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cmcfong Jul 31st, 2010 02:07 PM

Restaurant convenient to Duke Medical Center
Can you recommend a restaurant near the Duke Medical Center? Our criteria:
a. local food
b. no chains
c. relatively quick service
d. budget not an issue

Thank you.

divineMissM Jul 31st, 2010 03:09 PM

seasweetie Jul 31st, 2010 03:15 PM

Do you want fancy? If you DON'T want fancy, you can't get much more local than Bullock's.

cmcfong Jul 31st, 2010 04:35 PM

Thank you for responding.

cmcfong Aug 3rd, 2010 02:47 PM

We went to Toast on Main St. It is very good and quick. The menu is soup, salad, paninis, crostinis and desserts. Excellent choice for us and highly recommended to others.

Amere Aug 9th, 2010 02:36 PM

Nosh is just down the road on Erwin and has great food and casual atmosphere. Foster's Market on 15/501 is another great option - always good. For a nicer dinner - Spartacus on 15/501. Downtown Durham - I recommend Mt Fuji, Fishmongers, Parker and Otis, and Elmo's.

suewoo Aug 14th, 2010 03:45 AM


I hope everything's ok.

Gretchen Aug 14th, 2010 04:38 AM

Me too.

Cyanna Aug 14th, 2010 05:56 AM

Few places are within easy walking distance although new ones are popping up along Erwin Rd. west of 'Duke North' all the time. Haven't tried Nosh, but that's just one.

Not much further but requiring a drive is Parizade (2200 West Main Street, in the tall tower visible across the Durham Fwy), Italian-ish, is good but not sure service will be quick enough. At virtually the same entrance is Verde (name may have changed, same place, though) - less formal, often quicker, good small plates. Haven't tried Baba Ghannouj in same area. Dir: Right on Erwin, left on Anderson, right on Main.

If you continue on Erwin you'll get to the 9th St. corridor/neighborhood: my two favorites are the Blue Corn Cafe and, further down, Elmo's diner - both casual, good food from mostly local sources. For slightly less casual, the Vin Rouge (across from Elmo's) is a good French bistro.

Cyanna Aug 14th, 2010 06:02 AM

Woops, think Blue Corn is gone... sadly.
On Erwin west of DUMC is also "Six Plates."

Cyanna Aug 14th, 2010 06:31 AM

Hope this is not a visit for a difficult reason.

cmcfong Aug 15th, 2010 12:06 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.
Cyanna and suewoo, thank you for the concern. DH has been suffering from an untreatable condition for a while and we have found some hope at Duke. Fingers crossed the new protocol works.

suewoo Aug 15th, 2010 12:42 PM

Duke is awesome. If anybody can do something, it's those hardworking folks! Best wishes to you.

cmcfong Aug 15th, 2010 12:50 PM

We are optimistic. Thank you for the kind thoughts and support. It means a great deal.

suewoo Aug 15th, 2010 01:51 PM

Mama had ovarian cancer in '72. Went to Duke and she's fine. Good luck. Keep us posted.

cmcfong Aug 15th, 2010 04:24 PM

Lots of great stories from there. We are feeling up.

Gretchen Aug 15th, 2010 05:03 PM

Just a thought from a "medical" family. No matter the reputation of the facility, stay on TOP of it. Ask questions/demand answers.

jent103 Aug 17th, 2010 12:31 PM

Blue Corn is still there (I have a friend who just got a job there!). Elmo's was one of my favorites when I lived in the area.

cmcfong, so glad things are looking promising!

cmcfong Aug 17th, 2010 01:34 PM


Cyanna Aug 17th, 2010 02:39 PM

cmcfong, when will you be here? Want a few Fodorite friends for emergencies?

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