Best sandwich: Toast
345 W Main St
Come here for authentic-ish panini, tramezzini (cold sammies without the crust), and crostini (toasted appetizer sandwiches you’ll want to order four of), courtesy of a couple of Durham natives who opened the paninoteca in 2008. The vibe is casual but the three-cheese panini with Grana Padano, asiago fresca, pecorino, and truffle oil will make you feel lavish. As lavish as a sandwich can make one feel, anyway.
1104 A Broad St
If you haven’t already (why haven’t you?), introduce yourself to African curries and sides, like ugali, which is similar to polenta; and kachumbari, a simple salad/salsa of onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mostly everything on the rich menu is vegetarian or vegan.