10 Best Chapel Hill Restaurants

Eating out in Chapel Hill is easy. The tough part is choosing which restaurant to try or revisit. Many amazing chefs have opened up their doors in Orange County, offering residents an array of delicious options. Narrowing down the list to the “top” 10 is not easy, but we gave it a try. After moving in, be sure to check these off your dining to-do list:

Lantern – 423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

The Lantern makes a lot of “best” lists and for good reason. This Asian restaurant is one of the most popular in Chapel Hill, and even in the Triangle. The authentic Asian menu uses fresh ingredients and the restaurant’s has nice ambiance. Be prepared to wait for a table, or try going on a weeknight.

Elaine’s on Franklin – 454 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

This isn’t just any old American restaurant. The Chef/owner focuses on bold flavors and local ingredients, earning them a Silver Medal for Best Restaurants of 2012 in the News & Observer.

Il Palio –  1505 E. Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill

This upscale Italian eatery is an excellent choice for a special occasion. It has been recognized as North Carolina’s only AAA Four Diamond Italian restaurant.

Kitchen – 764 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill


Seafood hot pot from Lantern, a popular restaurant in Chapel HIll. Photo from Yelp.

Kitchen offers French bistro cuisine served in a cozy environment. The owners fell in love with Chapel Hill (just as you will!) and opened Kitchen to be the type of restaurant they enjoy.

Queen of Sheba – 1129-O Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill

In the mood for something different? Try the Ethiopian food at Queen of Sheba. If you aren’t interested in the traditional serving on a large platter, you can have yours served individually. They also offer Ethiopian coffee ceremonies.

Allen & Son – 6203 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill

Southerners can spend a lot of time arguing about who has the best barbecue, but Allen & Son makes it on the top of most lists. Casual and delicious.

Gourmet Kingdom – 301 E. Main St., Carrboro

If you’re seeking Szechwan, head to the Gourmet Kingdom, which was named one of the beset 50 Chinese restaurants in the U.S. by CNN and the best Chinese in the Triangle by the Independent Weekly in 2015.

Kipos – 431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Kipos is authentic Greek food made by Greeks and offers a wide variety of traditional foods beyond what you find at a gyro stand. Kipos means “garden” in Greek, and the chef-owner strives to serve fresh and fantastic fare.

CholaNad – 308 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

CholaNad features South Indian fare that stands out from what you find elsewhere. The restaurant also has lovely ambiance and has been praised for its service.

Crook’s Corner – 610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Crooks has the reputation as one of the best Southern restaurants in the U.S. The menu is full of the south’s goodness: shrimp ‘n grits, soft shell crab, Hoppin’ John, and of course the necessary collards and hushpuppies. After eating there, you’ll know why Chef Bill Smith was a final-five finalist for Best Chef in the Southeast — twice.


Westfall Builder Team Featured in Chapel Hill News

Westfall was pleased to be featured in the Sunday, February 14 issue of Chapel Hill News.

Click here to view page 1and click here to view page 2 of the article that spotlights our custom builder team, which includes Arthur Rutenberg Homes,  ICG Homes, and Terramor Homes.

To learn more, visit the Welcome Home Center at Westfall, located at 41 Beech Slope Court, Chapel Hill, Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday, noon – 5 pm, or by appointment. Or contact Chris Armstrong at 919-801-6815, 336-290-2910, or chrisarmstrong@domicileNC.com

Westfall Announces Homes by Custom Builder Team

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The developers of the Chatham County new home community of Westfall is pleased to announce the formation of a custom builder team consisting of Arthur Rutenberg Homes,  ICG Homes, and Terramor Homes for exclusive homesites of 1/2 acre and larger. Each member of this award-winning team has a home priced from the $650s underway at Westfall, with availability scheduled for early spring 2016.

About the builders:

Arthur Rutenberg has been a name synonymous with the highest level of distinction within the luxury home industry since 1953. Founded on the four cornerstones of design, craftsmanship, service, and responsibility, Arthur Rutenberg Homes has become one of the largest and most popular networks of custom home building companies in the nation. For more information, visit www.ArthurRutenbergHomes.com.

ICG was founded with a mission of assembling a team of individuals with extensive knowledge, experience, and abilities to provide homes with innovative designs, superior quality, intricate trim details, and most of all, exceptional customer satisfaction. The ICG team embodies this mission daily by creating beautiful, well-built homes, and by their ongoing quest to offer fresh ideas and appealing new home features. For more information, visit www.ICGHomes.com.

Terramor Homes is a local private home building company of single family and luxury homes across the Triangle. The partners of Terramor Homes have built an award-winning reputation for constructing quality homes. Assured of excellent customer service, homeowners can plan and build a home to fit their lifestyle in a location convenient to area schools and jobs. Terramor Homes has received numerous industry-related accolades, including Triangle Business Journal Awards, HBA of Raleigh-Wake County Parade of Homes Awards, Triangle Sales and Marketing Council – Major Achievement in Marketing Excellence (MAME) Awards and numerous recognitions statewide. For more information, visit www.TerramorHomes.com.

About the community:

With tree-lined streets and rolling hills, the onsite amenities of Westfall include a resort-style pool and cabana, turf sports field, dog park, tot lot, and walking trails. Downtown Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park, Durham, RDU International Airport, shopping, and dining, as well as Carrboro, Hillsborough, UNC, and Duke University are all within short driving distance.

Westfall is under development by respected real estate leaders Colen E. Davidson, Jr. and Glenn E Futrell. Davidson has developed Jordan Pointe in Apex, The Hamptons at Preston and Madison Place Townhomes in Morrisville, Greythorne and Wyman Park in Wake County, Highcroft and Highcroft Village in West Cary, and other fine communities. Projects by Futrell and his family include Phillips Place in Cary, Canterbury Townhomes in Chapel Hill, Pirates Cove in the Outer Banks, NC, Willow Deer in Wake Forest, Weaver’s Pond in Zebulon, and other desirable properties. Together, Davidson and Futrell have developed Weycroft Reserve in Chatham County as well as their current collaboration on Westfall.

To visit Westfall, from Interstate 40 take Highway 54 west toward Chapel Hill. Take the 54/15-501 West exit toward Pittsboro. Turn left on Lystra Road, then right onto Westfall Way.

Sales and marketing of Westfall is by Chris Armstrong of Domicile Realty. The Welcome Home Center, located at 41 Beech Slope Court, Chapel Hill, is open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday, noon – 5 pm, and by appointment. Learn more about Westfall by visiting www.WestfallChapelHill.com. Also contact Armstrong at 919-801-6815, 336-290-2910, or chrisarmstrong@domicileNC.com