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“Food Average to Very Good” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Spanky's Restaurant

Spanky's Restaurant
101 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
919-967-2678
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Ranked #18 of 251 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Eastover, North Carolina
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“Food Average to Very Good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

Ate there with the family for an early dinner. It was about 1/3 full when we arrived, and was fairly busy by the time we left. The restaurant is on the very busy corner of East Franklin Street and Columbia. We couldn't find on-street parking, so we parked in a public parking lot behind the restaurant. The building is very nice, and when we walked inside there was a large bar, with table areas in 2 front window area, as well as in a section beside the bar. We were seated immediately, and the waitress took our drink order right away. The menu has the typical bar food, but the choices are interesting; burgers topped many different ways, sandwiches, and salads. My kids each ordered an appetizer as their meal. The chicken wings were very good. The chicken strips were a little boring. The homemade potato chips were ordered on the side, and were really quite good. My husband and I each had a burger. Mine had Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and I thought it was very good. He kept complaining that his tasted like vinegar, but he didn't have a pickle or any toppings except cheese that would be the. Apparent cause of the vinegar taste. He only ate about half of the burger, but he really should have sent it back. I'm sure they would've taken care of it, but he didn't tell so his loss.

The prices were reasonable, the atmosphere was nice, and the waitress was prompt and friendly. My son and I thought our food was very good, while my husband and daughter didn't care for their's as well. So, 50/50 in terms of food satisfaction, but the service and atmosphere were very good! Also, the bathroom was clean and well-maintained. I would go back, but my husband would pass.

Visited July 2013
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Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good food, good atmosphere, friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had lunch at Spanky's. The restaurant offered a good variety -burgers, sandwiches, grilled chicken, etc. they were very accommodating to special requests. Enjoyed the atmosphere - definitely recommend!

Visited July 2013
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Greenville, NC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent atmosphere and menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

A visit to Spanky's is a delightful addition to a visit to Chapel Hill. Food, beverage,and atmosphere combine to provide an experience which keeps a classy focus on UNC/Chapel Hill. Whether enjoying a late night drink at the bar, a quick lunch, or
dinner, Spanky's has never disappointed. The menu offers many choices, there is a full bar, and service is speedy.

Visited April 2013
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Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent location, very good food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Located in the middle of Chapel Hill, a short walk from the campus. Slightly higher than a regular lunch, but worth it. Excellent food. Great service.

Visited July 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fun place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Kettle chips with blue cheese were great. Thai noodle salad not the best. Fun atmosphere. Nice waiter. Very friendly place.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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