For thousands of years, general stores met the supply needs of rural populations, and aluminum was more valuable than gold. Today's Groupon for eclectic café eats is more valuable than Charles Martin Hall's electrolytic process for refining aluminum. For $7, you get $20 worth of café fare and drinks at The General Store Café, the organically focused eatery in Pittsboro.
The anytime meal house originated as a natural-foods grocery in the late '70s, a time when you could still find lettuce that wasn't in a can. Since moving the store to a bright, capacious space with high ceilings and massive windows, owner Mimi Pearson has expanded the shop to included a kitchen and dining room. Stop in for breakfast and enjoy a bowl of organic vanilla yogurt swimming with fresh fruit ($5.95) or a quiche of the day made with free-range eggs and served with pineapple, grapes, and a meat or veggie selection ($5–$5.50). Midday grub includes salads, such as a Greek starring crostini with tapenade ($7 for a large, $5 small) or organic leaf garden salad ($5 large, $4 small). Diners can also expect to find sandwiches, served on bread of choice (black Russian, Vienna white, rye, sunflower, multi-grain wheat, or sourdough). Try the smoked turkey and provolone ($6.25) or veggie-friendly avocado club (smoked mozzarella, red onion, tomato vinaigrette, and avocado, $7.75). Dinner, served every night excluding Sunday, includes the famed burritos made with brown rice, black beans, white cheddar cheese, and your choice of salsa ($11–$13).
A pleasant drive 20 miles west of Raleigh and 20 miles south of Chapel Hill, The General Store features live music three nights a week and boasts a stage, sound system, bar, mind-blowing Tesla coils, dance floor, and a patio area. While there, guests can admire and support works by local artists or participate in special events such as dancing and open-mic night. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner Monday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight. The General Store is also open for brunch on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and the first Sunday of each month is a day of sidewalk sales, local art, and live music along Hillsboro Street.
- Food quality and taste always outstanding. – OpenTable user who dined on 12/26/2009
- My husband and I ate here with some friends and found it to be a delightful experience-good service, very good food, and a unique atmosphere. – Kelly C., Insider Pages
- The General Store serves a wide variety of more modern/earthy foods. A favorite of my husband is the bean burrito. – Amy B., Insider Pages
39 West Street
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312Get Directions