Downtown Durham Food Tour from Xperience Days

The other night Joe and I took a walking food tour of downtown Durham. We booked our tour though Xperience Days. Xperience Days is an online activity guide for cities across the US. They help connect you with different types of tours/activities that are available at your destination.

Weather you are planning a trip or are just looking for a new experience in your city Xperience Days offers a variety of fun activities. They work with existing event producers to bring you some of the best of each city. We took a day time walking food tour offered by Triangle Food Tours and it was a blast.

Triangle Food Tour by Xperience Days Our tour started at 2:30pm on Saturday and lasted about 3 hours. There were 12 people in our tour, which is a little larger than the standard size but was totally manageable. Our tour guide was great, she was very welcoming and did a great job keeping everyone entertained, informed and fed. We visited 6 very different downtown Durham restaurants.

Our first stop was Fishmongers, a seafood restaurant and oyster bar. We got to sample fried cajun catfish, slamon and bbq shrimp along with their curry dipping sauce.

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Then Lilly’s Pizza was our next stop. I didn’t know there was a Lilly’s Pizza in Durham, we frequent the Raleigh location and love it. We got to sample my favorite pizza, The Buddha and tried a new-to-me pizza, the Super Duper. I loved both pizzas and wanted to eat all of everything.

lillys pizza Then we visited Little Dipper, a new fondue restaurant. I’d never tried fondue so this was particularly fun. We got to sample their Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Fondue. It was a fun experience but I wasn’t terribly excited about the cheese. I would like to try more fondue someday.

little dipper Afterward we took a short walk through downtown Durham to Old Havana Sandwich Shop. This was our favorite stop as we love Cuban food. We got to sample their Havana sandwich and maduros.

old havana Then over to the Cupcake Bar we went for a taste of sweet. I’m a little over cupcake shops but the Cupcake Bar proved to be one of the better ones I’ve tried in the area. We got to try their Chocolate Mint Chip cupcake and Lemon Cream Cheese cupcake. I liked both but was really surprised by the lemon cupcake.

cupcake bar And our final stop was 604 at West Village. I was really excited about their menu but was pretty let down by the sampling we received. They gave us an appetizer style sampling of watermelon topped with beets and chicory. It was certainly an interesting flavor pairing but I don’t think it was representative of what they really offer.

Overall, we had a really great time. The tour wasn’t the best food tour we’ve taken (we could have eaten more and there was no alcohol) but it was a really fun experience. I like being able to try new restaurants but since we don’t get out often because of the little ones this was a great way to sample a few places so we have some new places to eat on date night.

If you are going to be visiting a new city or just want to explore more of your own, check out Xperience Days and see what fun activities they offer.

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Jessica is a family lifestyle blogger living in Raleigh, NC with her husband and four sons (7, 4, 3 and 1). Jessica started in November of 2009, but has been blogging since 2003. Jessica writes about family life, recipes, travel and products for families. She is also a Work-from-home-mom who manages marketing and social media for a local accounting company.

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5 thoughts on “Downtown Durham Food Tour from Xperience Days

  1. Donna

    I’d love to do a food tour like this! I have to say that ending the tour with that was a bit of a let down (not that it would be bad, just not a great ending)… the cupcakes would have been a better ending, I’d say. 🙂

      1. Leigh Eckle

        Good Suggestion regarding the cupcake. The order of things is often dictated by tour logistics, but it would be easy to hang on to the cupcake until after the last stop, then enjoy it before everyone splits. Also, regarding Experience Days, I am not sure what you paid for your tickets by going through them, but if you had contacted Triangle Food Tour directly, our ticket prices are $35 + 2.70 svc charge. Glad you enjoyed.


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