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“High Tea - Good Southern Experience, Needs Better Service”

Crossroads Chapel Hill
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Ranked #14 of 307 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Columbia Avenue
Description: Enjoy Southern Soul and Carolina Spirit on every plate. Nestled in the historic Carolina Inn you'll find the new Crossroads Chapel Hill, serving authentic Carolina cuisine prepared from regionally sourced ingredients. Relax at the expanded bar then enjoy dinner inside, or choose to dine outside near the fire pit, soothed by the soft music of a breeze slipping through the towering oak trees. Make a reservation now and get ready for a crafted dining experience.
Reviewed March 8, 2008

I went to high tea with my family (4 of us) and my boyfriend on a Saturday. A little about my experience....

First, I had reservations for just my mom, sister, and myself on Friday. My Dad's plane was early so I called to try and have the reservation moved to Saturday. When I called, the girl working informed me that this was not possible and I would be charged because we were less than 24 hours out. I informed her that I was not asked for any credit card information with my reservation, so I wasn't exactly sure how she was going to go about charging me. She then said we can get you in on Saturday for 5 at 4:30. I was a bit annoyed, as any reasonable person would be.

Upon arrival, the experience didn't get much better. I gave the hostess our name and she started to walk us towards the tea room. When we got there she exclaimed, "Are you ALL together?" I informed her that we were, and she said "well your reservation was for three." I explained to her that I had called the day before and changed the reservation to five people. She sighed, sent us to the bar, said she would have the waitress reset the table, and it would take about 5-10 minutes. After 10 minutes passed, my mom decided to go check things out. She went back into the dining room and asked our waitress how the table was coming. The waitress, very annoyed, said that our reservation was for three. (I thought we had already been through this disparity). My Mom had to argue with her for a few minutes just to get her to reset the table. Finally, she agreed and a few minutes later we were sat.

After we were sat, the waitress was kind and attentive, but clearly hungover. She still had the black "X" marks on her hand from the night before and her clothes looked like she just rolled out of bed. Needless to say, we found this to be charming.

The food, however, was the saving grace in this experience. The scones that came with the tea were amazing and I especially enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberries.

So, in conclusion, if you are not from the South and want to experience something truly "Southern" I would suggest trying High Tea at the Carolina Inn, just make sure not to move your reservation!

1  Thank Anniebear7
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Reviewed February 25, 2008

Carolina Crossroads is one of the best restaurants in Chapel Hill. Upon walking to the restaurant, you are awed by the decor of the Carolina Inn. The ambience is shared with the restaurant as well. The main dining area is nice, but while you wait, hang out in the bar area, nicely furnished with a few leather chairs.

The hostess, waiters, and manager are all very kind and want to ensure that you have an enjoyable time. The food is top notch and always prepared wonderfully. For dinner, the prices can lean towards the expensive side, but lunches are very reasonable. They also have a lunch buffet, which is good, but not as nice as their plated dishes.

I've eaten here for romantic dinners, and the experience impresses. However, I've also eaten here for numerous business lunches. Sometimes when they've been really busy, I've eaten in the bar area instead of the dining area. Though not as nice, it's still worth the while. Easter Brunch, while really expensive, is done very well, and is worth trying at least once.

I don't live in Chapel Hill anymore, but I'll be sure to visit Carolina Crossroads again when I get the chance.

1  Thank NourishingGrace
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Reviewed November 25, 2007

I love this place. In the winter, they have the fire roaring in the bar, and above it a well-placed flat-screen tv to watch hoops In the summer, the front patio is open for dining, and slowly sippin lemonade on a warm Carolina night. Food is above average: fancy to a degree, but still qualifiable as "comfort"

1  Thank GavinMaxwell
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Reviewed December 18, 2006

Carolina Crossroads is not to be missed! Located in the Historic Carolina Inn (free on-campus parking for diners!), the breakfast and lunch buffets are some of the best lunch options around. Not "cheap eats" but still a great value given the quality of the food.

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