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Best in Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham

I'm trying to compile a list of restaurants that I must try at least once while I live in CH for school. I know that there are numerous posts that people randomly list their favorite restaurants but I thought it would be nice to have it all in one place for newbies, visitors, etc.

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  1. The reason it's all over the place is that we often disagree. My advice, if you're living here, is "try everything", then go back to the places you enjoy.

    Start with Suttons on Franklin Street, get a chili cheese burger with coleslaw.

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    1. re: fussycouple

      Agreed. ACME used to have a really great "fancy" burger, but the last time I ate there it was so terrible I haven't been back (PLEASE, someone tell me things have changed).

      I'm a big fan of the Sunday/Tuesday night pizza + beer special at Italian Pizzeria 3.

      The Lantern serves up a delicious fried flounder (whole)...and their smoked dishes are always great.

      1. re: fussycouple

        I know that everyone has different opinions but I thought this would be a nice topic for visitors to the area and newbies to town to refer to easily.

        Thanks for your suggestion.

      2. Here's a few of my favorites in the area:

        Carrburritos - Burritos
        Tyler's Taproom - Burger, Fries, Beer
        Pepper's Pizza - House Stromboli
        Sandwhich / Neal's Deli - Sandwiches

        1. The best BBQ in the Chapel Hill area is Allen and Son, between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough on Highway 86. May be the best in the state.

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            1. Whenever I visit my sister-in-law in Chapel Hill, my kids make her take us to Carrburito's!! Awesome for just about anybody!!