Three guys from Pittsboro having lunch at Virlie’s: A journey of friendship and food

By Gene Galin

Pittsboro, NC – In the heart of downtown Pittsboro, where history intertwines with the present, Eric Andrews, Greg Stafford and I, have embarked on a culinary adventure at Virlie’s. What started last year as lunch at Doherty’s in Apex is hopefully going to continue to evolve into a delightful tradition of shared meals and camaraderie every couple of weeks. As we sit down to discuss life, reminisce about the past, and savor the specials of the day, I invite our readers to join us in discovering the unique charm of Virlie’s and the stories that unfold within its walls.

Virlie’s – A Historical Culinary Haven

Nestled in downtown of Pittsboro, Virlie’s has long been a fixture, witnessing the ebb and flow of local life. Once known as Scoreboard, the restaurant has transformed over the years, retaining its status as a local favorite. With a rich history dating back over three decades, Virlie’s has become a meeting place for generations. The sense of community here is palpable, with familiar faces and the rich history.

The Three Amigos and Our Culinary Chronicles

Once latecomer, Greg Stafford, arrived we settle in at Virlie’s and have what some might call a lively discussion about the menu and the special items being served. As we explore the menu, we shared stories, laughter, and a genuine appreciation for each other as well as the culinary delights Virlie’s has to offer.

Virlie’s Specials – A Culinary Symphony

The lunch specials at Virlie’s boasted an array of delights, from the classic boneless skinless chicken thigh sandwich with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and onion, to the grilled meatloaf sandwich with a side of fries. We took a look at these options and other options. Eric Andrews who was eating at Virlie’s for the third day in a row opted for his standard fare.

Virlie’s and the Pittsboro Community

As our conversation meandered, we reminisced about past visits, recalling shared moments and the evolution of our dining experiences at at this eatery. Greg Stafford recounted a humorous incident as a young lawyer having lunch with some prominent attorneys that involving teasing by waitresses. Greg and Eric also touched upon a controversial incident over the removal of a dead tree in downtown Pittsboro, offering a mix of lighthearted and thought-provoking discussions.

Virlie’s isn’t just a place to eat; it’s a community hub where locals come together. The restaurant is a backdrop for anecdotes, laughter, and a sense of belonging. We recounted encounters with familiar faces, sharing a nod or a smile with neighbors, turning Virlie’s into more than just a restaurant – it’s a shared space, a communal experience that many say binds the fabric of small town Pittsboro.

The Evolution of Pittsboro and Virlie’s

We delved a little bit into the history of Virlie’s, touching upon its transformation from a place known as Scoreboards, complete with its unique burger offerings. Our conversation weaved through personal narratives, such as the Eric and Greg’s involvement in local real estate and the evolution of Pittsboro as a community. We couldn’t help but reflect on the changes in Pittsboro. From Scoreboard to Virlie’s, the town has evolved, and so has the restaurant. Yet, in the midst of change, Virlie’s stands as a constant, a place where memories are made, and friendships are strengthened.

A Culinary Journey Through Time and Friendship

In their quest for culinary delights throughout the county, us three guys from Pittsboro having lunch have discovered more than just good eats at Virlie’s – we’ve uncovered the essence of community, friendship, and what we hope is the enduring spirit of Pittsboro. As I paid the check and we bid farewell to lunch at Virlie’s, we three guys from Pittsboro leave with full stomachs, satisfied hearts, and a promise to meet for lunch at another eatery. For us, this journey is more than just about food; it’s a celebration of life’s simple joys and the enduring bonds of friendship.


Watch “3 Guys from Pittsboro Having Lunch” at Virlie’s Part 1 – 2.2.24

00:15 Three guys from Pittsboro having a live audience at Virlie’s

  • Discussion about the menu and special items being served at the restaurant.
  • Amy mentions waiting for another person to join the group, Greg Stafford.

02:53 Discussing their marriage and ordering lunch at Virlie’s

  • Conversation about their long marriage and past celebrations
  • Ordering from the specials and discussing food preferences

05:26 3 guys from Pittsboro having lunch at Virlie’s

  • Discussion about ordering food and drinks at Virlie’s
  • Conversation about the history and popularity of the restaurant

07:48 Memories of visiting Virlie’s for breakfast and lunch in Pittsboro

  • Sharing stories of favorite food and drinks at Virlie’s
  • Recalling a humorous incident of being teased by waitresses in front of prominent attorneys

10:26 Discussion about past experiences and relationships

  • The conversation touches on the topic of Greg getting teased by waitresses as a young attorney
  • The speaker talks about his significant other and their dining experiences

12:56 Virlie’s is pricier than other restaurants, but the food is worth it.

  • The special changes regularly and is always good. The chef uses unique ingredients and explores beyond the basics like salt and pepper.
  • The three guys from Pittsboro don’t want to become corporate types and start charging for their restaurant reviews. They prefer the freedom of being able to enjoy food without feeling obliged.

15:29 Controversy over cutting down a massive dead tree in downtown Pittsburgh

  • Discussion about the opposition to cutting down the tree, despite it being dead
  • Description of the confrontation with people trying to stop the tree from being cut

18:06 People don’t want to watch us eat.

  • They want to see the food but not us eating.
  • They want to be interested in what Eric says.