Bronto’s marketing team recently took downtown Durham’s restaurants by storm with a walking food tour led by Taste Carolina. Before leaving, our fearless leader, Susan Wall, tasked us with sitting beside a different person at each location – a fun way to reconnect with everyone on the team.
Our tour guides met us at the office, and away we went. We kicked off the tour with Bull City Burger and Brewery. Owner Seth Gross talked passionately about what he does and why he started the restaurant. Did you know they make absolutely everything in-house? Well, except for the ketchup. They just couldn’t keep up.
It was very interesting to hear how passionate Seth was about creating delicious, gourmet burgers, using grass-fed beef he sources from local farms. I don’t eat meat so I tried the delicious vegetarian burger. It was so nice of them to accommodate those of us with specific dietary restrictions. And they had the best fried pickle chips I’ve ever tasted!
From there, we sampled some Indian food at Viceroy! I don’t usually like eggplant, but the eggplant curry I had was incredible! The spicy chicken many of my teammates ate also got rave reviews. It wasn’t even on the menu yet, so it was cool to get a sneak peek! Some of the group were already making plans to return to the restaurant after work.
The first two stops left people feeling a little full, but there’s always room for pizza! At Pizzeria Toro, we sampled wood-fired mushroom and buffalo mozzarella pizzas. The buffalo mozzarella was definitely a good choice and paired nicely with the Italian red wine we sampled.
In between all the walking and delicious food, our tour guides gave us some great bits of history about the area, including Black Wall Street that once ran along Parrish Street right through downtown. It was fascinating to hear about the history of Durham. I even learned a little about the start of Duke University.
Next, we settled our stomachs with a small treat from Toast, an Italian sandwich shop. They served crostini with goat cheese, honey and black pepper. It was delicious and a nice transition from the savory pizza to the sweet portion of our tour.
We closed out the tour with dessert! The Cupcake Bar has been in the area for nearly a decade, starting as a delivery service run by two sisters. The theme is drink-flavored cupcakes, including coffee and mojito. The tour ended at The Parlour, a handmade ice-cream shop, where we enjoyed raspberry-mango sorbet and took a break before heading back to the office.
In addition to the history lessons and amazing food, it was fun to hang out and bond with the marketing department. It was so nice to have the chance to learn more about everyone on the team and explore a bit of Durham.