To me, there are few things more American than a greasy spoon joint. Chances are, it's going to be locally owned which is great because I love supporting small businesses. There will be some history behind it and God knows I love a good story. And lastly the food. It's not called a greasy spoon for nothing. They have good down home cooking. The kind of food that can easily monopolize your entire daily recommended allowance of 2000 calories in one sitting.
Enter "Time Out Restaurant". Founded in the 70's, it's been a mainstay for UNC alum as its located right outside the campus in Chapel Hill. It strikes the right cord on so many levels with campus life. Its inexpensive. Students on campus are fiscally challenge at best. Its home cooked food. Students on campus are away from home for months at a time so its a great place for a homestyle meal. And they're open 24 hours. College kids love a place to wind down after all night cramming sessions, a place to go after games, or more than likely a place to pig out after all night parties where they develope ....ahem...the munchies.
I learned about the place about a year ago when one of my favorite shows "Man vs Food" documented and endorsed it (skip to 2.24). And they highlighted the house special, an enormously large biscuit with a boneless fried chicken breast and 2 slices of cheese slapped in the middle. According to the sign on the wall, over the years they've sold over 2.8 million of them. Yea, that's clout. Also, the macaroni is smackin, and the cinnamon buns are mouth wateringly soft. So the next time your in the area, swing thru and grab a piece of history.
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