Top Five Senior Lunch Spots

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I don’t know about you guys, but since freshman year I’ve been insanely jealous of the seniors sitting in fifth period with a warm, freshly made lunch from an assortment of downtown Chapel Hill restaurants readily at their disposal. But now that I’m finally a senior, I’ve learned the cold, hard truth: eating out everyday is time and budget consuming. See below for the JagWire’s recommendations for the top five best senior lunch spots. 

Your House: 1 out of 5 stars

It may not be the most flashy place for lunch, but odds are either you or a friend lives close enough to school to make it there and back comfortably. It also provides the most wide variety of cuisine. Between leftovers in the fridge, a box of easy–to–make mac and cheese in the pantry and everything else available courtesy of UberEats, you have an endless supply of options at your fingertips.

Fast Food: 2 out of 5 stars

What it lacks in nutritional value it makes up for in price. Wendy’s (located less than two miles down Smith Level Rd on the left) is more convenient than most Southern Village locations (sorry Al’s) and offers larger portions for a much smaller price. McDonald’s, (located less than four miles the other direction down Smith Level) remains a time saver despite the distance due to the lack of traffic. In a crunch, fast food is the way to go. 

Anna Maria’s Pizzeria: 3 out of 5 stars

Located just down the road in Carrboro, Anna Maria’s is just as close to school as Pazzo’s in Southern Village. Student’s have plenty of time to enjoy a reasonably priced slice of pizza of the highest quality. 

Armadillo Grill: 4 out of 5 stars

Who doesn’t love this classic Carrboro cuisine? Dillo may be slightly pricer than fast food options like Moe’s or Chipotle, but the quality is unmatched. It’s also relatively quiet on weekday afternoons, so you should have plenty of time to order and get your food comfortably. Parking is close, convenient and free, making Dillo the perfect place for a lunchtime treat.

Southern Village: 5 out of 5 stars

For the purposes of this article, all vendors on the Southern Village Market Street will be included into one category. With options like Al’s, Pazzo, Weaver Street and Subway (not to mention take out from Town Hall Grill and Rosa Malaysia) there’s something for each of your friends to enjoy and a variety of prices to choose from. Additionally, it’s close enough to school to have plenty of time to eat before returning to fifth period. While parking can be an issue, Market Street is popular enough that you won’t have any trouble finding friends to carpool with.

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Lauren is an editor of the JagWire Newspaper. She is a senior and has been on the staff for three years. Lauren plays tennis and has a beagle named Parker. Her favorite snacks are goldfish and rice krispy treats.
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