The thing about Merritt's is that the owner and staff make you feel like a member of the family, a very friendly bacon-appreciative family.
After opening as an Esso gas station in 1929, Merritt's has evolved into one of the most lovely gems a southern community could ever ask for.
Menu options include burgers, breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, specialty bbq, soups/salands, and the classic local favorite BLT. I had to get what they were most famous for... or I would have never forgiven myself.
You can make your BLT a single or a double, and I suggest adding some fresh avocado just to push it over the edge. The classic BLT is served with a choice of toasted locally made Bread, Mayo, Salt, Pepper, Bacon, Bacon, Bacon, Bacon, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato.
I don't really know how they did it; it's not even tomato season anymore and the tomato was still great!
I was lucky enough to meet Bob Britt, the owner, who welcomed me as if I were a friend he hadn't seen in a long while! I encourage everyone and anyone in the Chapel Hill area to visit Merritt's whenever they get a chance, it is truly the restaurant with "simply the best food in town!"
Oh, so you wanted to know what perfection looked like? The sandwich was so delicious that I had to put a picture of it here twice, mostly for jealousy... also for the memories.
So many bread options! I had to put them here just so I could brag about them!
Your choices include...
AND even some Gluten Free options.
I also coupled my BLT with some traditional southern sweet tea, which by itself tasted like pancake syrup! I needed to cut it with some regular "un-southern" tea, so as not to have a sugar high to keep me awake until 4AM.
Still, my experience could not have been better. I also lucked out with a gorgeous day. There is also a wonderful outdoor seating area complete with a play-area for the kids in case you want to bring the family. Also, it's dog friendly! Everyone is welcome, and you feel it the second you walk in the joint.