Culinary Bites

CULINARY BITES highlights Orange County’s award winning restaurants, chefs, baristas, food artisans, brewers & distillers and the delightful culinary experience they bring to this place. Did you know that Bon Appetit magazine dubbed Chapel Hill “America’s Foodiest Small Town”? Check back often for recipes, samplers, chef bios, restaurant history, reviews and more. 


Coming Soon:

Be on the look out for these restaurants soon to open...

Chapel Hill:

  • Raleigh based Gizmo Brew Works will open a taproom in the former Rathskeller space at 157 E. Franklin Street.
  • Dame's Chicken & Waffles plans to open in the former BSki's at 147 E. Franklin Street.
  • The recently closed Sawasdee Thai Restaurant at 110 N. Columbia Street is being converted to Savor Eatery.
  • Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews ,an independent bookstore and Spanish-style chocolateria, will be located at 109 E. Franklin Street. Enjoy books, chocolate, beer and coffee.
  • The folks behind Italian Pizzeria III (brothers Vinne and Angelo) and Al's Burgers (Al Bowers) are joining forces to open Yellow House Tacos, in a little yellow house behind those two Franklin Street institutions at 104 N. Graham Street.
  • Hawkers named for Asian street vendors who prepare and sell family recipes from mobile stands and stalls, is coming to 
    University Place in early 2020. The restaurant will serve homemade favorites, from dumplings and wonton to curries, wings 
    and pork belly
  • Follow along as Blue Dogwood Public Market at 306 W. Franklin Street is adding a couple North Carolina basics: barbecue and ice cream. Joining this summer will be Big Belly Que from chef Garret Fleming, who was the chef at the acclaimed Mottorestaurant in downtown Durham before it closed in July 2017. The second new vendor is Burlington’s Smitty’s Homemade IceCream. 
  • Deli Edison Provisions & Eatery a project from Sam Suchoff, owner of Lady Edison hams will open soon in the Bagel Bar location on Weaver Dairy Road near The Pig and The Neighborhood Bar.
  • The Casual Pint a new craft beer bar and market, is coming to 201 S. Elliott Road, Suite 5 in October.



  • Carrboro restaurants Napoli Pizza and Glasshalfull wine bar will partner on a new restaurant slated to open in the space that formerly housed Mystery Brewing Public House on 230 S. Nash Street in Hillsborough this fall. The new restaurant will carry the Napoli name, but will venture beyond the pizza and gelato it serves from its East Main Street restaurant and popular food truck in Carrboro. It also will feature small plates and entrees, some of which will be cooked in their wood oven.




Carrboro Coffee Roasters

Located in Carrboro, NC a town with a population of about 21,000, is a locally owned small batch artisan roaster with reaches far beyond the horizons of Orange County, NC - actually their reach is global. Read more ....

ACME Food and Beverage

Did you know there's more than one way to shuck an oyster? We caught up with Chef Kevin Callaghan for a little tour of his restaurant in Carrboro and got the scoop on shucking oysters and his favorite way to eat them.


Panciuto Italian - English - panciuto | Definiton: adj. potbellied, paunchy rounded, big-bellied. But around here, Panciuto is a cozy restaurant serving locally sourced, Italian-inspired food & drinks, with menu updated weekly. Read more...

Shrimp and Grits (Crook's Corner)

Crook’s Corner, named an “American Classic” restaurant by the James Beard Foundation is renowned for many things but none quite so well-known as “Shrimp and Grits,” originally a Bill Neal recipe that is still on the menu today. Read more and get the recipe...

Interview with Chef Justin Burdette

Get to know Chef Justin, Crook's Corners' new Executive Chef