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Spanky's Restaurant

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American, Hamburgers
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101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
919-967-2678
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11:00 am - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Eating at Spankys

Great location on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The staff was friendly and the food was good...This is a great place to stop after walking around campus and shopping on Franklin Street.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Hubert B
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Monroe, Georgia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Monroe, Georgia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Great location on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The staff was friendly and the food was good...This is a great place to stop after walking around campus and shopping on Franklin Street.

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Doylestown, PA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We visited on the recommendation of a friend and we're not disappointed. My wife had the shrimp and grits and I had the mahi. The cheesie grits were the best we've had and a good compliment to the dish. The mahi was served with a smokey flavored sauce and cornbread. Loved the smokey taste, not what I expected but very... More 

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Cruso, North Carolina, United States
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130 reviews 130 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

My wife and I are great fans of shrimp and grits, and we usually have it wherever we find it. We've had it all over from NC along the coast down to New Orleans, including some famous restaurants in Charleston and New Orleans. We think Spanky's has the best. We've eaten other lunch entrees here previously and have also been... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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142 reviews 142 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We stopped in for dinner place was packed we sat upstairs which was a little bit less noisy. Food was really good and the home made chips and ranch dip were really awesome. Servoce was fast and friendly will definitely be back next time in town.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great service by the young blonde who looked like a college student, she certainly earns her tips. Ordered the half sandwich and soup. The soup was the special cauliflower soup and it was awful but the half club sandwich was great, loved the whole grain bread. The house made chips served with ranch were delicious.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Traveled to Chapel Hill for a conference and ate at Spanky's twice, once for lunch, once for dinner. Loved the atmosphere. The food was very good and the cornbread was the best I had ever had anywhere. My dining companion agreed.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I had the BBQ plate and did not find it to be anything special that warranted it being $11 plate when I could go to a mom and pop type bbq restaurant and get twice the food for half the cost that is much more pleasing to the palate. Did not find the atmosphere of the "bar" to be anything... More 

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Charlotte, NC, USA
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188 reviews 188 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Spanky's Restaurant & Bar is an institution in downtown Chapel Hill. I have been going here since college and still enjoy each return visit. On this Saturday, we stopped in for an early lunch. We were fortunate to be seated near the front window, allowing us to watch the foot traffic along Franklin Street. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and... More 

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Greensboro, NC
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Stopped in for a beer and something to eat after a ballgame. We sat at the bar. We split a Reuben with sweet potato fries. Both were very good. Beer selection was good and wines by the glass were on special for $4.00. The bartender was friendly and engaging. People watching was good. I have been going to Spanky's since... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A trip to Chapel Hill should include Spanky's. As a native I've known of it for 30+ years. A trip to Franklin St. will garner consideration of a visit. Consistently good food, much of it local sourced. Not too fancy, just solid faire. Well maintained and appointed with caricatures, it is typical Chapel Hill/UNC at its best.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: 919-967-2678

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:30 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?