One of the benefits of living in Chapel Hill is the exceptional dining you get to enjoy. The community boasts almost 100 bars and restaurants, so you will have plenty of options to try. In fact, many of the area’s restaurants are known throughout the region for their quality food. If you’re going to get out and enjoy the community, and its food, for yourself, here are some of the restaurants you will want to check out.
Located on Franklin Street, Lantern Restaurant offers an upscale Asian dining experience. The restaurant carefully mixes Asian flavors with locally grown ingredients, and has been named among the top 50 restaurants in the country. It is quite unusual to find a farm-to-table experience that offers Asian cuisine, but that’s exactly what Lantern offers.
Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery
Also on Franklin Street, Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery offers a great dining experience and a sports bar environment. TOPO, as locals call it, uses locally-sourced ingredients to make traditional pub fair. They also make their own spirits and have a beer collection that is brewed on-site. Everything is fresh and tasty, making TOPO a favorite local hangout.
When you have a hankering for the tastes of the Mediterranean, you will get it at the Mediterranean Deli on Franklin Street. Each location has a full service restaurant as well as a market and bakery, so you can pick up some staples to take home after enjoying your meal. The food is prepped by Jamil Kadoura, who immigrated to the country from the Middle East, bringing with him first-hand knowledge of his native foods. Mediterranean Deli is on Franklin Street.
If you’re interested in a traditional neighborhood bar experience, head over to Zog’z Pool on Henderson street. You won’t find a dining menu here, but you can play a round or two of pool with a tasty drink and your friends by your side. Regular events keep the atmosphere changing, and colorful lights lend a fun vibe to the bar.
No matter which of these four locations you experience, you will walk away knowing you have tasted some of the best food and drink in Chapel Hill. The next time you want to dine out or grab drinks with friends, consider one of these local favorites.