Carrboro >Food & Dining > Elmo's Diner
200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC | Directions 2751035.911248 -79.070686
Flies and Attitude – We went to Elmo's a couple of years ago and recently figured we'd take a drive and go again.
There were about 5-6 flies that kept buzzing us, our table and food. When I mentioned it to the waiter, he said that for some reason, our table in the back corner is where the flies tended to go. I replied that the hostess should keep that in mind when seating people (the restaurant was relatively empty at the time). He didn't apologize, but instead took on an attitude from that point forward.
He brought the check soon after while we were still eating, did not ask if we wanted dessert and as he set it on the table, actually said, "I'll give this to you now so the flies don't carry you away".
Finally, I paid with a credit card and he requested to see proof of identification. Now I was nicely dressed as was my wife and daughter. I felt there was no reason to ask for ID unless he was purposely trying to be a jerk. In my 52 years, I have never been ID'ed in a Diner!!
So, belligerence and inensitively of the waiter aside, I won't knock them for one bad staffer, but the flies really were annoying and made for an unpleasant meal.
Mmmmmm... try the turkey and dressing! – With one exception everythign I ever ate at Elmo's was delicious. I can't say enough good things about the turkey and gravy plate. They'll gladly substitute fries for mashed potatoes and I love that. In fact, they'll work with you on most anything.
My favorite special was the turkey and dressing. Just like, no wait-- better!-- than my mom made it.
Check out the recession menu for some good deals!
Know your Elmos – I've dinned at Elmos both in Durham and Carrboro on and off for years.
For basic American cuisine, especially non-greasy, either location is fine and the food is comparable and consistently good.
Weekends and holidays both places get too crowded and one may well have to line up and wait too long.
I usually plan my trips during off peak hours and then it is dream service and great food.
I do have a perferred breakfast omlette. It is a custom four: with calamata olives, spinage, mushrooms, and feta cheese. I get it with rye toast and sliced tommatoes instead of home fries.
Just about anything on the menue is good.
I used to be a professional cook and Elmos is one of those locally owned places that it is well worth discovering.
Don't over expect anything, but it tends to be better than most American gernics around. Much better than any of the chains.
Excellent Food – I was visiting my daughter in Chapel Hill who said I absolutely had to go to Elmo's. We went for late lunch - 4-5pm and had a wonderful meal. The waitress was more than accomodating and the food was great. Her burger was exceptional and we both shared fries. I had soup and sandwich (Chicken) and dessert....all was good quality and the check was reasonable for the amount of food we had....needless to say this will be a regular on my list to visit when I come back to NC again. I am from PA and it was well worth the trip to Carrboro.....:o)
Elmo's: Old-time Diner, No Tickling Necessary! – Elmo's is a cozy little diner-type neighborhood restaurant that's perfect for breakfast or lunch. Sit outdoors on the small, covered patio or indoors in a open, wood-planked dining room. It's a popular place so grab a coffee in the waiting area and sit tight. Basic comfort foods for breakfast and lunch populate the menu: eggs, grits, sausage gravy, burgers, meatloaf, all the basics. Breakfasts typically come with a wide variety of sides (grits, toast, fruit salad, etc). Nothing too interesting or exciting, just solid comfort food in good portions at a good price. Service is friendly and reasonably quick, no complaints here. Overall, a good spot to meet up with friends or start the morning off on the weekends before heading off to Weaver St Market
Over rated mediocre food cramped – Our Elmo's experience makes me reevaluate all of those dining awards. Seeing all those "family friendly" awards for Elmo's makes me think those reviewers don't know what family friendly means. From the gruff "hostess" who found it impossible to state the wait time to every single person who walked in and each one had to ask the same question (don't you think she would get it?) to the cramped booths (I guess family really means single parent one child) to the so so food, to the fact that we had to ask for a single sheet of paper to draw on, I would not go back to Elmo's again. How does it win awards? It seems like it might be the only place in the triangle area to get breakfast any time. Maybe that was it?
Breakfast all day – I enjoy Elmo's for the relaxed atmosphere and menu variety! The prices are very reasonable, to boot! When I'm in the mood for breakfast out at an odd time, that's my restaurant of choice. They have great omelettes!
Where you can get breakfast anytime or kick back with comfort food like mom used to make. – In Short
A front counter evokes Small Town, USA. Lone diners read the newspaper. Waiters chat with customers and whip up milk shakes. Kids occasionally run past, since it's one of the best spots in town to bring the family. Large windows and wood-plank floors make the space feel as old and preserved as the diner tradition itself. Comfort food, like meat loaf and roast, hamburgers and all-day breakfast, including omelets, waffles and pancakes, are this kitchen's forte.
Mt prefered place in Carborro – I always stop when I go by Carborro. Try the Quiche of the day. The Gaspacho is also great but they d onot have it out of season. The atmosphere is between "artsy" and diner.
I highly recommand if you want a casual place with great value. You are also a few doors away from Weavers Market which is a great Natural Food COOP. That make my visit always great
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