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Places to go in Greensboro?

My daughter took a job at UNC Greensboro, which means I have a new food territory to explore.
We like Mediterranean but will try anything. Where's the worth-the-bucks fine dining, the small bistro-type place, the best coffee, great breakfasts, local legend worth the hype?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. Lucky 32 has been our all-around favorite for range of menu, quality food, and consistently good service for many years. They have innovative preparations of old favorites using seasonal ingredients, and there's a changing thematic menu every month or so in addition to the old standards. Southern Lights, a popular favorite for years, has just reopened and based on the first visit I would say that it's still a great choice for excellent food for lunch or dinner. They also have a wide range of choices to suit many tastes.

    There are discussions here already about Smith Street Diner's breakfasts, which have never disappointed us. (They also serve lunch and dinner). Also for breakfast, try Country Barbeque's pork tenderloin biscuit, a huge, crusty biscuit with a slab of tenderloin. When you add their tangy barbeque sauce, that's perfection!

    You didn't mention Asian, but three of our favorites are locally-owned and well worth a try if you enjoy it: Taste of Thai, Phoenix, and Vietnamese Garden.

    Happy Exploring!

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    Smith Street Diner
    438 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27401

    1. Undercurrent, berts seafood, bistro sofia are worthwhile places to dine. Lots of recs on the board. Search for recent gso and especially look for posts by brentk

      1. Zaytoon's for Mediterranean/Middle Eastern.

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        1. re: sisterbeer

          I concur with all of the above.

          Do check out the Vietnamese places in GSO. There are some excellent ones. I know this because my mom helped resettle many Vietnamese people in the 80s. Lucky me. I get the TREATMENT every time I go out with her!

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Definitely check out the Vietnamese in G'boro. My personal favorite is Saigon and their delicious Lemongrass Beef.

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            Saigon Cuisine Restaurant
            4205 High Point Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407

        2. Sweet Basil's is an outstanding farm to table restaurant serving small and big plates of fresh fish, veal, lamb and duck for lunch and dinner in a beautiful old home with outdoor dining and jazz brunch on Sunday. Jack's Corner Deli serves outstanding Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner.

          Sweet Basil's @ 620 Dolley Madison Rd., Greensboro, NC 336 - 632 - 3070.
          http://www.sweetbasilsrestaurant.com/

          Jack's Corner Deli @ 1601 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC 336 - 370 - 4400.
          http://www.jackscornerdeli.com/

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          Sweet Basils (Closed
          )620 Dolley Madison Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410

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          1. re: Littleman

            I can vouch for Jack's Corner Deli--it's casual, inexpensive, and very, very, good.

          2. If you're new to NC in general, check out Biscuitville, local chain, straight up Market St from UNCG. Also, for Mediterranean, I don't know if they're still any good, but Jake's Diner off South Aycock directly across from UNCG was quite good. Upscale, in addition to Lucky 32, you have the group that owns Lucky 32's hotel-attached places at Friendly Center and off Green Valley. These are Green Valley Grill and Print Works Bistro. Local legends, Yum Yum for hot dogs and ice cream (I live for the Lemon...God, I'm driving home to see the folks this weekend now.), and Stamey's Barbecue across from the Coliseum, which is Lexington Style 'cue (and I'll apologize for the firestorm regarding recommending any barbecue place in NC).

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            Lucky 32 Restaurant
            109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

            Jake's Diner
            4220 W Wendover Ave, Greensboro, NC 27407

            Stamey's Barbecue
            2812 Battleground Ave, Greensboro, NC 27408

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

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

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            1. re: Nocturnalbill

              Nocturnalbill, I am too! I'll see you at Stamey's.

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                On the rare occasions I get to come back up through the G these days, living in Charlotte and working in law enforcement will do that.

                1. re: Nocturnalbill

                  I don't go as often as I should and my daddy always takes me to Stamey's. I needs me some cobbler. No fair. You get to go faster.

              2. re: Nocturnalbill

                Does Yum Yum have any other lunch items besides hot dogs?

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                Yum Yum
                9872 Nc Highway 105 S, Banner Elk, NC 28604

                1. re: boaviagem

                  Ice cream, fruit pies (prepackaged variety), chips and drinks. They are very straightforward no-frills.

                2. re: Nocturnalbill

                  +1 on Green Valley Grill & Print Works Bistro. Both definitely fit the "worth-the-bucks fine dining" category. (GVG being the slightly more-formal-looking of the two, but neither's the least bit stuffy.)

                  I was also a big fan of Liberty Oak, in downtown G'boro.

                  If you're looking for a good beer bar, I liked the Old Town Draught House; so-so bar food, but good beers and laid-back atmosphere, for all intents and purposes on the UNCG campus. (Brixx Pizza actually has a wider beer selection, but I preferred Old Town.)

                  Natty Greene's (mentioned downthread) has good house brews, and is right down the street from the famous Woolworth's lunch counter. (Does anyone know if the proposed civil right museum there has opened? It's been a couple of years since I've been there.)

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                  Old Town Draught House
                  1205 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27403

                  Liberty Oak
                  100 W Washington St, Greensboro, NC 27401

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

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

                  1. re: brandywiner

                    The Civil Rights Museum opened February 1 2010

                    1. re: quazi

                      Thanks! I'll need to plan a return visit sometime soon.

                3. Natty Greene's Brewing Co., and Grey's Tavern, on Elm St. downtown are "local legends."
                  http://www.nattygreenes.com
                  http://www.greystavern.com

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                  Grey's Tavern
                  343 S Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

                  1. I drive from Raleigh to go to Beef Burger on Lee Street. That's an hour and and a half in each direction. It's one of the last two of the old Biff Burger chain from the 60s (the other is in Tampa). It's a bit of a dive, but don't let that fool you -- the burgers are amazing. Make sure you get the special "dipped" in their signature sauce. Just take it the way it comes and get lots of napkins because you'll need them.

                    It's a real soul food kind of joint that hasn't changed in the 40 years. The parking lot is always full of cops and cab drivers which is usually sign something good it going on. A gem.

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                    Beef Burger
                    1040 W Lee St, Greensboro, NC 27403

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                    1. re: drdave397

                      Nice to see Beef Burger getting some love on this board. I live in Raleigh also, but grew up in Greensboro on Lexington Ave. in walking distance of Beef (Biff) Burger. Still stop there on my visits to family in the area to get the Cheese Biffs with extra sauce. You can buy bottles of sauce there as well. Just a great place.

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                      Beef Burger
                      1040 W Lee St, Greensboro, NC 27403

                    2. Can someone fill us in on the Acropolis? I've seen their TV ad, and I love Greek food, but their online reviews are all over the place. Some say it's the best in town, others say it absolutely sucks. Is it worth a trip?

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                      1. re: arbyunc

                        Not from far out of town. They've survived forever...and I mean decades and decades. The food is usually fair to middlin and the service can be spotty, but they are reliably so if that makes sense. It's been a few years since I've been, but if you're in Greensboro, and just want to see what an institution looks like for the area, I say go for it.

                        1. re: arbyunc

                          I love Greek food, too, and we went to Acropolis for years since it's local for us, but we finally gave up a few years ago. Even though the food was always pretty good, the service was so bad that we couldn't enjoy a meal there. There were always long waits for the food and service was inattentive. We had pretty good luck with take-out orders but haven't done that in a while.

                          1. re: arbyunc

                            I wouldn't waste the time or effort. I've watched this restaurant's food and service decline over the last 6 or 8 years, and I've been eating there since the '70s. I would get the Baked Chicken every Wednesday for years - mostly take out because the service is sooooooo slow. The last few times even that dish has slipped, and the appetizers are now just plain awful. Try Taste of Troy, Mykonos, or even Opa, you'll be better served.

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                            Taste of Troy
                            1236 Guilford College Rd Ste 113, Jamestown, NC 27282

                            Opa Cafe
                            10150 Dorchester Rd Unit 211, Summerville, SC 29485

                          2. We had a very pleasant first visit to Mykonos Greek Restaurant on West Market St. in Greensboro this week. I had a combination plate with lemony, moist, stuffed grape leaves; a Greek salad with the slightly sweet house dressing; hot and flaky spanakopita; hummus; falafel; and pita wedges. My husband had a gyro, which he thought good but not spectacular. The service was friendly and attentive. I had been warned to get there before 6:00 p.m. to avoid the rush, which we barely did. The small restaurant was busy but in a pleasant way. By the time we left, there were quite a few people waiting to get in. Afterwards, we drove on out W. Market a little way to Doughnut World--what a find! Even at 7:00 p.m. there was a full selection of fresh, fluffy doughnuts. We bought a maple and a strawberry glazed one, and one with both chocolate icing and a chocolate filling--all were delicious.

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                            1. re: marisold

                              Mykonos is my fav greek restaurant in GSO. What a great idea to go to Donut World after. Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme can not compete with their products. In fact, they are building a second one on Battleground Ave just a block away from KK. I guess they know how good they are because I would think that takes some guts!

                            2. I enjoyed getting Giacomo's to go and then heading to a park to picnic, but please call it in at least 30 mins before you go if you are ordering a bulk to share as they were mind numbingly slow.