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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options near campus that students commonly eat at.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options on Franklin Street are very good and provide a nice break from the dining hall food.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's the BEST! I love eating off campus although it can get expensive.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Franklin St has so many options. Cheap, expensive, American, Mexican, Asian, anything! It's also super close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food around Franklin Street and in Carrboro is amazing. I just wish that some of the places were a little cheaper (especially when ordering from tarheel takeout) for students that are earning their own money.

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There are a lot of great dining options for UNC students off campus. If you don't want to travel far, there are more than 40 restaurants on Franklin Street, with many different types of cuisine, such as American, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and Vietnamese. There are also a lot of fine dining options for when you have a romantic evening planned or when the parents are coming down for a visit. There are a few student favorites, though, such as Bandido's Mexican Café, Spanky's, McAlisters, and Carolina Coffee Shop, just to name a few. For those that have a car, there are also great restaurants just a short drive away. 

There are a lot of restaurants open late for the times when you get the munchies, such as Cosmic Cantina and B Ski's. Many restaurants also offer a delivery service that comes in handy during finals or those lazy days that everyone has. It's not unusual to see a pizza delivery to the science labs, or Asia Café delivering to the library. Many students choose to skip the meal plan and eat out, and while it may seem like an expensive option, it tends to fall around the same price. So if you find the dining halls aren't for you, this is always a great option. Food is never a problem at Carolina, but it's a good idea to pick and choose what you eat because the Freshman 15 can easily turn into the Freshman 30 with so many great choices!

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Time-Out Restaurant
Best Asian
35 Chinese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Carolina Coffee Shop
Best Coffee
Caffé Driade
Best Dessert
Best Healthy
  • Butternut Squash Restaurant
  • McAlister's Deli
Best Late-Night
B Ski's Tortilla Wrap Grill
Best Mexican
Los Potrillos
Best Pizza
Italian Pizzeria III
Best Wings
Ba-Da Wings
Best Place to Take a Date
411 West Italian Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Other Places to Check Out
  • Artichoke Basil
  • Breadmen's Restaurant
  • Carrburritos
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Crook's Corner
  • Cup a Joe
  • Elmo's Diner Carrboro
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Four Corners Restaurant
  • Jack Sprat Café
  • Japan Express
  • K&W Cafeteria
  • Kildare's Irish Pub
  • Lime & Basil
  • Maggiano's Little Italy
  • Mediterranean Deli
  • Mint Indian Cuisine
  • Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
  • Nantucket Grill
  • Open Eye Café
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pita Pit
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • R&R Grill Restaurant & Bar
  • Sage Café
  • Sakura Japanese Steakhouse
  • Southern Rail
  • Spice Street
  • Spotted Dog Restaurant & Bar
  • Starbucks
  • Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
  • Thai Palace
  • Vespa
  • Waffle House
  • Weaver Street Market
  • Wings Over Chapel Hill
  • Woody's Tar Heel Tavern & Grille
  • Ye Olde Waffle Shop
Did You Know?
  • Too lazy to go out to eat or just want to order a bunch of food from different places? Tar Heel Takeout Express will quickly deliver food from most restaurants in the area for a low delivery fee and a tip, of course. Check out for more info.
  • If you plan on eating off campus a lot, or you're not living on campus, then you can purchase a meal ticket for off-campus restaurants. Visit the Off-Campus Dining Network online at or call (866) 512-DINE.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food Lion
602 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro
(919) 942-0916
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
Harris Teeter
310 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro
(919) 942-8564
Trader Joe's
1800 E. Franklin St.
(919) 918-7871
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
81 S. Elliott Road
(919) 968-1983
Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

35 Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
143 W. Franklin St.
(919) 968-3488
Price: $5-$10
411 West Italian Café
Food: Italian
411 W. Franklin St.
(919) 967-2781
Price: $10-$25
Amante Gourmet Pizza
Food: Pizza
300 E. Main St., Carrboro
(919) 929-3330
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Whatever topping you want, they have.
Asia Café
Food: Chinese
118 E. Franklin St.
(919) 929-0168
Price: $8-$15
B Ski's Tortilla Wrap Grill
Food: Wraps
147 E. Franklin St.
(919) 969-9727
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Offers wraps that can include a variety of ingredients. Great late-night hangout.
Ba-Da Wings
Food: American, wings
302 E. Main St., Carrboro
(919) 960-0656
Price: $5-$10
Bandido's Mexican Café & Cantina
Food: Mexican
159½ E. Franklin St.
(919) 967-5048
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Family-owned; vegetarian and low-fat meals offered.
Ben & Jerry's
Food: Ice cream
102 W. Franklin St.
(919) 967-9068
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Cater ice cream socials and sundae parties
Food: Burgers
107 N. Columbia St.
(919) 240-4746
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: One of the few burger joints located near Franklin Street that serves veggie burgers.
Butternut Squash Restaurant
Food: Contemporary vegetarian
133 W. Franklin St.
(919) 929-8199
Price: $8-$15
Caffé Driade
Food: Coffee/tea
1215 E. Franklin St.
(919) 942-2333
Price: $3-$8
Caribou Coffee
Food: Coffee/tea
110 W. Franklin St.
(919) 933-5404
Price: $3-$8
Carolina Brewery
Food: American
460 W. Franklin St.
(919) 942-1800
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Coffee bar, 20 beers in its repertoire, hot spot for sports addicts.
Carolina Coffee Shop
Food: American, coffee/tea
138 E. Franklin St.
(919) 942-6875
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Liquor license; serves unique breakfast and dinner food.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Food: Fast food, Mexican
301 W. Franklin St.
(919) 942-2091
Price: $5-$10
Cosmic Cantina
Food: Mexican
128 E. Franklin St.
(919) 960-3955
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Great prices and great food after a long night of partying.
Domino's Pizza
Food: Pizza
412 E. Main St., Carrboro
(919) 929-0246
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Takes flex dollars from UNC One Card account.
Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta
Food: Italian, pizza
163 E. Franklin St.
(919) 933-5277
Price: $10-$20
Hunam Chinese Restaurant
Food: Chinese
790 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
(919) 967-6133
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Discounts for UNC students
I Love NY Pizza
Food: Italian
106 W. Franklin St.
(919) 968-4224
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Huge pizza slices, hangout spot for late-night party-goers
India Palace
Food: Indian
508 W. Franklin St.
(919) 942-8201
Price: $8-$15
Italian Pizzeria III
Food: Pizza
508 W. Franklin St.
(919) 968-4671
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Huge pizza slices
Jade Palace Chinese
Food: Chinese
103 E. Main St., Carrboro
(919) 942-0006
Price: $8-$15
Los Potrillos
Food: Mexican
220 W. Rosemary St.
(919) 932-4301
Price: $10-$20
Mama Dip's Kitchen
Food: Soul food
408 W. Rosemary St.
(919) 942-5837
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Best soul food in North Carolina
McAlister's Deli
Food: Deli
205 E. Franklin St.
(919) 969-1102
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Health food, famous sweet tea, catering
Noodles & Company
Food: Asian, Mediterranean
214 W. Franklin St.
(919) 967-7320
Price: $5-$10
Pepper's Pizza
Food: Italian
107 E. Franklin St.
(919) 967-7766
Price: $10-$20
Pizza Hut
Food: Pizza
109 S. Estes Drive
(919) 942-7713
Price: $10-$20
Spanky's Restaurant
Food: American
101 E. Franklin St.
(919) 967-2678
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Brown sugar baby back ribs, party room, catering
Food: Sandwiches
122 E. Franklin St.
(919) 969-1670
Price: $3-$8
Food: Sweets
140 E. Franklin St.
(919) 929-2100
Price: $5-$10
Time-Out Restaurant
Food: American
133 W. Franklin St.
(919) 929-2425
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Food: Italian, seafood
100 E. Franklin St.
(919) 929-8676
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Three floors up; patio overlooking the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets
Yogurt Pump
Food: Yogurt
106 W. Franklin St.
(919) 942-7867
Price: $3-$8

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 167 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 191 responses

  • 69% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 25% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 4% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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