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Guide for Family Dining in
the Chapel Hill Durham NC area
Family & Kids'
call restaurant to be sure kids' deals still apply; information subject
to change without notice given to CHillKids.com.
Kids Eat Free Restaurant Deals in Chapel Hill &
Mellow Mushroom Chapel Hill -
Kids eat free every Monday 5pm-close at Mellow Mushroom Chapel Hill! After
5pm, every Monday: 1 free kid's meal per adult entree of $7.99 or more.
Buns of Chapel
Hill - Sunday Lunch is family time at Buns - Free Kids Meal Sundays
Kids 12 and under eat FREE on Sundays, 11am –
4pm. Purchase one adult combo and get one kids meal for free (dine-in
Parking is easy and FREE on Sundays in Downtown
(pro tip: On Sundays, you can park curbside in
the loading zone and the bus lane right in front of Buns. Parking in the
Rosemary Street/Columbia Street parking lot is just across the street and
free on Sundays.)
Located in the heart of Downtown Chapel Hill
107 N Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Firehouse Subs - Meadowmont
Village Circle, Chapel Hill
Kids 12 and under eat FREE on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays
from 4-9 pm. Purchase an adult meal and get one FREE kids meal
(includes a sub or sandwich, drink, cookies and a Fireman's hat! Offer
is valid only at participating locations). Yum!
603 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27330
Carolina Brewery: Kids eat
free on Mondays (one child per adult entree); downtown Chapel Hill
location; also new location in Pittsboro
Dominos Pizza Two-for-One Tuesdays:
Tuesdays order a large pizza and get another pizza of equal or lesser
value free. Call your local Dominos
for details and availability.
MORE Kids Eat Free Restaurant Deals in Chapel Hill &
Mushroom (Chapel Hill & Durham)
For 40 years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh
stone baked pizzas to order, hoagies/subs, calzones, appetizer/muchies
and salads in an eclectic, art-filled and family-friendly environment.
The Chapel Hill Mellow Mushroom features a very cool VW bus as part of
the welcoming front desk/reception entry, along with signature
mushroom dude sculptures and groovy art. Both indoor and
outdoor seating at this primo Franklin Street location. Fun dining for
the whole family; also perfect for date night outings (check out the
Beer Club online at www.mellowmushroom.com/chapel-hill.)
Kids Eat Free Mondays 5pm - close at Mellow Mushroom Chapel Hill!
1 free kid's meal per adult entree of $7.99 or more.
EASY PARKING in the back (access via Rosemary Street; look for
the Mellow Mushroom sign on the back of the building along with the
sign for parking.)
Also visit the Mellow Mushroom Durham
location at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (near DPAC).
& Sons Barbecue
||Chapel Hill restaurant: 6203
Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill, 27516. (919) 942-7576. (Located on Hwy
86/Airport Road, between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, one mile north of I-40.)
Hours: 10am-8pm Mon-Fri; 7am (breakfast)-8pm Sat; closed Sundays.
Pittsboro (roadside BBQ): U.S. 15-501, between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, just north of the Haw River Bridge.
The Carolina-style barbecue and hush puppies are old favorites among
Chapel Hill locals and visitors. Voted Best Barbeque
(Chapel Hill News Rose Award).
||300 E. Main Street,
Carrboro. (919) 929-3330.
Voted Best Pizza (Chapel
Hill News Rose Awards 2004 and 2005). Lots of gourmet pizza
options; dine in the clean, bright casual restaurant (and see the art
show next door at the ArtsCenter), or order for take-out or delivery.
||120 East Main St,
Carrboro, NC 27510. (919) 929-4669.
We love it! Kids love it!
Grown-ups love it! College kids love it! A Carrboro local favorite for a quick and
meal. Tortillas are made from scratch on the premises; vegetables
are all chopped fresh. The upstairs level has a separate bar area.
The quaint store-shop window-front looks out onto Carrboro's Main Street.
||324 W. Rosemary,
Chapel Hill. (919) 967-7110. Open 7am - 9pm, seven days a week
(closed most holidays - check first).
Voted Best Place for Breakfast (Chapel Hill News Rose Award -
Menu features a wide variety of selections; you can also enjoy breakfast anytime -
mornings, afternoons or evenings. Casual dining; a Chapel Hill
favorite! KIDS LOVE IT! Smoke-free; parking.
Sometimes there is a wait, but if there is a wait we have find that
everyone usually is seated pretty quickly. We normally don't have
to wait, but when there has been a wait we usually haven't had to wait
for more than 5 minutes or so. You can typically tell by the
parking lot how crowded Breadmen's will be . . . if the large parking
lot is full and parking on the street also is full, count on a bit of a
wait. But the ambiance is fun and there are a few sofas in a
little waiting area cove near the front doors.
Burgers & Fries
||3107 N. Columbia
Chapel Hill. (919) 240-4746.
Voted Best Burger in Chapel Hill/Orange County: The Daily TarHeel 2009,
2010, 2011, Independent Weekly 2010 and 2011, The Chapel Hill News Rose
Awards 2011 and Chapel Hill Magazine 2011.
Located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill, Buns Burgers & Fries has a
bright and cheerful decor and offers amazing combinations for gourmet
burgers - all kinds of cheeses, and your choice of toppings including
lettuce, tomato, onions, grilled onions, caramelized onions, mushrooms
and lots more. (Buns also offers a veggie burger option). Award-winning
fries, too, with your choice of delicious sauces. There is not a
kid's meal option, but the burgers are so big that you can split a
burger between two younger kids. The fries baskets are HUGE to be shared
around the table. A fun, casual restaurant with award-winning eats!
Center,1800 East Franklin St (Eastgate), Chapel Hill, 27514. (919)
Voted Best Place for Bagels (Chapel Hill News Rose
kinds of bagels baked freshly on premises, soup, fruit, brownies,
cookies and a variety of beverages.
Authentic, kettle-boiled bagels made in the
authentic New York way. Bruegger's bagles are kettle-boiled and hot out
of the oven. Bruegger's also offers lots of varieties of cream cheese,
breakfast sandwiches and sandwiches for lunch or dinner, and coffee,
fruit juices. Dine-in in the roomy restaurant area (self-serve at
counter then bring back to your table), or take-out. Also
offers catering. We have found the Bruegger's Staff at Eastgate
Shopping Center to be very friendly and helpful.
Conveniently located in Eastgate Shopping
Center next to Starbucks and across the parking lot from Trader Joe's.
(Eastgate Shopping center is located inbetween Franklin St., Chapel Hill
on one side of the shopping center, and 15-501 at the Trader Joe's end
of the shopping center.)
Parking. See Bruegger's Bagel
website for hours.
Carolina & Bakery
Village Circle, Chapel Hill. (919) 945-8811.
Fresh baked breads, soups, sandwiches, muffins, cupcakes and desserts,
using Carolina-grown fresh vegetables and meat. Kids menu. Outdoor
dining available. Grab & Go Coffee Express. Food and gift market.
Open Mon.-Sat., 6:30am-9pm; Sun., 7am-8pm.
E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. (919) 942-6875.
A Chapel Hill favorite since 1922!
Carolina "Coffee Shop" is a bit of a misnomer; it's actually a
restaurant/bar - it's casual, but a restaurant, and far more formal than
today's version of an informal coffee shop. Warm, cozy atmosphere with exposed brick interior and
large booths. Nice for a leisurely breakfast or lunch, especially
if you have guests and want to show them around downtown Chapel Hill. Walk to
the Morehead Planetarium for a show afterwards or check out the
neighboring shops on Franklin Street. Okay with kids, but
definitely not geared with children in mind. Also more pricey than
many of the other Franklin St. options.
||711 W. Rosemary
St., Carrboro, NC. (919) 933-8226.
Carrburritos offers great, fresh Mexican
dining in a casual setting in downtown Carrboro. Try the burritos and six
types of salsa. Everything is made fresh in-house daily. See the menu at www.carrburritos.com.
Street Durham, NC 27707 (919) 493-6084
offers pizza, salad bar and other menu items along with kids' arcade, games and prizes.
Located in Durham off 15-501(past the Super Target, near Sam's Club.)
||Carr Mill Mall, 200 N Greensboro St.,
Carrboro, NC 27510-1833. (919) 929-2909.
The atmosphere is casual, friendly and inviting, and there
are crayons and activity sheets for kids to color. Exposed brick
walls and large windows add to the open ambiance. (Planning
Note: Elmo's is very popular and there is often a crowd on
weekends; however, a
waitlist is available and there is plenty to see in Carr Mill Mall while
Galloway Deli and Market Cafe
2000 Fearrington Village,
Pittsboro, NC 27312. (919) 542-5505.
(**For a parents' night out, also note
that the elegant, five-star Fearrington House Restaurant was voted the
Best Place for Fine Dining - Chapel Hil 2005 Rose
Indoor and outdoor Casual dining.
In warm weather you can have lunch outside under the lovely wisteria-covered
pergola and enjoy the sound of the fountain and the birds chirping,
not to mention the gorgeous lush gardens! Be sure to visit the
downstairs folk art gallery while you are at the deli or cafe. Kids enjoy visiting the Galloway "oreo" cows (their
fur is black on both ends with a white stripe in the middle) and
goats and other animals.
|Fiesta Grill Mexican Restaurant
||3307 Highway 54 West, Chapel
Hill (West of Carrboro on Hwy 54 at White Cross Road). (919) 928-9002.
In-restaurant dining take-out and catering. Menu
features a wide variety of Mexican favorites and numerous vegetarian
options. Open 6 days
a week (Tues-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun. 11am - 8pm.
Pittsboro Roadhouse (fka General
Store Cafe) -- (*Further afield, in Pittsboro)
39 West Street, Pittsboro (Located next to the
downtown traffic circle, just across from the Pittsboro courthouse.)
Great ambiance, great food, and live
music make the General Store Cafe a popular destination further afield
in Pittsboro. For hours and
Jason's Deli - HEALTHY, Organic food
New Hope Commons,
5408 New Hope Commons Dr. #123A, Durham, NC 27707 (located near the
Borders book store.) (919) 493-3350 (Visit
www.jasonsdeli.com for many more
locations across the NC Triangle and throughout the U.S.)
Kids LOVE Jason's Deli. Parents love
Jason's Deli! FRESH, ORGANIC, Healthy, REAL food! No Trans
Fats! No high-fructose corn syrup in anything (except sodas - but
they are working on eliminating it from their soft drinks too, and they
have organic milk options and tea options too.) NO
MSG in anything. We are big Jason's Deli fans for the healthy food
options - kids love it for the yummy, healthy food options, (but also
for the free soft ice cream. . . with chocolate drizzle option . . .
Jason's deli has among the best, most
economical kids' meal options in town. The Kids' meals INCLUDE your
choice of ORGANIC milk (regular or chocolate), organic juice, or choice
from the soft drink/ice tea fountains. There is a SALAD BAR option
for the kids' meals also. The salad bar has a
great variety of SUPER-FRESH, veggie options (many are ORGANIC), romaine lettuce, spinach, red and
yellow bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, hummus, bean salads, pasta
salads, egg salad, sprouts, sunflower seeds, mixed nuts with
cranberries, cottage cheese, ORGANIC apple slices, red onions, beautiful
cherry tomatoes . . .
Jason's has lots of nice, roomy booths so
the whole family can sit together. Jason's is almost always
bustling with lots of diners (a sure sign of a great restaurant), but
we have never had to wait to find a table because the dining area is so
large and spacious with lots of tables and booths. Going to Jason's Deli is a cause for celebration:
easy, casual, healthy dining + free serve-yourself soft serve ice cream.
Loop - Local favorite; fun, family-friendly cozy ambiance; kids love
Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. (919)
We had lived in Chapel
Hill for several years before we "discovered" the classic Chapel Hill
family-friendly restaurant, The Loop Pizza Grill. (The Loop is
also a favorite among local college students). Now The Loop is one of
our family's favorites. For a while I had seen the sign for "The
Loop" in and between signs for clothing stores and outdoor stores, and
didn't realize it was a restaurant. As a mom with a bunch of kids
I don't usually have the luxury to go clothes-shopping, so I had just
not ventured that way to take a closer look. But WOW! We are
so glad to have found this fun, cozy, casual restaurant. Our kids
love the personal-size pizzas, and there are some really good vegetarian
entree options. The steamed vegetables have been delicious every
time I have been to The Loop. They have so many delicious, gourmet
options but in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. You order at the
counter, they give you a buzzer thing-y, then when the buzzer hums you
pick up your food at the counter and bring it back to your table.
Drinks are self-serve and refills are free. We have always had
really good food at The Loop - a real treat for us and for the kids.
The Loop also seems to be open a bit later than some of the other
family-friendly restaurants (check restaurant websites or call them to
check for hours of operation). We made our annual trip to visit
the Carolina Inn's 12 Days of Christmas exhibit, then swung round The
Loop for a great (late) dinner. A lovely time was had by all.
Already looking forward to the next meal at The Loop!
Tuesday Nights at The Loop is Kids'
Night! On Tuesdays Kids' Meals are $2.99 with each adult entree
||408 W. Rosemary
St., Chapel Hill. (919) 942-5837. www.mamadips.com
"Put a little south in your
mouth; Serving Real Down-Home Country Cooking" for Breakfast, Lunch
& Dinner. Traditional country cooking including barbecue, hush
puppies, fried chicken, and more. Voted Best Iced Tea
(Chapel Hill News Rose Awards - Multiple Years) Hours:
Mon.-Sat. 8am-10pm; Sun. 8am-9pm. Open all day. Traditional
southern country cooking and a cozy, comfortable atmosphere, (but on the
expensive side for Chapel Hill).
||Timberlyne Shopping Center, Weaver Dairy Road,
Chapel Hill. (919) 942-4745.
"Mexican with a Twist"; takeout and in-restaurant
dining. Homemade margaritas, mojitos, and sangria; vegetarian
options; homemade desserts and ice cream. Voted Best Frozen
Drink (Chapel Hill News Rose Awards - multiple years) GREAT
HEALTHY options with lots of fresh veggies; fun kids' drinks (with
little plastic monkeys to hold the cherry in a Shirley
Temple-type-drink, last time we were there). YUM. The fresh,
healthy food options are just so good - the ambiance is so fun and cozy!
A Chapel Hill CLASSIC restaurant.
205 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. (919) 969-1102.
(This location has closed.)
Also new location on 15-501 (new mall
across from New Hope Commons):
5318 New Hope Commons Drive Ext., Ste.
National chain deli offers made to order subs, salads, baked
potatoes, nachos, chili, numerous vegetarian options and much more, as
well as delicious and decadent deserts. Generous sized meals and
the prices are right! Kids' meals include chips and packaged
mini-cookies for desert. Informal dining inside; outdoor tables also
are available for outdoor dining in fine weather. Enjoy lunch at
McAlister's and then go for a walk at the botanical gardens down the
street or stroll downtown. KIDS LOVE IT! Also a favorite
among college students.
Deli and Catering - Authentic Middle
Eastern & Greek Food
||410 West Franklin St (Downtown), Chapel Hill. (919)
Casual restaurant dining and Middle Eastern food take-out by the
pound. Falafel, Hummos, Lamb & Beef Gyro, Chicken Gyro,
Chicken Souvlaki, Tabouli, Grape Leaves Sandwich, Spinach Pie, and much
more. In 2010, Mediterranean Deli now also features a BAKERY where
they bake their own authentic pitas . . . YUMMY!
213 West Franklin St (Downtown), Chapel Hill. (919) 929-9189.
and caf?offers fresh-baked pastries, sandwich breads, bagels, and
deserts, made-to-order sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffees (javas,
lattes, mochas, etc). Outdoor dining.
Panera Bread also
has a Durham location close to Chapel Hill at Patterson Place (plenty of
parking) - near AC Moore and PetSmart.
109 South Estes
Dr., Chapel Hill - This
Chapel Hill location CLOSED as of June 2016
*A Pizza Hut "express" has opened at Ram's Plaza in Chapel Hill, but
with limited seating and no salad bar. Hard to see/no street frontage but
it's in the back of Ram's Plaza.
370 South Churton St., Hillsborough
- Pizza and offers lunch buffet with salad bar.
||Chapel Hill North Shopping
Center, 1822 Airport Rd., Chapel Hill. (919) 932-1040.
Roomy restaurant booths are
available in the pizza/deli area (TVs are installed on the ceilings for
viewing sporting events, etc.); adjoining restaurant dining room has a more formal atmosphere. Specialty Pizzas (whole and by the slice), Pasta, Subs, Stromboli,
Grille Sandwiches, Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers, Salads.
shops (national franchise) in Chapel Hill
1802 Airport Rd (Chapel Hill North), Chapel Hill.
969-7482. Quiznos Chapel
Hill locations have both closed.
& T's Soda Shoppe Ice Cream Parlor (further
afield - in Pittsboro)
||85 Hillsboro Street,
Pittsboro. (919) 545-0007.
Beautifully restored old-fashioned ice cream parlor located in the
heart of Pittsboro. Menu includes a wide variety of lunch and dinner
selections for grown-ups and kids. A destination in itself; but
you may also wish to visit some of the many Pittsboro area attractions,
such as the Carnivore
Preservation Trust. Normal hours are 11am-7:30pm, Mon. - Sat.,
closed Sundays. Beginning SEPTEMBER 2008, will be closed on
Sundays and Mondays, open Tues - Sat. Closed some holidays; you may want to call
before making the drive.
15-501 in the former "On the
Border" location near JoAnn's Fabrics
Great menu of authentic Mexican cuisine,
including lots of great Vegetarian options, and numerous kids' meal
options. Kids get coloring
pages placemats and crayons for coloring. Catering also
Little Amigo Menu (Kids' Meal
options - subject to change): Taco, Rice & Beans; Mini
Burrito, Rice & Beans; Enchilada, Rice & Beans; Mini Mexican
Pizza; Cheese Crispy, Rice & Beans; Mini Quesadilla, Rice &
Beans; Chicken Fingers with Fries; Kids Cheese Nachos with Fries.
Other Torero Mexican Restaurant
family-owned and run locations in Chapel Hill (Cole Park Plaza - 11520
US 15-501); Durham, Raleigh, Cary,
Goldsboro, and Roxboro.
This guide is for family dining in the Chapel Hill area. If you
are planning a day-trip to Raleigh to visit the museums, etc., try this
link for Top
10 Breakfast Restaurants in Raleigh. If you would like to suggest area family-friendly
restaurants for inclusion in this list, please click here.
The Orange County Health Department has
published on its website a Smoke-Free
Dining Guide listing smoke-free restaurants in Orange County. View
County Smoke-Free Dining Guide.
Some of the restaurants listed above offer delivery service, but if you
are looking for delivery for something other than pizza (and your
favorite restaurant does not offer delivery), www.tarheeltakeout.com
may be the answer!
Take-Out Express offers delivery service for many local restaurants,
including Subway, Elmo's Diner, McAlister's Deli, Owens 501 Diner, Mama
Dip's Kitchen - (yum!), the Mediterranean Deli, Chinese restaurants,
Indian restaurants, Irish pubs, and many more, as well as Ben &
Jerry's ice cream! (lunch delivery is available M-F from
10:30am-1:00pm; dinner delivery is available daily 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
offers the same services for an expanded area in Durham and different
restaurants, including Quiznos, Rick's Diner, Ninth Street Bakery,
Turtle Creek Farm (gourmet cheesecake), and more.
www.tarheeltakeout.com and www.triangletogo.com