Since 1923, Sutton’s Drug Store has been serving great food and filling your prescriptions. It used to be that all drug stores did both. Today at a drug store, you can pick up groceries or frozen meals, but you will not find a freshly made BLT, burger, or hot dog. Sutton’s, located on Franklin street, is a Chapel Hill institution and has been serving up great food drinks to UNC students for decades.
In my research of where to eat in Chapel Hill, the orangeade at Sutton’s was at the top of many people’s lists. It had been years since my last orangeade. While growing up, there was a soda shop near my house that I would visit frequently to get this cool and refreshing beverage, but sadly that ended years ago. What is orangeade? It is a mixture of a sugar water solution and fresh squeezed oranges. It is nothing like orange juice. Think lemonade, but using oranges instead of lemons. To accompany this orangeade I had a hot dog and ketchup. Nothing fancy, but delicious all the same.
For those of you who are unaware, UNC has a storied basketball history. They have won 5 NCAA tournament titles and Michael Jordan did play there. I could keep going on about their basketball team, but I am a Duke fan so I will end there. This basketball pride is evident in the decor at Sutton’s.
It is rare to find a place that has been serving food for almost 90 years, it is even rarer to find a drug store that still does this. If you are in Chapel Hill in the summer, you definitely need to cool down with an orangeade at Suttons’s Have you ever been to an old fashioned drug store?