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By TOM MOORE
The days of T-shirts, frayed blue jeans, long
unkempt hair slowly have given way to more
conservative, more traditional manners and
morals. For guys short hair, knit alligator shirts
or button downs, khakis (and sometimes jeans
if they don't look too worn) and top siders or
duck shoes worn without any socks are now the
norm on campus. And women wear their hair
shoulder length sometimes longer and in a
pony tail that can be conveniently curled for a
mixer or a night out dancing. And the clothes
for women vary: multi-colored sun dresses,
button down shirts with tight jeans, an Izod
blouse, khaki or madras Jane Hathaway shorts,
bright or kelly green pants with those little tiny
cute whales on them, a pink belt .with a cockle
shell or some other nifty buckle, and dozens,
maybe hundreds, of those golden beads whose
meaning remains mysterious.
"Are you a Preppie? Are you A Preppette?"
two satirical posters popular among the college
age crowd asked. Other Preppy paraphernalia
has sold well, most notably The Preppy Hand
book and the T-shirts, calendars and stationary
that have been spun off from it. And the film,
Animal House, is still popular among the college
crowd and those about to enter that throng. On
the surface all this is satirical stuff, funny to just
about every college youth. But too many that
are laughing are also studying the fine points of
the parodies to make sure they measure up. . .
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Fried chicken, that mouth-watering treat, is a
delicacy native to the South. And Chapel Hill,
being a down home town, boasts many fine res
taurants that serve fried chicken. But like any
food or drink, fried chicken varies greatly in
quality from restaurant to restaurant. So I,
along with a few of my illustrious colleagues on
The DTH, decided to search for the best fried
chicken in Chapel Hill.
The Great Fried Chicken Hunt took us to many,
of Chapel Hill's fine eating spots in search of the
ever-elusive best fried bird in town. Though I, a
long-time avid eater of the great Southern meal,
don't want to see any of the stuff ever again
(Well, at least for several months) I think my pil
grimage can help those chicken-loving folks out
who don't care to do the extensive research I did
for this story.
Although the chicken at several restaurants
was pretty close in quality, the best chicken in
Chapel Hill is at Time Out, which is located in
University Square near Granville Towers. The
fried chicken there is a little on the greasy side,
which is to be expected of good fried chicken,
but has a delicious crunchy and spicy taste to
it that the other fried chicken in Chapel Hill
seems to lack. Two-piece dinners come with a
biscuit and three-piece dinners come with a bis
cuit and your choice of cole slaw or potato
salad. These fixings are superior to most of the
side orders you get in a fast food restaurant.
Just below Time Out on the Great' Fried
, Chicken Hunt's scale of excellence are Dip's
Country Kitchen and Brady's. Dip's, located at
405 W, Rosemary St., offers the best balanced
fried chicken meal in the area. With your order
follow the trml
you Vie more than a number in my little red book
You're more than a one night stand
Baby Won't You Shag With Me
For the whole night through
Do you believe in love at first sight
I believe that it happened tonight
It's not what you got
It's how you use it. .
On the wooden dance floor in front of a giant
Carolina insignia a few couples are dancing
shagging, that laid-back Southern shuffle. There
they go bobbing back and forth, the girls twist
ing around the guys and though the dancing
couples are smiling there's a definite bored look
about them. Mostly they're busy trying to look
cool, trying to get the steps right, trying to im
press. A few couples are out there clumsily at
tempting to keep up with the rest. What they're
doing looks a little like a shag, but the swaying
is too mild. Their legs don't make the right
moves and their arms get confused in the lazy
twirling. Things haven't been carefully coordi
nated back in the dorm room to make that shag
look just right. But still they try to keep up with
the best and they're having a good enough time.
On the side, against the bar and in the chairs
lined up against one wall, are others. Some guys
in packs hungrily eye the girls on the dance floor
and elsewhere in the room. And the women
who've gotten all dressed up for a night on the
town make nervous small talk among themselves. .
But mainly the people just stare off into space
thinking they should be having a good time, es
pecially the couples sitting against the wall
who've been dating so long that they're as bored
with each other as two people who've been mar
ried for 20 years.
Back out on the dance floor two or three
couples dance with that certain look in their eyes
that tells they're in love. And one pair dances
with frenzied energy that shows they can't wait
to get back to the apartment or dorm and lock
''the bedroom door; .w-va-
k The room is decorated with'beacK'decor,' a"
few lifesavers, ships wheels and two long signs
that once advertised gasoline for sale on the
marina. All this is left over from when the build
ing was Fosdick's Seafood Restaurant. And the
flags strung from the ceiling are from even older
days when it was The Ranch House, one of the
best restaurants in the South.
In front of the bar a few happy couples, be
tween dances, are chattering about nothing and
behind the bar a blonde barmaid has both hands
gripped on the beer taps as she lightly sways and
sings with the music. In the booth to the side of
the dance floor the DJ who wears a set of ear
phones and stands in front of Disco Top 60 list
of one-fourth white meat or dark meat or three
piece white meat or dark meat you get to choose
two items from a list of home cooked vegetables
and you get your choice of bread. The chicken is
good; it's less greasy than Time Out's, but it
somehow lacks the scrumptious taste of The
Great Fried Chicken Hunt's number one choice.
The same is true of Brady's, located at 1505
E. Franklin St., near University Mall. Brady's is
a little greasier than Tune Out's and Dip's but
they give you more for your money than any
other establishment in town. Along with the
fried chicken come some tasty rolls and hush
puppies, some cole slaw and some rather inedible
The K&W Cafeteria, located in the middle of
University Mall, ranks next in The Great Fried .
Chicken Hunt. It's good and crunchy. And you ;
get plenty of it, but it's rather bland when com
pared with the good tasting home cooking style
of Time Out, Dip's and Brady's.
Another notch down is Golden Skillet's fried
chicken, found at 412 E. Main St. in Carrboro.
Here the stuff is typical fast food fare. And
though Golden Skillet is above average for a
take home place, the chicken is still too greasy
and the taste indifferent for it to rank in the fore
front of fine Chapel Hill fried chicken establish
ments. With the chicken at Golden Skillet, you
get a roll and some pasty goo that is supposed to
be mashed potatoes. .
Colonel Sanders did more to promote fried
chicken as a great American dish than any other
man who ever lived; so why is the fried chicken
at his Kentucky Fried Chicken at 319 E. Main
. St. in Carrboro so mediocre? The chicken there
is ultra-greasy and tasteless as is most of the
foods served at such large national fast food res
taurants. The service is incredibly slow, it rivals
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of the gator
ing as he stares ahead thinking what to play next.
It's a slow night at Crazy Zack's.
Chapel Hill's Crazy Zack's opened in late
February. It's the third Zack's to open; there is
a Zack's in North Myrtle Beach and the original
which opened in 1976 is on Hillsborough
Street in Raleigh. Zack's decided to branch out
because of the incredible popularity of the origi
nal. It was and is one of the few places for col
lege students to meet in Raleigh.
"Zack's became very popular in Raleigh be
cause there are so many girls' schools in Raleigh.
Around 18,000 to 19,000 people show up for the
Happy Hour on Friday in Raleigh," said Rob
Jordan, assistant manager at the Zack's in
And the number of Zack's T-shirts, jogging
shorts and visors you see around the state attests
to the popularity of the club among college stu
dents across North Carolina and the rest of the
South. Zack's in Raleigh specializes in beach,
music, but Chapel Hill is different. "Here you
have to play all types to keep people happy,"
said Jordan. Which judging by things means
they mix a little disco and Top 40 with the stan
dard beach fare.
The crowd at Chapel Hill's Zack's is the stan
dard knit shirt, blue jean and sun dress crowd;
they aren't all Greeks, of course, they just look
that way. Attendance is good. "When we first
opened up, it was incredible. We were the new
bar in town." Though' things slacked off a bit in
the spring and summer the crowd is enormous
for things like Zoo Night, every Wednesday
when draft beer is 10 cents, and Pony Night, on
Thursdays, when pony bottles are 35 cents, and
of course the famous Happy Hour on Fridays
when buckets of beer cost $1 . "People in Chapel
Hill look for specials and we've got them," Jor
"And we've got pool tables, pinball machines,
plenty of booths, indoor bars, outdoor bars and
an upstairs and a downstairs," Jordan said, list
ing the reasons for the popularity of Zack's.
"I don't know where they got the idea of the
preppy look in the first place. To me the preppy
fashion is just a sharper look, a little more dressed
up," said Bob Varley, who owns Var ley's Men's
Shop on Franklin Street.
The shop, which opened in 1938, caters to
college students. "No question that students are
dressing better, that things are more conserva
tive," Varley said. "Students aren't wearing blue
jeans to the same extent. They're beginning to
look much sharper. It's a trend of the times, a
definite trend throughout the country."
See PREP on page 10C
From the heart of the
the McDonald's on Franklin St. as the worst in
the Chapel Hill area. Still, people line up in
droves to buy the stuff, which shows what a'
good ad campaign can do for business.
Comedian David Letterman on a recent 7b
night Show asked a rather disturbing question:
"Did you ever wonder what part of the chicken
McNuggets come from?" McDonald's latest
culinary wonder is available at two locations in
Chapel Hill, University Mall and 420 W. Frank
lin St. Are the McNuggets fried chicken? Are
they chicken? Are they food? Even with the aid
of one of the several sauces Ronald and company
provide you with McNuggets still don't have
any taste to them.
But they aren't the worst fried chicken dis
covered on my daring odyssey, that dubious
honor goes to The Porthole. For a restaurant
that offers up many fine items how could the
fried chicken be so awful? I mean to make
cracklin' good fried chicken all you need to do
is shake and bake and get somebody to help.
When at The Porthole, stick to the garden
salad; the ribs and, of course, those famous
And there are many other fine fried chicken
places in Chapel Hill, but an early deadline com
bined with a limited expense account and a weak
stomach, kept my search to a bare minimum.
True fried chicken lovers like me (Uh, like I
once was) will want to do their own Great Fried
Chicken Hunt. Half the fun is eating there.
Special thanks to Edwina Ralston, Susan Mau
ney, John Royster, Jon Rich, Geoffrey Mock,
Keith King and Dennis Hodges for their moral
support during The Great Fried Chicken Hunt.
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Above, students crowd the dance
floor at Zack's on a busy week
night. At right, a young man
shows that even persons clad a
bit unpreppily can swing and
sway and stagger to the music.
Local dance floors 'have long .
been established as places
where students, particularly
those displaying small green al
ligators and other suitable ap
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to mingle and show their stuff to:
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