Thursday, August 22, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Bull City Burger and Brewery

So, there are not many updates included in this Throwback Thursday.  We headed to this great downtown Durham spot tonight, and I was reminded what a nice night it is for parents.  The food is awesome, you can enjoy a beer or glass of wine, and there's a small kids' which makes for a much more laid back meal.  This time, we also walked a few blocks down the road to finish the evening off at The Parlour with some delicious ice cream.  Downtown Durham keeps getting better, and the owner of Bull City Burger is even opening a pizza place just down the street in the fall.  Yay!

What it is: Bull City Burger is a great new burger restaurant that opened up in downtown Durham.  They offer gourmet burgers and hot dogs with your choice of toppings in addition to beer, wine, and fancy sodas on tap.

What we liked:  My family and I checked this place out after the Art Walk this weekend and we loved it!  First, we ordered the burgers and they had all sorts of fancy toppings you could choose from.  The basic burger was $6 and each topping that you picked added on a couple of bucks.  So, you could finish with a fairly expensive burger, but all of the toppings sounded so good!  Fortunately, there were quite a few free toppings for you to choose from.  After the burger, we asked for a soft drink.  They directed us to their Boylan soda fountain, apparently the only one in the state, where we could choose from gingerale, cream soda, birch beer, cherry soda, or cola.  It was a very refreshing change.  You can also purchase fries, duck frites, sweet potato fries, or my personal favorite, fried pickles to accompany your burger

Then, we went to sit down and we noticed the best part of all-a kids' area!  That's right, they had a little corner with a play kitchen, crayons, and blocks.  As my son went off to play after he had finished his kids' meal, my husband and I realized something.  This place was definitely family-friendly.  We also realized that there's a distinction between being just kid-friendly and being family-friendly.  A family-friendly place is a place that the whole family could go to have a good time, not just the kids.  At Bull City Burgers and Brewery the adults can have a good time sipping their beer or wine and the kids can have a good time coloring or playing in the play area.  Everyone wins!  And to top it all off, the food is good too.

What we would change: The biggest drawback we noticed was that the kids' hot dog had a bit of a grown up taste to it that might be off-putting to pickier kids.  We recommend going with the kids' burger or grilled cheese instead.

Website and other important information:


Address: 107 E. Parrish Street, Durham, NC 27701

Phone Number: (919) 680-2333 

Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday 11:11am-midnight (kitchen closes at 10pm), Closed Sunday  **At the time of this review it does mention on the website that the hours are subject to change.


 1. Inside view of the restaurant

2. The fancy Boylan's soda fountain

3. The kids' area

4. The actual brewing part of this brewery

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