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“What's not to love?”

Bull City Burger and Brewery
Ranked #7 of 790 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
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 January 4, 2012

This place became an instant favorite! Nearly everything this restaurant has to offer is made fresh from local, and sustainable ingredients. Grass-fed beef burgers and hotdogs, with homemade spicy brown mustard and made-from-scratch bun... Not to mention the delicious beer they brew themselves, and the self-serve wine pouring machine! A burger only costs $6 and a little extra if you want some fancy toppings. Also, COULD NOT put the duck frites down!! Cannot complain about getting high-quality food ingredients at a great price.

This place is a hidden gem!

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Thank AmyJean1006
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

I was really looking forward to trying this place. The did a nice job with the decor and I like how it was set up (order at the counter).

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the beer. We ordered a sampler and tried several different styles. All were very good. The friendly bartender even offered to introduce us to the brewmaster, who came and chatted with us and was very pleasant. I believe the beers were priced $4.50, which is very reasonable.

So now to the negatives... For a place that seems to pride itself on its burgers, they were very average. Also very expensive. Everything added to a burger increases the price so if you want one with the works you're talking $12-13. And that doesn't include fries, etc., which also cost extra. I have no problem paying this much for a huge burger with sides but these just aren't big and aren't anything special (all three in my party had the same thoughts). My bill for a burger with fries plus one beer plus tip was around $22. Kind of steep for lunch.

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Thank Chris H
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Discover this burger place a few months ago, the food is great and like the idea they present, local growers, yes it is a little more expensive but you taste buds will thanks you. Lets don't forget about the beer, they are like potato chips, you can not have only one...... :)

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Thank Surdo2000
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Seth Gross and his staff do it right. They make everything, buy the best totally pasture-raised grass fed beef available, and brew excellent beer. And it is in lovely downtown Durham.

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Thank TeresaEDurham
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Went to grab a beer Saturday afternoon and to check the place out. There weren't many people there, maybe 10 people spread out over various groups, so finding a seat wasn't hard. We sat up at the bar and ordered a Bitter and an IPA. I liked both beers, probably liked the bitter a bit more as the IPA, while tasty, didn't have quite the punch I'm accustomed to. You can also get a sampler of all their brews. We got an order of the pickle chips to snack on and I wasn't too impressed. I kept eating them just to try and find one chip with an actual pickle flavor. The batter, while pretty tasty sporting a mild pretzel flavor, overpowered the pickle. If they cut the pickles a bit thicker, instead of paper thin, it might work out a bit better for balanced flavor.

A couple things I really liked. Obviously the socially conscious take on business is key; recycled materials used in construction, locally sourced ingredients for in-house preparation, NC sourced meat, and overall green technology. They also have a "self serve" wine station with probably 20 bottles of wine by the glass. You fill up your vending card at the bar then insert the card in the wine machine, read the descriptions and select your wine of choice, then fill your glass; just think fast food restaurant but with wine.

The atmosphere is very clean, maybe even too clean. There are two or three large communal tables in the center with a outdoor patio area (that's dog friendly.) One thing I'm not sure I'm a fan of is the counter ordering; you either order at the back counter or at the bar. It makes things difficult when you want to sit, have some food, and order a few beers. I saw a few people that ordered their food, got their beers and table numbers, then got their food and had to go back to the bar and order another beer.

The guy beside me got a burger that looked really tasty and quite juicy, so I look forward to going back and sampling the burgers & dogs. My discerning friends that have eaten here say the burgers are quite good...despite reviews and comments to the contrary.

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Thank Kreskin2207
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