One of the newer places in town where all the hipsters, soccer moms, young business professionals and foodies go is to Bull City Burger and Brewery. When you first enter the space, you see big, long tables a long bar on one side of the space, the brewing vats of beer on the other side of the space and the order line/open kitchen in the back.
The burgers are all made with grass-fed, free-range beef. These cows had a good life before they ended up on your plate. Some of the meat is locally-sourced as well. The restaurant also makes almost everything from scratch including the buns, mayonnaise, hot dogs, pickles, etc. One of the few things they do not make themselves is the ketchup.
You get to create your own burger, by choosing from several great ingredients such as pimento cheese, fried eggs, fried green tomatoes, bacon, sauteed onions, and a great variety of cheeses, to name a few.
I decided to try a cheddar cheese burger with caramelized onions and bacon and had mayonnaise as the condiment to go with the burger. I also ordered a side of the duck fat-fried french fries with rosemary. The fries are cut into very thin slices and are really addictive! The rosemary works wonderfully with the potatoes and duck fat. I highly recommend them!
My friend ordered the vegetarian white chipotle chili which was spicy, but not over the top spicy. It had white beans in it and lots of other veggies including red onions, carrots, corn, poblano peppers and cilantro. It was warm and soothing. I think I will be ordering this sometime this winter.
We came here at lunch on a weekday, so unfortunately we did not get to try out the beer, but I have heard from friends that it is pretty good. They also have a pretty decent cocktail menu, so I’m sure the atmosphere changes a bit in the evening. The lunch crowd is friendly and most are happy to share their table (as though they have a choice!).
I don’t know what the whole phenomenon is about sharing tables, but there are more and more places doing this, especially in Durham. Anyone have opinions about that? Do you like it or is it annoying to you? Leave a comment below!
Bull City Burger and Brewery is located at 107 Parrish Street in downtown Durham. They are open 7 days a week beginning at 11:11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 8 p.m. on Sundays. You can like them on Facebook, follow their Pinterest or Instagram account, or follow them on Twitter to get specials and find out about events happening at the Brewery.