For those willing to make a bit of a detour I recommend the S & T Soda Shoppe (I hope I've gotten the name right) in otherwise unremarkable and somewhat depressing Pittsboro, just south of Chapel Hill (follow 15-501 about 15 minutes past Fearrington Village). This is a carefully reconstructed pre-war soda fountain serving ice cream, drinks, burgers, and sandwiches. It's real attraction, though, is its vintage wooden appointments. For those interested in seeing what McDonalds replaced, this place would be an interesting stop, and I'm sure it would be popular with the kids. The folks who run the place are extremely friendly.