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18The Tar HeelMonday, August 24, 1987
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By ALEX MARSHALL
Okay, so you've had a few
forkfuls of Marriott Corp. factory
food at Lenoir Hall, and you
already find your tongue flapping
in the wind and your taste buds
adrift, awaiting some culinary
wind to fill their sails. .
You need some real food.
Well, have no fear. There are
alternatives to cafeteria cuisine.
First, the fast food joints. Just
like every dog has fleas, every town
has McDonald's and its ilk. Along
Franklin Street, youH fmd McDo
nald's, Hardee's, Arby's and
Now, on to finer fare.
Would you like some breakfast?
First stop, the Ye Olde Waffle
Shop on Franklin. Despite its
doughy biscuits and bitter coffee,
this small narrow restaurant with
counter seating and tables is a
Chapel Hill institution. On a
weekend, youll wait in line.
Another Chapel Hill favorite is
Breadmen's on Rosemary Street.
It has a roomy dining room and
plenty of parking. Try the thick
blueberry pancakes. Breadmen's
also serves lunch and dinner and
has a large menu featuring com
bination plates Jvith a choice of
meat and vegetables for a set price.
The Continental Cafe on
Henderson Street also serves
breakfast. You can sit in a booth,
tilt your head back, and "look at
the 20 or so panels depicting scenes
from Greek mythology on their
vaulted ceiling. Ask for their
cheese omelet made with mozza
rella instead of American cheese.
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery serves
fine, chewy bagels for those in a
New York state of mind sesame,
pumpernickel, whole wheat,
cinnamon-raisin, onion, garlic,
salt, and plain. Try one with
honey-walnut cream cheese, and
take home a bagful of their day
old bagels. They also serve big
bagel sandwiches and soup.
Carolina Coffee Shop has a
quiet, elegant and expensive
breakfast. They have jelly and
sugar in glass bowls with little
spoons. Youll feel like a real
gentleman or lady while you dine
on one of their asparagus omelets.
There are a variety of choices
for lunch and dinner, and here are -a
few of them.
"Put a little South in your
Mouth" is the motto of Dip's
Country Kitchen, which is next to
Tijuana Fat's on Rosemary. Dip's
is the canVmiss, must-try place.
It serves authentic Southern food
at reasonable prices. Fried
chicken, vegetable fritters, chicken
and dumplings, and even chitter
lings are on the menu. With an
entree, pick from their long list of
vegetables and choose either
cornbread, biscuits, muffins, or
rolls as your bread. Finish up with
a piece of sweet potato pie.
The Looking Glass Cafe is a fine
little gem, tucked away in the back
of the University Square. It's light
and airy inside, with large win
dows, hanging plants, and ceiling
fans. Because the Cafe has a
number of vegetarian selections,
such as the vegetable and spinach
cheese sandwiches, many overlook
that the menu also lists ham
burgers, corned beef sandwiches,
and other carnal selections.
Spanky's and Four Corners,
both across from the University on
Franklin Street, offer a wide
assortment of sandwiches and
entrees, and you can have a drink
while you wait.
At Colonel Chutney's on
Rosemary Street, you can sit
inside or at a table in their
courtyard. Try the tandori chicken
one-half of a chicken, mari
nated in lime and garlic, and then
grilled. They also have one of the
best salads around not just a
bowlful of lettuce, but a variety
of greens and vegetables, with a
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dressings like Dijon and Curry.
Good hamburgers, too.
Crook's Corner, on Franklin
Street near Carrboro, is a former
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barbecue hut that went upscale. It
now is only open for dinner, and
specializes in new Southern cuisine
such as sauteed shrimp over cheese
grits (no kidding). The roof out
side is decorated with a freakish
assortment of pigs made out of
North Carolina is famed for
having the best barbecue in the
United States, but there isn't any
place downtown. Allen and Son's,
five miles down Airport Road,
serves a tangy and tasty plate of
pig, if you don't mind the drive.
For the vegetarian, and those
in sympathy with them, Pye
wacket Restaurant and Bar and
the Sunshine Cafe are good places
to go. Pyewacket is very popular
and has gourmet-type food.
Inside, it's spacious, relaxing, and
pricey. The Sunshine Cafe across
the street is a little less expensive .
and has specials, large salads, and
Onward to other nationalities.
Magdalena's, on West Franklin,
has the best Mexican food around
and emphasizes healthy ingre
dients. Vegetarian selections are
starred and their beef comes from
grain-fed cows. Whole wheat
tortillas on request. Muted Mex
ican art on the walls and a nice
Papagayos, inside the NCNB
mall, also serves good Mex food,
as does Tijuana Fat's on
The Golden Dragon and Four-Five-Six
are practically next door
to each other on Franklin and
serve you guessed it Chinese
food. Both serve cafeteria style and
nearly identical fare. The consen
sus is that the Golden Dragon's
food is tastier, but Four-Five-Six
gives larger portions.
Tripodi's Delicatessen is down
stairs from the Golden Dragon
and is a real find. Try a Babdli,
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