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Best Late Night

Since Easter has just passed, the next big holiday at least for us UNCers is what we call LDOC (Last day of classes). Being a Senior (tear, tear), it is time to get in our final grades and celebrate our last few weeks in college. With graduation looming in, our time is limited, primarily our bar nights. And what does every college student do after a night on the town – eat, eat, eat.

These are the places to go after a late night on the Hill:

Old Chicago: a new, hot spot, OC (as I like to call it) has $2 pizzas from 10 PM until 2 AM. Now that I call a deal

Qdoba: a classic favorite, Qdoba is on Franklin St. and easily a walk from any bar. Late night tip would be the queso and chips (you can never go wrong)

Toppers: feel like ordering in? Toppers understands. With its top seller being Bacon chocolate toppers, sounds weird? Trust me it is everything you could ever hope for at 2 AM – chocolate, bacon, and CARBS

Time Out: I remember when I was a freshman. A younger spot because it is directly in front of Granville. But be sure to stop by before graduation for old times sakes. Recommendation: Breakfast food or Nothing

Jimmy Johns: at any time in the day you can never go wrong with a JJ sub. Plus super fast delivery for those who just cannot wait

BUNS: late night burgers and fries? BUNS knows how to do it at any hour of the day. Do not miss out on their unique dipping sauces.

Insomnia Cookies: if you are craving something a little sweeter, fear not, these cookies have got your back. Be sure to order the chocolate chip as they melt in your mouth in one bite.

If you just finished a crazy night in Chapel Hill or have been cramming in the library for hours, Chapel Hill has late night places that will satisfy any of your desires usually closing around 2 to 3 AM.

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Best Brunch Spots

Now that it is the week before Easter and Spring here, it is time to do my favorite activity more than once during the week: BRUNCHING.

With several places open only on Sundays, be sure to brunch at least twice every week until Graduation.

Some of the best places are

1. The Bagel Bar – I dedicated an entire blog to this little spot because A. it is unknown and B. it has the best bagels and cream cheese in this area.

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2. Acme: The Make-your-own Bloody Mary and Scallop Eggs Benedict is sure to entice you for more. Another benefit is that Saturday brunch is available here.

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3. 411 West: Their coffee is fantastic and their french toast is prime. Be sure to come in on a Sunday for brunching and game watching.

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4. Venable: Never can go wrong with this brunch. Amazing French toast, weekly Eggs Benedict specials, and French press coffee. Again brunch is available on Saturdays as well.

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5. Weathervane -Southern Seasons: only the finest ingredients, their omelets are surely unique and enticing enough for you to become a frequenter.

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Other great places that have more American style breakfast and 7 days a week breakfast are Elmo’s and Coffee shop

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A Taste of Chapel Hill History – Merritt’s

Home of the world famous BLT, Merritt’s is a quaint little mark of Chapel Hill history that opened in 1929.

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“During the 49 years Merritt ran the store, Merritt’s became more than a gas station. Students and veterans came for the social atmosphere. Law students sat around Merritt’s pot-bellied stove, on a bench Merritt nicknamed the “liar’s bench” (Laura Oleniacz, MyNC).

Loving this place and calling it a second home, I try to go here as much as possible.

MUST GET – BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato)

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Now some additions and combinations

Personal favorite: Double BLT and avocado

Local’s favorite: Double BLT, avocado, and pimento cheese

Mix it up: Double BLT/Regular BLT, avocado, and chicken salad

Everything: Double BLT/Regular BLT, avocado, chicken salad, and pimento cheese

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Just make sure you eat here before you graduate, and you come back as an alumni.

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The Hidden Gem: The Bagel Bar

“Too many people look at the holes in their life, and miss the bagel.” -Anonymous

Growing up in Miami with a large Jewish community, I was always spoiled with incredible bagels and cream cheese spots.

Unfortunately, as a Freshman, Alpine Bagel on campus did not cut it for me. I wanted something more boutiquey and less like Bruegger’s Bagels, which is more of a chain restaurant.

Luckily, I found “The Bagel Bar”.

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Every month, they have the cream cheese of the month some of my favorites being blueberry cream cheese, carrot cake cream cheese, and Nutella cream cheese. Yes, I have a sweet tooth!

If you are in the mood for something savory – go for the everything bagel, scooped out with eggs, bacon or sausage, and veggie cream cheese.

Now for my favorite choices: my go-to is the cinnamon raisin and walnut raisin cream cheese (always there and always amazing)

This month’s cream cheese has been the Nutella flavor – I highly recommend it with the double chocolate bagel and Nutella cream cheese.

The bread here is fantastic and the cream cheese is even better! Do not forget to always toast your bagel and the more cream cheese the merrier!

Take a peek at the menu:

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So bagel lovers unite!

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Best Foodie Spots in Durham

With the start of April, there are so many different activities going on in the Triangle area like beer festivals, spring parties, and porch Sundays.

If you are visiting universities at this time such as UNC Chapel Hill-Duke-NC State be sure to check out the different restaurants in this area.

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Diving into some of Durham’s top restaurants and hidden gems, I have listed some of my favorites below. Enjoy! And order never matters!

-Rue Cler: French cuisine at its finest. A Parisian-style restaurant with the freshest ingredients and diverse clientele. Be sure to check it out, but be warned – it is tres expensive!

-Revolution – Contemporary Global cuisine. I came here during food week and the lamb was phenomenal alone with the Korean pork belly. Do not miss out as it is extremely international with unique fusions and tastes.

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-Mateo: Tapas. A typical Spanish (Andalusia style) restaurant. Being Spanish, I found this place very typical and delicious! If you crave cured Spanish meats, cheeses, and tortillas, this is definitely the spot for you.

-Guglhupf Bakery & Patisserie: one of my favorite bakeries in the area with a German twist. In need of a coffee and pastry, European style this is the place for you. It is also a local brunch spot for Duke students.

 

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Driving by Durham, you’re in for a surprise as the downtown if full of delicious restaurants! I know this is an area I definitely need to dive more into!

 

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Top Bars in Chapel Hill

Now that we are all back from Spring Break, it is time to get back into the work grind. But wait it is St. Patrick’s Day.

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What better day to post your favorite bars in the Chapel Hill area

So here are a few to get into this Monday. All these places have a dance floor, BEER, and most importantly Specials!

1. Fitzgeralds (better known as Fitz) – Chapel Hill’s own Irish Pub. What better way to get into the spirit?

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2. Rec Room: Definitely every Monday has specials – can you say green LIT?

3. TOPO – if you want to keep less green and a little classier, this is the place for you. Can you say half off beer? This place has one of the best breweries around not to mention an  incredible rooftop patio view.  

—Head downstairs to Back Bar – for a more chill atmosphere with beers and games like pool, darts, foosball, and hangmen

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4. The Library – No, this is not a place to study in fact every monday they have $1 wells. Plus more Specials this holiday.

5. He’s Not Here (He’s Not) – Last but certainly not least, Carolina’s Number one spot: He’s Not. Home of Michael Jordan and the Blue Cup – how can you not stop in?

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Special Request – Pantana Bobs – if you are in need of the more Greek scene here in Carolina this is the place for you. With an outside patio and a strong social scene, definitely make a stop here before you head home.

Enjoy this holiday, it only comes around once a year!

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The Start of March Madness

With the start of my favorite month on its way, I have so much to be excited for! For starters, Spring break is in a few days, Sony Ericsson in Miami is ready to begin, basketball rivalries start again, and so many festivals in the air!

Since I will be leaving Chapel Hill for a few weeks, I thought what better way to leave then to list my favorite foodie spots Exclusively in Chapel Hill.

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And the winners go to: (Order Does not matter)

1. Favorite Chapel Hill Restaurant: Weathervane – Southern Season – $$$- delicious for brunch and dinner. Exceptional food and drinks!

2. Best Mediterranean Food: Talullas $$ – Turkish food

****Special Mention to my all time favorite – Mediterranean Deli (Med Deli) $ – Great food, Great prices, Great People

3. Best Southern Cooking: Crook’s Corner– $$ All Southern, all delicious!

****Special Mention to Best BBQ/Brisket: The Pig – $

4. Best Asian Cuisine: Lantern – $$$ Asian Fusion was just taken to the next level. Be sure to check out the back bar (full of yummy drinks)

5. Best Indian Cuisine: Mint – $$ one word: brunch. Two words: unlimited mimosas

6. Best Sandwich place: Merritts – $ MUST Get the BLT (I personally make it a double, add avocado, and if I am feeling creative throw in some chicken salad or pimento cheese)

****Special Mention: Sandwhich: $ (pricey for a sandwich place) -their Mr. Crunch gets me

7. Best Burger Place: BUNS – $ -go for the Angus Burger with some blue cheese and sweet potato fries

8. Best Pizza: Old Chicago – $ if you are looking for some deep dish style Pizza – this is the spot for you. Along with several beer choices

9. Best wine hangout stop – TRU – $ complimented with delicious, appetizers, deli sandwiches, and a beautiful rooftop

Finally, some sweets

10. Best FroyoYOPO –  $ -Several toppings and incredible sorbet flavors. Tip: try a few you wouldn’t normally, you’d be surprised

Here are a few of my favorite cuisine places! Enjoy!! Happy Spring Break!

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