A Taste of Chatham

Our county’s restaurateurs, cooks and foodies share their fave local dishes, drinks and more

Compiled By Matt White | Photography by Beth Mann

John Cappelletti 

executive Pie Man at Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria

Says you’ve got to try: Postal Fish Company’s smoked North Carolina fish spread for an appetizer; fresh, local fish as an entree (pictured above); and their coconut cake for dessert.

John’s other faves …

Breakfast: Breakaway Cafe bakes
their pastries in-house every morning.

Lunch: Chopped pork sandwich
with slaw and mustard, hush puppies
and a sweet tea from
Allen & Son BBQ.

A drink with friends:
Postal Fish Company for a bourbon.

For families with kids:
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries.

In my restaurant, I’m proud to serve:
The tomatoes from
Screech Owl Greenhouses
and produce from
Gladstone Acres Farm.

Charlene Farrell

general manager, Virlie’s Grill

With family, she goes to: Carolina Brewery on a Monday night. Kids eat free!

Charlene’s other faves …

Breakfast: Rufus’ Restaurant in Goldston.

Lunch: Elizabeth’s Pizza.
I’d get the Stromboli and a salad.

A drink with friends: The Mod
[The Modern Life Deli & Drinks]
for a whiskey sour.

In my restaurant, I’m proud
to serve:
Tomatoes from Noel’s Scoop Shack at the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market.

For Chatham dining at its finest, don’t miss: “Steve’s Gambler” at S&T’s Soda Shoppe – a 7-ounce steak served on a hot skillet with grilled onions and fries!

Greg Lewis

owner, Pittsboro Roadhouse

He’s proud to serve: Cheeses from Celebrity Dairy in Siler City. Produce – particularly the lettuce – from Lil Rooster Farm in Pittsboro.

Greg’s other faves …

Breakfast: Small B&B Cafe.

For families with kids:
S&T’s Soda Shoppe. Hot dogs
and fries, and finish with
an ice cream sundae.

For Chatham dining at its finest, don’t miss: Postal Fish Company’s rotating
selection of seasonal fish. They get them
fresh from the docks.

Tom Beck

owner, Pickle Jar Cafe

Says you’ve got to try: Any of the creative and unexpected pizza creations
at The Mod.

Tom’s other faves …

Breakfast: Virlie’s for their
loaded hashbrowns.

Lunch: Pittsboro Roadhouse.

A drink with friends:  City Tap,
for a Crown Royal and a
Bear Creek Brews Honey Pale Ale.

For families with kids: John’s Pizza.

In my restaurant, I’m proud
to serve:
Grass-fed beef from Smithview Farm in Pittsboro.

Marcey Clark

owner and pastry chef, Postal Fish Company

A drink with friends: City Tap. I’m known to order a Dark and Stormy (ginger beer, spiced rum and a lime over ice) but a cider goes down pretty easy, too.

Marcey’s faves …

Breakfast: Small B&B Cafe.

Lunch: The Mod.

For families with kids: Carolina Brewery. They are great for larger parties with children, and they don’t mind all the “live music” that kids provide – yelling, laughing, bickering and general noise!

In my restaurant, I’m proud
to serve:
I had an apple cider pudding with Fair Game Beverage Company’s apple brandy in my caramel sauce that was a huge hit. I also used their amber rum in my bananas Foster pudding, and that was a favorite, too.

For Chatham dining at its finest, don’t miss: The Tacos Michoacan truck! It’s seriously good. Try the chorizo tacos!

Angelina Koulizakis

owner, Angelina’s Kitchen

In my restaurant, I’m proud to serve:
Local greens from
In Good Heart Farm,
Screech Owl Greenhouses (I buy anything he grows!) and East Branch Ginger.

Angelina’s faves …

Breakfast: Small B&B Cafe. Good local food (and they have crazy cakes!)

Lunch: Circle City Grill for the fish tacos.

For families with kids: Virlie’s, because kids will find something to eat [on their menu]. Pittsboro Roadhouse [also] has a nice kids’ menu and plenty of space.

For Chatham dining at its finest, don’t miss: Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria. Whatever special pizza John is making with local ingredients.

Dylan Perry

owner, The Modern Life Deli & Drinks

Breakfast: The lemon ricotta hotcakes, French toast and bacon at Small B&B Cafe.

Dylan’s faves …

Lunch: Carolina Brewery for their fried chicken sandwich.

A drink with friends: Manhattans at Postal Fish Company (or milkshakes at S&T’s Soda Shoppe!)

For families with kids: The Phoenix Bakery. Lots of choices.

In my restaurant, I’m proud to serve: Burgers from Lilly Den Farm, cheese from Celebrity Dairy (and we have our own garden out back for mint and herbs for mojitos!)

For Chatham dining at its finest, don’t miss: There’s so much! Whole fish and oysters at Postal Fish Company. The Catfish Reuben at the Pickle Jar Cafe. Phoenix Bakery’s handmade biscuit. The whole chicken at Virlie’s. Burgers at Pittsboro Roadhouse.

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