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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe
173 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
19199299192
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Ranked #31 of 272 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Michigan, USA
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Although this is supposed to be a Chapel Hill institution, we had hoped for better. Food was OK, but nothing special. Who serves margarine for breakfast instead of butter?

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Dugspur, Virginia
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175 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A good breakfast, not quite up to expectations”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I found this restaurant on a list of the top 50 breakfast locations in the US. While in Chapel Hill for a graduation a chance came to sample Ye Olde Waffle Shop the day after the events.
The restaurant was not crowded and we were seated promptly. Service was excellent and our server very attentive.
The menu is typical waffle house style with a few upscale items like Eggs Benedict and Florentine. My partner was very pleased with the Eggs Florentine. Nicely prepared visually and tasty. I had a Spanish omelet which had a nice blend of peppers and tomatoes.
Overall the experience was pleasant, food and service great. I expect the nostalgia factor helped make the top 50 list but we would return.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank BlueridgeCharlie
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Mebane, North Carolina
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Waffle shop more than just waffles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

So you are in Chapel Hill and you want a quick breakfast or breakfast for lunch? GO HERE!!! Service is always pleasant and fast; surprisingly bigger inside than small storefront would suggest and the menu has everything on it for breakfast you'd want. Omelets? Yup. Pancakes? Yup. Hashbrowns (and they'll even make them dark)? Yup. I could go on and on but you get the idea. Mom and I love going the after an early doctors appointment. Those that pan this place are not taking the local 'color' into the equation. Much better than the chain. Some people just don't know local and expect everything to be like a big box!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank johnnsandybarnhart
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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95 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not as great as expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This was a very mediocre waffle house, not any different from the chain-restaurant versions. Service was quick and cheerful but waffles were nothing exceptional. It is on a main street and I don't think it is worth the trouble of finding a parking space to make it a destination. I could see it more as a place for college kids

Visited April 2013
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Entirely forgettable”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I'm sure Chapel Hill has its own "do not miss" local food joint but unfortunately this isn't it. Was visiting Chapel Hill for a weekend with my family (wife + 2 kids) and wanted some local flavor for breakfast. I wasn't looking for gourmet, just good quality diner food but with a local touch. Only waited 15 minutes for a table but food could have been from anywhere. Even the southern fare was disappointing--biscuits and grits didn't stand up to most chains. Overall, nothing was bad, just entirely forgettable.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank William W
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