Food trek

The Holiday House Tour runs this weekend, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the Christmas, make that Holiday, Parade starts its march down Franklin Street from Morehead Planetarium to Carrboro’s Town Hall at 10 a.m. Saturday. Parking is free downtown all day Saturday through Dec. 24. So why not make a day of it and do your holiday splurging locally? Here are a few new businesses you might support:

If you’re feeling peckish, you’ll have no shortage of places in which to find refreshment.
Cholanad, 308 W. Franklin St., in the space most recently occupied by – sorry, wrong choice of words – in what used to be home to Cypress on the Hill, serves contemporary Southern Indian cuisine. Lunch prices for chicken, shrimp and vegetarian dishes range from $7 to $9. Dinner entrees are $12 to $19.

The Thrill at Hector’s, 157 E. Rosemary St., below Bub O’Malley’s, technically is Hector’s at the Thrill, because the familiar Hector’s menu and chef are part of the bar that opened first. Still, if you’ve been missing those cheeseburger pitas, tater tots and chili dogs, hanker no more. Hector’s is open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Bread & Butter Bakery, 503 W. Rosemary St., in what used to be Oriental Garden, serves up fresh-baked bread, cookies and muffins, along with Counter Culture coffee drinks and specialty teas. And for those who need anesthetizing beverages, the bakery sells beer and wine. Free wifi and a few free parking spaces, too.

The Standard, 403 W. Rosemary St., in the former Fuse spot, touts itself as the “late-night pizza bistro.” The menu features fried cheese curd (first time we’ve seen that on a menu this side of Wisconsin); pistachio fritters; flatbread with goat-cheese mousse, grapes and a balsamic syrup drizzle; and a white-sauce pizza with scallops, shrimp and bacon. Or, you can get a large pepperoni pizza to go.

Lucky Star Market, 106-C N. Graham St., next to Back Alley Bikes, is a mini-grocery geared toward bikers. Food and beverages are sold in packable portions, and the inventory includes cycling accessories and apparel.

West End Public, 462 W. Franklin St., in what used to be Mansion 462, requires a little planning ahead. The space can be rented out for parties, corporate meetings or, given its seven large flat-screen TVs, game-viewing events. It has a state-of-the-art audio/video system and is PowerPoint ready.

Guru India, 508-A W. Franklin St., in the space where India Palace operated for decades, offers a variety of Indian food, along with libations from a full bar. UNC students receive a 15 percent discount.

With all these new eateries, who has room for food trucks?
– Nancy Oates

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  1. George C

     /  December 9, 2011

    Kudos for giving plugs to these local eateries and for mentioning the free downtown parking. Every bit helps.

  2. Fred Black

     /  December 9, 2011

    “Nobody goes downtown anymore, it’s just too crowded!”

  3. runner

     /  December 9, 2011

    Thanks Yogi.

  4. Mark Marcoplos

     /  December 9, 2011

    And to add to Fred’s obeservation, “You just can’t do business in Chapel Hill or Orange County!”

  5. Update on Flying Burrito. I heard Jim is moving it to Carolina Commons located on the corner of Lynn & Glennwood (Hwy. 70) in Raleigh. Anticipated reopening date some late January. Jim’s other restaurant, Bada Wings, moved from the same location to Carrboro about 2 years ago.

  6. Nancy Oates

     /  December 10, 2011

    Thanks for the update, Will. And Mark, remember that all those businesses opening up replaced businesses closing down. Do we really need food trucks downtown as further competition?

  7. Mark Marcoplos

     /  December 11, 2011

    I’d like to see a ban on low-quality remodeling jobs by underpaid Lowe’s & Home Depot subcontractors, but it’s a slippery slope when we start meddling in the market-place at that level.

  8. Nancy Oates

     /  December 11, 2011

    Mark, maybe Penny Rich would propose such an ordinance.

  9. Mark Marcoplos

     /  December 11, 2011

    Nancy, thanks for the constructive response.

  10. I like the folks working at our local Lowes but now that their corporate office has knuckled under to bigots not sure how much biz I’ll be throwing their way this Christmas.