My husband and I did not plan to move to Carrboro. We were pleasantly surprised by the town. Back up a little we were looking for a place to rent and came across our little country house. Slowly we ventured further and further into town. We tried the locally owned restaurants and found the food was amazing. The little shops have many local artists. All in all we love our little town. So I thought I would share a few of our favorite spots to visit.
Start your day checking out the old railroad cars at Cross Ties! Have a good meal in a fun location. There is ample parking and you can walk around to some cool shops. Hands down a fun place to go.
Speaking of shopping This and That is my favorite place to go. 2 years in a row my husband has gotten my Christmas gifts here. They have a wide selection of items, many locally made. You will find fun trinkets, amazing lotions, fun jewelry, and household items. They do have a small clothing section and kids area. You will spend at least an hour browsing. They are located on Main Street across from Cross Ties. When I need to get an impromtu gift I go here.
If you are staying local head out the back enterence of This and That, and find Tom Robinson’s fish market. Open Thursday through Saturday. They have fresh caught fish and seafood. We get our white fish, clams, shrimp, squid, and crabs here. I love supporting local and its fresh. The best staff are here, they are happy to give you preparation and cooking suggestions. The first time I bought squid I wasn’t sure how to prepare it, the gave me 3 suggestions. We love making squid fritters, it’s simple hush puppy mix and tenderized squid. Be prepared as they only except cash or check.
Down the street you will find Glass Half Full and Steel String Craft Brewery. I often meet girlfriends at Glass Half Full, the wine selection is amazing and their appetizers are fun. Stop in there for a glass and try their cheese platter. They pair local cheeses with fruit that are amazing. When my sister-in-law was in town I took her here and we chatted for an hour sipping and snacking!
As you head back to your car you will find several walls with beautiful murals, like this ruse wall. I have taken several blog pictures in front of this wall.
Next to the parking lot where you left your car, is Weaver Street market. In the spring and summer they often have live bands and wine tastings. You can stop in here to get something local from their co-op to go with your seafood.
If you are in the mood for a dinner that will have your taste buds dancing, I highly recommend Acme! They purchased local food to make their amazing dishes when possible. Everything is made to order I have never had a bad meal here. They are only open for dinner, so grab your sweetheart and plan for an amazing meal.
If you have visited Carrboro leave a comment and tell me your favorite spot.