Life in Chapel Hill


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** indicates that this is a black owned business. Click here to find more Black-owned businesses in the area. 

Local Black-owned Restaurants:

Durham Chapel Hill Greensboro area
Dame’s Chicken and Waffles Vegan Flava Cafe Dame’s Chicken and Waffles
Chicken Hut Mama Dip’s Kitchen Stephanie’s
Beyu Cafe Ben & Jerry’s Franklin St. Location Paradise West Indian
Zweli’s  Al’s Burger Shack** Summit Cafe 
Jeddah’s Tea Da Reggae Cafe
Big C Waffles Taste of Ethiopia
Favor Desserts Hickory Tree BBQ
Nolia Coffee Becky’s and Mary’s (High Point)
True Flavors Diner Prime Tyme Soul Cafe (Winston)
Palace International Sweet Potatoes (Winston)
Lee’s Kitchen Forsyth Seafood Market (Winston)
Jamaican Grille
Perkins Orchard (farmers type market)
Saltbox Seafood Joint

Adam’s Food Recommendations:

Cocoa Cinnamon – 3 locations, Lakewood location has amazing churros
Bean Traders – bustling but great, good running trail nearby (American Tobacco Trail)
Joe Van Gogh
Open Eye Café
Caffé Driade
Perennial Café
Grey Squirrel Coffee

9th Street Bakery
Maple View Icecream
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Drinks (Solid Mocktails Too)
Durham Hotel Rooftop
Corpse Reviver
Dram and Draught
Alley 26 – James Beard Nominee
Bar Virgil
Any of the craft breweries, Ponysaurus is a fave.

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (Drive-Up Only)
Cocoa Cinnamon for churros
9th Street Bakery
Parker and Otis – cool shopping too
PRESS Crepes
First Watch
Flying Biscuit
Elmo’s Diner

Lunch Spots
Eastcut Sandwich Shop
Merritt’s – Chapel Hill staple for BLT’s
BBs Fried Chicken – James Beard Chef opened a new small chain of fried chicken places
Q Shack –Decent BBQ for the area
Fosters Market
Parker and Otis
Mediterranean Deli
Cookout, any location
The Pit—another decent BBQ spot

Dinner (Fast, Casual, Delicious)
Salt Box Seafood Junction – just awarded James Beard Award 2022
Namu – Korean/Mexican fusion
Luna Rotisserie
Any of the Alapaca Locations
Bull City Burgers
Pizzeria Toro –go for the pizza, stay for the sides

Dinner (Less Fast, Less Casual But Still Casual, Delicious)
Mateo Bar de Tapas
M Sushi
Saint James Seafood
Oak Leaf
Kipos – delicious Greek

**due to ongoing sexual harassment allegations against Al of Al’s Burger Shack, we are hesitant to endorse this business, but recognize the decision to do so is a personal choice. See here for more info.

*** The Local Black-owned Restaurants chart above is courtesy of UNC P&N Department Hour of Action Group.