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.