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It's just a 15 minute walk from our apartments near UNC to Carr Mill Mall in neighboring Carrboro. The historic building was originally used to produce hosiery, but became a "mall" in the late 1970s. Over the years it has been renovated and is now a hip place to eat, shop, and even channel your inner yogi. Here's what you'll find at Carr Mill Mall.
Elmo's Diner may have the best diner food you'll ever eat. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., this is definitely the place for comfort food. You can order breakfast anytime; create your own omelet made with fresh locally sourced eggs, have a made-from-scratch waffle, or savor the biscuits and gravy. Enjoy homestyle cookin' like meatloaf, shepherd's pie, and chicken and dumplings; you can even have Thanksgiving dinner any time with their turkey meal. There are plenty of salads for the health conscious crowd and the Santa Fe shrimp and avocado bowl is spicy, but delicious!
There's more than just pizza at Carrboro Pizza Oven. In addition to their signature pies, you can customize your pizza with 29 toppings or choose gluten free crust. They also have hot sandwiches, pasta, salads and calzones. Save room for dessert; cannolis, tiramisu, and other sweets are made from scratch by Becky's Bodacious Bakery.
For years, Crossties Bistro and Beer Garden has been famous for their brisket, ribs, and pulled pork. They have expanded their menu to include seafood, vegan curry, and even a lobster roll. Skip the French fries and try the roasted Brussels sprouts or the braised collard greens.
Venable Rotisserie Bistro proudly serves "elevated comfort food." Menu items range from Udon noodles and pad Thai to fried chicken and fish tacos. If you're looking for a place to brunch, Venable offers a breakfast/lunch combo menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The most upscale dining can be found at Tandem which has farm-to-table food. Everything on the menu sounds delicious (and like it's straight off the Food Network) from the crab stuffed deviled eggs to the Moroccan chicken tagine. Tandem also serves brunch with favorites such as shrimp and grits, smoked salmon lox, and biscuits and gravy.
Listen to live music and enjoy a cocktail or craft beer at The Station. They also serve food from Crossties between 6 and 9 p.m.
If you're looking for somewhere a little cozier, share a bottle of wine and an appetizer at B-Side Lounge next door to Venable Rotisserie Bistro. They also have amazing desserts like the sticky toffee pudding that you can wash down with a homemade root beer float. B-Side is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until at least midnight.
Whether you're looking for a unique gift, natural skin and hair care products, or a new outfit, Carr Mill Mall is a fun place to shop. Choose fresh ingredients at Weaver Street Market, a co-op where you can support local food providers. Just make sure you bring your own bags! For larger grocery needs, shop at the Harris Teeter. Make sure you sign up for a VIC card for extra savings.
There's more to do than just eat and shop at Carr Mill. Sign up to take a class at Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics where they will teach you how to sew clothes, a quilt, or a handbag. You can learn how to make jewelry at James Carter Studios. Get fit by taking a Pilates or yoga class. You can even train to become a yoga instructor at Carolina Yoga Company!