Carolina Coffee Shop is located at 138 E. Franklin St.
The Purple Bowl
According to its website, The Purple Bowl offers “artisan toast, coffee and healthy eats.” Natalie Salib, the company’s director of operations and a junior at UNC, praised the company’s all-organic menu and local ownership, saying the establishment has a homey vibe. Salib recommends that açai newcomers try the company’s “Simple Bowl.”
Purple Bowl is located at 306B W. Franklin St. and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
For Lunch and Dinner
Commonly called “Med Deli," this Chapel Hill-based business is located on West Franklin Street. According to its website, Med Deli offers Mediterranean cuisine in addition to a bakery and a Mediterranean market attached to the building.
Catering Director Liz Coughlin highlighted that the restaurant has a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Coughlin recommends customers try the Deli’s Mediterranean-style grilled salmon platter and its three item sampler. Mediterranean Deli is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mediterranean Deli is located at 410 W. Franklin St.
This weekend, The Carolina Brewery will offer $1 mimosas, $3 bloody marys and what its front-of-house manager Kaylee Spangler calls a “multi-generational experience.”
The locally owned company also serves a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Its signature Sky Blue Brew is available in stores and also at home UNC football games.
Spangler recommended its house-made potato chip nachos as a must-try item.
The restaurant's Chapel Hill location is on 460 W. Franklin St.
Top of the Hill
Located on the corner of Columbia Street and Franklin Street, Top of the Hill is offering “first-come, first serve” dining in lieu of its usual reservation policy, Restaurant Manager Jeff Wardwell said.
Commonly referred to as TOPO, the restaurant serves a dinner menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. alongside a variety of house-brewed beers and spirits.
Wardwell recommended that new customers try the company’s wild mushroom grit cakes with added shrimp or its TOPO whiskey and coke braised beef.
Top of the Hill is located at 100 E. Franklin St.
The Yogurt Pump
The Yogurt Pump offers frozen yogurt, toppings and freshly made waffle-cones.
Tucked away on an alley off West Franklin Street since 1982, the locally-owned frozen yogurt stop has been affectionately dubbed “YoPo” by students. It is currently featuring seasonal flavors like pumpkin pie.
The Yogurt Pump is located at 106 W. Franklin St.