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True Flavors Diner in Durham, North Carolina

I love trying new places when they open! True Flavors has been open since 2014 as a diner. I didn’t get to go until a few months ago. It came to my attention when Carla Hall from The Chew came to visit North Carolina. She was coming through on her book tour for her new book ‘Carla Hall’s Soul Food’, and she stopped in to eat at the diner, then posted about it on Instagram. After I saw her post, it was on my radar.

Bench Seating at True Flavors

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So over the Christmas break instead of traveling as we have done in the past, we decided to stay local this holiday and tried some places that we have wanted to go. True Flavors Executive Chef/Founder Sidney Coves went to Johnson & Wales University in Norfolk, VA and started in Durham with his catering company. He then decided to open an unconventional diner near RTP in Southern Durham. Lucky for me the diner is located not too far from my home.

Their hours are from 7:30 am – 2:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Closed on Tuesdays! Saturday Brunch 7:30 am – 2:30 pm and Sunday Brunch is 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

To skip the long lines on the weekend, try to go during the weekdays if you can. We went at 1:30 in the afternoon and we got a table pretty quickly.

Desserts of the Day

They bring you complimentary biscuits one per person to start; then they are an additional cost for more. Their homemade jam accompanies it. That day it was blackberry, and well…I wanted more! Yes, it was delicious, to say the least.

Buttery Biscuits with House-made Jam

We had two dishes that were to die for!

My husband had the Bourbon Bacon Meatloaf doused with Bourbon Bacon Gravy with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Meatloaf with Bourbon BBQ Gravy

I had the Catfish dredged in their unique flour mixture fried crispy with four cheese grits and two eggs! Yum, yum, yummy!

Catfish and Cheesy Grits

Seating is limited, but they do have seats up at the counter where they cook, which next time I want to sit there and hope to find out some of their secrets behind their delightful dishes.

Counter Seating at True Flavors Diner

Let me know if you have been to True Flavors Diner in Durham. If not go visit them, then let me know what you think.

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