Durham, we’re at it again, making national headlines with our hard work and pride in local cuisine. Southern Living Magazine just named Durham one of the Tastiest Towns in the South in 2013. I’ll bet you a steaming Watts Grocery grits bowl, a glazed Monut and an Old Havana pork sandwich (pulled and pressed just right) that most of us saw this coming.
Sam Poley, longtime chef and now director of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, praised the city’s food scene in an official statement:
"Durham's food scene is on par with the best in the nation. Chefs here have integrity, appreciation for the ingredients, the sourcing, the producers, the preparations, and the customers. In Durham, food is a culture that rises above most barriers, and all of Durham's diverse inhabitants come together over great food all the time.”
Southern Living’s blurb noted the pioneering efforts of chef Shane Ingram of Foursquare, defying traditional ideas of fine dining, and the consciously crafted Counter Culture Coffee, home of America’s winningest barista and 2012 Southeast Regional Barista Champion Lem Butler.
Before unbuckling another notch on your belt, don’t get too cushy. Durham could win best food destination in the South with your vote. The other nine Southern cities in the running include the nearby, vibrant scene of Asheville and gourmet hotbeds like Charleston, SC; Austin, TX; Miami, FL; and New Orleans, LA. Click here to vote.