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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 request...it 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

              1. Regarding Winston-Salem, those are good recommendations above, but for Friday night I'd recommend going to 4th St. downtown. If you want fun/funky and pretty good pizza, check out Mellow Mushroom. All the high school and college kids love it, and adults love it because they have one of the best draft beer lineups in town. Or, if you prefer something a little more upscale, go to Hutch & Harris pub. Really good food, but not terribly expensive. Rana Loca offers a unique Latin-inspired menu--I've been there several times now and haven't been disappointed. Regardless which restaurant you select, you'll get to experience the 4th St. vibe so your daughter can get a feel for the city. You might also want to take in a movie at a/perture theatre, our independent movie theatre.

                Google any of the above for directions, menus, etc. Good luck!

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                1. re: arbyunc

                  Mellow Mushroom is a huge chain. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but the OP was seeking local independent places.

                  1. re: billyjack

                    ^ Correct, MM is a (regional) chain. But it definitely has a local feel here in WS, partly due to the fact that each restaurant has a different decor, and because the WS one is smack in the middle of the 4th street action, with cafe seating on the sidewalk and lots of glass to look out onto the street.

                2. I hope you are also investigating food served on the campuses. My son is a sophomore at Elon, and he has enjoyed the food choices there. He has also lost some weight since the school provides healthier options than we did at home. The majority of his main meals have been at Pan Geos, and while I can always find something good there I prefer the range of choices at Collonades.

                  Off campus you will not find a lot of good independent restaurants in the Elon and Burlington area. Sal's calzones are consistently good. Hursey's BBQ is good. Southward, Saxapahaw is excellent. Eastward, I want to try B Chirstophers, but have not yet been there.

                  Hursey's Bar-B-Q
                  2174 N Nc Highway 87, Elon College, NC 27244

                  B. Christophers - Burlington
                  2461 South Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215

                  Sal's Italian Restaurant and Pizza
                  402 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215

                  1. If you're in High Point, you definitely should take the short drive down to Lexington for a meal at Lexington Barnecue No. 1. It is one of the best barbecue places in North Carolina

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                    1. re: dcbbq

                      In Burlington/Elon, Prego's Trattoria is excellent and for some BBQ try A & M on Hwy 70 on your way back to Durham Chapel Hill.

                      1. re: Jesco

                        I'll try Prego's. What dishes do you like best there? Our State magazine likes the corvina piccata and spaghetti carbonara.

                        1. re: AreBe

                          I get the carbonara, I have only been one time but was impressed.