Award-winning brewery anchors the West Franklin bar scene with bustling business and hearty eats..
The brick front opens to a bi-level space packed with a post-college workforce on break. Behind the ample bar, large brewing tanks dominate the landscape. Early evenings are quieter, with a clientele geared more to the food than the tap. The menu is ambitious for a brew pub, ranging from quesadillas to sesame-encrusted tuna and fish-and-chips. Salads, burgers and pizzas are a cut above average. The brews change seasonally; count on a broad spectrum.
Good food even if you don't drink beer or root for UNC. We went there on a whim and keep coming back for solid food and a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant gets raves for its burgers, which are quite good and are served with homemade (gasp!) fries, but the menu is much more ambitious. The seasonal menus always have interesting items - the Asian chicken pizza on the spring menu was amazing, as was the jerked chicken wrap with mango salsa. The garlic knots are homemade and served with marinara, quite a deal for 95 cents. We like the sweet potato chips, served with brown sugar. Their iced tea is fine, the servers certainly aren't career waitstaff but are friendly and eager, and the Carolina vibe is fun. Oh, and the beer there is good (I like the amber, but the sampler is a good place to start) and the restaurant is smoke-free, at least in the summer. It's an interesting old urban space, fronting out on Franklin but with free parking (if you can get a spot) behind the restaurant. We always go for an early dinner and kids would be comfortable then. With low prices, a good menu variety, and fun atmosphere, we keep returning.
Was one of my favorites, now not so much.
The beer can be great. Seasonal beer is usually a treat. Burgers are very good. But lately I have been having bad luck. Its as if there is new management or a new owner. Most principally I miss the old fries.
They have been a great place for lunch but they are seriously slipping. I hope they turn it around! I'm not going back for a while.
UNC Dook Game.
I stopped into the brewery to watch the UNC Dook game on the big screen and to quaff $8.00 pitchers with some co-workers. I couldn't get a seat upstairs because of my late arrival, but the hostess helped to corral some bar stools around one of the downstairs tables.
I had the buffalo chicken pizza, which was very unique with celery cubes and blue cheese on the pizza, you have to try one before they change the menu.
The Anniversary Ale is on tap, very Belgian almost like it had some wheat in it.
To top it off I got a 10% discount for being a SMA member, waiter was very friendly and efficient, considering that all hell was breaking loose.
Too bad UNC can't hit free throws, perhaps the owner of the brewery can give them some pointers for the next game...
TROLLEY brown is a HIT !!. If you go to the Brewery, you've got to get a cheddar burger, cajun, medium with fresh cut fries, and a pint of Downtown Trolley Brown Ale. It is the best burger I've had since the summer when I could grill my own and the beer is the tastiest brown ale around. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. I noticed that she did a great job taking care of her other tables as well. It was very busy because of the Davidson game, but the wait was quoted accurately, and we were able to ride the trolley to the game and back. Free parking out back is a plus, since parking is such a hassle in chapel hill. I would definately return for the beer, the atmosphere, and the food with plenty of friends who appreciate a quality restaurant.
What's all the brew-ha?. After a wonderful night on Franklin St. my date for the evening and I decided to pop in the Brewery for dinner and a beer. First we had to wait forever for a table, then our server was rude, and finally the food, when it arrived cold, was not worth the price on the menu. We have been to the Top of the Hill brewery and believe me, the food is much better there. (the beer is too!)
The REAL BEER in the Triangle. A visit to The Carolina Brewery is both a fine meal experience and fantastic beer adventure. Brewmaster John Connoly's seasonal and regular ale selections keep a TRUE beer drinker on their toe's. Try the California Steam'in selection while it's still on-premise. You can't find a better summer complement. Chef Tony's wide selection of entree's and late night attactions, make the menu very easy to read and decide from. Try the pizza'a and porkloin. Both are a value. Friendly and warm describes the service!
still making great beer. The food is good and the beer is great. If you are in town for a game or just want a good cold beer and some good food, this is the place to go. This was Chapel Hills first microbrewery and is still the best one. Als a good place to watch a game and drink.
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