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Pan Pan's Hardtimes Diner

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1058 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27701
+1 919-416-1950
09:30 - 21:00
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Sun 09:30 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 09:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 09:30 - 22:00
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

This was the first time I had ever been there. The food was okay, but felt the prices were a little steep for 2 people that had the buffet and 1 drink each. Would go again but order off the menu.

Thank Barb S
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2014

Pan Pan's was recommended to us for Chitlins by a waitress at Hog Heaven BBQ. The buffet contains all of the soul food you could possibly want, chitlins included, there are even two types of greens offered turnip and collard! Fried chicken, catfish, cornbread, peach and apple cobbler, the list goes on. The food was good, the service was friendly... More 

2 Thank fletcher1212
Brooklyn, New York
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110 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

This restaurant got great reviews for barbecue and soul food so we decided to give it a try. The macaroni and cheese had a mustard color and a miserable taste. The ribs were undercooked and oversauced. The cornbread and cabbage were good, but not worth the money we spent for a full meal. Quite a disappointment.

3 Thank Jazzgal67
High Point
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96 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

A friend of mine recommended this restaurant years ago and I never got around to trying it until recently. They said it was better than Mamma Dips in Chapel Hill. Pan Pan's is inside of North Gate mall in Durham. It didn't look the cleanest and the restroom smelled awful. The food was ok but I've had better home cookin'.... More 

3 Thank b_arnold1976
Brooklyn, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2012

I live in Brooklyn, NY, where the soul food has lost the soul part. Pork has been replaced by turkey, it's a mess. I forgot what real soul food tasted like until my best friend took me to this mall to find something to eat. At first glance I was not interested at all, so much so that we left... More 

1 Thank CoreyCW
Durham, North Carolina
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212 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

I've walked by Pan Pan Diner many times while out shopping at Northgate and told myself that I should make an effort to eat lunch there some day......and I'm glad that today was the day I finally did. My partner and I were seated near the cafeteria line / buffet and it looked really good. They had fried chicken, bar-b-que... More 

2 Thank Dgtl1
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2011

I really can't understand the rave reviews of this place. It was okay. It's a buffet and it's located in the mall. I guess it used to be somewhere with more character. The food was decidedly average. The fried chicken was very good, as was the peach cobbler. Everything in between was pretty mediocre...the turkey, lima beans, pot roast, etc.... More 

2 Thank Jennygwen
San Antonio, Texas
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2010

Wish and Ken came all the way from New Hampshire and morgan came from San Antonio on Memorial Day Weekend just to eat at Pan Pan's. The food is delicious with all of my favorites among the selections. The only problem was I didn't have room enough to eat it all! This was my first stop after arriving at RDU!... More 

2 Thank Morgan W
Athens, Georgia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2010

Yeah, it's definitely not health food but it is SOUL FOOD. The flavors are awesome! This is how it ought to be done: this place rocks! The vibe is righteous and the staff are nice as can be! I have one question though. Was this an Asian Restaurant in a former life? How wild a FUSION FLAVOR would THAT be?... More 

1 Thank Fitzy_665
Durham, NC
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2010

Been a fan of the Pan Pan since it was on Hillandale Rd. So glad they finally opened up again in Northgate Mall. The food it just incredible...real soul food. Turkey & dressing, chicken livers, oysters, EVERYTHING is so good. And the staff is always nice and attentive. And even the soul music they play is fantastic. The only problem... More 

1 Thank FishCampBarbie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 21:00
09:30 - 22:00
09:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1058 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27701
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-416-1950

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?