Eating out? Don’t know how to pick just one from over 70 restaurants downtown? Here’s a guide to keep you from wandering lost on Franklin Street.
For experiencing a tradition: Sutton’s Drug Store
Sutton’s Drug Store has been a Tar Heel tradition ever since it opened in 1923. With its orange and white awning, you immediately feel like Marty McFly in "Back to the Future," but with a Tar Heel utopia twist.
Vintage candies in wooden baskets welcome you upon your entrance. History is lathered on almost the entire surface of the walls, as photographs of UNC’s most beloved celebrities dining at the restaurant and signed retired jerseys hang above.
Customers are sitting on the bar stools or in one of the many yellow and red booths eating hamburgers, hotdogs and sandwiches. You must try the cherry smash drink; your palette will thank you. The food is simple and sweet, and most of all, cheap.
The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and shorter hours on the weekends.
Most people are regulars, and you can be one, as well. Join the Tar Heel community at Sutton's!
For tailgates before games: Sup Dogs
Sup Dogs is savage when it comes to their game-day banners, especially when we're playing Duke. The restaurant is at the epicenter of the Franklin Street game-day vibe, so if you have a lot of school spirit, you will find your people there either before home games or for watching away games.