Are you looking for a great meal out or a fast dining option? Duke Medical Center and your apartment at Trinity Commons are both surrounded by exceptional dining options. Here are five excellent choices the next time you want to have a bite on the go.

NOSH Eclectic Foodstuffs

Located at 2812 Erwin Road, Nosh provides a fresh take on modern food with an eclectic flare. The restaurant specializes in “comfort foods,” but with a modern, urban twist. Whether you dine on a hearty cheeseburger or a gourmet salad, you will find something that pleases your palate here. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also has a rich dessert menu for a late-night snack.

Mesa Latin Kitchen

If you are looking for a little spice, head to Mesa Latin Kitchen at 2701 Hillsborough Road for tapas and other Latin cuisine. Bringing the flavors of Cuba and other Latin American locations to Durham, Mesa Latin Kitchen explodes with flavors and authentic ingredients crafted under the leadership of Chef Douglas Rodriguez, the “Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine.”


Parizade is an upscale restaurant at 220 West Main Street in Durham. This Durham icon is unique in that it creates each plate for each guest, so you can get exactly what you want made fresh. Parizade brings the flavors of the Mediterranean to each dish it creates.

Nasher Cafe

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has an award-winning cafe that is well worth checking out. From the artesian three cheese plate at brunch to the pan seared Chilean sea bas at dinner, this cafe offers gourmet food with Mediterranean inspired flavors. The cafe is quite popular, so you may need to get a reservation to ensure a seat. The Cafe won the 2015 Diner’s Choice from Opentable.

Local 22

Finally, Local 22 at 2200 West Main Street is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Local 22 works with local farmers and partners to bring in fresh ingredients, which they feature on a chalkboard menu. The bar serves local drafts as well, making it a true local favorite. Add to this friendly people, and you will understand why Local 22 is one of the best area places to eat.

Durham is a thriving community where dining and entertainment options are abundant. From your apartment at Trinity Commons, you will be poised to enjoy it all, including these excellent dining options.