Durham >Food & Dining > Blue Corn Cafe
716 Ninth St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.008451 -78.922006
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-9:30pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Old West Durham
Amazing salsa! – Blue Corn Cafe is located in a very cute area of Durham, which pairs a small town feel with an almost boutique-y one. The restaurant used to be quite small but has recently expanded. The food is delicious and fresh, and the salsa is near-addictive. Their vegetarian options are great - I highly recommend their Green Enchiladas!
Great Flavor and Service – Great live jazz on Tuesdays nights and tasty margaritas. Most waiters are duke students so i would tip nicely (unless you are a UNC fan).
Decent food – I've gone about four times and always thought that the food and service were good. Not great but good. I usually get the first chicken dish which I think has mango and some other items on top with beans and mashed potatoes. Good but I decided to go with the taco salad. Not bad but nothing to write about. I like supporting local restaurants and it's definitely a place to check out. The prices are okay.
lackluster – Blue Corn was pathetic last night. It was my first time, after hearing good things about it. The waitress was laughably inept and uninterested. The food extremely so-so. I had chicken with mango salsa - a huge portion, but oversalted, dry and chewy. There was a side of black beans and corn that was boring and overcooked. The only saving grace was a tasty margarita. I won't be back.
Funky Flirty fun! – I visited this spot on my first date! It was the most memorable meal for me due to the great service and great food. I had the best Mahi Mahi ever with a beautiful presentation and delicious cocktails! If you are looking for a casual place with great food that will impress a date, this is the place for you!
Spicy, sweet Latin American flavors wrapped in a bohemian setting. – In Short
A sweet, simple atmosphere: slightly mismatched chairs and tables, a few hanging photographs and Latin music. Easily overheard conversation flows as freely as the sangria, so don't come here for a private tete-a-tete. Here, you'll find comfort food with an accent. Don't miss the bistec Milanese (an exotic country-fried steak)--a thinly sliced flank steak marinated in mojo sauce, breaded and sauteed, then topped with a salsa cruda.
Good Pick - authentic – After living in Miami for 20 years, you can spot good latin food. The mix here is unique in that they had Cuban and mexican food. They served high quality Tortia Chips and a very good Salsa and yet you could oder some authentic Cuban food OR Mexican. I tried a combo of both and was very satisfied. The price was what you would expect for that area and the portions were good. The quality was excellent. the only minus for them is the atmosphere but considering how small the place is its understandable. It s a good pick, I would return.
User review by stickers – Nice variety of latin food--a large selection of vegetarian options that aren't simply cheese and tortilla. a great place if you are feeling like latin food, but don't want simply mexican fare. The ambience of the restaurant leaves a little to be desired, but the food is worth it.
Even Native Cubans Approve – I took my roommate here over the summer and she was amazed at the quality of the food and its authentic execution. She couldn't believe how much the food was like the traditional Cuban fare that she thought only her grandmother could produce.
I am from the MidWest and also greatly enjoyed the dining experience--there is something for everyone. The portions are generous and the price very reasonable.
We made reservations on a Friday night, and while the place seemed to be busy, no one seemed to be waiting.
Flavor for All – I was taken here on a first date and it was a great experience. It's a funky little restaurant without being trendy. The service was great and the food was excellent, and the variety of dishes makes it fun to experiment with new choices! I loved the generous portions and the beautiful presentation. I had the best Mahi Mahi ever here! You have to try this cool little restaurant! Hold on to your tastebuds and don't forget the margaritas!
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