My new favorite place to stop for a cold beer, great atmosphere and creative pub menu is the Wooden Nickel in downtown Hillsborough just west of Durham, not far off I-40. As soon as you walk into this bar/restaurant you will know that you have found a new home because it feels so warm, friendly and quirky. It's not a big place so if you plan to spend some time here, I would recommend getting here early. In a world of national chains of every variation, it's great to know that an individual owner can always offer something a bit more special. Don't expect the fancy. Just expect to leave happy.