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Great dining in Winston Salem/Greensboro

LulusMom Jan 27, 2010 10:40 AM

Hi, we're thinking of a family trip to Asheville with stop in WS/G overnight. We have a 3 year old (almost 4) with us, but she's used to restaurants of all different kinds and is always well behaved. Great food is the most important thing, but we don't want something stuffy. Also, I'm not a pork eater, so bbq is out. Walking distance to a hotel gets bonus points. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. carolinadawg RE: LulusMom Jan 27, 2010 11:12 AM

    Thats a really broad question. First, its only about 2 hours from W-S to Asheville...you sure you want to stop there? I guess I'd suggest either downtown G'boro or d'town W-S...lots of places to walk to once you're there. In G'boro is Liberty Oak, Undercurrent, Avenue, 223 S. Elm, Riva's Trattoria. In W-S there is 6th and Vine, MOMA, Soup's (a pho restaurant), Camel City Cafe, Downtown Thai, Hutch and Harris, Rana Loca.

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      LulusMom RE: carolinadawg Jan 27, 2010 11:19 AM

      We're coming from Chapel Hill, and hoping to stop at the zoo in Asheboro on the way ther, and figured this would cut the trip down into more managable drives.

      Many thanks for the list of suggestions - I will have fun checking them all out.

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        carolinadawg RE: LulusMom Jan 27, 2010 11:23 AM

        Gotcha. A shortcut for gathering info on the restaurants is to go to the websites for the respective downtown organizations: dwsp.org and downtowngreensboro.net

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          LulusMom RE: carolinadawg Jan 27, 2010 11:33 AM

          Fantastic. Thanks so much.

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      webvanman RE: LulusMom Jan 27, 2010 03:40 PM

      If you stay in Greensboro, Green Valley Grill/ O'Henry Hotel and PrintWorks Bistro/ Proximity Hotel are very highly reccommended. Also, 1618 West Seafood Grill is top notch.

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        webvanman RE: LulusMom Jan 27, 2010 03:45 PM

        John Batchelor has been reviewing restaurants for the Greensboro News and Record for many years. Here are his 5 star and 4 star picks at bottom of article


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          quazi RE: LulusMom Jan 29, 2010 05:30 AM

          I would probably skip 6th and vine(a wine bar with food) Would add sweet potatoes, or Downtown Thai. The same owners also do SOUP, a pho place that I have not been to yet. Please skip Noma very average food in a good looking room. Have not been to Hutch and Harris or Rana Loca(mexican/latin cuisine) for food, just drinks but have heard good things All of these are walkable from downtown hotels. There is also a a mellow mushroom if all else fails.

          Greesnboro - printworks is great looking though the food has always seemed close but no cigar. They did update their menu in the last 2-3 months though. Also try bistro sophia(upscale though not stuffy) greenvalley grill or try your hand at our abundant vietnamese - saigon is the standout but there are lots of others

          also check triaddiner.com for menus of some restys

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            burgeoningfoodie RE: quazi Feb 11, 2010 10:16 AM

            So between Bistro Sophia, Liberty Oak, Rivas and Print Works.. how would you order them? I realize they are mostly different.

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              quazi RE: burgeoningfoodie Feb 11, 2010 01:38 PM

              BS, printworks, liberty oak - never been to Rivas

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            brentk RE: LulusMom Jan 29, 2010 06:56 AM

            In an attempt to win bonus points, it would be helpful to know where you are staying!

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              LulusMom RE: brentk Jan 29, 2010 08:53 AM

              It would help me too! Haven't gotten quite that far yet, and it may depend on where we're eating (we're like that).

              I checked the Sweet Potatoes (I think it was) website, and it looks very much like the kind of thing we can get around here (we're in NC too). Down homey is probably not our first choice, and especially with me not being a pork eater, it is hard in those kind of places in the south to find side dishes that I can eat.

              I really appreciate ALL the info you're tossing my way. Thanks so much.

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                brentk RE: LulusMom Jan 29, 2010 11:06 AM

                There is not much in the Triad that I can think of that you cannot get in the Triangle.

                One idea would be to go to Giacomo's in Greensboro for their salumi. They also serve sandwiches and antipasto. Not really a restaurant, but they have tables where you can sit down and eat what they prepare for you behind the counter.

                Another idea would be to go to Keaton's (in between Winston and Statesville) for their dipped chicken. Essentially, it is fried chicken dipped in a Lexington style BBQ sauce - regular or spicy.

                Both of those are more lunch ideas, however.

                For dinner, I would concur with the Vietnamese recommendations others have posted as Greensboro has some excellent Vietnamese restaurants. There are also some very nice, more upscale places in both Greensboro and Winston but, again, I don't know that there is anything that different from what you can get in the Triangle.

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                  quazi RE: brentk Jan 30, 2010 05:19 AM

                  giacomos would be great though most of the pleasure is in the pork, there is enough for a non pig eater to have fun with. Their sandwiches are great and they have lots of antipasti salads. Try their housemade pastrami(a little lean for mean but still tastes great) and housemade bologna(truly a treat) are what I can't get enough of. their website has directions and some info but not a full menu - salamisbymail.com

                  Btw Sweet Potatoes is down homey in an upscale, no pig in the veggies way

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                    LulusMom RE: quazi Jan 30, 2010 05:58 AM

                    aha! Thanks for that tidbit about Sweet Potatoes. That definitely helps.

                    Will also check out Giacomos. But it sounds like it isn't really a restaurant sort of place. After a morning of driving and zoo'ing, I feel like we'd like to be waited on. Also like a decent wine list.

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                      brentk RE: LulusMom Jan 30, 2010 06:58 AM

                      If you are looking for a casual restaurant with very good food, I would recommend the recently opened Basil's & Co. Operated by the same husband/wife team who own Sweet Basil's, it is among the foremost examples of the farm to table trend in the Triad. They also have a dessertery, which may appeal to little Lulu.

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                        LulusMom RE: brentk Jan 30, 2010 07:52 AM

                        This sounds like an excellent suggestion. Thanks - you're a find BrentK.

            2. Sid Cundiff RE: LulusMom Jan 30, 2010 05:25 AM

              I live in Winston-Salem.

              With respect to fine dining:. I second the Greensboro suggestions of Green Valley Grill/ O'Henry Hotel and PrintWorks Bistro/ Proximity Hotel. Green Valley Grill has a nicer atmosphere. In Winston: Bernardin's is my favorite; its in the process of moving to downtown. In downtown Winston I've eaten well at Nomos and Twin-City Chophouse, the latter offering a huge dessert portion. For less high end but still good in Winston, The Filling Station in the west 800 block of 4th St. is good, and one can sit outside, even in winter, the covered deck equipped with gas heaters. I like also the Irish bar/restaurant Finigan's Wake (despite the pretentious name). And if our NC BBQ captures your fancy, Prissy Polly's in High Point has both the Eastern NC Style (vinegar) and the Lexington Style (tomato) in two varieties. I caution that some BBQ fans don't like Prissy Polly's. I do. 6th and Vine might offer more than just lunch portions in the evening; it's best for tasting wine. I haven't been to Sweet Potatoes in a while; the time I went, the food was good, the atmosphere a bit wanting.

              For years in High Point the finest was J. Basel Noble's. Yet I last ate there 12 years ago, so my judgement would be too dated. In Winston Nobles has a grill; I haven't been in a while.

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                LulusMom RE: Sid Cundiff Jan 30, 2010 06:00 AM

                thanks very much. Those more upscale suggestions are definitely the kind of thing I was thinking. And I promise, Lulu is very good in restaurants (and if she by chance wasn't, she'd be pulled outside by one of us!).

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                  brandywiner RE: Sid Cundiff Jan 30, 2010 10:48 AM

                  I'll add another vote for both PrintWorks and Green Valley Grill. GVG probably has the (slight) upper hand, but I've had great meals at both. I've heard good things about both hotels, but never had the chance to stay in either one.

                  Liberty Oak (mentioned upthread) was another favorite from my time in the Triad.

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                  Bengaliwife RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2010 03:58 PM

                  I don't know if you have made your trip yet .I am from NC and lived in Greensboro for many years. I live in NJ now and when I return to NC I always have to go eat at the best thai reastaurant in the world. It is on Market street and is called Rearn Thai. great food. Another place I love is Lucky 32. they are owned by the same people who own Green Valley Grill. What i love about Lucky's is their menu main features change every six weeks and they use fresh local ingredients. They offer a diverse menu and the food and service are great.

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                    burgeoningfoodie RE: Bengaliwife Feb 17, 2010 05:25 AM

                    I don't know if this is true or not but we have a Lucky 32s in RDU area, but I think it's only so-so compared to the one in G'boro. You must have eaten a lot of Thai to make such a bold claim about Rearn Thai ;-)

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                      Bluemold RE: burgeoningfoodie Feb 17, 2010 12:39 PM

                      I used to travel to Thailand a lot. I used to get excited when I would read " authentic", "great", "wow" "real Thai", etc but no more. Nothing wrong with trying but even Thai's will tell you the ingredients here aren't the same and the food served shows it. Not saying it can't be good, it's just not the same.

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                    Victus Populi RE: LulusMom Feb 17, 2010 06:07 AM

                    We had a fantastic dinner at 223 South Elm www.223southelm.com in Greensboro back in November. You can also get coupons from restaurant.com for 223 South Elm, and I do love a bargain. Green Valley Grill at the O. Henry Hotel is also lovely.

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