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By DAVIS TURNER
If your parents are not among the
multitudes of alumni of UNC who
are familiar with the traditional places
to feed, you can drag them out for a
bite at some of the spots that keep
our tummies from their grumblings.
Most of you probably have your own
opinions and favorites about the
places around town, but maybe this
will answer some questions that par
ents like to ask.
Colonel Chutney's has a great
dimly-lit, casual atmosphere with
booths, outdoor seating and good
music always pumping out from the
bar. Along with soups, salads, sand
wiches and huge burgers, you can
choose from steak, chicken and sea
foods. The salad dressings and soups
are made from scratch. Their dinner
specials change daily and will proba
bly include some kind of seafood.
Prices vary widely, but a burger
and fries can be had for around $5.
Take your parents to one of the late
night Sunday drinking sessions here
where it gets so crowded that you
can barely lift your arm to sip the
Chutney's is located at 300 W.
Rosemary St. and is open from 4:30
p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Dinner is served
from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through
Thursday and from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
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Friday and Saturday. They also have
an extensive late-night menu from 9
pjn. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thurs
day, and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on
Friday and Saturday.
The Continental Cafe is found
on Henderson Street, right across
from the post office. Neon Greek art
of warriors and gods seems to float
around on the high ceilings, and the
abundance of mirrors give the illu
sion that the place is much larger
than it really is sort of makes you
feel like "let's get small."
You can munch on traditional
Greek foods in booths and on for
mica tables, or settle for the norm
with salads, burgers, steaks, seafood,
or even pizza or pasta. The cafe not
only has a huge selection of dinner
and lunch foods, but breakfast as well.
The prices range from $2.15 for an
egg arid hash browns to $1.95 for a
burger to $10.75 for a combination
pizza. Wine and beer are available.
The Continentale Cafe is located
on 106 Henderson St. and serves
breakfast every day of the week from
7:30 to 1 1 a.m. weekdays, and from 8
a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sun
day. They close at 1 1 p.m.
One of the town classics is Four
Corners. With its basketball memo
rabilia plastered all over the walls
and food named after some of the
more famous of Chapel Hill's bas-
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'Famous since 1959,' Hector's best serves its
ketball heroes, it's the original sports
bar and restaurant.
If one day with the folks is already
enough, it's a great place to hang out
to watch the wide-screen televisions
while you chow on a "Jordan" (roast
beef sandwich) or a "Worthy Bur
ger." A few dinner specials of pasta,
chicken and steak are offered for
dinner. And it won't kill your beer
drinking money, since most of the
entrees are in the range of $4 to $6.
Four Corners is conveniently lo
cated next to the post office at 175
E. Franklin St. Food is served from
1 1 :30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through
Saturday, and until 10 p.m. on week
ends. On Sunday, they open at noon.
The bar serves from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
and a late night menu is available.
Ham's has not been around as long
as some of the others, but has man
aged to hold its own with its effi
cient staff. It is semi-split-level and
very open inside, with a choo-choo
train running around above the bar
(You tell me why). Monday nights
here are a real zoo, with highball
specials and people standing four deep
at the bar. Wall to wall people check
ing each other out. Or maybe they're
just looking for the friend they came
with? Probably. There are daily food
and drink specials with a basic menu
of salads, sandwiches, soups, burgers,
chicken, and tasty appetizers.
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fast food fare to the eclectic late-night crowd
Ham's regular menu will keep you
satisfied from 1 1 a.m. to 10 p.m. each
day. A late-night menu kicks in from
10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Expect to spend
around $4 to $5 on most of the good
ies. You'll find Ham's next to Fowler's
and "Big Bertha" on 301 W. Fran
When you walic up
around noon, the taste
buds begin functioning,
and your mouth
remembers: You just
couldn't resist one of those
Greek grilled cheeses
The Hardback Cafe is a really
laid-back place with lots of wood,
funky furnishings, and a real "cafe"
feel to it. Large windows look onto
Columbia Street. Some unusual folks
frequent the place. It's casual and
open inside, with friendly waitpeople
who say they've got the best coffee
If you're in the mood to just hang
out, this is the place, as there is an
interesting bookstore attached to the
restaurant. You can catch live music
on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights no cover charge.
A really yummy and varied menu
awaits, including sandwiches, burgers,
nachos, bagels and an assortment of
coffees and alcohol. Try the bacon
& brie sandwich with chips at $4.75.
The cafe is open at 1 1 a.m. every
day with a full menu until 10 p.m.
They close the place down at mid
night on Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday; 1 a.m. on Thursday, Fri
day and Saturday; and 4 p.m. on Sun
day. Special omelets are served up
on Sunday. You'll find this outstand
ing place right next Spanky's at 1 10
N. Columbia St.
I think most of us probably know
about Hector's from one of those
nights when it wasn't the easiest thing
to recall exactly how you got home.
When you wake up around noon,
the cotton mouth clears a bit, the
taste buds begin functioning again,
and your mouth remembers: you just
couldn't resist one of those Greek
grilled cheeses. After the long, long
line, you sat on the wall across the
street (because the few stools were
taken) and shovelled it in. There are
the familiar drip stains on the trou
sers from the sauce. No mistaking
the signs, you were at Hector's, all
right. You might have also tried to
fit an Athenian Souvlaki or Gyro in.
If Greek food doesn't appeal, they
also have burgers, chicken, fries and
Hector's is not easy to miss on the
corner of Franklin and Henderson
Streets, right across from the post of
fice. They are open for business from
1 1 a.m. until 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. on
the weekends. All prices include tax
and range from 95 cents for a hot
dog to $3.25 for souvlaki and gyros.
It is not pronounced jah-roe. Ln't
forget to grab lots of napkins.
And, of course, there's always the
Rat. Officially known as the Ram's
Head Rathskeller, this restaurant has
been famous since 1948 for serving
some odd recipes of familiar favor
ites. With many entrees under $5, it
could be the most inexpensive spa
ghetti, lasagna and pizza in town.
Other non-Italian orders include
hamburgers, barbecued chicken and
ribs. The specialty is the "Double
Gambler," a tender, sizzling steak
served on a skillet at 500 degrees.
All entrees come with a free salad
and their version of garlic bread is
available upon request. Beer costs
$3.50 for a small pitcher and $5 for a
large one. Bottled beer (domestic and
imported), wine and mixed drinks
are also available. The Rat also serves
sandwiches, but only for lunch.
One can't mention the Rat with
out commenting on its decor but
what can you say about it? The Rat
truly is in the cellar, complete with
unusual murals, graffiti on the tables
and low ceilings. One goal of fre
quent diners is to eat in every room
at least once before they graduate.
The Rat is located at 15 7-A E
Franklin St. They are open for lunch
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everyday from 1 1 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
and for dinner from 5 p.m. until 9:30
p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on weekends.
Another casual place to have a
sit-down meal is Sadlack's Heroes
and Deli. They've got a couple of
booths, a few tables and bar stool
seating with good music to keep those
busy workers going. The food is al
ways good and they'll fix it any way
you want it without any sighs or eyeball-rolling.
The menu consists of a
wide selection of sandwiches and
heroes and a good garden salad, plus
you can get a brew with your food
and free refills on your coffee. Gen
erally you can get a sandwich and a
drink for under $5.
Sadlack's is open seven days a week
at 203 E. Franklin St., right next to
where Burger King used to be and
right next to Hector's. They are open
until from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on
weekdays and until 1 a.m. on Friday
And then there is Spanky's, right
smack in the middle of downtown
the restaurant that is always chock-a-block
on football weekends. I guess
you go there to be seen, come on and
admit it. They open early for the
football weekends, but won't let you
rest your weary legs at a table during
peak hours unless you willing to spill
some bucks on food.
They offer a huge menu of sand
wiches, burgers, quiche, chicken, sal
ads, pastas and steaks. A BLT lunch
sandwich will cost you $2.95, and a
London Broil at dinner time goes for
$8.45. There is plenty of seating both
upstairs and downstairs, and a wide
selection of beer and spirits.
Spanky's is on the corner of Fran
klin and Columbia streets and is open
seven days a week from 1 1:30 a.m. to
2 a.m. Lunch is served Monday
through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.
until 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 to
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9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
and until 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Spanky's Famous Sunday Brunch is
served 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
If you don't mind franchised food,
then you can find a standard sub shop
at Subway. Oh what the hell, you
can rack up another punch on your
"Sub-Club Card." The menu is run-of-the-mill
subs and salads with a
few selections of fixings and toppings.
A six-inch ham, salami and bologna
sub costs $1.69, or you can splurge
on one of their double-meat foot
longs for around $5. They do have
some whopper sized soft drinks avail
able. Subway is located on 132 E. Fran
klin St. and does have some handy
hours for that late night feed. Mon
day through Friday they are open at
10 a.m. Closing time is 2 a.m., Fri
day until 3 a.m. Saturday they open
at 10:30 a.m. and close at 3 a.m. and
Sunday they close at midnight.
Okay, you've managed to con your
folks into staying up with you way
past their bedtime and after every
thing else is closed, so take 'em to
see Billy at Time-Out. Chances are
pretty high that you've been saved
before by this establishment at some
ridiculous hour of the morning when
you had no business being out in the
first place. The late-night lines can
get discouraging but the ample bis-,
cuits will definitely fill the void. Be
sides, it would give you a chance to
show your parents how your friends
The prices are reasonable at around
$1.50 to $3, and they've even got
good blueberry muffins. The best
bargain is the all-you-can-eat spa
ghetti Monday through Friday from
4 until 8 p.m. Time-Out is located
on 133 W. Franklin St. in Univer
sity Square, and they really are open
24 hours a day and seven days a week.
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