Piedmont Restaurant

Piedmont Restaurant has cultivated a loyal following by creating an adventurous, seasonal dining experience in the heart of downtown Durham. We shine a light on foods harvested and raised in North Carolina, including from our sister farm in Hillsborough, Coon Rock Farm. Chef John May’s inspired cuisine showcases local ingredients in classic Southern dishes, reimagined with an inventive spirit. Our regionally focused craft cocktail program, North Carolina craft beers, and extensive and award-winning wine list designed by Crawford Leavoy complete our modern farm-to-table experience.

Chef John May joined Piedmont in August 2016 after two and a half years cooking alongside Chef Vivian Howard at her award-winning Chef & The Farmer in Kinston, NC. Guests may recognize May from the open kitchen where he was featured on several episodes of “A Chef’s Life.” A Durham native, May returned home to share his cooking – steeped in the South and its foodways and traditions – with his community at Piedmont, the ultimate destination for his NC-centered. A former United States Marine, May also studied at The Art Institute in Durham, cooked at the Weathervane at Southern Season, and at The Boot. Executive Chef John May brings a passion for storytelling through his food which resonates at Piedmont where delicious food and responsible sources are paramount.
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Coon Rock Farm

Richard Holcomb and Jamie DeMent began Coon Rock Farm in 2005 as a sustainable family farm providing garden crops and pasture-raised antibiotic and hormone-free chickens, eggs, pigs, sheep and goats. The farm’s 55 acres is nestled along a bend in the Eno River just outside Hillsborough, NC. The farm concentrates on “sustainably taking care of the land while letting it take care of us.” The soil is fertilized by the animals through intense rotational grazing, cover cropping, and composting. No chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides are used. Already a fixture in local kitchens, Coon Rock Farm produce, meat and eggs are known throughout the Triangle thanks to its’ participation in many area farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture programs. It also provides sister companies - Piedmont and Bella Bean Organics - with meats, eggs and produce.
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Vogue recognizes that Piedmont is what makes Durham one of America's hippest cities

"Piedmont is the epitome of hyperlocal farm to table. Ingredients come from the restaurant’s sister farm, Coon Rock Farm, as well as Durham Farmers Market and local purveyors and farms around the state. Darling chef John May will make you fall in love with veggies all over again."

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The Local Palate recognizes Piedmont as part of Durham's new image

"Chef John May digs into seasonal cuisine, pulling inspiration...for a vegetable-centric meal"

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Chef May Named Southern Chef to Watch in 2017

"His calm demeanor translates into the laid-back vibe at Piedmont.... [T]here’s deep satisfaction for the diner in most dishes on the menu, especially the seafood, one of his passions, as well as veggie-forward offerings. His use of diverse produce, from muscadines to beets to broccoli rabe is particularly exciting to see on any Southern menu."

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Bites of Bull City and Triangle Explorer talk about Piedmont as a go-to in Durham

"Piedmont doesn’t have to be a place just for special occasions. Much of the food is locally sourced and the flavor profiles featured on the menu always introduce me to something new. They also have a killer brunch!"

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Raleigh Magazine features Seasons of the Sea

"...May has also created a calendar of special tasting events with notable chefs from across the state - most recently - chef Justin Burdett of Asheville’s Local Provisions restaurant."

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Chef John discusses sustainable seafood and Seasons of the Sea

Chef John sits down with Time Warner Cable news to discuss the importance of Seasons of the Sea and sustainable seafood

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GM Leavoy & Chef May discuss Durham food culture

GM Crawford Leavoy and Chef John May discuss the changing food scene of the Triangle

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Chef John May toasts the NC Governor at his Inaugural Ball

Chef John discusses cooking at the NC Governor's Inaugural Ball.

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John May dishes all with Southern Fork

Chef talks about his love of tweezers, carrots and beets with Stephanie Burt

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Preserving the heritage of NC fishermen by using local seafood

John May says, “I could choose to serve the most relatable fish, and those would sell, or I could choose to serve dogfish and mullet, because they’re very sustainable and delicious.”

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John May joins an amazing lineup at the Carolina Food Summit

Executive Chef John May to be featured in a discussion on "Reanimating the Rural South" at the Carolina Food Summit

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Piedmont's fall pork featured in North State Journal

"We are right in the center of Durham...we offer a four-course tasting menu built around in-seaon ingredients."

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Durham Magazine "dishes it" with Executive Chef John May

"Growing up in Durham, John May never imagined he'd be Executive Chef at one of the city's prominent restaurants."

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Wine Spectator awards Piedmont the "Best of Award of Excellence" for 2nd consecutive year

"These wine lists display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Typically offering 350 or more selections, these restaurants are destinations for serious wine lovers, showing a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their service team."

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    Tex Mex

    May 2017
    Join us for our special Tex-Mex menu all night long. Proceeds from this menu will go to the Food Bank of Houston.

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    Piedmont is the ideal space for a private dinner for either business or pleasure. Our mezzanine, with its industrial features and skylights, accommodates up to 40 people. It is the perfect location for a cocktail hour, a company social, or a private event. Our main dining room is a wonderful space for large events such as wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, wedding brunches, and large company events.
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    Suite 401-B2
    401 Foster St.
    Durham, NC