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8The Daily Tar HeelThursday, September 24, 1987
The Daily Tar HeelThursday, September 24, 19879
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From staff reports
For almost six weeks you've been
eating the Marriot Corp. fare at Lenoir
and Chase because you need to spend
that $500 meal plan your parents so
thoughtfully arranged for you. and
just the thought of yet another soggy
entree and feeble vegetable is enough
to make you go on a starvation diet.
But. have no fear, salvation, in various
tastes and sizes, awaits you. And
they're all within walking distance.
Four Corners, located at 175 E.
Franklin, has been called "The Alumni
Hangout." There is no doubt that the
restaurant is a shrine to the Tarheel
basketball teams of today and yes
terday, decorated with pictures of the
greatest players and the greatest
moments in UNC history.
The two smoked-glass walls offer
an excellent view of one of the prime
spots of Chapel Hill (another point
of interest for nostalgic UNC alumni).
But the bar is also an extremely
popular meeting place for students.
The menu has recently been redone
to cater to visitors of the U.S. Olympic
Festival this summer. The basic four
appetizers, four salads, five sand
wiches and five entrees make up the
dinner menu and a similar array
makes up the lunch menu. Prices run
from $4 to $6 for sandwiches and
$7 to $9 for entrees. The food is hot
and tasty, the service friendly but
slow, and the music excellent.
Spanky's is probably one of the
first places you think of when you're
taking someone out to eat in Chapel
Hill. Located in a hot spot on the
corner of Franklin and Columbia
streets, it's become a UNC tradition
For lunch, Spanky's serves a long
list of sandwiches, huge salads, big
burgers with 12 choices of fixin's.
homemade quiche and more. Prices
for lunch items range from $3 to $6.
At dinner the menu expands to
include entrees such as steak teriyaki
($7.65) and shrimp scampi ($8.95).
They have chicken, steak, shellfish
and fresh fish specials nightly.
After 9 p.m.. when the bar crowd
starts to pile in, Spanky's serves a
more limited late-night menu that
includes burgers, finger foods and
Sunday brunch is served between
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Belgian waffles
and French toast are topped with
fresh fruit, cream or real maple syrup
yum. The omelets are equally
With an atmosphere graced by dark
wood, brass trimmings and plants,
Spanky's suits almost anyone's
tastes, so whether you're going out
with Mom and Dad. your roommate,
boss, brother, grandmother, or even
a date, it's always a safe choice.
For people who like subs. Subway,
with locations on Franklin Street and
in Eastgate Shopping Center, special
izes in creating subs with all the
imaginable fixin's right before your
very eyes. Roast beef, turkey and ham
are the standby favorites on your
choice of white or wheat bread, both
of which are baked on the premises.
All varieties are available in both full
size (12 inches) and snack-size (six
inches). Prices average about $3-$4
for the 1 2-inch subs and about $2.50
for the snack-size. For those who love
their greens, several meat or meat
less salads can be had for $2-$4.
Sadlack's Heroes, 203 Franklin
Street, specializes in deli and hero
Prices range from 90 cents for a
hot dog to $3.80 for John Hill's
delight, a hot roast beef and ham
sandwich with all the works.
Beer and wine are served at the
and fitness: walk
bar, a favorite spot not only for
drinking but eating as well. There are
also a few tables and booths for those
who have a hard time balancing on
Sadlack's is open Sundays through
Thursdays 1 1 a.m. to 1 1 p.m. and
until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Take-out service is available.
Barely a walk-to, but worth the
walk, is The Sunshine Cafe, located
down Franklin Street a ways, next
to Tumbleweed Cyclery and across
from Pyewacket Restaurant. It fea
tures vegetarian fare that even the
most exclusive carnivore can love.
. Entrees are served with a salad and
range from a low of about $6 to
specials that run into double digits.
For $5 the house salads are large ard
nicely prepared (try either lemon
tahini or poppyseed dressing
homemade). But for the budget--minded
student with a discriminating i
palate and roomy stomach, the whole;
wheat pizza is a wonder to behold..
You can buy a large one for $9 to;
$10 and it feeds three hungry people-
honest. Suspend prejudice and try,,
just try. garlic marinated tofu as ai
The corner of Henderson and
Franklin Streets has been the site of
the Greek restaurant Hector's since
1 969. The $ 1 .65 Greek grilled cheese
on pita bread tastes particularly good
after a night on the town when the
stomach indicates that food, not
more beverages, is needed.
Manager Nomikos Lias knows how
college hunger works after a night
on the town. He stays open from 1 1
a.m. until as late as 3 a.m. to catch
the last starving students. The
atmosphere of Hector's is very
different then than during the day.
In the late evening hours, when lines
are long and the grill is full of pita
bread and cheeseburgers, smoke and
steam linger in the air. All of the
employees, which number from five
to seven depending on need, are
stationed behind the counter at
If students want to meet up with
other students or find friends, Hec
tor's provides stools at the window
convenient for perching so they can
watch for people hile eating some
A neighbor of Hector's, The Con
tinental Cafe on Henderson Street,
serves a wide variety of fare. Tradi
tional breakfasts including eggs,
pancakes, hash browns and similar
fare are available for about $3.
Sandwiches and meat and vegetable
dishes are available for lunch and
dinner with French. Italian, and
you guessed it Greek, specialties
included on the menu. Open seven
days a week, the cafe's hours are 8
a.m. to 11 p.m. And while you're
waiting for your food, you can lean
back and take in the 20 ceiling panels,
each depicting a scene from Greek
One of Chapel Hill's greatest
traditions is none other than the
Rams Head Rathskeller. Located at
157-A Franklin St.. the Rat has been
serving townspeople, students,
alumni and faithful regulars since
1948. Lasagna, the "Double
Gambler" and pizza are just a few
of the favorites listed in the Rat's
famous Carolina blue-bordered menu.
Adding to the great food is an
atmosphere unique to the Rat.
Memories of past athletic seasons
autographed footballs, basketballs
and pictures line the walls in the
bar. Caricatures of the waiters, most
of whom have worked at the Rat for
an average of 20 to 25 years, line
the back wall of the restaurant. The
walls and tables throughout are
covered in graffiti from Rat regulars.
The Rat is a restaurant like no
other and a stay in Chapel Hill is not
complete until you have entered its
heavy wooden door in Amber Alley.
For vegetarian delights and fresh
ingredients. The Looking Glass Cafe
is worth a peep into. Located in
University Square, the cafe has a busy
but half-sterile atmosphere that isn't
aided by its view of the Granville
Towers parking lot. Spuds and a salad
bar offer a delight to dieters, but the
cafe's most popular entrees are its
vegetarian sandwiches, served on the
customer's choice of seven different
types of bread. The cheese deluxe,
spinach supreme, broccoli sandwich
and avocado sandwich are all perfect
selections for those of the herbivor
ous bent of taste.
The rest of the quite lengthy menu
consists of soups, hot sandwiches and
hamburgers usual fare, fairly
normal and average. First opened in
1975, ; the Cafe caters heavily to
students and has a take-out service
open during the restaurant's regular
hours, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. And the
motiey-conscious needn't worry
either prices are very reasonable,
begining with $2.05 for the grilled
cheese - sandwich and ranging up to
$4.20 for the Looking Glass Special,
a hearty triple-decker club filled with
imported ham, genoa salami, bacon,
swte'.and Cheddar chesses, onion.
lettuce, tomato, mustard and
Tripodi s II Uptown Delicatessen
and Restaurant couples New York
style with excellent deli food. With
its parquet floor, this cozy little joint
is located at 128 E. Franklin St. in
the lower level of the Franklin Center.
For the unadventurous eater, Tripo
di's carries old standards B.LT.'s.
corned beef, roast beef, ham and
cheese sandwiches and about 1 5
Perhaps the best of Tripodi's is the
last of Tripodi's the dessert.
Behind the counter lie countless
pastries, cakes and sweets made fresh
daily that could tempt even the most
Colonel Chutney's, 300 W.
Rosemary St., features chicken
dishes, hamburgers and some great
salads. You can dine in or relax outside
in the garden. Expect to spend $5
$8 for a meal. Open seven days a
week, the Colonel also offers a late
night menu served until 2 a.m. and
a brunch menu served on Sundays.
Down the block a little ways, Dip's
Country Kitchen. 405 W. Rosemary
St., offers to "put a little South in
your mouth." Fried chicken, vege
table fritters, chicken and dumplings
and chitterlings partially comprise a
reasonably priced menu that's sure
to bring back memories of home or
instill a taste for the South in
misplaced Northerners. Monday
through Saturday, Dip's serves break
fast, lunch and dinner, 9 a.m. to 1 :30
p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hours
are 1 1 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
The Hardback Cafe & Bookstore.
110 N. Columbia St.. offers sand
wiches, hot meals and specials in a
relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
You can even browse through the
bookshelves before or after eating.
Beer and wine are available also, and
when the weather turns cold, their
hot chocolate is a must.
Ham's Restaurant, located next
to Fowler's on West Franklin Street,
has a comfortable atmosphere in
which to enjoy reasonably priced deli
sandwiches. The atmosphere is
relaxed, enhanced by memorabilia
, decor and a model train that runs
around the top of the bar. They also
offer a large selection of imported
beer, with weekly specials.
A traditional favorite. Time Out,
133 W. Franklin St.. has recently
remodeled itself. Clean lines. Wooden
seats. But don't be fooled, for the
kitchen still dishes out the best in
cheap, greasy, homemade, delicious,
quasi-fast food. The biscuits form the
core of any meal, whether plain or
rather dry whole wheat. Pile them
with chicken, cheese, egg, bacon,
gravy or any combination of these
unhealthy delights. Get lots of
napkins. Also, get a vanilla chipper
for dessert. It's the largest, cheapest
dessert in town and the only thing
on the menu sans lovely Time Out
grease but it's still worth a try.
And if for some reason you can't make
it there in person, don't panic. Here
are the magic words to any student:
Well, your feet are probably tired
out by now. and your stomach is
ready to roll. So. take a stroll. Your
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