Merritt's Grill

Merritt's Grill

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Hours
Mon
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fri
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
features
Does this restaurant have live music
About
World-Famous BLTs for over 25 years... Don't forget to add the chicken salad, pimento cheese, egg salad and guacamole made fresh daily! Indoor and outdoor seating (shaded seating in the rear).
CUISINES
American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles573 reviews
Excellent
408
Very good
136
Average
25
Poor
0
Terrible
4
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Anastasia B
Richmond155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 solo
I don't like BLTs. It's the tomatoes, I'm usually not a fan of them in sandwiches. But I will eat a Merrit's BLT any day of the week. They use quality ingredients to make a simple sandwich excellent. With fresh bread with a variety of choices, they keep their menu small but workable. They are usually crazy busy especially on the weekends so I would be prepared to wait. You also might be in a pinch to find a table. But I think it's worth it. I would highly suggest grabbing these sandwiches and a cheerwine to go for a nice picnic.
Written 11 May 2020
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RCC
World52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 none
I've been driving by this place for nearly a year now, and around lunchtime it is incredibly busy. Some of the other reviewers talk about waits of nearly an hour, but mine was only about 15 minutes. I got a Cajun chicken sandwich and my SO got the famous BLT. We also both got chips and a drink. All in all it came to about ~$15 which is less than what our comparable fast food order seems to be these days. Now on to the food - my Cajun chicken sandwich was good and filling. The bread seemed pretty high quality, and the chicken was great as well. I'd still recommend other places in town if you're keen for a chicken sandwich, but this place does it fine if other members of your party want to go here instead. I will say that while the menu describes the sandwich as spicy, I personally didn't think it was even slightly spicy. My SO loved her BLT though and said that it was the best BLT she's had. I've been told we'll be going back to Merritt's, so I think she would definitely recommend this place to others. All in all, the food is great for the price and I can definitely see why this place is always so busy.
Written 3 September 2021
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FoodieViv
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
My sisters are from CA and this is their first stop when they come to visit. My husband and I order a double and share it. Double means double the amount of bacon, double the tomatoes and double the lettuce. It is out of this world. The bacon is crisp, the tomatoes juicy, and just the right amount of mayo and seasoning. I'm making myself hungry just describing this. Whenever possible, go at off times to avoid the long line, though it does move quickly, or call in an order.
Written 23 February 2020
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seniortraveler
St Martin / St Maarten82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 none
Be prepared to wait and wait and wait and wait some more in a long line and then switch over to the other line after you've ordered to wait for your food. Take it to go as space is limited and seating very limited and cramped. Yes, you could make your own probably just as good but this is easier and less messy (no bacon grease on the stove) if you have lots of time to wait around.
Written 26 March 2021
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Patrizio919
31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
Had the BLT which was oddly flavorless! The tomatoes- icebox so tasted like nothing, the bacon just didn't taste all that great either. I went late afternoon and there were about five people in the place. Ordered the Carolina dog and the classic BLT, Waited and waited- people came in after me ordered, received their food, and left. Finally, asked the big guy where my order was and was informed, they had gotten my order wrong, and made a burger - then realized it was wrong so now were grilling the hot dog. Okay. Finally got the food and checked it out. The hotdog had no chili or slaw on it and had a big stripe of mustard on it. I asked the big guy about it and was told this is how a Carolina dog is made which is not how it was advertised. Could they have gotten the wrong order wrong? Again? We ended up throwing out the hotdog. I support local businesses, but this place is poorly run as evinced by the two girls working the grill, and the rest of the kitchen staff hanging out. The food was average, and I am being generous here. I think the only saving grace is there was not a "line out the door". Unbelievable what people will settle for.
Written 13 June 2022
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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England4682 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
Our first meal in Chapel Hill was at none other than Merritts Grill, a longstanding tradition in town for extraordinary sandwiches, particularly BLTs. For just under $10, Cherry Wonderdog got the best BLT ever! It was a “Single BLT”, Merritt’s signature love sandwich, and contained a generous portion of bacon, fresh crispy green lettuce, seriously juicy slices of ripe vine tomato, mayo, salt, and pepper on toasted sourdough bread. My wife went the healthy route and ordered a boring turkey sandwich: thick-sliced deli turkey breast served on sourdough bread. Not surprisingly, she wasn’t as enthusiastic. Heck, even the description sounded less exciting! Still, both sandwiches were worthy of high marks. Unfortunately, the homemade broccoli cheddar soup did Merritts Grill in. It was a lackluster mixture of cream, cheddar cheese, and overcooked, dreadfully mushy broccoli. Had we not been subjected to such a sorry excuse of a soup, we would have certainly given Merritts Grill a five-star rating. However, Cherry Wonderdog is a master of soup cooking, so missing the mark to such an extreme on a pretty basic liquid appetizer was an egregious offense that made Merritts ‘demerit’ one full star. Cherry Wonderdog highly recommends Merritts for BLTs but recommends avoiding the soup like a black cat.
Written 25 March 2024
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Schussboom
67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
Bacon lovers would be in heaven after consuming their legendary BLT. This place is fun, always busy, and a local staple for a great sandwich. I give it 5 based on its uniqueness, it’s quirky vibe, quality of food, and for unissued and outside seating options. A cool place just a short drive from town, not really walkable. Recommended.
Written 31 December 2020
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Ginny B
Cary501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
I had read the reviews and heard people talk about this place and finally today tried it. I did not understand all the hype about a BLT...well now I get it. This IS the best BLT place ever. There are many choices of bread which is great, and they even ask you how you want your bacon! I hate it when I get soggy bacon, so when I said crispy, they delivered!!! I got the small BLT and it was enough for two meals for me! HUGE! This is a small place with just a few tables inside, but I went at an off time, so had no problem with seating. Young man at the register was helpful and so nice. Atmosphere is "rustic" with wood tables, chairs, floors, etc. Nothing fancy, just the best BLT anywhere. They have other things too and serve breakfast all day. I bet that awesome too. Will come back here next time I have a bacon craving!!!
Written 21 February 2020
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labjfc
Chapel Hill13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
This is THE PLACE for BLTs in Chapel Hill. They can make them as single, double or triple deckers on the bread of your choice. For years, that is all we would ever order there, but recently find the many other menu offerings are also delicious. The place is open for B, L and D but gets very busy at peak times and parking can be a challenge. So go early/late or give yourself plenty of time for dining-in or take-out. They have streamlined the ordering system to include beepers that alert you when your order is ready. Inside seating is limited but they have added ample outside seating now which is perfect during good weather.
Written 7 January 2020
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William W
Charlotte8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 family
Best BLT ever!!! Wonderful energy there, great service and staff. Beautiful seating outdoors, everyone enjoys themselves here whether alone or with family or on break from work. Merrits is an integral part of our culture here in Chapel Hill and I’m very proud and happy that smaller family oriented eatery’s like this still exist in our ever changing world!
Written 4 August 2022
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Mary
Chapel Hill357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 family
Even though they have other items, every member of our family chose a BLT. Lord, I’ve never seen so much bacon! Yummy! Tomatoes were fresh and lettuce was super crispy. Nothing fancy. We got chips and tea but it was great. Only a tiny space to eat inside and every table was packed. Fortunately it stopped raining and the crew quickly dried off the tables and chairs outside. There is also a huge shady spot to eat out back. Highly recommend.
Written 14 May 2022
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Lloyd M
Chapel Hill1573 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Still the best BLTs anywhere. After being away for eight years returned and had a great sandwich, fortunately better parking now and more places to sit. What makes their BLTs so great is the use of high quality bacon, cooked just right, and wonderful tomatoes. An institution that is still great.
Written 15 July 2023
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Irishvagirl
Greensboro24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 solo
The food is great. Love the BLTs. The chicken salad is my favorite EVER. If you like chicken sandwiches - the spicy one should not be looked over. Awesome food. And I travel a lot. That being said- it takes FOREVER to get your food. I thought it might be a Covid thing a couple months ago when I waited in the parking lot for 45 minutes after ordering online 20 minutes prior. Sadly no. I ordered today on DoorDash at 12:30 and it won’t be ready til 1:55!!!! I thought it was a mistake so I called. Nope. Mind you this is for one sandwich. How long does it take to make a BLT??? Again, the food is good, but I don’t know if it’s worth the wait.
Written 18 June 2021
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cheryl h
Durham57827 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
This is a great longstanding Chapel Hill tradition. It always seems busy so it's a good thing that they have lots of parking across the street and very efficient service. They text you when your sandwich is ready. I had the regular sandwich with turkey and that was a mistake, too much of a good thing. Need to remember to get the small one next time. The place is pretty small inside but it has lots of seating in front and out back and the covers in back made it comfortable even on a warm day.
Written 9 January 2024
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robertbell2016
Bellbrook614 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
We just moved to Chapel Hill two years ago. I tried to get my wife to eat here but she was concerned about seating. I finally stopped last year and found they had a beautiful bamboo garden in the back that was shaded and spacious. The best was yet to come. I ordered a BLT and it was simply the best I had ever eaten. I brought my wife the next day and it has been our favorite restaurant since. The only problem is the popularity of this restaurant. There are always large numbers of people there. However ,the service is exception. We have never waited more than 5 minutes to order and receive our food. The servings are huge and the prices reasonable for what you get.
Written 25 July 2023
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