Monday, August 15, 2011

Merritt's Store & Grill

It's time for a post about eating again! And this is a tasty one. Merritt's Store & Grill in Chapel Hill has been around since 1929. It took me and my family until August 2011 to get there. I have no idea why we waited - it is delicious. In fact, this little spot has evoked the attention of some big publications, including Rachael Ray's Everyday Food.

This shop is small, without a formal dining area. There are 3 tables inside (and the chairs aren't the most kid friendly, to be honest) with some tables outside as well. There is a walk up counter for ordering food, and there aren't any high chairs or changing tables.

So why mention it? Because they have famous BLTs in the sumer that really are that good. You can get a single layer, a double layer, or even a triple layer BLT. They are made fresh while you wait and right now the tomatoes are in season and delicious. There are other items on the menu including grilled cheese and hamburgers, and they also make a mean breakfast. Coffee is certified organic Joe Van Gogh and you can get beer and wine here.

The other thing to know about Merritt's Grill that makes it great for kids is that they offer live music. This happens pretty much every Saturday in the summer from noon til whenever and also during the summers they occasionally have "BLTs and Banjos" on Friday afternoons. Rumor has it that this is where James Taylor and his brother played gigs together as teenagers, so you never know what talent you might spy here. For last minute updates you can stay tuned to their Facebook page, but it is quicker and more reliable to just call and ask.

Something that occurs to me as a great little outing with kids? Heading to Merritt's, getting your BLT and lunch to go, and then hitting the short and sweet Morgan Creek Trail for a picnic in the meadow at the end.

Merritt's Store & Grill
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1009 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill


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