Posted by: duketower | December 29, 2009

Duke Tower Dining Options at the Nearby American Tobacco Campus

Downtown Durham with the American Tobacco Campus on the Left

The American Tobacco Campus has become a centerpiece of downtown Durham’s renaissance and has many good restaurants offering a variety of food and drink.  Located less than one mile from Duke Tower Hotel & Condominiums, the American Tobacco Historic District, as it is also known, is within easy walking distance or a short ride away from Duke Tower Hotel. Our free shuttle service, which normally goes to Duke University and Medical Center,  will be happy to make a slight detour to take you over to American Tobacco Campus and pick you up after your meal or entertainment.

The Mellow Mushroom

At American Tobacco, you will have a number of dining options to choose from. One of our personal favorites is the Mellow Mushroom, a sort of sixties-themed pizza joint. Be sure and try their “Gourmet White”, “Magical Mystery Tour” or “Kosmic Karma” pizzas.

Tyler's Tap Room

A favorite of many of our guests, especially those from Europe, is Tyler’s Tap Room, undoubtedly due to the great selection of beers they have. If you are going to enjoy Tyler’s Tap Room, you will undoubtedly want to use our free shuttle service.  If you are there now, have had a few beers and are reading this blog because you’ve forgotten the shuttle driver’s number, here it is: 919-323-1745. Call him!

If you are in the mood for Japanese or Thai food, you’ll like Cafe Zen Sushi and Asian Bistro.They offer reasonably priced sushi, yakitori, tempura and other Japanese specialities, along with a variety of spicier Thai dishes, such as Tom Yum soup with shrimp, one of our favorites.

Cuban Revolution

For food with a Latin flavor, check out Cuban Revolution, the newest restaurant in American Tobacco, having opened in the summer of 2009. They offer Cuban food with a political twist, such as “The JFK”, “The Fidel” and “The Bay of Pigs” in an atmosphere they describe as “1950’s Havana”. One newspaper said, “Their Cuban coffee was enough reason for this place to exist.”

For mid-day lighter fare, check out Saladelia, which brings the flavor of the Mediterranean to Durham. Saladelia combines Lebanese and Greek cuisine in sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts. They pride themselves on buying from local farmers and using natural and organic ingredients wherever possible. Saladelia is open 7:30AM to 5:30PM Monday through Friday at American Tobacco.

American Tobacco's "River"

In addition to dining options, the American Tobacco area has become quite a destination in and of itself. Many corporate, educational and non-profit organizations, including IBM, Glaxo-Smith Kline, Renesas, Duke University and North Carolina Public Radio, have large offices in American Tobacco.

American Tobacco’s design and landscaping has collected industry awards for their innovative and beautiful use of the space. The combination of historic buildings with modern urban chic is unlike any office space in the Triangle. Seasonal landscaping, especially in spring, fall, and at Christmas make the campus a destination for sightseers.

The American Tobacco area has also become an entertainment destination. During the warm summer months on Friday evenings, they often have free live entertainment outside in the center of the campus under the water tower.

Bay 7

Bay 7 is popular as a rentable location for weddings, parties and other gatherings, such as charity events. The Durham Bulls Athletic Park, home to the Durham Bulls, is right across the street, as is the new Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Many people go for a meal or a drink before a game or performance, or stop by afterward for a nightcap. For any of the events in the American Tobacco Campus area, our shuttle service will provide you with a free ride to and from your destination.

We look forward to your visit to Duke Tower Hotel and the many fine restaurants we have in our vicinity. We look forward to serving you and hope to see you soon.

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