UNC first-year Alex Riginos, a peace, war, and defense major and Carly Terkiel, a sophomore psychology major, enjoy the weather with brunch at Carolina Coffee Shop on Thursday, Sept. 19 2019. 

Here's where to eat if your family is coming to town this weekend

Figuring out where to eat in Chapel Hill has never been easier.  Read to find out which local spots you should be going to for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Franklin Street

Franklin Street sits at the northern edge of campus and it is the most famous stretch of pavement in Chapel Hill. Many of the businesses on Franklin Street cater to students. 

Students often rush Franklin Street after a win against Duke in basketball. Chapel Hill’s Homegrown Halloween event, which at its peak attracted nearly 32,000 college students from across the state, is held on Franklin Street.

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The sign for Cosmic Cantina hangs above Franklin St. on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

'We're a part of the campus:' UNC's long-term plan for Cosmic Cantina

Cosmic Cantina has been serving up low-cost, high-quality burritos for 20 years in Chapel Hill. Although a recent UNC plan proposes replacing it and other businesses with a welcoming gateway to campus, changes are years down the road.  Part of the UNC Master Plan proposes using an entire section of buildings surrounding Porthole Alley for a number of projects. This plan left students and store owners confused about the future of Cosmic Cantina, a beloved Mexican restaurant on Franklin Street. 


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NCPIRG calls on YoPo and Sutton's to stop using styrofoam

North Carolina Public Interest Research Group is a consumer interest group with an emphasis on environmental and public health issues. The request is part of NCPIRG’s lead campaign for spring 2019, where they’re focusing on campus sustainability and single-use plastics.