For decades the dining scene in Chapel Hill and Carrboro was stuck in neutral, tied down by an abiding community dedication to tradition that translated into what can only be described as a “rut.” With the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the anchor of the entire community (unlike Durham with Duke or Raleigh with North Carolina State University), it was hard to define what was good food and what was cheap college food. Well, no longer.
A spate of downtown redevelopment has gone hand-in-hand with an exciting new explosion of restaurants in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro over the last decade. Newcomers have found their place alongside historic anchor restaurants, quite literally offering something for everyone. From fine dining to late-night college eats, Chapel Hill has managed to honor tradition while forging a new and delicious path forward.
(Note: while the universe of dining in the area often includes Pittsboro and Hillsborough, we have chosen to restrict this map solely to Chapel Hill and Carrboro.)Read More