On Saturday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending the Taste Durham Afternoon Tasting Tour. Personally I don’t think the name accurately describes the tour —”Taste of Heaven” would be much more accurate. Not only did I learn about the history of Durham, which is surprisingly interesting, but I also got to sample some of the best food I’ve had in a long time.
The tour started at Daisy Cakes, a cute café and bakery on Foster Street. There I met everyone else on the tour with me, and my knowledgeable tour guide, Dean Michaels.
The restaurant was so popular that we had to brave the cold and eat outside because there were no open seats indoors, but once I tasted the food I didn’t even notice. At Daisy Cakes, we sampled a roasted turkey avocado sandwich and a key lime tart. Both were very tasty and well presented.
Once we were done eating, we walked over to Bull City Burger & Brewery. On the way, our tour guide Dean enlightened us about the Duke family and how they revolutionized smoking in America. Before the Dukes came along, people would roll up their cigarettes by hand. The Dukes actually started the pre-rolled cigarette movement, he told us.
At Bull City Burger & Brewery, we sampled a burger, pickle chips and beer. (Well, actually, I sampled a soda as I’m only 20-years-old.) Along with our top-notch samples — I would eat those pickle chips with every meal if I could — the owner, Seth Gross, gave us an eloquent lesson on where the food came from. The sermon, as he called it, explained the advantages of pasture-fed beef over corn-fed beef. He also talked about how everything in the restaurant was made in house except the ketchup, which contains natural ingredients.