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Family will be in town for the Wake Forest graduation coming up, Any recommendations for a Sunday night dinner for around 8 persons in the Winston/High Point/Greensboro Triad?

Not all are foodies so I'm looking for a place to satisfy both those who enjoy "blood sausage" type fare and those who prefer Bob Evans.

Thanks for your thoughts on this interesting challenge

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  1. You're not giving me a lot to go on, but here are some suggestions:

    Village Tavern (2 locations in Winston) is sort of an upscale Ruby Tuesday. Food is good enough (definitely a step above Ruby Tuesday), but it's sort of the "always crowded place-to-be" kind of place. So if you're not into that, or if you don't want to wait with the crowd, read on.

    Diamondback Grill is an awesome gem of a restaurant that's a little hard to find, but it's close to Wake's campus and well worth a trip. One side is a neighborhood bar type set-up with a more casual feel, the other side feels just a bit more formal. Great food, good beer selection.

    Firebirds Grill is a small regional chain (I think they only have a handful of locations). Similar atmosphere and food as Village Tavern, definitely worth considering.

    How about the Salem Tavern in Old Salem? If you've never been there, it's a nice experience--servers in period costumes, and the food is very good.

    Big Shotz Tavern (geez, seems we have lots of taverns around here!) is also worth considering. It's a more casual atmosphere with a semi-sports theme. Good food and good beer.

    Hope this helps!

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

    Big Shotz Tavern
    109 S Stratford Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

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

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    1. re: arbyunc

      Thanks. Let me try to elaborate a bit more. I checked out Salem Tavern and it appears they are not open for Dinner Sunday night. Most of my family doesn't drink, so that rules out selections based on drink alone.
      I used to live in Charlotte, so I'm familiar with Firebirds... nice regional chain, but looking for something a little more eclectic.
      Any good authentic mexican in the area? It could be a hole in the wall (provided it has seating) or something a little more upscale (but not black tie).
      Any good pork to be found (e.g. pork belly), outside standard fare carolina bbq?

      1. re: tolkiennut

        there is a hole in wall mexican on University Parkway called el sombrero, there are several
        la carretas located around town. A little more upscale would be MIlners on Stratford Rd.
        For different Q there is Bibbs downtown they have a variety of smoked meats. Another hole in
        the wall mexican is la botano on Hanes Mill road in front of Wal Mart. Another suggestion would be Bleu located behind Village Tavern. Go Deacs

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

        1. re: tolkiennut

          I think the perfect place would be Senor Bravo. It's some of the best, most authentic Mexican food in town. Lots of unusual items on the menu, including homemade tortilla chips (yum!) and an extensive seafood selection. The location is great too--near Old Salem on Marshall St.--and the atmosphere is a step above most Mexican joints but still casual. http://www.senorbravo.com/

          Regarding pork, around here that usually means barbecue. There is Bibs Ribs downtown, which offers a very competent array of smoked meats. But the atmosphere is very basic--order at the counter, plastic tablecloths, etc. Go for the food, but the celebration is best done elsewhere IMO.

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

          1. re: arbyunc

            Bib's is closed on Sunday anyway. Diamondback is very popular during graduation season.

            http://www.diamondbackgrill.com/

            Diamondback Grill
            751 N. Avalon Road
            Winston-Salem, NC 27104

            (336) 722-0006

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

        2. re: arbyunc

          Of all the recs given so far I would go for Diamondback. Nice atmosphere but get reservations if they take them. It will be very crowded, Other options are Milners and Bleu. Would avoid big shotz.

          Not many mexican place that have very good fare and reliable seating for 8

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

          1. re: quazi

            ^ I have to disagree with quazi about the Mexican places. We are blessed with a number of very good Mexican restaurants that can easily handle a table of 8. Mi Pueblo on Stratford (with their open-flame grill), Pancho Villa, El Dorado, and Monterrey just to name a few. I agree that most of the really authentic Mexican places are either very small or the atmosphere is not that great, but the aforementioned Senor Bravo is one exception.

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            Pancho Villa's
            206 W Fairfield Rd, High Point, NC 27263

            El Dorado
            2811 Brentwood Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604

            1. re: arbyunc

              we will definitely have to disagree with respect to them being very good. They can accommodate the 8 for sure, but a dinner at any of the numerous Monterrey(I have sipped many of their margaritas over the years while downing a steak quesadilla etc) or Mi Pueblo is not that special in my opinion.

              Have not been to Senor Bravo though arbyunc's rec may make me try it this week

              1. re: quazi

                ^ Well, it's all relative of course, but the OP asked on behalf of the Bob Evans crowd, so I'm sure any of the places I listed would more than satisfy. Not really special, but as far as Mexican fare these places are good (as compared to say, La Carreta, which is hardly authentic and not very tasty IMO).

                Yes, you should check out Senor Bravo. It's in the old South by Southwest location on Marshall St. Same owners as Las Estrellas (which is consistently rated among the best Mexican restaurants in the local street newspapers), and similar menu, but the atmosphere is so much better.

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

        3. I would look at the following and not heard them mentioned;

          For Mexican, Taco Riendo 3 out Reynolda Rd past WFU is a real mexican place to me. In the corner of a gas station, rarely see like minded "gringos" like me there, mainly see painters and brick layers, there is seating for 20+ and their torta al pastor is one of my favorites.

          For pork belly; I would try calling Meridian in advance and see if they would do it. I have always had luck with them working with me on meals and wine pairings (although wine is not a strong draw for you). I think their food is solid.

          For BBQ, although Bibb's gets a lot of nods, I can't agree with that. It is well executed but doesn't necessarily excite me. For standard BBQ, I would go to Little Richards or more so Prissy Polly's in Kernersville. (But, I know BBQ opinions are fighting words around here.)

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          1. re: foodsearcher

            While I love Taco Riendo(just went yesterday for my Gordita fix) I can not imagine a graduation dinner there. No atmosphere, great food, though not as broad a menu as the monterreys and mi pueblos of the world so I am not sure if it will have anything for the bob evans types in your group.

            Otoh, Meridian is a good idea. great setting, good food and convenient to downtown hotels

            1. re: quazi

              quazi, you are right on. I was going from Tolkiennut saying a hole in the wall would be fine and I think that although the food is not broad it is delicious