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Top Restaurants in Chapel Hill?

MargaretsFoodisms Dec 15, 2010 06:14 AM

Any thoughts?


  1. LulusMom Dec 15, 2010 07:26 AM

    What is the criteria? Fine dining, I'd say Elaines. I've had a few really great meals there in the past month or two (and many more over the course of the last year). But if you want something homey, obviously this isn't the place to go.

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      d.v Dec 15, 2010 08:42 AM

      I'll suggest Lantern (http://lanternrestaurant.com/).

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        yahooer Dec 15, 2010 08:46 AM

        Right now, I think Kitchen is the place. Casual, open for lunch and dinner, well executed, imaginative dishes, good service, fair prices. It's a new restaurant that knows what it's doing. On Airport Rd (Martin Luther King Blvd) in the strip center where Fosters is.

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          dinersaurus Dec 15, 2010 09:08 AM

          Lantern has to be on this list.

          What do people think of Cypress? I haven't been there in a while, but I really enjoyed the meal I had. Yet, I never see much mentioned about it on here or anywhere else for that matter.

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          1. re: dinersaurus
            LulusMom Dec 15, 2010 09:24 AM

            I've been to Cypress twice, and thought it was only so-so both times.

            I like both Lantern (although I DO wish they'd change up the menu once in a while) and Kitchen a lot too.

            1. re: LulusMom
              Jesco Dec 16, 2010 06:10 AM

              Bonne Soiree is at the top of my list by a wide margin.

              Bonne Soiree Restaurant
              431 W Franklin St Ste 10, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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            burgeoningfoodie Dec 16, 2010 08:05 AM

            Yeah what is the criteria. Of the restaurants I have been to in Chapel Hill, I like Elaines, Bonn Soiree, Fearrington Inn and possibly One but I'll let you know more based on my experience tomorrow. Oh and I liked Jujube the time I was there.

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              suse Dec 16, 2010 04:10 PM

              I go back to Jujube time and time again. The food is solid and the vibe is good. Love it.

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                LindyD Mar 16, 2011 06:20 AM

                Some of these restaurants - like Elaine's - are extremely noisy. If I am going to enjoy a great meal, I don't want to have that level of noise. Also, at Elaines you are seat super close to other people Personally - I would just go over to Durham and try Nanas - great atmosphere along with fantastic food.

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