Personally, I feel it is necessary to have a default place to go where you can get a good beer and some tasty, good food. In the Boston area our picks were the Publick House in Brookline and R.F. O’Sullivan’s in Somerville. This past weekend called for just that type of a place and we found ourselves at City Beverage in Durham. This was our second time here after several months. It was a hot night so we asked if we could sit outside. There was a 30 minute wait so we sat at the bar and had a beer in the meantime. The decor is kitschy, with pictures of retro 1950’s pin up girls, hula skirts, and leis on a bright lime green wall. The space is large with two separate rooms and long bars in each. They offer a nice variety of beers on tap and several by the bottle. While we waited for a table we ordered the Spicy Firecracker Pork Dumplings. The very spicy and juicy ground pork was encased in a crispy deep fried wonton wrapper. A perfectly delicious accompaniment to the beer!
We were shifted to our table outside on the large, well covered (with umbrellas) patio. Unfortunately, they don’t shift your tab so you have to pay at the bar before taking your table. The portions are generous so we decided to share a burger. We ordered the Fuego Diablo Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, smoking hot chile relish, applewood smoked bacon and queso fundido (their cheese dip). It was cooked perfectly to order and hit the spot! The toppings were fun and added a nice layer of flavor to the burger without being overwhelming (and a complete mess!). It was served with yummy garlic fries.
The food at City Beverage is creative, fun and very tasty! The service was a little on the slow side but nothing problematic, just relax and enjoy the beer! While City Beverage may not have the book of beer options offered at Publick House or the endless variety of burgers of R. F. O’Sullivan’s, I think we have found a solid option here in the Triangle for a good beer and good food!
4810 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707