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Downtown Durham is home to more than 75 amazing restaurants and food establishments. Got $10? Grab it and go forth and prosper – here are 10 spots in Downtown Durham you can grab a delicious lunch.

King’s Sandwich Shop

The Durham institution has been serving up traditional American eats since 1942, and nothing on the menu is over $10. We love​ the atmosphere and how you order through the tiny window. Get the King burger with a side of tater tots.

Address: 701 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Pie Pushers

You’ll find Pie Pushers right above the infamous Pinhook. It’s everything you want in a pizza place- causal but delicious. Order pizza by the slice for $3-$4.50. They even have 50 cent wings on Wednesdays.

Address: 117A W Main St, Durham, NC 27701


Looking for a quick, healthy option? Juicekeys has you covered. All their products are 100% organic and non-GMO plus everything is FREE of gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar.

Everything is super fresh, they have an extensive menu and always updating it. Their menu includes smoothies, power bowls, raw juice and ‘Grab & Go’ options. Their smoothies are not heavy at all but make you feel super full with all of the great ingredients.

Address: 110 N Corcoran St, Durham

Parker and Otis durham nc coffee shop
Parker and Otis

Parker and Otis

Parker & Otis is our one stop shop for coffee, good food, and all the knickknacks you’ll ever need. Plus lots of laughs brought to you by hilarious greeting cards. Everything on the menu is great and is $10 or less. The grilled pimento cheese and bacon sandwich is one of our favorites.

Address: 112 S Duke St, Durham, NC 27701

Ninth Street Bakery

Get the Thai Curry soup with a side of multi-grain bread for $8.55, it’s delicious and perfect to enjoy on their gorgeous patio.

One of the specialty sandwiches will run you $9.35, which comes with baby carrots or chips. The regular sandwiches are $8.75 or less. A few items cost less than $4.95 and you can add a side salad for $2.50.

Bonus points for their free parking lot!

Address: 136 E Chapel Hill St, Durham

Only Burger

This place makes some of the best burgers in the Triangle, it’s very reasonably priced, and you can be proud you’re supporting local. This popular business started out as a food truck and became so popular that it now has two locations. The basic burger costs $4.99. For a life-changing burger, try The Texan, braised brisket patty, pepper jack cheese, an onion ring, special sauce, and sriracha mayo, $7.99.

Address: 359 Blackwell St, Durham


This is a cute, quaint spot where you can stop in for a sandwich, soup, salad, or combination of any two. Their salads are perfectly dressed and delicious. Their soups are so fresh – you can tell they’ve been made the same day.

Get a panini for $8.50 or the crostini and salad lunch. You get three flavors (six pieces) and a reasonably sized side salad for $10.50 (So close we’ll call it!)

Address: 345 W Main St, Durham

B. Good

B. Good offers a ton of quick and healthy options ten bucks and under including chicken sandwiches, bowls, salads, and smoothies. Don’t miss the fountain drinks, either. They have an artisanal soda fountain, as well as tasty options like rosemary lemonade and beet lemonade.

Address: 110 N Corcoran St, Durham


A quick and easy fast-foodie spot that will give you a little bit of Southern charm. Order the Savory Buffalo Biscuit Sandwich with hashpuppies (think jumbo tots rather than hushpuppies) for $7.50. Another great option is the Righteous Chicken Strips for $5.95. For comparison purposes, each strip is made from half a breast used in the sandwiches, so that’s a terrific deal. You can put them on a garden salad for $6.75. The juicy chicken with a tangy sauce is perfect.

Address: 401 Foster St Ste A, Durham


Having five locations, Saladelia offers Mediterranean flavors, whether you’re downtown at the American Tobacco Campus, on University Drive, or at three locations on or near Duke Campus. Saladelia offers the greatest variety of choices for under $10, including salads, sandwiches and wraps, and entrees.

Get the fried green tomato sandwich. If you want to make it a combo, add a side for $2 and a drink for an additional $1.

Address: 406 Blackwell St, Durham

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Katelyn Belch
Author: Katelyn Belch

Founder of Best of the Bull and Shop Durham. It’s my chief goal to keep you in the know about all things Durham.