By Jennifer Abella
All right, we’re just weeks away from the start of the Jane Austen Summer Program, and maybe you’re starting to plan your trip. Much of the JASP action is in Carrboro this year, amid plenty of dining options for hungry attendees. Where can you head for lunch, dinner or a snack?
Check out these options:
Armadillo Grill is fast and easy — and a short walk from the hotel — with a Tex-Mex menu of nachos, tacos and burritos. 120 E Main St.
Calavera offers sweet and savory empanadas. Yum! Plus: It’s very close to the hotel. 370 East Main St. #180
Doughnuts are the star at Rise bakery, along with a menu of savory biscuit sandwiches that changes often. 310 E. Main St.
The popular Weaver Street Market has quick healthy foods you can take away or eat on its patio. 101 E. Weaver St.
Elmo’s Diner is always bustling, so be prepared to wait. But it offers casual food in a fun atmosphere. 200 N. Greensboro St. (Carr Mill Mall)
Neal’s Deli is open for breakfast and lunch with locally sourced ingredients. You can request gluten-free bread for your sandwich. 100 E. Main St.
With casual Mexican fare, Carrburrito is popular for, well, its burritos. 711 W. Rosemary St.
Venable Rotisserie Bistro is good for “elevated comfort food” — upscale gourmet food, such as sesame tuna and leg of lamb. 200 N. Greensboro St. (Carr Mill Mall)
The Milltown Gastropub offers patio seating, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and a wide selection of beer and an eclectic menu. 307 E. Main St.
Open for lunch and dinner, Tandem sources its modern American fare from local farms. Intriguing items on the menu: duck fat cauliflower and vanilla lavender panna cotta. 200 N. Greensboro St. (Carr Mill Mall)
Spotted Dog, established in 1998, has an eclectic menu with a focus on vegetarian and healthful options. 111 E. Main St.
Tyler’s built its local fan base on its traditional American fare, such as Carolina barbecue sandwiches and mac-and-cheese. 102 E. Main. St.
Named an “American Classic” by the James Beard Foundation, Crook’s Corner puts Southern comfort on the table with dishes such as shrimp and grits. It offers dinner, dessert and brunch. 610 W. Franklin St.
Go Greek at Kipos with classics including spanakopita, moussaka and yiouvarelakia (rice meatballs). 431 W. Franklin St.
For Indian, try Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe with Malabar shrimp, curries and more. 431 W. Franklin St.
Amante, next to the nearby ArtsCenter, specializes in gourmet pizza, such as the Lolita, with a thin crust topped with honey, chopped garlic, fresh basil and goat cheese. 300 E. Main St.
Pizzeria Mercato also offers gourmet pizzas. Example: Sneads ferry clam with Pecorino and green garlic. 408 W. Weaver St.