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Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe

) #47 of 207 Restaurants in Chapel Hill €, American, Diner
173 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
+1 919-929-9192
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good32%
  • Average22%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“hash browns” (11 reviews)
“biscuits” (6 reviews)
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American, Diner
173 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very standard American breakfast. The staff have always been pleasant and wonderful. It's a Chapel Hill classic, as it's been around for decades and has a routine clientele. If you're looking for a good, straightforward American breakfast in Chapel Hill and want something simple...More

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Charming little diner style restaurant. Excellent omelets and waffles. Found while traveling through on vacation. Highly recommend.

Thank Tanwilltravel
Reviewed 4 April 2017

At the advice of some others on TA, we were steered here for breakfast while visiting University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. I expected the typical college breakfast haunt but I guess had higher expectations than what was delivered. Can't say it was a bad choice;...More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We come here regularly and the food is consistently good. The staff are so nice. The owner is even there most weekends. We bring all of our out of town guests here. Yum!

Thank Natalie G
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I brought my daughter here for a family breakfast and was highly disappointed. I would like to say that it's a little better then "the Waffle House" but that would be a bold faced lie. The waffles are flat and the greasy hash browns were...More

Thank APhiA1906
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Ye Olde has good breakfast basics. Nothing too fancy, but a nicer diner than a Waffle House. The omelets are particularly good. I was recently surprised to see that their prices had risen fairly dramatically with no change to menu. They are even charging for...More

Thank sc2nc
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Great food , service , and my wife wanted to keep going back for the coffee. Similar menu to Waffle House , just better in every way !

Thank Greg C
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Stopped in while at UNC to p/u my daughter and her friends from a sports camp and was told they needed pancakes for lunch, so YOWS was our destination and we were not disappointed! We sampled their pancakes, plain & M&M (amazing), waffles, french toast...More

Thank Jon M
Reviewed 24 June 2016

If you want a classic diner experience on Franklin Street, check this out. Sit at the counter, in the booths or in the back-. Sunday lunch during school can mean a line after church lets out but its well worth the wait.

Thank MarkPeifer
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

I have been here about five times, as this is always my family's choice in breakfast. The m&m pancakes are amazing, the biscuits are amazing, the sausage is amazing. Eat here, you won't regret it!

Thank sam21avery
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Restaurant Details

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American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
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Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
07:00 - 13:30
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 173 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3620
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-9192
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