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Headed to Moogfest? Where to dine in the Bull City

Posted May 16, 2016

Chicken & Waffles

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Events will take place at various venues in downtown Durham May 19-22. All venues are in walking distance, with the furthest being the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

Need to grab a bite between workshops and concerts? Here's our dining guide for festival-goers:

Southern Cooking

Dame's Chicken and Waffles (317 W Main St.) - Dame’s is where crispy, Southern fried perfection meets deliciously sweet European decadence.

Nanasteak (123 Vivian St.) - Located on the ground floor of the new Aloft Hotel next to the Durham Performing Arts Center, this restaurant serves up delicious steak and pasta.

Burger and Wings

Only Burger at American Tobacco Campus (359 Blackwell St.) - Featuring antibiotic, hormone and steroid free beef ground daily by a local butcher, OnlyBurgers are fresh made to order. Fries are cut fresh daily. Veggie and turkey burgers are also available.

Only Burger

Bull City Burger and Brewery (107 E Parrish St.) - Great burgers and beer. While everything is good, we recommend the Over Easy burger with tomato and aioli.

Tyler's Taproom at American Tobacco Campus (324 Blackwell St.) - With a menu that features chicken wings, mac and cheese, burgers and more, this a great pick if you are headed to the free events on Saturday at ATC. The patio features a great view of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Spanish cuisine

Cuban Revolution at American Tobacco Campus (318 Blackwell St.) - Great food! Open until midnight Friday and Saturdays and 1 a.m. Thursdays, this is a great place to grab a late night bite.

Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas (112 W. Main St.) - The menu captures the unique and varied cuisines of South America, yet respects its roots in the American South.

Mateo Tapas (109 W. Chapel Hill St.) - Authentic, rustic Spanish fare with unexpected Southern surprises (the croquetas with Ashe County pimento cheese are melt-in-your-mouth delicious).

Taberna Tapas (325 W Main St.) - Spanish restaurant serving small and large plates, including paella, along with cocktails and wine.

Dos Perros (200 N Mangum St.) - A delicious Mexican restaurant in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

Old Havana Sandwich Shop (310 E Main St.) - A farm to table Cuban restaurant.

Global cuisine

Revolution (107 W Main St.) - Focusing on contemporary global cuisine, this restaurant has an ever-changing menu featuring fresh ingredients.

The Counting House at 21c Hotel (111 N. Corcoran St.) - This restaurant offers a global perspective on regional dishes and celebrates North Carolina’s rich heritage of fresh seafood with menus that feature rotisserie and roasting techniques.

Rue Cler (401 East Chapel Hill St.) - Rue Cler is a Parisian-style restaurant, bakery and cafe that uses fresh Southeastern ingredients.

Rue Cler

Bull McCabes Irish Pub (427 W. Main St.) - This restaurant and bar will host Moogfest's free reggae concert on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

Sushi and Japanese cuisine

Basan at American Tobacco Campus (359 Blackwell St.) - Some of the best sushi in town! Basan offers modern Japanese cuisine, highlighting specialty rolls and fresh seafood from the Pacific, served amid a slightly upscale, yet comfortable ambiance.


M Sushi (311 Holland St.) - This restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine.

Dashi (415 East Chapel Hill St.) - This traditional ramen shop and izakaya (Japanese gastropub). The gastropub is open until 2 a.m.


Toast (345 W. Main St.) - This is apaninoteca, or authentic Italian sandwich shop, much like those found in the cities and urban areas of Italy.


Pizzeria Toro (105 E. Chapel Hill St.) - Try their wood-fired pizza.

Pompieri Pizza (102 City Hall Plaza) - One of our favorite places to dine in Durham. Delicious pizza that is handmade and wood-fired, created around a core of flavors.

Something Sweet

The Parlour (117 Market St.) - Handmade ice cream and desserts.

Dishcrawl Durham

Ninth Street Bakery (136 E. Chapel Hill St.) - Serves up organic baked goods

Scratch (111 Orange St.) - This seasonal bakery focuses on using local fresh ingredients, and with flavors like Brown Butter Pecan and Heirloom Apple with Sesame Strudel you really can't go wrong when you order pie.

Moogfest Map


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