Fast food

Vegan comfort food take-out restaurant serving fried chicken sandwiches, mac & cheese, burgers, and more. Open Mon-Tue 11:00am-7:00pm, Thu-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm.

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87 Reviews

First Review by Puresoulff


Points +136

06 Nov 2023

So, so good

Wow the food was so good, I can't wait to go back. Had the big kale caesar salad with fried chkn on top, very delicious, and side of mac & cheese which was great. Cornbread also hit the spot. We picked up takeout but the place looked very cute inside and out. Highly recommend!

Pros: all vegan, very tasty



Points +18

31 Oct 2023

Absolutely divine dining experience

Pure Soul has a wonderful menu filled with so many savory choices! Every time I eat there I can't wait to go back and eat there again!! EVERY time I pass thru Durham, it's a must stop. You won't be disappointed!!!

Pros: Great menu, Great tasting food, Wonderful staff


Points +1791

17 Oct 2023

All vegan and all delicious

Very inviting restaurant, happy and friendly staff, Delicious and filling vegan food. Had the kale salad with avocado, Mac and cheese, poboy with cheesy fries and a sweet tea. They also offer specials and holiday catering. The offer online ordering. Will definitely return.

Pros: All vegan, Delicious, Online ordering


Points +350

16 Sep 2023

Vegan BBQ sign me up!!

This food was amazing. I got the bbq plate which came with two side, and then I went back and got cheese cake for takeout. The staff was super friendly and apparently you get a free drink your first time and the lemonade was very good. Igot my food super fast so i image if your in a hurry you might not have much of a problem. I have zero cons to say about this place, can't wait to go back and try more.

Pros: Vegan bbq, Friendly staff, Fast service


Points +25

07 Sep 2023

Absolutely amazing 🤩

I ordered the impossible burger with a
"lettuce bun".
Fries seasoned to perfection and the cashew queso was delicious. YOU need to eat here!

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-07

Pros: Taste good, Nice proportions, Hot & Ready


Points +83

01 Sep 2023

Love this place

I love coming to the place every time I'm in town. My favorite is the kale salad.

Pros: Affordable, Many options, Lot of food


Points +63

24 Aug 2023

Very good food

I liked them for a while, until they raised their prices right after they were voted best restaurant by yelp. They charged $1 for a tiny packet of vegan hellmans. They need to get a food service size and portion out the condiment containers and they wouldn’t have to charge so much. I like their NC bbq and mac and cheese a lot though. Also the drumsticks are great but overpriced. It’s definitely worth it to get the specials. I also love the kale salad

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-22

Pros: NC BBQ, drumsticks, Kale Salad

Cons: mayo portion, prices


Points +43

14 Aug 2023


BBQ plate, collard and cornbread were to die for! Not greasy at all. Will definitely be back.


Points +69

09 Aug 2023

tasty food that speaks to the soul

Excellent. Highly recommend.

Lots of quality food that's making me consider faux meat more seriously. I've been vegan long enough that I don't associate the textures of meat with food. But the food I've had here is making me think twice about that, like I just haven't had it prepared correctly before.

Had the BBQ sandwich w/ slaw + shrimp po boy. Both were great and I'll return. It was very good, with just the right amount of sauce. The textures and flavors were very distinct. Prices were very fair and service was quick. Survived the drive home very well.

Pros: good bbq sandwich, good prices, good service


Points +30

05 Aug 2023

Awesome southern comfort food!

I’ve dined here a couple of times. The first time I tried the Mac and cheese and cornbread and I was left a little disappointed. The noodles were very overpowering compared to the cheese sauce. I felt like I was eating plain noodles almost. I ended up eating half of my mom’s impossible burger. The second time I came back I went for the soul rolls. Oh my goodness- SO GOOD! They were delicious! Overall, this is a must go to if you are vegan or enjoy vegan food!

Pros: Friendly staff, Cute cozy setting, Southern comfort food

Cons: REALLY long wait time


Points +1233

21 May 2023


Cornbread is good. Mac and cheese is good if you don’t mind nutritional yeast. The shrimp po’boy was fair. I appreciate that the veggies were on the side, ready to assemble, so that the bread didn’t get soggy. Desserts are okay—PB cookie was a bit dry. I was not a fan of the bbq nor the greens (too vinegary) and slaw. Overall, I think this place gets a lot of hype just for being all vegan but I’ve had much better vegan meals at non-vegan restaurants. 🤷🏻‍♀️ All the 5 star reviews make me wonder if I just have different standards from other vegans. On the plus side, portions are large and the people who work here seemed very friendly.

Pros: Good service, friendly staff members , Portions sizes , All vegan


Points +26

21 May 2023

key to my heart ♥️

my favorite thing on the menu is the cheesecake 🥰


Points +765

21 May 2023

Southern Food

The food was great! Large portions at a good price! They usually have a daily special that includes a main dish and two sides. We tried the NC Barbecue plate and the chicken strips plate. Will definitely be back.

Updated from previous review on 2023-05-21


Points +82

Mostly Veg
17 May 2023

Southern comfort food

Comforting soul food done very well. The mac and cheese, collards, and faux shrimp (made from Konjac root) hit just right.


Points +25

01 May 2023

everything is good

I don't know how I lived before pure soul


Points +48

29 Apr 2023

Gem of Durham

This restaurant looks very aesthetically pleasing. It’s locally owned and has a variety of soul food options. Everything is vegan and the staff is extraordinary.

Pros: Diverse vegan options , Local food, Rustic bohemian aesthetic

Cons: A little pricey


Points +902

23 Apr 2023

Big stars for big portions

I ordered some delivery from here to be sent to my family in NC and they didn’t disappoint. They said everything tasted great and even the photos made my mouth water. I ordered the NC BVQ plate, the hot honey chikn plate, and the fried “fish” plate along with a slice of sweet potato pie, a lemon cupcake, and the rocky road fudge. I’ll definitely be visiting this place next time I stop through Durham.

Pros: Big portions, Delicious


Points +386

09 Apr 2023

Pure Heaven

Stopped in finally and tried a lot of food. Soul rolls, drumette platter with greens and rice. Also tried the fried chicken sandwich, best in the triangle. Well worth the hour and a half drive.

Pros: All vegan, Great dining area, Service was great, great staff

Cons: I wish they were closer to me


Points +60

04 Apr 2023

Another 5⭐ review to add to the pile

Lots of clearly-marked gluten free options AND -- and this is a rarity for vegan places -- nut allergens are clearly marked and easily avoidable! Got the shrimp plate with collards and potato salad, all fantastic. Long wait time, but worth it.


Points +347

26 Mar 2023

How have I not reviewed this place?

The Pure Soul location in South Durham has a storied history and has passed through a lot of hands, but I'm kind of in love with their current incarnation. Delightsoy chicken products, impossible burgers and both delight BBQ and the locally made BVQ. The Bilbo's greens have been dialed in to perfection, the macaroni and cheese is a noochy dream, I even frequently get the kale Caesar because it's tasty.

My go to order here is a drumstix plate, southern fried (they use delight soy so the drumstix are delightsoy wrapped around a small wooden dowel with a yuba skin) and some housemate "honey mustard", with a rotating cast of sides but usually a green (kale Caesar or Bilbo's) and a starch (macaroni, fries, cheese fries). They carry desserts from a local business owner and have hosted food trucks/the vegan ice cream man before. And they're always so kind! It's just a good spot.

Added bonus, pop over to the spice market in the same little shopping center for Indian ingredients and homemade samosas around 1pm on Saturdays.

Thanks for being the GOAT, Pure Soul ❤️

Pros: Entirely vegan menu, Supportive of other local businesses, Reliably tasty soul food

Cons: Can get expensive but isn't too bad, Tucked away in a weird location


Points +156

Mostly Veg
02 Mar 2023

Local Fave and Fare!

Finally made it! Working nearby for the whole week with extended hours prevented a lunch or dinner visit until today - so worth it! Local special “NC BBQ plate” with greens and soul mac! #vegan #flexitarian #plantbasedfoodie #plantbasedfoodies


Points +264

27 Feb 2023

Nice People and Excellent Food

Everyone working here was incredibly kind and welcoming. I got the Kind Chkn Plate with mac & cheese and kale caesar salad. The chkn patty was perfectly crispy, and I loved it with some added hot sauce. The sides were delicious too. I can't wait to eat here again!


Points +204

25 Feb 2023

Best vegan soul food ever

Don't even hesitate...go eat at Pure Soul now!!!
Seriously, this is vegan food at its best with family recipes made with love. The soul bowl with hopping john style beans, corn bread, and yellow rice with avocado is so good. My favorite is the Buffalo drumstick plate over yellow rice with corn bread, bilbos greens, mac and cheese and homemade ranch.

You can eat affordably here with specials every day. The plates are a ton of food for the price. The expensive items like the greens are worth every penny to me since they are wonderful and I could never make them close to this good at home.

I could go on and on about how special this place is, but I'll stop with one final note...sweet potato pie!!!

Pros: Vegan food so good you'll wanna cry, Bilbos greens with cholula hot sauce, Friendly staff and easy online ordering


Points +500

22 Jan 2023

Delicious southern fare

We got takeout twice as shared meals.
Everything was delicious but I give a special shout-out to the cornbread, grilled chicken strips and sweet potato fries #Veganuary


Points +52

15 Jan 2023

perfect spot

everything was amazing with the friendliest service and a beautiful ambiance. could not recommend more.


Points +361

09 Jan 2023

Purely Good Stuff

We caught up with a couple of friends in the Chapel Hill area and we all dined with selections from North Carolina’s own version of comfort food. Big thumbs up for the barbecue platter, chkn strip platter, kind chkn sandwich and the barbecue sandwich. I’m giving a special shoutout for the most delicious cornbread I may have ever tasted. Moist with pieces of real corn. I’m a Philly guy and I honestly didn’t expect this fare to compare but I have truly been corrected and I’m comin back for more. #Veganuary


Points +301

03 Jan 2023

One of a kind vegan restaurant!

Everything about this place is top notch! The restaurant is loaded with plants, the employees are extremely nice, & the food is in a league of its own.

The food is absolutely delicious, the presentation is perfect, the portions are huge for the price, and I wait time was less than 15 minutes. I especially loved the fish. I'm not sure how they did it, but it was the best vegan fish I ever had! The greens are organic, local and absolutely amazing. The BBQ & Mac n cheese was great as well!

Definitely coming back in a couple weeks

Updated from previous review on 2023-01-03

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