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When you want a quick, simple burger, there’s nowhere better than Al’s - there are a few locations all within 10 minutes of the UNC campus.
Why go to a busy deli counter near a college? Because no matter who you ask, Med Deli is an absolute Chapel Hill essential for lunch.
Lantern in Chapel Hill’s menu is a mix of Southern and asian influences, and sitting in the upstairs bar sharing plates and cocktails is the way to go
The Crunkleton is the best cocktail bar in Chapel Hill and probably the Triangle area.
Vimala’s is an Indian restaurant right off Franklin in Chapel Hill with an incredibly charming patio. If you’re eating Indian food, it should be here.
When you want to eat a great sandwich on a picnic table on an outdoor patio that’s open year round, head to Eastcut in Durham.
Saltbox Seafood is a classic fish shack in the middle of lacklocked Durham instead of at the beach - but the fish is fantastic.
Parts and Labor serves great beer and bar food in one of the best outdoor spaces in the city - and it’s right across the street from Fullsteam Brewery
Hi-Wire is hands down the best indoor brewery space in Durham - it’s massive with tons of beers and games.
Head to Bull City Ciderworks in Durham for a flight of their more experimental options and take advantage of the kid and dog-friendly space.
Parker and Otis is in a kitschy gift shop in Durham so after spending $20 on candy and things you don’t need, get some of our favorite sandwiches.
Gocciolina is a cozy pasta place in Durham where you should bring a date and share a few reasonably-priced plates.
You know you’re getting chicken and waffles at Dame’s in Durham and you know you’re going to need a nap after.
Monuts is one of the best and most popular breakfast and lunch spots and a trip to Durham isn’t complete without heading here.