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Spanky's Restaurant

101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
919-967-2678
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Ranked #16 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
Dayton, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

dinner at the bar tonight. very nice place inside. service was excellent. ate at the bar. hostess was very nice, bartender excellent. blackened chicken Thai noodle salad was. 8.5/10. Carolina copper ale was perfect. overall a place I would highly recommend.

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We were in town for work and had dinner here one night. I had the pork tenderloin with mashed sweet potatoes and it was wonderful. It was the best thing I ate while in Chapel Hill.

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virginia usa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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