Solo Dining Around Wake Forest University? [Winston-Salem]
I'll be staying near the university 1 night next week, and am looking for a dinner rec where I can sit at a bar, enjoy some great food (open to anything that's not a chain a la TGI McFunsters) and stay relatively close to my hotel (Courtyard by Marriot off university parkway).
Village Tavern, in Reynolda Village, is probably your best bet. If you're willing to drive 10 minutes into downtown, there are many options.
Downside your in chain hell. Upside if you don't mind a 10 minute drive you can eat to your hearts delight. Carolinadawg is right, down town is only ten minutes away and would be my choice. especially when you consider it will take five minutes to get to village tavern.
I would recommend Willow bistro, sixth and vine, Jeffrey Adams(choose the simplest entrees), Mozelles or 4th Street Filling station. Mozelles is very tight so I would call first. check their twitter for daily specials
Just to add a few more choices, you might consider Finnigan's Wake (great beer selection and very good pub food), Foothills Brewery (the food is good enough, but the beers are really good), and King's Crab Shack (if you're into very fresh, expertly prepared seafood). IMO these places would be a little more comfortable for a solo diner than Willow's, Mozelle's, or 4th Street Filling Station. Nothing wrong with those places, but the bar atmosphere isn't as lively as the places I mentioned. Google for menu and directions.
For future reference, you should've gone to Putter's. Right across University Parkway from that hotel. And it's awesome.