by Charly Mann
Over the last several months I have enjoyed meeting with a large number of former Chapel Hillians. Invariably our conversations would turn to their most cherished culinary delights of the town. Among their favorites were The Ramshead Rathskeller, La Residence, Harry’s, The House of Chu, Ye Old Waffle Shop, The Dairy Bar, Landlubber’s Seafood, and The Poet’s Corner. Only the Waffle Shop and La Residence remain among these revered institutions, though there is some chance The Rathskeller may someday reopen (the planned re-opening has been pushed back several times and the "new" owner has not replied to my recent inquires about the project's status). I have already written articles on the Rat and Harry's for Chapel Hill Memories, and plan to do an in depth one on La Residence in the future, but to rekindle your appetite here is a visual taste tribute to all of these restaurants.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.