For the next month, the Durham Performing Arts Center hosts the crown jewel of the arts world, the biggest show on earth, the toughest ticket in the universe.
Welcome to Durham in the time of “Hamilton.”
Getting tickets is the hard part. Now where do you eat? We’re here to help with that.
Hamilton’s stop in Durham has attracted an audience from across the state. The good news for in- and out-of-towners, downtown Durham is one of the best block by block dining cities in the South. The bad news, you might want to grab reservations now.
Here are some bites to seek out before the curtain. See the full list here.
320 East Chapel Hill St., Durham
Shannon Healy runs one of the area’s finest cocktail bars. There’s a frequently changing menu of seasonal drinks that’ll never steer you wrong, but bartenders can make anything you like with a few choice adjectives. They also boast a kitchen to match the booze.
107 E. Parrish St. #105, Durham
Proving that pasture-raised beef can be done on a high volume scale, don’t be disheartened if the counter-service line stretches to the door, it’s worth the wait. Bull City boasts a sign declaring, “Yes, we made that,” which applies to everything, from the pickles to the buns to the mustard. Even the beer.
202 Corcoran St., Durham
This modern diner on the ground floor of the new Unscripted Hotel goes from morning to night, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Colonel’s Daughter, the black box bar next door, is narrow and dark, usually with a movie on the lone television. There are more than dozen seats at the bar, but plenty of standing room along the wall, with a wooden railing for drinks.
311 Holland St., Suite B, Durham
This sister restaurant of M Sushi serves famous Korean chicken wings and sandwiches, but also excellent bowls of ramen. The waiting list can be staggering, like a certain global phenomenon musical.