Bull City Connections

Have you discovered downtown Durham yet? It seems like there are new restaurants and attractions popping up daily and luckily, Durham already has a convenient and eco-friendly way to navigate the foodie scene downtown. The Bull City Connector will take you on a culinary tour of downtown Durham, from Duke’s campus all the way to Golden Belt, without costing you a penny.

With all the great dining options in Durham, we’ve decided to highlight a few places on the BCC’s route, just to get you started.  Each month, two self-proclaimed dining-enthusiasts from the GoTriangle team will explore a new location via the Bull City Connector, and report back on our findings.

Our first stop on the tour is Taberna Tapas, which opened in June on Main Street. The stop location for the BCC is stop 6305 at E. Chapel Hill Street at Main Street.

What is your initial impression of the restaurant?

LJ: I really liked the high ceilings and exposed brick walls. The chalkboard menus, antique chandeliers and reclaimed wood floors create an atmosphere that feels rustic and modern at the same time.

NJ: I like the minimalist look they have going. We went for lunch but I think it would be a great spot for dinner as well. Overall, it was very cozy and would make a great location for a first date.

How was the service?

NJ: Great! Our waitress sat down next to us and explained the menu options, which was really helpful since the names of most of the dishes are written in Spanish. She also made sure to continue to check in on us.

LJ: When I asked about our waitress’s favorite menu items, she replied that she had never tried anything there that she didn’t love. She actually went on to say that she came in and asked for a job there so that she could eat her way through the menu. You can’t beat that kind of endorsement, even from staff.

What did you order?

LJ: I started with the arugula salad with Serrano ham, goat cheese, almonds and honey, which was a great combination of flavors.  Next I had a bocadillo (Spanish style sandwich) with pulled pork, chorizo, Serrano ham and Manchego with a garlic aioli, which was fantastic.

NJ: I ordered the short ribs with asparagus, which were tender, flavorful and a great portion for lunch and the sweet potato fries, which were airy and crispy (which was a nice surprise because sweet potato fries are usually pretty dense).

Would you eat here again?

NJ: Absolutely. The service was really quick and I enjoyed my meal.

LJ: I’ll definitely eat at Taberna again. There were so many delicious looking options on the menu that I had a hard time deciding the first time around.

What impressed you the most?

NJ: I liked that our waitress served dishes as they were prepared instead of waiting for multiple plates to be completed. The food was hot and delicious!

LJ: I appreciated that there were so many authentic Spanish items and ingredients on the menu, like the bocadilla and paellas.

Overall, we loved Taberna and both plan to go back. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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