A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Wake Forest University Breakfast — Alex’s Café Winston-Salem is known for its hip brunch spots, but venture off the beaten path to Alex’s Café, a modest neighborhood spot, before heading

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Wake Forest University Breakfast — Alex’s Café Winston-Salem is known for its hip brunch spots, but venture off the beaten path to Alex’s Café, a modest neighborhood spot, before heading

Game Day Dining Guide (Part One)

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Wake Forest University

Breakfast — Alex’s Café

Winston-Salem is known for its hip brunch spots, but venture off the beaten path to Alex’s Café, a modest neighborhood spot, before heading to campus for the game. The dishes are simple and classic, and the waffles are out of this world.

750 Summit Street, Winston-Salem • (336) 725-0112

Lunch — Putters Patio and Grill

The nondescript sign on top of the roof may only read “RESTAURANT,” but the American fare at Putters certainly isn’t forgettable. This popular game-day spot has the reputation of serving some of the most juicy, flavorful, and tender steaks in the area. The beer-battered onion rings also make the cut as one of our favorite appetizers.

3005 Bonhurst Drive, Winston-Salem • (336) 724-9990 • putterspatioandgrill.com

Dinner — World Famous Prime Tyme Soul Café

From pork chops to chicken gizzards, if it’s soul food, Prime Tyme serves it. Take a seat and enjoy down-home comfort where the servers are just as sweet as the homemade banana pudding.

2730 University Parkway, Winston-Salem • (336) 785-0914 • primetymesoulcafe.com

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Breakfast | Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe

The landscape of Franklin Street has changed a good bit over the years, but locals and a rotating rank of students alike have been getting their fill at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe, a Chapel Hill institution since 1972. On weekends, the line outside can be long, but the waffles are worth it. We recommend the M&M’s waffle dusted with powdered sugar.

173 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill • (919) 929-9192 • yeoldewaffleshoppe.com

Lunch | Mediterranean Deli

When the downtown crowd builds as game time nears, head west to the less explored side of Franklin Street. West Franklin Street offers many fine dining options, but for lunch, we recommend the informal, vibrant Mediterranean Deli. Just like the never-ending cases of light-yet-filling Greek and Middle-Eastern dishes, seating is plentiful.

410 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill • (919) 967-2666 • mediterraneandeli.com

Dinner | Top of the Hill

There’s a reason why everyone makes a beeline for Top of the Hill at the conclusion of an afternoon game: A coveted patio table is a great place to watch the sunset and sip a beer or spirits made at the on-site brewery or nearby distillery. You might be celebratin­g a Carolina victory, but the Arizona Chicken entrée is also a winner with its creamy gemelli pasta and chipotle heat.

100 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill • (919) 929-8676 • thetopofthehill.com

Appalachian State University

Breakfast | Stick Boy Bread Company

On chilly game days, you’ll want to stop for a cup of locally roasted coffee that’ll warm your hands, but don’t skip out on the baked goods. The homemade cinnamon rolls are perfectly sticky and topped with cream cheese icing at Stick Boy Bread Company, which has a location right across the street from the university.

345 Hardin Street, Boone • (828) 268-9900 • stickboybread.com

Lunch | Hob Nob Farm Café

Whether the Mountaineers win or lose, you’re guaranteed to feel good following a visit to the Hob Nob Farm Café. The eatery boasts organic and local ingredients on its worldly and eclectic menu, which draws on flavors from Watauga County, Thailand, and everywhere in between.

506 West King Street, Boone • (828) 262-5000 • hobnobfarmcafe.com

Dinner | Dan’l Boone Inn

If you love the down-home comfort of tailgating food but don’t enjoy the prep work, sit down for a hearty, family-style meal at Dan’l Boone Inn, Boone’s oldest restaurant. With so many just-like-Grandma-made-them dishes on the menu, a trip to this restaurant requires strategy. Save room for an extra helping of mashed potatoes.

130 Hardin Street, Boone • (828) 264-8657 • danlbooneinn.com

East Carolina University  

Breakfast | The Scullery  

A restaurant where the coffee selection is as good as the breakfast is a rare gem, and The Scullery fits the bill. Cheering on the team requires some serious sustenance, so order The Hungry Pirate, which comes with pancakes, crisp bacon, and eggs topped with a generous portion of cheese.

431 Evans Street, Greenville • (252) 321-1550

Lunch | Sup Dogs

Ask current East Carolina students and they’ll be quick to tell you: A four-year degree nowadays also requires at least one visit to Sup Dogs. The atmosphere is as fun as the menu, which features hot dogs and hamburgers smothered with toppings like slaw, chili, and jalapeños.

213 East 5th Street, Greenville • (252) 752-7682 • supdogs.com

Dinner | Cinnamon 419

A buffet serving Indian food might not exactly be on your radar following a football game, but trust us on this one. The quality and freshness of food at Cinnamon 419 makes it one of the best Indian restaurants in the area.

419 Evans Street, Greenville • (252) 551-3253 • cinnamon419.com

Duke University

Breakfast | Elmo’s Diner

The ultimate neighborhood restaurant, Elmo’s Diner serves classic, from-scratch dishes the way you love them, with the consistency of a well-oiled machine. Get there early and grab a booth to watch the morning unfold. You’ll be there a while; the portions are large.

776 9th Street, Durham • (919) 416-3823 • elmosdiner.com

Lunch | NOSH

Located in an unassuming commercial complex, NOSH is an eclectic eatery with spunky décor and a strong sense of community. Owney’s Crunchy Chicken Sandwich is well seasoned and a local favorite. While you wait for your order, unwind with the restaurant’s collection of board games.

2812 Erwin Road, Durham • (919) 383 -4747 • noshfood.com

Dinner | Satisfaction Restaurant and Bar

Make your way downtown for a post-game celebration at Satisfaction, a popular alumni hangout known for its specialty pizzas. Check out the many local beers on tap and stick around for a pint. If you feel so inclined, belt out Queen’s “We Are The Champions” during Saturday night karaoke. We won’t judge.

905 West Main Street, Durham • (919) 682-7397 • satisfactiondurham.net

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The unique name came about before the line was launched. The founder, Booth Parker, decided to take up sewing as a hobby after her son was born. She started making outfits for her son, décor for her home, and collars for her dogs. One day while sewing, her beloved yellow lab, Haley, and her hound dog, Bella, were under her feet, and in frustration she asked them, “What do y’all think this is, Haley and the Hound?” While it was a few more years before the name became a business, she knew the name was perfect for her vision. Dogs are a huge part of her life and, of course, they have living the good life down pat in the Parker household.

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This story was published on Sep 25, 2015

Katie Quine

Quine is a digital marketing coordinator for the Grand Ole Opry and the former digital editor of Our State. She freelances from Nashville, Tennessee.