Food & Drink in Chapel Hill


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Property Location
A stay at The Franklin Hotel places you in the heart of Chapel Hill, convenient to Morehead Planetarium and University of North Carolina. This hotel is within close proximity of UNC Medical Center and Kenan Stadium.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 67 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Rooms have private furnished balconies where you can take in city views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch LCD televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary toiletries.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness facility. This Victorian hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Chapel Hill? This hotel has 2250 square feet (209 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom and banquet facilities. Free parking is available onsite.

311 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Tony, the owner of Bandido's Mexican Caf?

, learned the tricks of the trade while working at his family?s Mexican restaurant as a teenager. Today, he and his wife own and operate two Bandido?s locations, which serve sizzling fajitas, crisp tacos, and burritos stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, or saut?ed spinach. The Herald-Sun's readers praised Bandido's as the Best Mexican Restaurant in 2009, and the restaurant returns the favor by awarding individuals who finish the El Gigante burrito?a massive compilation of steak and chicken fajitas, rice, black beans, and shredded cheese?with a T-shirt and gentle pats on the back. The restaurant often hosts live entertainment, and the Hillsborough location supplements its selection of lunch and dinner fare with a Sunday brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

159 1/2 E Franklin St.
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Sky-blue walls frame floor-to-ceiling windows and accents of red brick as friends and couples savor Mediterranean flavors atop white tablecloths. Vespa Ristorante's menus flaunt a combination of culinary creativity and a mastery of Italian cuisine in a cast of unique dishes— such as apricot-stuffed pork loin wrapped in prosciutto and dressed with a fig and port sauce—while still honoring tradition with homemade lasagna and veal scaloppini. The artfully plated entrées pair exquisitely with a selection of Italian, international, and intergalactic wines. Vespa Ristorante also caters to private parties with customizable menus that offer tastes of the restaurant's most popular dishes, desserts, and wines.

306 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

The Butchers Market, formerly The Meat House, specializes in gourmet proteins, from all-natural filet mignon and marinated chicken breasts to cuts of lamb, veal, and pork. For more than a decade, the butcher shop has been serving each cut of meat alongside a satisfaction guarantee, along with hearty bread, cheese, and more than 100 varieties of wine.

The display cases brim with marbled cuts of Prime and dry-aged beef as well as chicken breasts in lemon-pepper or sun-dried tomato marinades. When available, the butchers also slice cuts of venison, alligator, or boar. The Butchers Market's prepackaged rubs and marinades fill the air with the aromas of garlic, peppercorns, hickory, and molasses.

1508 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Amante Gourmet Pizza blends wholesome, all-natural ingredients to pack its menu with tasty Italian treats. Batches of pizza dough are prepared by hand to ensure freshness and employee wrist fitness. Persnickety patrons sharpen their teeth on a pie prepared to their specifications ($8.99 for a medium), lathered in their choice of sauce (tomato, dijonnaise, olive oil with basil and rosemary, and more) before being topped with edible accessories from Amante's extensive list of creative toppings ($1.50 each). Those too hungry to reinvent the pie can enjoy a preconceived specialty pizza such as the Pollo Resistance, glazed with olive oil and then topped with barbecue chicken, red onion, and mozzarella cheese ($12.75 for a medium), or the vegetarian-friendly Greek, with fresh garlic, spinach, black olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, and feta ($14.50 for a medium). All pizzas are built on your choice of regular or whole-wheat crust foundations judged up-to-code by the North Carolina Pizza Authority.

6209 Falconbridge Road
Chapel Hill,
NC
US

Intoxicating aromas of warm Ethiopian flavors greet diners as they enter Queen of Sheba’s Restaurant, an authentic African eatery that specializes in grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, and tasty vegan dishes. The dining experience at Queen of Sheba’s is traditional and communal, wherein tablemates eat from the same colorful plates, using their hands as utensils and their elbows to preclude magicians from giving more than their fair share to their hat's rabbit. Individual plates and silverware can be provided upon request. Grab a seat in the restaurant's chic, crimson interior and fill up on a wide range of fresh veggies and meats sculpted into stews atop injera, a traditional Ethiopian flatbread.

1129 Weaver Dairy Rd
Chapel Hill,
NC
US