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Spanky's Restaurant

101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
919-967-2678
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Ranked #13 of 249 restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
virginia usa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Interesting caricatures of famous graduates from the University of North Carolina on the brick walls. Basically a fun place to eat and drink and socialize. We got a window seat so we could watch the world go by. Service was quick. We were there for lunch and we chose tourist fare, so I can't comment on any fine dining.

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Concord, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Quick trip to UNC, asked a local student for a recommendation for a "Good place to eat lunch" she suggested Spanky's. We were seated as soon as we arrived, wait staff took our drink orders and gave us time to review the menu. Family was in the mood for a good burger, we found them here. I had the "Carolina"... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The service could be better. The dining room is usually a little loud. I've tried other things on their menu and been disappointed (Kidney beans on nachos? You're doing it wrong.) But I will go to Spanky's again and again and none of those things will matter when I have a bowl of their shrimp and grits. I won't care... More

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Parker, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

What a great way to refuel after a round of golf at UNC. Was told that I must have the shrimp and grits and it was fantastic. The service was great and fun location near UNC. A must go!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We always visit here when we're in Chapel Hill. The staff is young and attentive. Refills come automatically. The food is always of good quality and consistent. I enjoy the atmosphere with the college students, their parents, and the locals. The barbeque is excellent, the true eastern North Carolina version. My son always gets the huge hamburgers and loves them.... More

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Burke, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great venue for a rehearsal dinner buffet. Food was hot, fresh and well prepared. Nice large space to gather a crowd

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wilmington, nc
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A Chapel Hill institution and gathering place for over 30 years, and home to the best burgers and French Fries in town. I always pay a visit when I'm home to visit family and friends and always know that I'm going to get a consistent quality of food and service regardless of the time of day...lunch and dinner are always... More

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North, South Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Had best meal of weekend here. Delicious pimento cheese hamburger. Cute, sweet waitress who refilled coke and tea and was very quick. Delightful Franklin Street experience.

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Brookline, New Hampshire
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I stopped in for a bite, choosing to eat at the bar as I was traveling solo. They had a nice selection of local beers. I tried the BBQ sampler to taste NC BBQ, which I've heard differs from other areas. It is different but very good. The bartender was friendly and good company. Great value. I've heard the ribs... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Food in the Research Triangle Area is great and this restaurant was a great choice. Food was reasonably priced and tasted great. I got pulled pork barbecue Carolina style for a dinner entree and was not disappointed. I would come here again for lunch to check out the menu. Hopefully I get the chance to sample a few more restaurants... More

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