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Merritt's Grill

Categories: Restaurants & Bars
1009 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Hours: Mon-Wed: 7am-4 pm; Thur-Sat, 7am-7pm; closed on Sunday
(919) 942-4897
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The key to Merritt's BLTs are the fresh garden tomatoes and there are just a few weeks left to take advantage of that seasonal southern staple and therefore this incredible BLT.

The Location: Just south of the hospital on Columbia St., Chapel Hill

Formerly a pretty bare bones operation, in recent years Merritt's has upgraded their space to be more café/upscale market than gas station/convenience store. Merritt's now has both indoor/outdoor seating, cases full of beer, wine, iced coffee, bottled sodas and various other local sundries. You still order at the counter to the left, wait for your sandwich, grab a drink out of the coolers and pay at the front. Merritt's is also now regularly offering live bluegrass music. Their Facebook page seems the best way to keep up with their music schedule.

The Food: Merritt's famous BLTs are a thing of beauty. Large, deep red tomatoes are sliced thin, salt and peppered, piled onto romaine lettuce, topped generously with bacon and sandwiched between mayo slathered toast. You can order a single ($5.95), double ($7.95), or triple ($9.95). You can add avocado for a dollar, which I highly recommend. Merritt's offers a variety of bread choices, but I always stick with sourdough.

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WRAL & Yelp Reviews

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Enid M. Jul 30, 2020
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Such an awesome spot for an outdoor lunch! Merritt's offers a decent amount of parking and outdoor seating during these covid times. Ordering for pickup was... (more)
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Alb B. Jun 27, 2020
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Call before you go per CoVID! As a newcomer, the locals showed me that the BLT was basically the only option, so I got a double BLT on rye (really think,... (more)
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Danielle H. May 9, 2020
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When it comes to BLTs, there is none better than Merritt's. The bread is fresh and lightly toasted, the tomatoes are always ripe and delicious, with just... (more)
johnway May 19, 2019
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Truly the best BLT I have ever had. Tomatoes are always high quality, bacon portion is more than generous, crispy iceberg lettuce and just the right amount of mayo on your choice of bread. Most people get sourdough, but I get the toasted sunflower. We regularly make a 40-minute drive from southern Wake County for these sandwiches.

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