Blue Ribbon Diner: Shop & Stop

When you visit the new Tanger Outlets in Mebane and need Gluten-Free nourishment to power your bargain hunting, drive across the street to the Blue Ribbon Diner, just off I-85 South (Exit 154).

Where: Blue Ribbon Diner, 1004 Mebane Oaks Road, Mebane, NC 27302

GF Menu: Yes! As soon as we told our sweet waitress, Julie A., that we needed to eat our burgers without the buns because we are gluten-intolerant, she offered us this menu. Brilliant! They also cater to Vegetarians and those with Dairy, Egg, and Peanut/Treenut Allergies. Thank you, Blue Ribbon!

What I ate: Bun-less Black Angus Cheddar Cheeseburger & Fries

How to order it: Ask for the Gluten-Free menu. Select. Enjoy.

What it looks like:

A classic diner experience (minus the classic bun) – a thick and juicy black angus cheeseburger, served with lettuce, tomato, and a side of what the Blue Ribbon Diner calls “Endless Fries.” After a morning of shopping, we couldn’t have been happier to find a hot, worry-free meal like this one.

Green Note: Locally owned and operated, Blue Ribbon Diner is part of a collection of restaurants which include The Village Grill and another Blue Ribbon Diner location in Burlington, NC.

I noticed that the very friendly staff at Blue Ribbon were wearing t-shirts featuring an earth logo. When I asked Julie about the shirts, she explained that the shirts come from a company called Cotton of the Carolinas. As the CotC website elaborates:

CotC is a collaboration of farmers and manufacturers across the Carolinas dedicated to growing, making, and selling its t-shirts in the Carolinas.

North Carolina is the United States’ fourth largest producer of cotton. But 50% of that cotton is shipped overseas to be manufactured into finished products, then much of it is shipped back here to be sold to consumers.

Thanks to both Blue Ribbon and CotC for keepin’ it local!

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