For being a small city, Winston-Salem has some great dining! I’ve lived in Winston for nearly 13 years and the food scene has definitely improved over the years. (And there is a lot more to do now too!) A blog post to round up my favorite restaurants in Winston Salem is long overdue, so that’s what I’m sharing today!
The Best Restaurants in Winston Salem
BLL has the best rotisserie chicken ever. Seriously. It is unreal. We typically get that and the house made chips. The rest of their side dishes are meh so we pass on that and just roast broccoli or cauliflower at home. We also like their lunch salads.
Herb and Pumpkin Seed salad is my go-to at Village Juice. My husband loves the Cobb Salad.
Blackhart Bread Co
This isn’t a restaurant per se, but Blackhart Bread Co is the best bread in Winston Salem. You order it by direct messaging Logan on Instagram and he’ll let you know where the pick-up location is each week. I usually get 3-4 loaves… seriously. But hey, I eat a lot of carbs!
West End Cafe
Tommy and I are HUGE West End fans. We love their sandwiches, and I’m obsessed with their chopped salad with blackened salmon. Tommy always gets the sirloin steak sandwich. They also have great chili and a solid caesar salad. It’s hard to go wrong. They don’t take reservations so plan on a wait or order takeout (which is what we do most often).
Mozelle’s is a perfect date-night spot and a great place to take out of town guests for fantastic Southern Food like Tomato Pie. We love to sit outside when it’s nice. The menu stays pretty consistent, but it’s great every time. Get the fried pickles, every time, no matter what.
Kitchen Roselli is a bit of a drive from Winston Salem (it’s in East Bend) but WELL worth the trip. They have the best environment and food. Make sure you reserve a cream puff when you get there for dessert since they go fast. Hannah loves the Kitchen Chicken and Chicken Bianco.
See that little table through the window? Fun fact: Hannah requests it every time she makes a reservation with her fiancé– they’ve eaten at that table for almost every date!
I get the cauliflower melt at Acadia. They also have fantastic brunch specials and lots of vegan and vegetarian options.
The Bagel Station
Our Sunday tradition is always Bagel Station! The best bagels EVER. They also do lunch sandwiches on bagels.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to Village Tavern but Hannah’s picks are the Baja Fish tacos and the ten spiced glazed salmon.
River Birch Lodge
Yamas is a great place for a casual lunch. It’s Mediterranean and a build-your-own bowl restaurant.
Alma’s tacos and ceviche are phenomenal.
Lil Dipper Ice Cream
Lil Dipper is such a fun spot for ice cream downtown. You can customize all your toppings. They also have vegan ice cream.
I love the beef short ribs barbaresco at Quanto Basta. So delicious!
Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant
My go-to order at Di Lisios is the Shrimp Veggie Pasta. Tommy gets the lasagna, every time.
Sayso is a great spot to bring kids. They have a fun outdoor backyard and great coffee.
Doms is new to Winston and they have AMAZING vegan food. (It’s run by the owner of Mozzarella Fellas, which is now closed and rebranded with a different menu.) Hannah loves the nachos and the lemon basil gemelli.
Lavender and Honey Kitchen
There’s NOTHING like the stuff at Lavender and Honey Kitchen. I love the key lime pie, all of their cookies, and OMG the salted butter rice krispy treats. They have a great new space but expect a wait and getting a spot to sit can be a challenge on the weekends! Get it to go and enjoy a picnic at Hanes Park, just down the road.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme is iconic in Winston Salem because it started here! You have to get your doughnuts when the hot sign is on.
Hops Burger Bar
Hannah says the North Carolinian at Hops is a must-try. It has friend green tomatoes, pimiento cheese, and a fried egg. They also have fantastic vegan burgers and a variety of fries.
Bobby Boy Bakeshop
Bobby Boy has the city’s best cappuccino, UNREAL ham and cheese croissants, and their spelt bread is amazing too. I love the vibe in here.
This may sound strange, but Ryan’s has the best baked potato I’ve ever had. You also can’t go wrong with their steak or fish. And make sure to get the arugula salad too.
A Noble Grill
I typically get the fish special or the flank steak at Noble’s. It’s one of our favorite date night spots.
The Salmon and scallops are great at Bernardins. I haven’t been in a long time, but all of my friends really like it. Hannah loves it too!
1703 is a small restaurant with a rotating menu based on what’s in season. And it’s delicious every single time. I usually get their fish special, but their crispy duck is amazing too. And if you call ahead, they’re happy to work around dietary restrictions. They also do fantastic catering (they catered my bridal shower!).
I love the tacos at Diamondback and Hannah loves the shrimp and grits.
Deweys has been around since 1930 and they make the best desserts ever. Make sure to grab a Moravian Sugar cake for later. Their pumpkin cake squares in the fall are especially amazing.
Are there any family favorites of yours that didn’t make my list? Let me know in the comments!
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