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8BThe Daily Tar Heel Thursday, September 6, 1 984
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By DEVI SEN
The restaurants on Franklin Street have
traditionally made Chapel Hill a unique
place to dine. Not only are there a variety
of places to dine, but there are also varied
choices as to the menus.
If you Ye looking for a quiet, atmosphere
to go along with a simple, but elegant meal,
then the Porthole is the place for you.
Located on Old Fraternity Row, "The
Porthole is unchanged. It's a family style
restaurant of the '40s, Lena Marley, current
It opened for business in 1942, and, until
this day, has remained inexpensive; an
average person could spend only $4.32 for
a full meal. Porthole's success is due partly
to its house special, the garden salad. The
restaurant remains open from 11: IS a.m. to
2:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Carolina Inn offers a regal setting
and surprisingly inexpensive prices. Owned
and operated by the University, the Hill
Room has been serving guests for over 56
years, and the cafeteria has been open for
over a quarter of a century. Located on W.
Cameron Avenue, Manager Gene Walton
said the clientele, aside from the actual guests
at the Inn, is usually limited to University
personel and local families. There is a varied
"nightly special" served at the Hill Room.
The expensive atmosphere does not reflect
in the prices. Breakfast prices do not exceed
$3, and both lunch and dinner can each be
bought for $5.
I you're in the mood for an adventure,
along with a low-priced, high quality meal
then the Rathskeller is the restaurant.
Running since 1948, the Rat provides the
best iced tea in town, said Charles Smith,
current manager and co-owner. Located at
157!5 E. Franklin St., the intricate passages
of the Rathskeller draws a mixed clientele,
consisting of both local families and UNC
professionals as well as the campus students.
The Rat has all ABC permits, and an average
meal with liquor runs about $3.71 for both
lunch and dinner.
The Carolina Coffee Shop offers a
combination of comfort and line dining.
Opened by the Freeman family in 1957, this
restaurant draws a mixed clientele, ranging
from senior citizens to the UNC profession
als to the students. Combining the back
ground classical music with daily luncheon
and dinner specials, "We are service oriented
... we strive for efficiency and courtesy," said
Pam Patterson, manager. Located at 138 E.
Franklin St., the Carolina Coffee Shop
serves all three meals as well as late night
supper. Prices range from $2 for breakfast
to $5 for lunch to $7 for the evening meal.
If, on the other hand, you're looking for
a warm, sunny kitchen type atmosphere
Ye Olde Waffle Shop is definitely the place
to be. Managers Al Thomas and Jim Chris
opened the shop 12 years ago, and are doing
very well. Located at 173 E. Franklin St.,
the mixed clientele of students and business
men enjoy the two house specials, Eggs
Benedict and Big Bird. The Big Bird is a
delicious omelet made with turkey, bacon
and cheese sauce. The price runs aboutr
$4.50. On the average, a meal could cost
from $4 to $5. It is open from 7 a.m. to
If you're looking to dine at a family style
restaurant with a comfortable atmosphere
and a lot of background music go to
Creadmen's. The Piscitello family started
this restaurant 10 years ago, mainly attract
ing the graduate students and local Chapel
Hiilians. Located at 337 W. Rosemary St.,
Breadmen's success is due partly to its
homemade onion rings. The restaurant has
all ABC permits, and a full meal costs under
four dollars. It remains open from 6 a.m.
If you're looking for a sophisticated dining
atmosphere, go to Spanky's. This Chapel
Hill restaurant was opened in 1977 by the
Ewell Brothers and has since developed a
reputation as a lively place to dine. Located
at 101 E. Franklin St., Spanky's offers both
a lunch, dinner and a late night menu. House
specialties include the daily chicken special
and the London Broil. The weekday clientele
includes local businessmen and students.
The weekends are usually booked with local
families and couples.
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108 Henderson St. 967-5201
By MIKE ALTIERI
Looking for a place to eat that doesn't
eat a hole in your wallet? Chapel Hill has
many such restaurants.
K & W Cafeteria in University Mall is
a family-style cafeteria that offers a buffet
serving line. The selection of foods is
extensive, including 10 or more entrees.
These include roast beef, trout almondine
and country-style steak.
K & W also offers a wide variety of salads,
including macaroni, carrot, jello and tossed
salads. If you are still hungry, rolls and
muffins are available, as well as dessert.
Beyond the serving line this cafeteria
provides large, open dining rooms with
plenty of seating available. If you include
all this with very reasonable prices, you have
what K & W has been known for for a long
time a filling meal at a decent price.
K & W's hours are 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
and 4-8 p.m. Monday thorugh Saturday,
and 1 1 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
If barbecue or all-you-can-eat specials are
your favorite way to eat, then Sonny's is
the place for you. Located on the 15-501
bypass near Kroger Plaza, Sonny's has been
serving Chapel Hill for more than a year.
Hickory-smoked beef, pork, chicken and
ribs are Sonny's specialties, according to
store manager Grover McNair.
"Everything is fresh and cooked over open
pits," McNair said.
Sonny's offers an all-you-can-eat special
every day of the week. For instance,
Sunday's special is barbecued chicken,
Tuesday's is ribs, and Friday is seafood. The
average price for an all-you-can-eat meal is
Sonny's has other specials, such as a
breakfast bar and soup and salad bar.
Customers sit on wooden benches and
dine under wagonwheel lighting. But you
do not have to come in; Sonny's has a
takeout and catering service.
Sonny's is open 1 1 a.m. to 9 p.m. during
the week, except for the breakfast bar. On
weekends, Sonny's closes at 10 p.m.
If you are in a hurry and have a taste
for drive-in fast food, check out Snoopy 's
at 1506 E. Franklin St. Footlong-hot dogs,
deluxe cheeseburgers, onion rings, french
fries, ice cream and hamburgers are the main
Snoopy's offers a special of the day every
day, featuring various combinations of foods
at low prices. This drive-in also carries a
complete breakfast menu, which is served
Outdoor seating is provided, or customers
can eat in their cars.
Snoopy's is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chances are, even to students new to
Chapel Hill, the name Roman Wings is
familiar. Roman Wings has been delivering
chicken wings to Chapel Hill residents for
about two years. Last April the management
opened the Roman Wings restaurant, which
features basically the same menu as the one
for the delivery service: chicken sings,
chicken nuggers, spiral fries, cole slaw and
celery sticks. Specialties include nachos,
chicken fillets, corn dogs arid apple
The mainstay of Roman Wings, the wings
themselves,range in price from $4 for 10
wings to $16.25 for 100.
Orders come with a choice of cole slaw
or celery sticks with blue cheese dressing,
and hot bread.
Roman Wings offers seven sauces for their
wings, ranging from mild to extremely hot
"erupter" sauces. A variety of beverages,
including beer, is offered to help wash down
A television adds to the atmosphere of
Roman Wings is located at 401 W.
Franklin St, beside the bus station.
Those who dont want to travel off campus
in search of food can dine at the newly
renovated Lenoir Hall.
Lenoir Hall is centrally located on
campus, overlooking the fashionable Pit and
facing UNC Student Stores.
Anyone can eat in the dining room
because it is suited to handle cash as well
as meal cards.
Lenoir Hall operates a full serving line
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast
consists of anything from pancakes to
French toast to eggs and bacon, as well as(
milk, coffee and fruit juices.
But getting your food may be a different
story. Despite the renovation, serving lines
are confusing, resulting in slow service and
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