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Jan 13, 2011 10:03 AM

College tour help needed NC

We are making our 2nd visit to North Carolina to check out college's with our high school junior daughter in mid February. Last summer we visited The Triangle, and Charlottle, which we loved. We got great suggestions from this board, and we want to find the same caliber as we experienced.This trip will be Winston/Salem, Elan, High Point and Chapel Hill.
We all love locally owned owned, independent restaurants and we are open to all types of food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More lower/moderate but for dinner we can do whatever. We are flying into Raleigh, but have not decided in what order we are visiting, we will be in NC from Friday morning until dinner time on Monday.

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  1. You might want to do a search, as you will find lots of posts on these cities. Also, you are making a very broad would be helpful to have some sense of exactly where you will be for specific days and meals. Elon is between Chapel Hill and High Point, and there's really nothing there, so for example it would be helpful to know if you are spending the night in CH, then driving that morning to Elon, then continuing on to High Point, for example.

    In general your best food will be in Chapel Hill, then Winston-Salem. High Point is not a good food town.

    If you want BBQ, Allen and Son (the one on Highway 86 between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough) is excellent. That would be my one don't miss place. Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem is another place I'd recommend highly.

    Sweet Potatoes
    529 N Trade St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

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    1. re: jla1960

      Saxapahaw is about half way between Chapel Hill and Elon, the General Store has a nice brunch Saturday and Sunday (taking NC 54 between them).

      General Store Cafe
      39 West St, Pittsboro, NC 27312

    2. There's a couple threads going right now about Winston-Salem (the first one of which I started) here:

      and here:

      1. For Chapel Hill I'd recommend the following places!

        Allen & Sons for lunch, great BBQ and hushpuppies, might want to call to make sure they're open
        The Kitchen for great french bistro food, mussels and frites. Not far from A&S
        Acme Restaurant for seasonal American dishes, right in Carrboro
        Buns on Franklin Street for great burgers and fries
        Mama Dip's for classic Southern food, good but mixed reviews
        Top of the Hill for a beer and apps overlooking Franklin Street
        411 West for decent italian at a good price
        Carrburritos for a nouveau burrito and fresh ingredients

        I'm pretty sure most of these places are within 5 miles of downtown Chapel Hil but definitely check out Carrboro when you visit UNC.

        411 West
        Chapel Hill, NC, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

        711 Rosemary St, Carrboro, NC

        Hil Restaurant
        9110 Selborne Ln Ste 110, Palmetto, GA 30268

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        1. re: RonboNC

          Thanks for the suggestions so far, keep them coming..Our schedule has been finalized as being at High Point on Friday during the daytime, and spending Friday night in Winston/Salem, and then onto Elon Saturday afternoon, and spending Sat night and Sunday night in Chapel Hill.We feel pretty sure of where to eat in Chapel Hill and Carrboro but need help in the other places. Sweet Potatoes looks good.

          Sweet Potatoes
          529 N Trade St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

          1. re: rf24230

            Billy Bob's is a good joint for country or BBQ for breakfast, lunch or dinner in WS.

            Billy Bob's Silver Diner @ 1650 Hanes Mall Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 336 - 768 - 0654.

              1. re: Littleman

                Billy Bob's is nothing more than your basic diner. It's ok, but absolutely nothing special. Many much better choices in W-S. And I can't fathom encouraging anyone to order BBQ there, but since you're recommending it, I assume you have had it...what did you think?

          2. Also look at places in greensboro. It is just a hop skip and a jump from High Point.

            In Winston for dinner I would suggest Christopher's, Milners or Bleu. At all of these places appetizers are the strong points. You may want to pick up a chopped plate @ Mr. BBQ for a taste of NC

            For Greensboro try Saigon, berts Seafood or Bistro Sofia




            Bistro Sofia
            616 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

            Bleu Restaurant & Bar
            3425 Frontis Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

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            1. re: quazi

              I second Saigon in Greensboro, it's good Vietnamese. We also used to enjoy Pho Hien Vuong a lot, over on Spring Garden St. near the intersection with Market. Haven't been there for almost two years now, but their pho and spring rolls were always outstanding.

            2. Billy Bobs is closed. I would second Milners as it is easy to find. If you are inclined to try something interesting, look up Century Kitchen at Flynt Hill winery. It recently was reviewed by the WS Journal and got a top review. We have eaten there several times and the food is out standing. Also look up Kitchen Roselli. Both a short drive from Winston Salem but are well worth
              it. For breakfast check out the Screaming Rooster. Or Marys Breakfast of course. In Chapel hill
              check out the Mediterranean Deli on Franklin Streeet. GO DEACS Hope this helps

              Mediterranean Deli
              410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

              Kitchen Roselli
              105 E Main St, East Bend, NC 27018