Carrboro Eats

A weekend itinerary for the foodie and craft beer lover

"Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” (Ruth Reichl)

Looking for a place to bless those taste buds? Carrboro has a diverse food and beer scene that emphasizes the farm to table feel. Experience our renowned local farmers’ market, Weaver Street Market’s community dining, and diverse international dining options in Carrboro Plaza and South Green. Our various dining selections will be sure to please you, no matter what your mood!


*This itinerary is based on normal business operations when we are not in a global pandemic. Check out “Carrboro Cares” – our weekend itinerary for the Covid-conscious traveler!  


Start your foodie weekend with one of the best pizzas in America

Start your weekend right with lunch at Pizzeria Mercato, voted one of the three best new pizza joints in America by Bon Appétit! Mercato crafts bright, energetic salads, textured vegetable dishes, handmade pastas, Neopolitan-inspired pizzas in their brick-lined ovens, and luxurious gelatos. Enjoy your meal in Mercato’s casual, vibrant, and lively dining room, where Italy meets the South. 

Get hooked at Tom Robinson’s Seafood

Tom Robinson’s Seafood is named after Carrboro’s iconic fishmonger, Tom Robinson. Tom passed away but his seafood store is still going strong. The team sells fresh catches from the NC coast every weekend. Pop in and talk to them about their sustainable seafood practices and see where our many outstanding local chefs often source their featured seafood menu items.

Dine at Venable followed by drinks at B-Side Lounge

Your taste buds will thank you after this one. Established chef-owner Andrew Moore of Venable Bistro will amaze you with a menu that highlights seasonal ingredients from local producers and draws inspiration from French, Italian, Asian, and Mexican cuisine. After a delicious meal, head to Venable’s B-Side Lounge – Carrboro’s best kept secret – for some drinks!


Rise and shine with a fresh cup of joe from Present Day on Main

Come by Present Day on Main’s charming blue house for a comforting cup of coffee. These friendly folks serve locally-roasted fair trade coffee and espresso drinks and a wide variety of baked goods. Come back later to enjoy live music shows, impromptu jam sessions, and much more at this neighborhood favorite.

Grab a fresh buttermilk biscuit to go from Neal’s deli

Life is better with a buttermilk breakfast biscuit in hand. This locally-owned deli will be sure to help you safely start your day on the right foot. Come back later and dive into a New York-inspired pastrami biscuit. 

Head to the renowned Carrboro Farmers’ Market

Locally grown and nationally known, Carrboro Farmers’ Market is home to many of the most talented growers and artisans in the region. Tour different vendors and see a wide selection of the highest quality locally grown produce, artwork and much, much more.

Poke your head into Cliff’s Meat Market and say hello!

Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, steaks, rabbit – you name it, Cliff’s has it. Cliff’s Meat Market is locally owned and operated and has been providing the freshest cuts of meat for 45 years. Get to know leaders in our local food supply chain and see how it all comes together.

Lunch at a local favorite, Carrburritos

Spice up your Saturday afternoon with a banging burrito and an award-winning margarita. Carrburritos is a family-owned Mexican taqueria that uses fresh and flavorful ingredients. Linger over a long lunch with chips and salsa on the beautiful, flower-filled patio. Pro-tip: order a basket of flour tortilla chips with the frutas salsa!

Savor a Saturday afternoon snack at the Panadería Pahuatlan

Craving a melt-in-your-mouth afternoon snack? Try Panadería Pahuatlan II in Carrboro Plaza. They offer an extensive selection of authentic and mouth-watering Mexican baked goods including flaky and delicious milhojas and tacos de piña. 


Feel revived with the freshest local ingredients and healthy, Mediterranean-inspired food. Glasshalfull offers three-course meals with perfect wine pairings. Enjoy it all as the sun sets on the Carrboro skyline and candles cast their romantic glow in the restaurant.

Nightcap like a local at Orange County Social Club

Time for a nightcap! Finish off your fun-filled day with some drinks from OCSC. This social scene draws the neighborhood in with its lively bar, hipster-chic atmosphere, and booming jukebox. 



Located in the heart of downtown Carrboro, Acme Food & Beverage Co. serves up some damn good food. Award winning chef Kevin Callaghan draws inspiration from the seasonal rhythms and flavors of his childhood and uses fresh local ingredients to create Southern American dishes served in their artistic dining room and under flowering vines on their shade garden patio. 

Enjoy live jazz music on the lawn at Weaver Street Market

Stretch out on the lawn at Weaver Street and be delighted by the sounds of laughter and live music, smells of fresh food, maybe some hula hooping, and smiles for days. This local community favorite embodies everything Carrboro stands for with its welcoming ambiance

Sip on some herbal tea at Lanza’s Café

Lanza’s Café features fresh herbs and berries from a local farm, as well as high quality products from regional or other North Carolina growers and producers. Relax on the patio or a cozy couch and choose from a variety of flavorful wines and teas to sip on, and pair it with a tasty pastry.

Savor some sushi at Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Keep rolling through your foodie tour and enjoy Akai Hana’s array of sushi rolls and Japanese cuisine. Enjoy your meal on their outdoor Japanese-styled patio. 

Order some chinese food to-go as you head home

As your culinary adventure comes to an end, finish strong with a stop at Jade Palace for some delicious Chinese food to go. It will not disappoint!