If you are looking for a superb burger in Durham, known as the Bull City, look no further. Bull City Burger and Brewery (BCBB) serves up fresh burgers in a cool, communal setting in Durham. This is my go-to place before a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). The DPAC is the perfect venue for seeing a performance. It’s not too big and not too small so no matter where you’re sitting the view is ideal. It is, however, a two hour drive from my house so driving home after a late night show leaves a lot to be desired. No matter! There are pleasant hotels nearby and restaurants aplenty!
My perfect goin’-to-the-show day begins by checking into the hotel after the long drive and freshening up a bit for the show. Once my makeup is smoothed out and my hair is beat back into submission I am ready for some pre-show noshing. A few blocks away on Parrish Street is BCBB, a locally owned farm-to-fork, “back-to-scratch” eatery. First up are the Bull Nuts and the House Made Brewer’s Grain Soft Rye Pretzels with beer cheese. The peanuts are sweet and salty with caramelized sugar and tiny chunks of bacon and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love bacon? The rye pretzels are crusty on the outside, soft and warm on the inside and when dipped in the beer cheese, they are perfection!
I must confess, I don’t drink beer so I haven’t the first clue about the brews. BCBB is an award winning brewery and most people are drinking their beer while eating their burgers, so if you enjoy a cold beer you should give it a try! Personally, I’m all about the Puck’s! Pucks’s Sugar Cane Fountain Sodas are made with sugar (yes, real sugar!) and come in a variety of flavors. I have several favorites, they are so bubbly and crisp it’s hard to pick only one! To start, while I’m crunching on peanuts and dunking pretzels in beer cheese, I like the black cherry soda. Once the burger arrives at the table I like to switch up my soda to either the birch beer (a childhood favorite) or the sugar cane cola.
Let me get to the meat of things here. My burger of choice is a beef patty with Gruyere cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and handmade pickles all stuffed into a homemade bun. Can you imagine how good it tasted? The Gruyere adds a creamy, mild bite to the burger and the bacon added on top (again, who doesn’t love bacon?!) with all the other veggies is a mouthwatering, tastebud extravaganza. I did try a special burger once, but I always go back to my burger. I feel like it gets me, so why would I jeopardize that burger relationship?