After researching online, consulting local residents and working with various colleagues at the Echo office in Darlington, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite places to grab a bite (or a drink) in the town center.
While this is not a definitive ranking of the best places for lunch in Darlington, all of the restaurants featured on this list offer good food.
With that in mind (written), here are six of the best places for lunch in Darlington town center.
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The Wandering Duck, Grange Road
The Wandering Duck (TWD), a favorite of one of our editors, boasts the slogan “Wander in, Waddle out.”
With a quick look at the menu and the reports from various Echo employees, this is not unfounded.
The breakfast and brunch restaurant on Grange Road offers an impressive selection of sandwiches for those looking to treat themselves on their lunch break.
From the smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese bagel to the fried steak sandwich with onions and peppers, the venue offers a wide variety of delicious options.
The sandwiches are served alongside salads from 12 p.m., and a variety of bar snacks such as marinated olives and pretzels are also available.
For those wanting breakfast served from 9am to 3pm, our own Chris Lloyd reviewed TWD and gave it an impressive 8/10.
Hash Bar and Kitchen, Coniscliffe Road
Located on Coniscliffe Road near Number Twenty2, this restaurant and bar is a family run business open since 2015.
Known for its sandwiches, chips and cocktails (although we wouldn’t recommend it on your work lunch break), the eatery is loved by many Darlington residents.
This opinion was certainly shared by our staff after someone mentioned it in the discussion, and it was quickly met with approval.
The restaurant offers a mix of culinary delights, perfect for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike.
From a chicken shawarma, hummus and cucumber sandwich to a goat cheese sandwich with red onion jam, the venue offers a range of different sandwiches that all look delicious.
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The Black Olive Deli, Grange Road
This deli is one of this author’s personal favorites and is the perfect place for a quick bite.
Anyone looking for a filling lunch with a bit of a treat would do well to check out the wide selection of sandwiches and bagels that seem to fly off the shelves at lunchtime.
This reporter’s personal favorites would be the beef and horseradish sandwich, the pasta selection, and even the pulled pork scotch egg (although this one is admittedly a bit heavy).
In addition, hungry visitors are greeted with a selection of baked goods and cheeses.
Additionally, the deli offers a selection of sweet treats including brownies, cakes and other decadent delights.
H Taylor & Sons Ltd, Skinnergate
Taylor’s, a favorite of our Andy White, offers plenty of savory pies and other meat dishes.
Their pork pies proved extremely popular with the Echo staff, who were at a loss for words to describe them.
In addition to these takeaway items, the cafe also offers various meals such as minced meat slices, chicken curry and roast beef and pork.
Founded in 1922 by Harry Taylor, the business has spanned several generations of the same family and gradually developed into one of the region’s most popular butchers.
If you’re looking for a good cake or just some warm food, Taylor’s is the right place for you.
Falafel Fella, Clark’s Yard
This vegan-friendly falafel restaurant is located in Clark’s Yard, just off Skinnergate, behind Al Forno.
The restaurant offers freshly prepared, authentic Syrian dishes. The menu features various falafel offerings as well as desserts like baklava and basbousa.
The fast food outlet also offers chicken wraps, chips, hummus, halloumi wraps and salad.
There are also other dishes such as babba ganoush, Syrian flatbread, muhammara, matubl shwander and fattoush.
In addition to the delicious food, the restaurant owner has also launched an earthquake relief fund for people in his home country of Syria, which you can visit Here.
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Echo 3 Coffee House and Roastery, Clark’s Yard
This coffee shop is popular with Darlington residents and has received rave reviews online.
On TripAdvisor, Echo 3 currently has a 5/5 star rating, with one reviewer calling it “by far the best coffee in Darlington”.
In addition to the large selection of coffee, the store also offers delicious baked goods such as tarts, cakes, brownies and flapjacks.
Additionally, the company is dog-friendly, meaning those who want to bring their furry companions can do so.
This venue is a big favorite of our social media expert, and that’s no surprise considering the food and coffee have that “instagrammable” quality.
If you feel like we missed one of your favorite places to grab a bite, be sure to let us know and we’ll do our best to try it out.