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Sutton's Drug Store
Ranked #17 of 303 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

We visited Chapel Hill last month for a Carolina basketball game. This has been a family tradition for our family for years. In the past we had always eaten breakfast at our hotel. I read about Sutton's in a local magazine, so we decided to give it a try. Parking along Franklin Street can be hard to find, so you might have to walk a little to get to the store.

Sutton's has been in business for quite a few years. It is still a working drugstore, but they also have a grill/restaurant in the back of the store. The grill is only open for breakfast and lunch. The prices are very reasonable. Our family of five was stuffed for about $25. The pancakes are huge, the size of your plate. Everyone spoke of how good their meal was. I didn't look much at the lunch menu, but it looked like burgers and sandwiches. Breakfast choices included french toast, pancakes, biscuits, gravy, hash browns....

Like many establishments along Franklin Street, Sutton's is long and narrow. Seating is limited. There are stools along the bar and about 10 booths. If you go at a busy time, you might have to wait for a seat. Being a small restaurant, they don't have a huge staff either. If the seats are full, you may have to wait a little for your food as well. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful.

If you're not a Tar Heel fan, then you might not like Sutton's. The walls and ceiling are covered with pictures of famous Tar Heels that have eaten here over the years. The ceiling also has autographed jerseys as well. You could spend an hour looking at the memorabilia.

All in all, we love Sutton's. We certainly plan on going back again.

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2  Thank Tuckasegee
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Five stars for dining at a drug store lunch counter? Yep. Five stars because it's a favorite hangout of various current and former basketball, football players, and other athletes as well as being a shrine to Tar Heel Basketball Heaven. Food is inexpensive, the burgers are the real deal, service is fast, and the food is good. Good breakfasts and lunch anytime. One in our party had a chili cheeseburger at 930 in the morning before the football game, no problem. This legendary drug store eatery has been around for generations of Tar Heels and locals alike and continues to pack 'em in every day. This is not fine dining by any means, nor does it try to be. It's a breakfast and lunch place and the options are to either sit in a booth or at the counter. The helpful staff is always looking to refill your iced tea and more than likely, you'll strike up a conversation with fellow diners or the friendly staff. This is always a must stop for us when we're in town and we dined here frequently during our stays in July and October of 2013.

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5  Thank MaineTravel50
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Stopped in on a trip to Chapel Hill. A drug store lunch counter since 1923. They have the lunch counter and also table seating. The dot dogs were good, but the experience was better. Along the walls are pictures of people eating at the lunch counter, over the years. Sit back as you eat and take it in. Spotted a picture over the counter of a very young Michael Jordon. Worth a stop.

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Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

Found this place early one morning for breakfast. The food was very good and cheap. Small old time drug store. Gets busy quick.

1  Thank LKay113
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Our "regular" lunch favorite on Franklin Street closed. We needed fast and a kid friendly menu. Sutton's was perfect. Burgers were great. Grilled chicken sandwich was too. The biggest surprise was the onion rings. They were very tasty. Food was fast, service was good, and prices were great. Plus my son loved looking at the signed basketball jerseys and fun photos all over the dining area walls.

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Thank KristenM_Familyof4
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