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I can't find anything other than Carraba's and Outback in this area. My son is attending a class at UNC-Chapel Hill next week and I would like to try something new!

Anyone?

Thanks-

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I don't get out to Chapel Hill often, but this might get you started. I've also eaten at a place called Carrburrito's, which is local. They don't have a gluten-free menu, but can tell you about any of their ingredients as everything is made there.

Also, check out the Weaver Street market if you get a few minutes. It's a co-op, and it's just fun to walk around. They also have quite a bit of gluten-free foods (to buy, not sure about pre-made), if I remember correctly.

http://glutenfreechapelhill.blogspot.com/

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It has been many years since I was there (1997! My info is as old as my doctorate!) but at that time they had a great Whole Foods Grocery store by the mall. At the time I wasn't diagnosed, but there were some great restaurants there. The other grocery stores were Harris Teeter and Food Lion, in addition to the co-op mentioned-- you can look online and see what they have. There was a store that carried gourmet foods that is a very good bet called a Southern Season. They used to have nice cheese and sausages, etc.

Maybe you can call Crook's Corner (near Carrboro) to see what they could do for you. They are famous for their brunches and ought to be able to do you some eggs at the least. You can also call the Magnolia Grill in Durham (an award winning restaurant) and ask them if they could accomodate you. There used to be some nice ethnic restaurants (a Polish one, a French one, Vietnamese and Eastern European-- the Orient Express set up in a railroad dining car) that might be able to do something for you. Avoid Breadman's (just the name is a big clue-- the tables themselves will make you ill) and know that most of the bar strip by campus will be your typical gluteny fare. Oh-- there did used to a good small restaurant by campus that was set up in an old bank. They had a few things that might work. I am sorry I cannot remember the name.

I hope you have a great visit! It is a beautiful place. Ask MommaGoose-- she is from the great state of NC too.

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Thanks for all of your suggestions. I'm from NC too but, when I googled the gluten-free info. I cam up blank for Chapel Hill.

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Hi Digimom!

Well, I googled the MAgnolia Grill and Crook's Corner both and they are both still cooking. You can get their menus off the websites, and I see several possibilities. I would call ahead and talk to them and if they can do a safe celiac meal, I would eat all my meals with one of them or do some kind of split with dinners there and lunches at Whole foods and a Southern Season.

The chef at CCorner is a James Beard award winner, and the Magnolia Grill is one of the top 50 restaurants in the US. As I recall (check to see if the website lists them) the prices were not so bad either (certainly not like a dinner in NYC would be) and if you don't do wine and a dessert, they were not so different from other places really. But they will not be speedy in-and-outs. On Sunday am the line at CCorner went around the block.

I hope you enjoy yourself!

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I'm in Raleigh, but if he can make the 25-35 min drive then Uno Chicago has fabulous gluten free pizza! Its in the Brier Creek shopping center, thats my one dairy splurge and I have yet to get sick...my kids love it too!

I have yet to dine at the "regualr" restaurants yet, still too chicken about CC, but Uno is extremely careful once you let them know you're Celiac.

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Carrboro - just west of Chapel Hill, takes a few minutes at peak traffic:

Weaver Street market has a cafe (some prepackaged items available if you prefer to picnic) and a restaurant. The name Panzanella is a bit scary, but the food is good - definitely worth a look for a light lunch or they also serve dinner. There's a classic French place down the street, Provence, for a special occasion. Keep going to an awesome sushi place at the corner of Weaver and Main.

Acme (Crooks Corner grads) is near Weaver Street and also quite good. These places do not have specific gluten free menus but they do have waiters that listen and the food is cooked fresh, generally with local produce, meats and dairy.

Closer to campus, the soups and salads at 411 West are good. They often have fresh fish. This place and Panzanella are both busy enough that going slightly off peak times is perhaps best.

Incredible bbq with unusual sides (brussel sprouts with pancetta, green beans with fresh garlic) at The Barbecue Joint. They smoke their own meats, cure their own kraut, etc. Best stuff ever.... If I had one meal there, I'd go here. This and Weaver Street are probably the most budget friendly places.

There's a Whole Foods on the east side of Chapel Hill along with a Trader Joe's and a great seafood place called Squids. Closer to Durham there's a Ted's Montana Grill.

let us know how it goes!

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