Sorry, this isn't about UNC Fraternities, Sororities, Undergrads, Medical Students or any thing else related to college life, it's about The Meat House
; Chapel Hill's newest butcher shop catering to the area's lovers of fine foods.
I had a few spare moments yesterday and thought I'd stop in and check them out and will admit I was impressed. It's looks great, clean, contemporary and focused on customer service. The staff was friendly and the guys I spoke with behind the counter seemed to know their meat. The prices were pretty good for the quality of their products, certainly comparable to other higher end stores like Whole Foods, A Southern Season, Cliffs Meat Market and others. They had a nice selection of wines, spices, pastas and the usual upscale condiments as well as breads from Durham's Guglehopf Bakery.
Honestly the local food scene, specifically here in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham is one of the things that convinced my wife and I to relocate here 7 plus years ago and it only continues to get better.
The farmers market scene featuring locally grown produce, meats, eggs, dairy etc has exploded. I come across new sources for local foods of all types nearly every single month. I love getting high quality locally sourced/produced foods from local folk as passionate about their food as I am.
Per capita I think the restaurant scene in Chapel Hill â€“ Carrboro â€“ Durham rivals nearly any major city in the US. As a former executive chef and someone who likes to travel, I've had the pleasure of eating numerous times at some of what are considered among the best restaurants in the country, I've eaten in NYC, DC, Napa, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Charleston and more and my local restaurants are right up there with the restaurants of any of these great food meccas.
I keep meaning to put together a list of the top 50 restaurants in the area, but that would be a tough list to create given how many excellent places there are here and it only gets tougher as nearly every other month someplace new and exciting pops up.
If you are a foodie and live here in the area, I'd love to hear your thoughts on what local restaurants should be listed on the Top Fifty. Feel free to leave your comments below.