When ordering, you choose your meatball — beef, chicken, spicy pork, veggie or their ball of the day — and then a sauce. There was a wide variety of sauces to choose from including tomato, parmesan cream, pesto, meat sauce, mushroom gravy or their sauce of the day.
Then you have the option to pick a side which your meatballs will be served on top of such as spaghetti or smashed potatoes.
For our healthier guys and gals out there, you can place your meatball on top of collard greens, kale salad or their daily vegetable. For those who like to live a little, you can get your meatballs with mac and cheese.
I got the spicy pork meatballs with smashed potatoes underneath. It came with a piece of focaccia, and for those like me who have no idea what that is, it was like a piece of garlic bread that tasted like heaven. The meal was a lot of carbs and I'll probably need to visit the gym afterwards, but it was overall amazing.
The real star of the show was their mac and cheese. Topped with lightly toasted bread crumbs and covered in cheese, it is probably the best thing I have ever eaten in Carrboro.
For four meatballs and a side, the total was around $12. The serving was big enough to take some home for a second meal (a true score for any college student). It’s not a bad price for a meal, but I’ll probably be returning there next time when my parents come so they can pick up the bill.
Overall, the Shoppe was a pleasant and fun experience. The concept of meatballs and a bar is definitely unique but fits well with Carrboro's vibe. They're also open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, making it an unconventional and fun destination on a night out.