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Parading North Carolina’s Finest Homes

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It’s October, which means it’s the perfect time of year to explore North Carolina’s top real estate locations. The Triangle Parade of Homes is renowned as North Carolina’s largest open house and features an array of beautiful, new homes in Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. Take this FREE opportunity to visit any or all of the 250 homes on the tour.

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Close To Home: 17th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour

Chatham County, NC – We live in such a unique area. Dotted with charming small towns, large high-tech corporate parks and some of the best universities in the country, we also have an abundance of small, independent farms leading the way in organic and community farming. Get out and visit them this weekend on The Piedmont Farm Tour. Continue reading

Chapel Hill Restaurants: West Franklin, Part 1

Chapel Hill, NC – West Franklin Street might just be the Triangle’s Restaurant Row. From Columbia Street to S. Graham, it’s one interesting eatery next to another.

There are still some old favorites on West Franklin. But turnover is high in the restaurant business and I was surprised at how many cool looking new places had opened up.

That’s part of what makes W. Franklin the epicenter of the food scene in the Triangle – the energy is there. Both restaurateurs and foodies know it’s the place to go to try something new and exciting.

I mean, a girl needs to eat when she’s not selling houses. And Franklin Street is just 10 minutes up the road from my house in Monterrane.

In fact, there’s so much restaurant stuff happening on West Franklin that this story has to be in two parts.

Part 1: The North Side of the Street

Staring at Graham Street and heading back toward the center of town, here’s the line up.

The Chocolate Door
Handmade chocolate and truffles. It’s like you fell asleep and woke up in Switzerland. I mean, what’s not to love in a chocolate boutique?

India Palace
A mainstay on West Franklin with the college crowd. Fast, inexpensive and tasty.

Italian Pizzeria
Another W. Franklin fixture. Sometimes, a slice of pizza is one of life’s great pleasures.

Carolina Brewery
The big attraction is the beer – fresh, imaginative and flavorful. Many signature brews on tap including Flagship IPA (Gold Medal, Great American Beer Festival), Copperline Amber Ale (Gold Medal, World Beer Championships), and Sky Blue Golden Ale (Silver Medal, World Beer Championships). Voted Best Brewpub in the Southeast by Brewpub magazine, and Best Burger in the Triangle by Independent Magazine and the readers of The Daily Tar Heel.

Telulla’s
Turkish food. A truly unique experience – the decor, the music and the food. You may not recognize one item on the menu, but everything is well-explained and the cuisine is similar to others in the Eastern Mediterranean. Try Karisik Izgara:

Four different Kebabs in one dish! An inviting combination of lamb chop, -weekends doner kebab-, lamb, chicken and Adana kebabs cooked to your desire and served with rice and greens. A luxurious treat for any lover of kebabs!

Elaine’s
Since 1999, one of the most celebrated restaurants in the area. Chef Bret Jennings is known for his unique style of regional American cuisine. He’s been featured in Southern Living and has cooked at the James Beard House in New York.

West End Wine Bar – More than 60 interesting wines on the menu from  Picpoul (a modest French white that’s amazingly refreshing on a hot day) to Nero d’Avola, a mouthful of flavor from Sicily. West End also has savory side plates of meats and cheeses in the European tradition, much like tapas. Definitely a date-night location.

Mediterranean Deli
A vast menu of Mediterranean specialties including falalfel, hummus, gyro, stuffed grape leaves, wonderful olives and a very fine Chicken Salad on a pita. You will be glad you did not go to Wendy’s. They also serve Fatayers, a delicacy you won’t find too often:

Fatayers are served with fresh feta and mozzarella cheeses on our traditional Middle-Eastern, boat-shaped dough made with certified organic flour.

Ham’s
Casual family dining since 1935.

Cypress on the Hill
Another date-night restaurant. Guys will love the Veal Porterhouse or the Painted Hills Ribeye . Girls might enjoy Stuffed Quail or the fresh NC Dayboat Black Grouper. The latter comes with Maque Grits and Collards.

Gumby’s Pizza
A place to get a quick slice or some wings.

Jimmy John’s
My daughter loves these sandwiches.

Vespa
Chapel Hill’s authentic Italian. Risotto di Mare, Penne Al Fumo and Veal Scaloppine are all sure to satisfy. Wash it down with a nice Montepulciano. Lovely patio in mild weather.

Noodles and Company
Noodles prepared to your order in Asian style, Mediterranean, American or Customize It (pick your own ingredients and flavors). Fast, fun and healthy concept. Great website.

Kildare Irish Pub
Not your typical “Irish” pub, owner Dave Magrogan has gone to great lengths to import artifacts from Ireland that recreate the atmosphere and history of Irish pubs. The food is hearty, the beer is strong and the conversation lively.

Lime & Basil
Vietnamese and Pho cuisine. Pho is a noodle soup which can have beef, chicken, fish or vegetables and is great on a rainy Chapel Hill afternoon.

Caribou Coffee
What’s great about this Caribou is that it’s in an old auto service station.

I Love NY Pizza
You can have three pizza joints on one block. Which one do you like best?

Ben & Jerry’s
Sometimes college kids need their Cheesecake Brownie or Cherry Garcia. Sometimes, we all do.

Qdoba
Fast and cheerful Mexican grill.

So there you have it: 18 places to eat on the north side of West Franklin. I have to go for a run before I hit the south side of the block.

What Do You Like?

What’s your favorite restaurant in Chapel Hill?