short list winners

The votes are in, and it’s official: the winner of March’s Chapelboro Short List for “Best Place To Go In Hillsborough” is Hillsborough BBQ Company!


Hillsborough BBQ Company has been a sensation since it opened just three years ago. This gathering place offers hardwood-smoked North Carolina BBQ, along with traditional fixin’s from mac and cheese to collard greens. It also serves specialties from outside our state’s boundaries, including brisket, ribs and chicken (not to mention drinks from a fully-stocked bar). And it’s all housed in a beautiful wood-paneled storefront, with casual picnic tables outside.

Also on the Short List

The Wooden Nickel Pub

nickelThe Wooden Nickel has been Historic Hillsborough’s hangout spot for more than a decade. It cooks up classic pub fare with an adventurous twist, and its experienced bartenders can whip up any drink your heart desires.


antoniasAntonia’s follows the Italian tradition of sourcing the best ingredients from local farmers, and then offering those ingredients in simple and delicious presentations. With fresh-made pasta served in an elegant dining space, this has become a treasure in downtown Hillsborough.