Food

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 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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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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Classics on Franklin Street

Hello foodies!

I decided to dive into the main street of Chapel Hill – Franklin Street. This street is full of bars, restaurants, and shops primarily for UNC students and Chapel Hill residents. In the past four years, there have been many changes. So let’s get cracking to the primary topic: FOOD.

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With so many different restaurants, it’s hard to choose what’s actually good. Walking around and asking my friends I came up with a list – Local edition – of the typical and classical restaurants on Franklin Street.

Top of the Hill (Call it Topo): A popular bar on Franklin Street for upperclassmen, Topo also has one of the most beautiful views of Franklin Street and Chapel Hill. If you are looking to sit and have a blueberry wheat on the rooftop, this is the place for you. The food not being anything special is American cuisine. However, this is the perfect place for drinks, appetizers, rooftop sitting, and watching the big game. The average person gave this place a 72% out of 100. Though the nightlife and bar here received a 94%. Better stick to drinks and appetizers Topo!

–Crook’s Corner: If you are looking for some Southern/Soul food. This is the place for you! Crook’s Corner is quaint and sweet valuing it’s barbecue and southern living. If you are craving some BBQ and sweet tea on Franklin, this is the place for you. Though I have had much better BBQ in this area, Franklin Street is a little limited on typical Southern cuisine. The average person gave this place an 87% out of 100. Clearly, the public loves some good BBQ!

—Sutton’s Drug Store: This is the perfect place to take someone on a first date in college: not too elegant and not too committed (perfect for college). It’s a charming old-fashioned joint with great American dining food. Highly recommend there bacon burger and milkshakes though get ready for my list of best Chapel Hill Burgers. The average person gave this place an 89% out of 100.

–Spanky’s: one of my personal favorites. When I first arrived my Freshman year, this was my favorite burger joint. Slowly, Buns came into play and recently, Al’s. However,this is still one of my classical favorites! The average person gave this place an 92% out of 100. In my books, you will always be an 100%, Spanky’s.

—Carolina Brewery: Quite similar to Topo’s food style but no rooftop view. However, there beer is fantastic! A nice, place to get together with friends but more of a tourist trap than anything else. The average person gave this place an 70% out of 100. Shocking that it’s that high of a percent!

—411 West: Italian! Italian! Italian! Though this is not necessarily my favorite of theirs! I absolutely love their brunches – primarily there coffees, eggs benedict, and french fries with aioli sauce — how can you deny that tri-perfection! The average person gave this place a Delicioso! Noventa percento! Now we are talking

 

These are some of the Classical spots in the heart of Chapel Hill!

It depends if you are looking for good food or a few beers with friends.

 

That’s all for now, keep an eye out for more!

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” -Julia Child

 

 

 

 

Welcome Foodies!

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

Hello everyone! I decided to start with a quote to get your stomach churning and mouth watering! If you didn’t guess from the title, this blog will involve quite a bit of food.

My name is Arantxa Moreno, and I am excited to be writing my first blog.

So here’s a little about me: I go to school at UNC Chapel Hill. My major is Advertisement in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. I was born in Madrid, Spain and was raised in a Brazilian home. I moved to Miami, FL, at a young age.

Being raised in an international home, I have always had an appreciation for quality and exotic food. My parents have Lebanese, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Spanish roots. These cultures all share a quality of life involving the three F’s: friends, food, and family. Growing up, my parents valued the time we spent together while eating. Most times, we talk about what we were going to eat for dinner while we are still eating lunch! You could definitely call us foodies!

When I moved to Chapel Hill for college, I was surprised at the abundance and diversity in restaurants. Yet, I could not find one voice that focused in the Triangle area specifically. Where were all the foodies? As the months and years went by, I realized the hidden gems in this area. Though I am not a “food expert” nor am I claiming to be a “food critic,” I will share a few of my favorite spots and hidden gems. I hope I can steer you clear of the big traps and no no’s of this area.

Bon appetite!