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I've been called to jury duty in Winston-Salem and will be on call to come to the federal courthouse there for the next six weeks. Since I live more than 50 miles from the courthouse, I can make a reservation to stay at a nearby hotel the night before I am required to come in so I don't have to get up at 0-dark-30 and fight rush hour traffic to make it there in time. Anyone have any lunch or dinner recommendations for downtown W-S, particularly if they'll be open Sundays? Price and cuisine are less important than proximity to the courthouse (the hotel I will probably be staying at will be just two blocks away on S. Main St).

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  1. Can't help with your Sunday request as though I work in downtown Winston, I live in Greensboro. There are a number of places on Fourth Street, however, that are likely to be open. Rana Loca has a nice Latin menu; Hutch and Harris is more eclectic; Mellow Mushroom has a good beer selection; Soups Vietnamese and Downtown Thai are good for Asian and share common ownership. I haven't been to Noma, but that may be worth a look. Also if you like meat and three type places for lunch, there are Murphy's and Meta's. The corn muffins at Meta's are the highlight for me.

    Meta's Restaurant
    102 W 3rd St Ste Lp5, Winston Salem, NC 27101

    Downtown Thai Restaurant
    219 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

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

    1. Wow, what an awful (potential) disruption in your life! I assume your hotel is the Wingate? You might want to consider the Embassy Suites or Marriott, as most restaurants are located on 4th Street, or in the Trade Street Arts District, and the Embassy Suites and Marriott are a good bit closer to those areas.

      On 4th Street you've got Downtown Thai & Sushi (www.downtownthai.com/) and Hutch and Harris (www.hutchandharris.com). Both are very good. A new place I haven't tried is Rana Loca (www.ranaloca.com) a tapas and latin restaurant.. Soups Pho and Vietnamese Grill is good, but not open on Sunday.

      On Trade Street in the Arts District, there is Sweet Potatoes (www.sweetpotatoes-arestaurant.com). Excellent, but only open for brunch on Sunday. Nearby is a fun wine bar with good food, Sixth and Vine (www.6thandvine.com) and an irish pub, Finnigan's Wake, both open on Sunday.

      Just south of downtown proper, close to the Wingate is the excellent, upscale Meridian (www.meridianws.com/index.html) open on Sunday. Just west of downtown proper is a brewpub, Foothills Brewing (www.foothillsbrewing.com), and a casual bbq place, Bib's (www.bibsdowntown.com). Further west is another excellent upscale restaurant, Benardin's (www.bernardinsfinedining.com), not open on Sunday.

      The website for the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership might be a useful resourse for you as well, www.dwsp.org

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

      Downtown Thai Restaurant
      219 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

      Foothills Brewing
      638 W 4th St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

      Finnigan's Wake
      620 N Trade St, Winston Salem, NC 27101

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

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      1. re: jla1960

        Thanks very much! I probably will be at the Wingate, yes. Embassy Suites and Marriott are a good bit more expensive and I'll be getting per diem, so I want to make sure I don't go over budget on that. I'll check these places out!

        1. re: jla1960

          Just went to 6th and Vine - what a fun, funky place! And the wine and food were decent too - I got a pepperoni flatbread, assuming since it was on the tapas menu it would be small - I was wrong about that, lol, but it sure hit the spot. Trade Street looks fun too.

          1. re: romansperson

            Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Finnigans Wake is right up the street and is a fun place too!

            1. re: jla1960

              Tried Hutch and Harris today for a late lunch after my duty for the day was over. If I get a chance, I'll definitely go back. They had one of my favorite wines on their list, and the lobster roll was very good! I was a bit hesitant to order it (the last one I had was in Maine and also the last time I've seen it on a menu), but I am so glad I did, they did a great job on it. Service was great. Another fun, funky place, too - I'm really enjoying the opportunity to explore a new city.

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

              1. re: romansperson

                ^ H&H is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is consistently very good...I've never had a bad meal there. You might also want to try Rana Loca (someone mentioned it above)--very good Latin-inspired food.

                1. re: arbyunc

                  I noticed Rana Loca across the street - if I get chance, I'll give it a try too.

        2. Jla1960s recs were spot on.

          Let me strongly suggest a visit to Bibs. Its a very different style of Q for this region, but man do they do a good job on most everything they serve. The only thing I've been disappointed with has been their brisket. I do not feel their brisket has proper texture the times I've eaten, it had more of a pot roast texture than true TX or KC style brisket, but even with that being noted, it still had good flavor.

          1. Check out the West End Cafe it is on 4th street

            1. The Village Tavern by the Hanes mall is excellent for steaks, fish, & burgers. Great service, nice presentation, good quality all at a reasonable price. I recommend it.

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              1. re: CollegeSolutions

                Just to clarify, the Village Tavern is not at all close to the courthouse in downtown WInston Salem for those seeking downtown recommendations in this thread.

              2. Excited to see that you just posted this thread. I'm going to be spending a week in Winston-Salem alone for work in just a couple of weeks. Exploring the area (I've never been to NC) in my off-time will be my entertainment and I will poach off of these restaurant recommendations!

                If there is any other "must not miss", that people want to chime in on, food or otherwise, please share!

                Thanks everyone.