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Reviewed November 8, 2020 via mobile

My husband grew up in Pittsboro so the Gambler Steak with fries and a rich creamy shake were a must. The service was friendly and prompt. The decor is as it was in the 60’s.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

We finally had the chance to visit and upon entering this gem in a quaint town, it was like stepping back in time. What a terrific experience all around. The service was so welcoming,friendly and on point. Refills given without having to ask. Food was...hot, tasty and fresh. My husband ordered a cheesesteak with curly fries and I had a burger with onion rings. All delicious. We even indulged in two sundaes. The ice cream was so creamy and dreamy. The preservation and display of old fashioned soda shop equipment, trinkets, signs and even the jukebox from 1941 were so fun to look at. Definitely worth a stop and even an out of town drive. Support this great business and everyone who runs it!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed December 10, 2019

When you walk into the S&T Soda Shoppe, you immediately know you have taken a step back in time. The look, the feel, the people and even the enjoyment of the customers all share a sense of what us old-timers once knew (or remember) from...days long ago. Then we can talk about the menu and the welcoming staff who let you know you didn't make a mistake coming in. I first passed through Pittsboro in 1963 and have lived just outside of town for more than 25 years now. This place is possibly my favorite other than my own home. Now let me talk about my meal -- that's where the time-travel really happened. The menu itself is fun to read through and frankly can make it difficult to make a choice -- but I had come with a purpose. Long ago in Chapel Hill there was a Carolina student favorite restaurant call the Rathskeller ("The Rat") which opened shortly after I was born (significant?). Sadly, it closed in 2007 (though rumors and dreams of re-opening recur). It was known for many dishes, but especially its unique lasagna (bowl of cheese) and its "Gambler" -- fried skirt steak, onions and fries on a hot skillet. S&T has tried to recreate these and, as far as the lasagna is concerned, has masterfully succeeded. (Can hardly wait to go back for a Double Gambler.) Enjoy all the timeless aspects and exquisite service of this wonderful place and be brave -- go for this heart-stopping lasagna experience (worth ever bite).More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 25, 2019

Great grilled pimento cheese sandwich and fries. The servers are so warm and friendly. I highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

If you want to make kiddos happy, this place has big ice cream desserts of all sorts. The food is classic diner stuff. Wide selection. Waiters overwhelmed with the size of group, still got it straight. So a 3 only because not my cup of...tea and not a foodies place but is this what you are looking for when going there?More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2019 via mobile

Absolutely love the food & service! TJ, Gene, Vicki & Steve run an amazing business there. Be sure to ask for the banana split, it doesn't disappoint!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2019

Think of the old malt shop from the Fifties, and there you are. The S&T is a step back in time. Go for a burger, milkshake, or the seemingly mile-high banana split, and enjoy the friendly staff and superb decor while you have some great...food. This is a do-not-miss experience in Pittsboro.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 15, 2019 via mobile

Result of a net search as I didn’t want regular. Wonderful service, friendly staff, enjoyable soda fountain decor. I ordered half sandwich/soup...both very good. Then there was the chocolate malt..yum.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Based on the segment on NC Weekend, we traveled to Pittsboro to visit The S&T Soda Shoppe, hoping for a good lunch and tasty ice cream. We got neither. We were seated in a reasonable time, 10 minutes. We ordered and then waited 40 minutes...to get our food as we watched other patrons arrive, eat, and leave. Apparently, we had the slow waitperson. The lasagna dish was mostly melted cheese - more like a fondue with some dab of lasagna mixed in. My husband had the hamburger, which fell apart as he tried to eat it - whole bun, half a hamburger. The fries were soggy and had a strange taste. After this disappointing meal, we had to flag down our waitperson to order ice cream. We each asked for a single scoop. I asked for hot fudge sauce on mine and was told that was a sundae. Did I want a sundae? I only wanted a single scoop of ice cream, but with hot fudge sauce. My husband also ordered a single scoop. Since I was paying for a sundae, I confirmed whipped cream and a cherry, expecting my husband to enjoy those. What arrived was a huge amount of glop. Mine was melting, I guess because of the hot fudge sauce. The hot fudge sauce tasted like chocolate syrup that had been heated enough to melt the ice cream. The ice cream had a very strange consistency, almost gelatinous. When I tried to get a spoonful, the ice cream would sort of string between the dish and the spoon. It was about the worst ice cream I have had in a lifetime of eating ice cream. The restaurant was very busy that day, which could explain the service and food preparation, but that should not have effected the consistency of the ice cream. I have no plans to eat there again.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 7, 2019

from floor to ceiling, from the soda fountain bar to the old booths this is an attractive place with delicious ice cream!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Response from UNCBalan | Reviewed this property |
They don't serve beef stroganoff. But it's okay, because the Ice Cream is awesome!
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