Just got back from a trip to RTP from DC. Had researched some of my old favorites (and some new places) on this message board before going, and I have some comments on recommendations.
Allen and Sons, still good 22 years later. But it was funny seeing the contrast between workers who have a quick lunch there every day and the new retirees moving in who aren't from the South. We sat next to an older couple who asked the waitress what to order, ended up getting sweet tea and a bbq sandwich. He ate it all, she took one sip of the tea and a bite of the sandwich, and that was the end. They won't be going there again (or maybe he will - alone!).
Aurora is where Slugs used to be -saw it yesterday. In there day, I liked both restaurants.
Ate at The Lantern (423 W. Franklin, CH) and it was fantastic. And the staff was very accomodating, considering that were the only couple in there with children (5 mos. and 4 yo at that). All the other patrons seemed like professors!
Cinelli's was a complete bust (some Duke students kept my 4 yo entertained, so at least my husband and I ate in peace), but we only had the pizza. The pizza (we had a plain cheese with mushrooms) was so bland and tasteless! The only good thing I can say is the crust was nice and crisp. We gave our leftover slices to the next table.
As for memories, we had a slice at Italian pizzeria III, 508 W. Franklin St., CH. Now THAT place has real NY style pizza, and cheap too! The ambience hasn't changed in 20 years, though (tacky, fluorescent lights, etc). I highly recommend it, considering Chapel Hill has what seems like a million pizzerias, this is a keeper (if it continues to survive, considering it is almost in Carrboro).
Thanks for the tips, and I hope this helps anyone else visiting Durham/Chapel Hill!