Chapel Hill NC - southern food rec please

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hjbyun
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Chapel Hill NC - southern food rec please - Wed, 01/11/12 10:12 AM
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Will be in Chapel hill for a weekend.  Looking for southern food recommendations (I will not go back to Mama Dips).  I'm looking for nothing fancy but just good southern food (brunch, lunch or dinner).  Would prefer family style or buffet but standard order off menu or meat and 3 type of place would also be great.
 
Help would be greatly appreciated.  Been having southern food withdraw.
 
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Re:Chapel Hill NC - southern food rec please - Mon, 01/16/12 2:22 AM
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Sorry this doesn't really fit into "brunch, lunch, or dinner", but our favorite restaurant in all of Chapel Hill is the Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen for breakfast.    Get the chicken biscuits.  They can fill you for breakfast or lunch.  We're not big breakfast people, but it is in our top 10 all-time roadfoods .... probably top 5.    It is by far the best breakfast item we've ever had.    The biscuits melt in your mouth, and just the piece of fried chicken breast on the biscuit would score among the top fried chicken we've had.   
 
They're in a league of their own. 
 
They close at 2:00 or 2:30 pm.  East Franklin Street, about a mile east of the middle of downtown. 
 
Glenn and Janet
 
 

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Re:Chapel Hill NC - southern food rec please - Mon, 01/16/12 6:54 AM
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Glenn1234


 
Sorry this doesn't really fit into "brunch, lunch, or dinner", but our favorite restaurant in all of Chapel Hill is the Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen for breakfast.    Get the chicken biscuits.  They can fill you for breakfast or lunch.  We're not big breakfast people, but it is in our top 10 all-time roadfoods .... probably top 5.    It is by far the best breakfast item we've ever had.    The biscuits melt in your mouth, and just the piece of fried chicken breast on the biscuit would score among the top fried chicken we've had.   

They're in a league of their own. 

They close at 2:00 or 2:30 pm.  East Franklin Street, about a mile east of the middle of downtown. 

Glenn and Janet



Agreed!

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Re:Chapel Hill NC - southern food rec please - Mon, 01/30/12 7:37 AM
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Note that Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is a tiny kitchen with a drive-up window - no seating or counter. You get in line with your car and order from your car window. This makes it difficult if you're just visiting, as I was. We drove around looking for a park where we could stop and eat, but found none.

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Re:Chapel Hill NC - southern food rec please - Mon, 01/30/12 2:10 PM
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Coincicdently, we were just in Chapel Hill again this past weekend.  On Saturday night, we went to Mama Dips.  Both of us enjoyed a fried chicken dinner.  I had the mashed potatoes and corn.  Janet had the black-eyed peas and baby lima beans.  It's hard to say if the chicken is in the "top 10 in the nation" as one recent poll indicted, but it is certainly top notch.  Crisp on the outside, juicy and flavorful outside.  We can't ask for much more than that   The sides were very good,  but not outstanding.  The fried chicken was the star of the show.    
 
Of course, on Sunday monring, we had to hit up the Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen.  The chicken biscuits were fabulois, as always. 
"Chlyn" mentioned above  that there is no counter, and it's drive-through only.   That's not quite accurate.   It is correct that there is no indoor seating, but there is a walk-up counter inside.  There is a side door next to the pick-up window that leads to walk-up counter.  It is small in there, and they allow only a maximum of 3 people at a time in the walk-up area.  That is how we picked up our order yesterday morning.   We then ate in the car.  There is parking on the west side of the building (same side as the pick-up window).  They only have about 5 parking spaces.  If those are filled, there is more parking at the businsess next door on the west side.  That business seems to be closed on weekends.  I think it is a State Farm insurance office.  There are no signs posted that prohibit parking there, so we have used their parking lot in the past, when Sunrise's parking spots were full.     
  Come to think of it, of the 7 or 8 times that we have been to Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, we have never used the drive-through.  We know we have to eat in the car, as there is no seating.  So, we always park our car first, then go to the walk-up counter through the side door, and bring the order back to the car.  A roll of paper towels in the car comes in handy for those buttery, fall-apart biscuits! 
 
Enjoy!
 
Glenn and Janet     
 
 
<message edited by Glenn1234 on Mon, 01/30/12 2:14 PM>

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Re:Chapel Hill NC - southern food rec please - Sun, 02/5/12 4:53 PM
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Safe to say we are fan of biscuits.  Next time we plan to hit Sunrise biscuit kitchen.  I'd also like to try "the old place".  we go down to CH fairly regular and I am always surprised that they don't have more of the soul food/southern food places. 
 
Please keep your suggestions coming.