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“Great, if expensive food, good beers; painfully long lines, uncomfortable seating, incompetent service”

Bull City Burger and Brewery
Ranked #8 of 786 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours
Description: Bull City Burger and Brewery is a locally owned, independent restaurant and craft brewery located at 107 East Parrish Street in downtown Durham, NC. We opened March 2011. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner 7 days per week with approximately 90 seats inside plus 60 seats of outside year round patio dining. We offer family friendly dining with a children's play area, as well as a semi-private meeting room for business gatherings, events and presentations all within full view of our own brewery. The restaurant is very much "farm-to-fork," working closely with North Carolina pasture-raised beef farmers supplying beef with no added hormones and antibiotic-free, that we grind daily to make our hamburgers and all-beef hotdogs. We work with other farmers growing vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers for pickles, and lettuce. The menu is streamlined with nearly everything produced on-site including house made buns, sauerkraut and bacon. We use no artificial sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup, and no hydrogenated oils. We like to say we are like fine dining in a burger joint. We make the mustard, the slaw, the pickles, the mayo, the aioli, the hotdogs, the relish, the... We are Durham's oldest brewpub and THE local pasture-raised classic beef burger of Durham.
Reviewed 10 May 2014

As Yogi Berra famously once said, "This place is so busy no one goes there any more!" While we were queued up in front of the cashier, everyone in line kept getting jostled by waitstaff and other customers moving about. After placing the order, customers are given a numbered placard to take to their seats for the waitstaff to find. Finding seating in the crowded, college cafeteria style dining room is like circling a mall parking lot during the holiday rush. Nerve wracking. The burgers were outstanding with very original toppings and not terribly large -- actually refreshing in this state where wastefully outsized portions tend to be the norm. The breaded, fried pickle chips are an original touch, as are the shoestring fries in duck fat and the sweet potato fries. Excellent selection of beers. Customers wanting wine must purchase a pre-paid electronic card which is inserted into a machine that automatically dispenses the vintage of your choice. With each pour precisely measured to 3.5 oz, you can decant as much or as little as you like, for $2.50 - $3.75 a "shot." Clever touch. Delivery of food is painfully slow. The waiter "forgot" our ice cream desserts in the freezer for at least 45 minutes. When it finally arrived, however, both the coffee and vanilla scoops were outstandingly home made.

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Good beer and great burgers. Definitely check it out, fun place to hang out with friends as well, there's extra seating out back so don't let the small indoors keep you from trying it out.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Can't get a tomato because they aren't in season means we are going to charge you an arm and a leg for a burger that won't impress. I'm pretty sure there are organic hothouse tomatoes available.And yet you can get french fried russet and sweet potatoes. $ 40 for a burger and fries and 3 sodas is something I won't do again. Suggest you go next door for a good pizza.Go to Frankie's if you want a worth every penny great sirloin burger.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Second time I have eaten here - it was worth a repeat ams didn't disappoint. Food is great and this time I tried the homemade sodas....Mmmmmm good! Definitely a thumbs up.

Thank C2StingRay
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

For all the hype, this placed served underwhelming food. The burger was thin, dry, undercooked, and lacked flavor. Most of the toppings I asked for were missing and for the remaining toppings, it was a pathetic effort (e.g. 1/2 piece of soggy lettuce).

There is no designated parking therefore you must pay at a public lot and walk.

I will not return here- Only Burger, while not great, serves a much better quality burger.

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Thank Matthew P
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