Durham residents not surprised city named ‘Foodie Capital of the South’

Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Shelly Green told CBS North Carolina that they've long known that Durham has good food.
Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Shelly Green told CBS North Carolina that they've long known that Durham has good food.


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham is making headlines for its food culture.

The New York Post reports that the city has one of the most exciting and varied dining scenes of any Southern town.

“We have been known for food for a long time in Durham.” Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Shelly Green told CBS North Carolina.

Durham is sizzling, and people outside of the Bull City are noticing.

“In Durham we are fortunate because we run the gamut,” Green said. “We have some fast, casual restaurants, we have some upscale restaurants, but what they have in common is good food.”

The New York Post named Durham the ‘foodie capital of the South.’

“I am not surprised,” Stephanie Booth of Durham said, “We have so many local restaurants around here.”

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Durham has a high number of local chefs, some are also being recognized as a James Beard award nominee.

“The food here is delicious,” Booth said. “This is what we like to do – eat good food.”

It took the New York Post reporter five years to write the review, but the article takes someone from the start of their day, through lunch at The Pit to fine dining at the 21c Museum Hotel with local seafood and regional specialties.

“Everything is local, within walking distance, so if you want to go out and get something to eat, especially on your lunch break – come on down to Durham,” Booth said.

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