NC Triangle Bucket List

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe

If you’re in Chapel Hill for any length of time and need breakfast, you have to get breakfast one day at a Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe.

Located right on Franklin Street, it’s a popular spot with students and locals alike. The front room works like an old-school diner, with the food made right in front of the bar seating. The back room has more booths, and was built with the beams from a closed-down Greek Orthodox church!

Ye Olde’s food is simple: no-frills breakfast and lunch fare, although I have literally never seen anyone order any lunch food there. Breakfast is what draws you in.

Ye Old01

The food is simple, homey, and filling. I usually get an omelet, which are enormous. Lots of options for fillings, but the cheese is the best part: melty and oozes out the sides, so pick one with cheese. And like all good breakfast places, include hash browns or grits and biscuit or toast. All for under $8. Did I mention you won’t leave hungry?

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe might be my favorite breakfast place on Franklin Street!

That being said, I agonize over the menu every time I go, because their best thing is the m&m pancakes. These things are straight up addictive. The pancakes are as big as your head and fluffy as all get out, so you’ll love them even plain. But add m&m’s? It’s over. Guaranteed to put you in the happiest of food comas, these pancakes do not disappoint.

When I go with Logan, we’ve begun the happy habit of each ordering our meal and getting an order of m&m pancakes for the table. It’s a win-win, really, because I can order my high protein omelette breakfast and still enjoy the sugary chocolatey fluffy amazingness of pancakes.

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe might be my favorite breakfast place on Franklin Street!

If you go on a weekend, especially a football Saturday, you will definitely have to wait at least 30 minutes in a line that snakes past everyone enjoying their breakfast. Normally I’m not one for lines, but this place is worth it, I promise.

To sum up:

  • If you visit Chapel Hill, you must eat here.
  • If you eat at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe, you must get m&m pancakes.

Good, you’ve got it. Enjoy!

Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe might be my favorite breakfast place on Franklin Street!

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3 thoughts on “Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe

  1. Yay Ye Olde! I love the M&M pancake, but it’s a good idea to share – I get a stomachache from all the sugar if I eat a whole one by myself anymore. It’s a bummer getting old, haha 🙂

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