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We are open for takeout and limited outdoor first come, first served seating (food truck style). Lantern classics like salt & pepper shrimp, chaat, and pork & chive dumplings. Plus crispy NC catfish, NC oysters on the half shell, local heirloom tomatoes, hot chocolate cake, and warm yuzu pudding with local blueberries. 

Pre-order for pickup online starting today OR order online via QR codes at tables.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday | 5:00-8:00 PM

Take your order home or grab a seat at one of our outdoor tables. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Cocktails and oysters must be consumed on site.


We are currently open only for takeout with limited first come , first served outdoor seating. 

Since March 2020, the Lantern Team has collaborated with EAT NC (formerly Durham FEAST) to help cook and move more than 1,000,000 meals.

In March 2021, in partnership with No Kid Hungry and EAT NC, we turned our Kitchen Patrol program virtual by launching a series of live online cooking classes. Follow along on Instagram.

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Eater: Watch Andrea Reusing's TED Talk on the Illusion of Abundance and the Invisibility of Farm Workers

"Here's a thought-provoking TEDx Talk from Lantern's Andrea Reusing in which the Chapel Hill, NC chef urges the food world to 'make a place for farm workers at the table.' Reusing points out that we live in a world run amuck with 'foodies,' saying, 'We have tote bags for our tote bags. Our compost piles have their own Tumblrs.' But yet somehow still the food community often ignores 'something that's much more fundamental to the way we live: the lives of the people who harvest the food that we eat.'" 

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Cooking in the Moment

Cooking In the Moment selected as one of the New York Times notable cookbooks of 2011!

A serious thank you to Serious Eats for including Cooking in the Moment with such great company in their favorite cookbooks of the year.