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The Durham dining scene features an eclectic range of choices, from Indian to Mexican to "grease grub" to five-star quality cuisine. And of course, who can forget Carolina barbecue? Some restaurants have made names for themselves by catering to the college crowd; others call to high end Durhamites (and "high end" college kids), while still others are good and cheap enough to appeal to anyone and everyone with an appetite. Here's a list of popular spots, subdivided by category and crowd.
Nana's ( http://tinymce.moxiecode.cp/mce_temp_url) ---Make reservations.
Four Square ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant... ) --- Make reservations.
George's Garage ( http://www.ghgrestaurants.com/garage/... )
Vin Rouge ( http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com/vin... )
Parizade ( http://www.vinrougerestaurant.com/par... )
(Not just) College Student Food
Cosmic Cantina: Open until 4 AM every day of the week, "Cantina", as it is known by Dukies, is a long time favorite of late-night studiers and partiers alike. Started by a Duke student, this hole-in-the-wall joint serves up mouthwatering burritos, quesodillas, chimichangas and most other mexican dishes you could think of. Wash it down with a margharita or Dos Equis (or a coke if you're studying). You're also sure to run into friends here if you're a student; it's as much of a social meeting place as it is a restaurant. (Perry Street, off Ninth)
Jimmy Johns: Jimmy Johns is a chain, albeit a popular one amongst college students. The decor and scenery of the restaurant projects the restaurant as having a fresh attitude, and it's subs are too (relatively). (Ninth Street)
Satisfaction's: Satisfaction's is known for having great pub food as well as delicious pizzas. It's a good place to watch gather with friends to watch a Duke basketball game or catch some live music. (Main Street, in Brightleaf Square)
Elmo's (Ninth Street)
James Joyce (Main Street)
Niko's (Main Street, Brightleaf Square