When you’re sick of meal swipes and run out of the stolen snacks from FallFest, The Daily Tar Heel has you covered for navigating the wealth of restaurants on Franklin Street. From parent friendly to game day ready, be prepared to get an on-campus job to subsidize your newest eating habits.
Al’s Burger Shack
For TripAdvisor’s best burger in America, look no further than Al’s. The burger that won Al’s the title is the Bobo Chili Cheeseburger, topped with coleslaw, onion, yellow mustard and American cheese, but the Paco burger, topped with guacamole, and the vegetarian-friendly sweet potato burger are also deserving of awards. Be sure to order a side of sea salt rosemary fries, and if you go at peak lunch or dinner hours, prepare to line up outside.
Italian Pizzeria III
Family owned and locally loved, Italian Pizzeria III has been on Franklin Street for almost 40 years and offers homemade dough and sauce on round, thin crust Neapolitan and square, thick crust Sicilian pizzas. The classic large cheese pie is perfect for splitting with roommates or for keeping all the leftovers for yourself.
For savory Mediterranean dishes from spinach chickpea salad to eggplant squash stew and entrees like lamb shawerma and chicken gyros, Med Deli is a must for fresh, affordable, delicious food. They have a location in the Bottom of Lenoir, but it’s worth the walk to the Franklin Street storefront for the larger deli case selection and the chance to shop at its market. Save room for pistachio baklava for dessert.
When Your Parents Are In Town