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Good Eats near Winston-Salem

Hi all,

I'm moving down to Winston-Salem from NYC and am looking for some great foodie finds (I'm looking for more than just bbq in North Carolina).

Anything near Winston-Salem?

What about an hour away (maybe Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill for great restaurants)

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  1. there is a wide range of places to try I would include greensboro as well.

    restaurant wise - there is meridian(personally eating at the bar always seems to be the better option since you can choose either menu) Milner's are two of my favorites in Winston on the mid to upper end. Others to consider that I either have not been to or have not been to in a while:

    Christophers, Bleu, Hutch and Harris

    You can easily get your hands on authentic mexican or great cue.

    Also lots of local wineries and Piedmont distillers(makes of catdaddy moonshine) give tours(though no samples). Try the sexual chocolate stout at foothills brewing

    Lots of local nc fish to try.

    Great vietnamese in greensboro and many more mid and upper level options than in winston imho.

    You may also want to do a board search in triad, triangle and charlotte that may answer a good number of questions you may have. Also are you looking high/low, restaurants/nc food products?

    Bleu Restaurant & Bar
    3425 Frontis Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

    Hutch and Harris
    424 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

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    1. re: quazi

      yeah i was too lazy to search a lot haha

      But I'm mostly looking for restaurants (I love fine dining as much as I love cheap ethnic eats)

      1. re: wreckers00

        I hope you will plan a weekend trip to Asheville once you get settled. There you will find good food and so much beauty. We loved the Grove Park Inn and The Biltmore Estate.
        Krispy Kreme is big in Winston. In Old Salem you'll find some unusual breads and cookies.

        Biltmore Estate
        1 Approach Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

        Old Salem
        736 S Main St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

    2. I live in Raleigh but my inlaws are 1/2 hr North of Winston. We struggle to find good, solid restaurants. My favorite is in Greensboro, Green Valley Grill in the O'Henry Hotel. Don't let the "hotel" scare you off. They have small plates as well as entrees, promote local ingredients, have an outside patio, an eating area in the bar, all with the same menu as the dining room AND they are open on Sundays. I only wish they were closer to Raleigh.

      Green Valley Grill
      624 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408

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      1. re: mdv31616

        The Green Valley Grill group also owns Print Works Bistro, and Lucky 32. All three spots are definitely worth a look IMHO.

        Lucky 32
        7307 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518

        Green Valley Grill
        624 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408

        Print Works Bistro
        702 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408

        1. re: mdv31616

          I have to second Green Valley Grill. I surprised my husband for his birthday with a dinner there and it was amazing. He had a filet that was perfectly cooked & I had duck 'three ways' which was a delight. The service both in the restaurant and in the bar was top notch. It had been several years since we'd eaten there & I believe it was better than ever. In addition, we stayed at the O'Henry & had a lovely experience there as well. Can't recommend highly enough.

          Green Valley Grill
          624 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC 27408

        2. Good recommendations above. Just a few to add:
          Sweet Potatoes
          Diamondback Grill
          Bib's Ribs
          Turmeric (Indian cuisine)
          Las Estrellas (authentic Mexican)
          Mary's Of Course for breakfast
          And a few outside of Winston-Salem:
          The German Restaurant in Yadkinville
          Ketchie Creek Bakery in Mocksville
          Harvest Grill at Shelton Vineyards
          Sanders Ridge Restaurant in Boonville

          Sweet Potatoes
          529 N Trade St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

          Ketchie Creek Bakery
          844 Valley Rd, Mocksville, NC 27028

          Las Estrellas
          845 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston Salem, NC 27127

          Diamondback Grill
          751 N Avalon Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

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          1. re: arbyunc

            Add El Maguey out in Old Town for genuine Mexican fare ,excellent ceviche tostadas, with great service. Also for the real deal go to El SOmrero on University Parkway. Noble's was formerly a great fine dining experience however has slipped.

            1. re: arbyunc

              Any favorites on the lunch menu at Sweet Potatoes?

              Sweet Potatoes
              529 N Trade St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

              Fabian's Restaurants
              1100 Reynolda Rd Ste A, Winston Salem, NC 27104

              Mary's of Course Cafe
              301 Brookstown Ave Ste 100, Winston Salem, NC 27101

              Christopher's New Global Cuisine
              712 Brookstown Ave, Winston Salem, NC 27101

              Harvest Grill At Shelton Vineyards
              286 Cabernet Ln, Dobson, NC 27017

              Milner's American Southern
              630 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27103

              El Maguey
              3688 Turret Dr, Winston Salem, NC 27101

              Meridian Restaurant
              411 S Marshall St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

              Turmeric Restaurant & Bar
              3088 Healy Dr, Winston Salem, NC 27103

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I recently tried Willow's in Winston and have to say it is my favorite restaurant that I've been to in the area. Service was pleasant and probably as good as or better than most in the area. Food was delicious with and open kitchen that you can watch from the bar area.

                Used fresh ingredients, some interesting preparations, a good price point and the atmosphere I really liked.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Answering my own question, here's my report on lunch at Sweet Potatoes last friday.

                  Sweet Potatoes
                  529 N Trade St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

                  Willow's bistro
                  300 South Liberty st ste 125, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

              2. I have heard great things about 21 & Main in Elkin, NC - about 30 minutes north of W-S. The menu looks great and they are making a real effort towards fresh, local ingredients.

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                1. re: cooking4watts

                  I'm going to have to disagree. Sysco is neither "local", nor "fresh". And the service is just laughable.

                2. If you come from New York you DEFINITELY need to visit Caffe Prada at the corner of 4th Street and Broad. (www.caffeprada.com) The owners are from NYC and you will feel at home the minute you walk in. It is the only place in town where you can find small things to eat including great coffees and homemade gelato.

                  Ask for Alex or Ken and tell them I sent you.

                  Hope to meet you sometime,

                  1. First, welcome to Winston. Second, although the food finds may not be as abundant there are some good places to go. I've found a few I like and in no particular order they are as follows.

                    Winston -
                    Meridian - great appetizers and solid wine list.
                    Ollie's bakery is good for coffee, breads, pastries and even lunch.
                    Taco Riendo 3 - solid mexican food, gorditas and torta al pastor are standard, more of a lunch spot
                    Monte de Rey - if you like it hot, try their mocajete, birria is also good when they have it.
                    Cloverdale Kitchen - best breakfast value in town, consistent diner style breakfast.

                    Greensboro -
                    Bisro Sofia - great dinner, good value prix fixe menu, great wine list and knowledge, homemade ice cream that is stellar.
                    Jerusalem Market - great sandwiches, dalmathes and all things mediteranean. a hidden gem that we visit regularly.
                    Taste of Vietnam (Wendover) - prefer to other better know vietnamese restaurants, small, family run, all the food has been good and reminded me of trip to Vietnam

                    Durham -
                    Vin Rouge - solid French food and a pleasant patio when the weather is cool
                    Los Vaquitos - great mexcian food, wonderful mole.
                    Yamazushi - very good japanese homestyle cooking, sushi is good but japanese menu is wonderful, good tea and cold sake selection
                    Hong Kong House - best dim sum we have found in NC. congee is real good and dumplings and good enough for people used to Vancouver's china town

                    Chapel Hill -
                    Bonne Soirree is, imho, the best restaurant experience in NC just now. great food and near perfect wine pairings.
                    Sandwhich - a mediteranean influenced restaurant cooking with local produce.
                    Neal's Deli - great biscuits and homemade pastrami that ranks. maybe not as good as NYC but very tasty.
                    Gourmet Kingdom - don't let the exterior or buffet scare you off, this is authentic chinese food, but you have to get the sichuan menu - love the lotus root, pig ears and several tofu dishes.

                    Vin Rouge
                    2010 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, NC 27705

                    Gourmet Kingdom
                    301 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

                    The Taste of Vietnam
                    4212 W Wendover Ave, Greensboro, NC 27407

                    Neal's Deli
                    100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

                    Cloverdale Kitchen
                    2251 Cloverdale Ave, Winston Salem, NC 27103

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                    1. re: foodsearcher

                      thanks everyone for the suggestions.

                      Anyone been to Table 16 in Greensboro?

                      Also I'm looking for just great food in North Carolina (I will travel!).

                      I've heard good things about Chef and the Farmer near Greenville...any more would be appreciated!

                      Table 16
                      600 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

                      1. re: wreckers00

                        You might want to spend some time reading through this board and searching for various cities/cuisines. Here's a previous thread on the Chef and Farmer...its in Kinston, about 3 hours from Winston-Salem:


                        1. re: wreckers00

                          If you will travel, searching the boards as suggested is very helpful, but I'll highlight some that I really like.

                          Asheville -
                          The Admiral - getting lots of press but worth it, they have a late night menu so can double up one night if you wish. (http://www.theadmiralnc.com/)

                          Cucina 24 - great little italian place, solid appys and a nice dark sambuca

                          Wilmington -
                          Martino's Italian Deli - italian deli in the New York style (owner is from there or NJ) - prepared food and supplies and home cured meats.

                          Eagle Creek Seafood - I go for the oyster and sometime seafood.

                          Merrits Burger House (2338 Carolina Beach Road) - not gourmet burgers but an old school diner open since 1958. burger, fries and a shake

                          Motts Channel for fresh seafood.

                          Chilhowie, Va (just across the border) - Townhouse is worth the trip for molecular cuisine but not at big city prices. The chef worked at Alinea in Chicago, there is a website and many many posts. (http://www.townhouseva.com/


                          Cucina 24
                          24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

                          1. re: foodsearcher

                            Anyone have a link for Eagle Creek Seafood? A search doesn't even turn up a Yelp or similar page.

                            1. re: d.v

                              had a nice dinner at Milner's in Winston-Salem.

                              Overall was impressed by the food although the service was pretty bad (I won't complain though).

                              I had the fried green tomatoes and basically pulled pork. all was well done tho

                              1. re: d.v

                                ok, ok, I'm sorry. I mixed things up a little. It is not Eagle Creek but Eagle Island Fruit Stand (oysters and seafood are in the same building.)

                                article here:

                                address here:
                                2500 US Highway 421 N
                                Wilmington, NC 28401-2432
                                (910) 762-1193

                                (I will check my post more clearly in the future and not rely so much on my failing memory.)

                                1. re: foodsearcher

                                  I do that too. I make mistakes here and have to go back and correct myself. I wish we could edit our comments anytime.

                            2. re: wreckers00

                              Table 16 is one of our favorite fine dining restaurants. They feature the freshest items available seasonally, ande their tasting menu, especially if paired, is awesome. You can choose from thee to seven items on the tsating menu. These folks are creative. It has far and away passed Marisol,I'm sad to say.

                              Table 16
                              600 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

                              1. re: fredb2548

                                Anything new and interesting going on in Winston? I've been looking around a bit and feel a little underwhelmed. I found a place called Mozelle's, anyone here been there?

                                1. re: JKidd

                                  Mozelle's emphasizes a diner/bistro menu with some southern influences. I've had both lunch and dinner there and my experiences have ranged from middlin' to good, although I've only had lunch there since Bernardin's moved into the Zevely House. The food quality has been fairly consistent, although not always to my tastes. We had a work lunch there recently (mostly sandwiches) and everyone was happy with their lunch, except for the shared appetizer of fried pickles, which lost their breading during frying (and are done better elsewhere in town) For lunch, I've usually gone with their half sandwich and soup special. I've enjoyed the grilled pimento cheese and bacon with their tomato bisque and my daughter is a fan of their pimento cheeseburger. My favorite item that I've tried on the menu is the tomato pie, although I think that they should pair it with something lighter for the summer besides succotash. My biggest disappointment was the meatloaf, which I found to be a bit bland and dry the day that I tried it, although I may have been victim of my own expectations, since I would expect this to be a signature dish given their niche..

                                  They are proud of their cakes and pies, and have bragged in the past that some of their pies are made w/ recipes from the previous occupant, which apparently brings back fond memories for folks who have lived in W-S longer than me. I've not really explored the dessert menu, although they do have nice options for a restaurant of their size.

                                  The biggest negative has been the quality of service. The kitchen is small, so there can be a wait when they are slammed. I've had my order botched twice there, but that waiter hasn't been around my last two trips, so that problem may have been solved.

                                  All in all, Mozelle's is a place that I pull for, but I think it needs a few tweaks to reach its potential. I prefer their menu to Fourth St Filling Station, although the slower kitchen can be a problem if the kids are with you. I certainly think that it's worth a try. I like it as a place to meet someone for lunch, but only if I'm not in a hurry. I need to try it again for dinner to see if the addition of Bernardin's to the block has influenced what Mozelle's is doing for dinner.

                                  Which places have left you underwhelmed?

                                  1. re: kdbarlow

                                    I'm just being overly picky, I think. I'm an out-of-towner coming through W-S this weekend, and just browsing through menus it all just seemed the same: steak, chicken, salmon, the usual suspects. I'm sure everything listed here is good and prepared well, it just mostly seemed safe to me. I guess I'm looking for something a little more creative.

                                    That, or I just felt like being difficult. Bernardin's menu looks fantastic, but I don't think it's as casual as I need for this visit.

                                    1. re: JKidd

                                      For more casual yet distinctive restaurants not mentioned in this thread, I'd consider La Botana for its regional and vegetarian (better considered meat minimalist) Mexican menus and Old Europe, for its German fare and beer selection. I'd also consider Bistro B in Kernersville (sm town located 10 miles down Business 40) for tapas.

                                      Rana Loca (downtown) has an interesting Latin-influenced menu and patio dining can be casual, but the dishes that I've tried have lost a little too much of their Latin roots for my tastes; however, your mileage may vary. The Screaming Rooster and Willows Bistro (mentioned above) have generated some decent buzz, but I haven't had the chance to try either.

                                      Have a nice visit.