Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill is an iconic local joint with a premier location right on the center of Franklin Street. Every college town seems to have one of these places that is the go-to place for students to take out-of-towners who come to visit. For some reason, I haven’t really had to the urge to try this place since it always seems so packed and such a scene. We decided to finally try it during the summer when the students were out of town and it was relatively quite.
It has a nice atmosphere with a great balcony that overlooks Franklin St. It was a hot night so we opted to sit indoors. It was a busy Friday night and it took our waiter awhile to get to us. We weren’t too hungry so we decided to share an appetizer and an entrée. We started with the Polynesian Calamari which is crispy fried calamari rings, pineapple, sweet onions and poblano peppers with chipotle remoulade. It was a tasty rendition and I did enjoy the sweet touch of the pineapple. For our entrée we split the Locavore Burger which was served with bacon, smokedgouda, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, red onion on house baked roll and beer battered fries. It was a very good cooked-to-order burger and the fries were deliciously addictive. We enjoyed it and were happy that we decided to share since it was definitely enough food.
The food was good, not great, and generally what you would expect from this type of establishment. However, the service was apathetic; the waiter never told us the specials (the table next to us was told) and it took two requests to get some water. It is a good place to go with a large group, share a few appetizers, and enjoy a beer and the scene.
Top of the Hill
100 East Franklin Street