRUCK RODEO to sample your way to your favorite. You can check the site at Carpe Durham for tweets and locations of most of the food trucks. Carpe Durham
Southern Living 2013 Names
Durham, NC "The South's Tastiest Town"
In Feb 2013 The James Beard Foundation released its annual list of semifinalists for the Restaurant and Chef Awards.
The James Beard Awards are considered the highest awards in the food industry. Among the semifinalist in North Carolina are the following local establishments:
While some of this year's North Carolina nominees have been semifinalists in the past, chef Andrea Reusing of Lantern is the only one to have received a James Beard Award before. She was awarded the Best Chef in the Southeast in 2011.