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CrossTies serves up real barbecue, scratch made sides, inventive salads and more in renovated turn of the century train cars. Join us for lunch or dinner, eat indoors or out and belly up to our bar for memorable food, beer, wine and cocktails.  All aboard!


CrossTies accepts reservations of any size. Please call us at
(919) 918-3923

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CrossTies is located in Downtown Carrboro
at historic Carr Mill


Monday – Wednesday
11:30am to 2:30pm
5:30pm to 9pm

Thursday – Friday
11:30am to 2:30pm
5:30pm to 9:30pm

11:30am to 9:30pm

11:30am to 9pm


We love barbecue and the transformative power smoke and time has on food. Barbecue is good-time food that evokes powerful memories for most of us. We see CrossTies as carrying on this tradition while imparting our own unique spin on the food and providing great service…just as we’ve done at Venable and B-Side. We’ve also opened The Station right next to CrossTies, offering live music and great drinks for pre or post dinner enjoyment.

We’re happy to tell you all about our food (and do in a minute) but the space and its history deserve equal billing. CrossTies and The Station sit on what was once the Carrboro Railways Station, home to the Greensboro-Durham Southern Railway Line. The railroad brought supplies to the mill and transported countless people and products to Carrboro and Chapel Hill for over a century. Once the railroad line reduced service and the station closed, many businesses have operated in this space and it also sat abandoned for years. The fine folks at Southern Rail started a renovation in the ’00s, creating a central dining space and using the vintage train cars for dining, bar and kitchen. We’ve added to this with a new bar in the central room, expanding the kitchen and adding a smokehouse. We’ve also renovated the two cars for comfortable dining and have named the right car after noted Carrboro blues legend Elizabeth Cotten and the left car “The Whopper”, which was the name of the engine that worked the line back in its heyday. We hope you’ll dine with us in both and you can rent them out for a private party too…

So, the food. The smokehouse drives the menu, which includes traditional plates, sandwiches and sides as well as inventive salads, appetizers or desserts. We aim to be as vegetarian friendly as a barbecue joint can be with smoked tofu, a smoked portobello sandwich and plenty of salads, veggies and greens on the menu. We’re also proud of our bar, with craft beers on tap, a carefully curated wine list and full bar with cocktails meant to pair well with the food. Many like to dine with us at the bar!


CrossTies and The Station offer both on-site and off-site catering for most any type of event, from a rehearsal dinner or birthday party to corporate or recruiting dinner.

On-Site Catering & Private Parties

Let us host your event and provide great food, drink and service! We have several unique spaces within CrossTies, including the Cotten and Whopper cars and our patio, and a live music venue with stage at The Station. We also operate Venable Rotisserie Bistro and B-Side Lounge, which offer a range of on-site catering opportunities.To get started, click the button below.

Off-Site Catering

Let us bring the CrossTies food & experience to your event! We offer a range of catering options to feed parties of any size featuring our classic barbecue, sides, salad platters, desserts and beverages. Check out or menu and fill out a catering request and we’ll be in touch!



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201 East Main Street Downtown Carrboro 27510

(919) 918-3923



CrossTies is located at 201 East Main Street at the train tracks in Carr Mill. Parking is available at any Carr Mill space, including the lot behind The Station, across the tracks. Click here for a map with details.

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