Best Restaurants in Winston Salem: A Foodie Gets Fit (2023)

For a small town, Winston-Salem, NC has great restaurants. I've lived in Winston for almost 14 years and the food scene has definitely improved over the years. 🇧🇷And now there's so much more to do!) A blog post to sum up my favorite Winston Salem restaurants from a long time ago, so I'm sharing it today! make sureFollow me on Instagram(@terilynadams) also for more of my adventures around town!

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The best restaurants in Winston Salem

Without further ado... the best restaurants in Winston-Salem!


BLLIt has the best fried chicken ever. Serious. it's unreal We usually get that and the home fries. The rest of the side dishes are meh, so we'll skip that and just roast broccoli or cauliflower at home. We also like their lunch salads.

village juice

The Pumpkin Seed and Herb Salad is my go-to option atvillage juice.My husband loves the Cobb Salad.

Blackhart Bread Co.

This is not a restaurant per se, but Blackhart Bread Co makes the best bread in Winston Salem. You ask about this via direct message to Logan atInstagramand he will tell you where the pickup location is every week. I usually get 3-4 loaves...seriously. but well, Ieat a lot of carbs🇧🇷 **Aug 2022 Update: I think he stopped baking bread! VERY SAD! 🇧🇷

Café West End

Tommy and I are HUGEwest endfans. It's a bit like a cozy diner (as it has lots of options and nice people), but it's not greasy or anything like typical diners. We love their sandwiches and I'm obsessed with the Chopped Blackened Salmon Salad. Tommy always gets the sirloin steak sandwich. They also have great chili and a solid Caesar salad. It's hard to go wrong. Oh and the fries are great too. They don't take reservations, so plan on waiting or ordering takeout (which is what we do most often). This is one of our absolute favorites.

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by Mozella

by MozellaThe Fresh Southern Bistro is a perfect date night spot and a great place to bring out of town guests to enjoy some amazing Southern fare like tomato pie. We love the outdoor seating when the weather is nice. The menu remains pretty consistent, but it's consistently excellent. I feel that Mozelle perfectly bridges the gap between fine dining and comfort food. Get the fried pickles, always, no matter what. Be sure to try the fried chicken too, VERY good. As a side dish, be sure to try the spicy kale + bacon, macaroni and cheese, or hominy.

You won't miss it on W 4th st. with outdoor seating and green walls overlooking the Old Fourth Street gas station.

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roselli kitchen

roselli kitchenIt's a little way out of Winston Salem (it's in East Bend), but it's worth the trip. They have the best atmosphere and food. It really is a fun dining experience. Be sure to reserve a custard puff if you arrive for dessert, as they sell out quickly. Hannah loves Kitchen Chicken and Chicken Bianco.

Do you see the little table through the window? Fun fact: Hannah demands this every time she makes a reservation with her husband. They ate at this table almost every time!

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first oven

first ovenIt's the best pizza in Winston Salem. The Lecce salad accompanies perfectly. You can grab a pizza and eat outside and enjoy one of the microbreweriesarsonNext. If you like sweet cider instead of beer, try the Shacksberry Cider, it's great!

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I melted the cauliflowerAcademia🇧🇷 They also have great brunch specials and lots of vegan and vegetarian options.

die Bagelstation

Our Sunday tradition is alwaysBagel Station🇧🇷 The best bagels ever. They also make lunch sandwiches on top of bagels. Bagel Station has two locations: one near Thruway/Ardmore and another near Mt. Tabor High School. The Ardmore location is much smaller than the Mt Tabor location so if you want to eat inside I would choose the Mt Tabor location.

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Dorf Taverne

It's been a while since I've been insideDorf TaverneBut Hannah's favorites are the Baja Fish Tacos and Ten Spice Glazed Salmon. If you are near Reynolda Village this is my favorite place. You can also find the Village Tavern near the Hanes Mall.

River Birch Lodge

Tommy and I had our first *official* dateriver birch🇧🇷 I didn't say yesour real first dateSo this is what I call our first date. 🙂 We love their appetizers AND side dishes. The portions are really good here, so don't accidentally order too much. 😉 The dining room is set up as a hunting or fishing lodge and the boys love the environment as much as the girls.

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YamasIt's a great place for a casual lunch. It's Mediterranean and a buildable Bowls restaurant in the heart of downtown. You will see many people here for lunch.

mexican soul

by AppleTacos and ceviche are great. Make sure you try their cocktails and mocktails too!

The Catherine Brewery

la katherineis a fun spot in downtown Winston-Salem at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. Be sure to get the truffle fries and the Caesar salad. They have a great wine list and an outside patio! It looks like a taste of Italy out there (although the food is French inspired haha). It is named after Katharine Reynolds, whose husband was Richard J. Reynolds of Reynolds Tobacco, fun fact!

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small pot of ice cream

Lil Dipper is such a fun place to get ice cream downtown. You can customize all your toppings. They also have vegan ice cream.

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just enough

I love Barbaresco Beef RibsJust enough.Very tasty! This is also a fun downtown vibe. If you stop here for dinner, head to Joyners for a drink before or after.

Italian restaurant Di Lisio´s

My direct orderin LyserIt's vegetarian pasta with shrimp gnocchi or arugula. Tommy always gets the lasagna. I never fail to be impressed by seafood pasta and the rest of Italian cuisine! This is our favorite Italian place in town. And another thing to note about Di Lisios is that their chefs are the BEST at being very careful about following my dietary restrictions (most dairy products ruin me). If you have a restriction, let your staff know during ordering or takeout server. You've always been so good to me.

If you are trying to do weekend delivery, please call before 5:30am. They stop taking orders as soon as the restaurant is fully booked.

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domsIt's new to Winston and they have AMAZING vegan food. (It's run by the owner of Mozzarella Fellas, which has now closed and been renamed with a different menu.) Hannah loves the nachos and the lemon basil gemelli.

Hoppy Burger Bar

**Aug 2022 Update: It has been closed. ** Hannah says that the one from North Carolina inTo jumpIt's a must. It has green tomatoes, chili cheese and a fried egg. They also have fantastic vegan burgers and a variety of fries.

Ryan's Asador

This may sound strange thoughder RyanIt has the best baked potato I've ever had. You also can't go wrong with the steak or the fish. And be sure to order the arugula salad and crab cake, too. Ryans is an excellent dining experience and a perfect place for a birthday dinner.

a noble grill

I usually order the fish special or the skirt steaknobles🇧🇷 It's one of our favorite places to go on a date.

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Salmon and scallops are a great accompaniment.Bernhardiner🇧🇷 I haven't been there for a long time, but all my friends really like it. Hanna loves it too!


1703It's a small restaurant with a variable menu depending on the season. And it's delicious every time. I usually get the fish special but the crispy duck is amazing too. And if you call ahead, they're happy to work around any dietary restrictions. They also do a fantastic catering service (they servedmy bachelor party!).


i love tacos indiamond backand Hannah loves shrimp and grits. The Diamondback Grill menu has many farm to fork options which is a plus for me! Diamondback Grill is located in the heart of Buena Vista and College Village. If you live nearby and the weather is nice, going out for dinner is always a treat!

sechshundert Grad

I did not trysechshundert Gradyet, but I keep hearing RARE reviews! From the looks of the menu, I need to get there STAT.

express gift

My neighbor (another foodie) is obsessed withthis new place!It used to be a food truck and now they have their own store in Knollwood Plaza. It's on my must-have list!



Taco-Mamais a chain founded in Birmingham, AL and opened in Winston Salem in 2020. I am thrilled that you are here now! They have the best clubs ever and you can't beat their skinny edge. They are located at Hanes Mall and next to Academy Sports. The beauty of Taco Mama is that ALL ingredients are free. I always bring my bowls of tacos and burritos to the brim.

bakeries and cafes

Dewey Bakery

DeweysThey've been around since the 1930's and make the best desserts ever. Be sure to grab a Moravian sugar cake for later. Their Autumn Pumpkin Pie Squares are particularly amazing. On Mondays they offer free cake squares to all visitors. This is super fun for the kids with their weekly run at Trader Joe's (both located in the Thruway Mall).

Bobby Boy Bowling

chico bobbyIt has the best cappuccino in town, UNREAL ham and cheese croissants, and the bread is fantastic too.

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Louie and Honey's Kitchen

There is NOTHING like the things inLouie and Honey's Kitchen🇧🇷 I love the key lime pie, all the cookies, and omg the crispy goodies with salted butter rice. They sell out their cinnamon rolls most days so be sure to grab one if it's still available when you arrive. If you like flavors in your coffee, be sure to try the Honey Lavender Latte. They have great new seating but expect a wait and getting a seat can be a challenge on weekends. Take it to go and enjoy a picnic at Hanes Park just down the street. While they're not a full-service restaurant (no lunch specials), their menu is quite extensive!

Sayso Coffee

harassmentIt's a great place to take kids. They have a fun outdoor garden and great coffee.

Cafe Krankies

**Aug 2022 Update: Krankies is known for their chicken sandwich, but I will no longer be endorsing this restaurant or cafe. I will not buy coffee from a place that makes and sells coffee. Last Independence Day they posted on IG that they closed on the 4th of July to celebrate Mental Health Monday instead of the 4th of July because they don't like our country. They have since removed the post due to the backlash they rightfully received. Our country is not perfect. But we must be extremely grateful to our country and NEVER take it for granted. I am disgusted with his attitude. 🇧🇷

Krispy Kreme Rosquilla

Krispy KremeIt's iconic in Winston Salem because it started here! You must get your donuts when the hot shield is on. And while we're at it, did you know that Texas Pete also started out in Winston Salem?

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Is there a family favorite in Winston-Salem, NC that isn't on my list? Let me know in the comments!

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Is Winston Salem a foodie town? ›

Home to Texas Pete Hot Sauce, birthplace of Krispy Kreme and world capital of Moravian Cookies, Winston-Salem is a foodie's mecca. Whether you're craving a plate of world-famous North Carolina barbecue or a glass of local Yadkin Valley wine, you'll find it all in Winston-Salem.

What is the most popular restaurant right now? ›


What restaurants are most unique? ›

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  • Dinner in the Sky. Over 45 countries worldwide. ...
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  • Signs. Toronto, Canada. ...
  • Norma's. New York City, New York. ...
  • Eternity. Truskavets, Ukraine. ...
  • The Disaster Café

What restaurants are at Denison? ›

11 Best Denison Restaurants for 2022
  • Huck's Catfish.
  • CJ's Coffee Cafe.
  • Nicks Family Restaurant.
  • North Rig Grill.
  • Rustico Fine Mexican Cuisine.
  • Cotton Patch Cafe.
  • Devolli's Italian Restaurant.
  • The Frosted Shoppe.
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Where is the foodie capital of the world? ›

Bologna Named The Food Capital of the World. 🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

What is the number one restaurant in 2022? ›

The World's 50 Best Restaurants has just named the world's best restaurants in 2022 at an awards ceremony in London. This year, the top place has gone to Geranium in Copenhagen, helmed by chef and restaurateur Rasmus Kofoed. In the last recognition, Geranium placed second on the prestigious list.

What restaurants are Nc known for? ›

  • Herons at The Umstead.
  • The Dining Room at The Biltmore Estate.
  • The Fearrington House Restaurant.
  • Kindred.
  • River's End Restaurant.
  • The Fig Tree Restaurant.
  • Poole's Diner.
  • Lantern.
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What is the number 1 most popular restaurant? ›


What is the highest quality restaurant? ›

Noma, the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant helmed by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, landed at No. 1 on the 2021 World's 50 Best Restaurants list. In 2019, the World's 50 Best Restaurants list declared previous No. 1 winners ineligible.

Is the food at Denison good? ›

Actually, Denison is ranked very high nationally for its food options.

Is Denison worth the money? ›

Below Average Value Nationwide

Denison University is ranked #2,163 out of 2,223 for value nationwide. Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe Denison University is overpriced for the quality education it provides.

Where do Carnegie Mellon students eat? ›

Dining Locations
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What is Winston-Salem famous for? ›

Interestingly, one of the key things Winston-Salem is known for is its tobacco and cigarette industry. The city is fondly nicknamed the Camel City for the world-famous cigarette brand that started there in 1875. The influence of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company can be felt and seen throughout the city.

Is Winston-Salem good for retirees? ›

Winston-Salem: A Top Place to Retire

According to a recent article, Forbes magazine and SmartAsset have both named Winston-Salem among their top picks for retirees, with Forbes placing the city in their top 25 list and SmartAsset ranking it as number 14 on its 2022 list for best cities for an early retirement.

Which city has tastiest food in the world? ›

1. Paris, France. Paris might be nicknamed the city of love, but it could easily be called the city of food. And while it's easy to associate Paris with fancy, fine dining — a hub of Michelin-starred eateries — there's SO much more to this culinary city.

What city has the best food scene? ›

Best Food Cities in the US
  • New York City, New York.
  • Chicago, Illinois.
  • San Francisco, California.
  • Houston, Texas.
  • Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Seattle, Washington.
  • Portland, Oregon.
  • Philadelphia, PA.
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Who is the female foodie? ›

Thirty-something foodie and lover of running, road trips, the great outdoors, and family (but not in that order). Founder of Female Foodie and native of Salt Lake City.

What is the #1 reason that restaurants fail? ›

1. Lack of vision. According to the Cornell University study “Why Restaurants Fail,” restaurants close because their leadership lacks a clear vision for the restaurant. A restaurant's mission statement and vision and are more than just its concept and menu—they should be at the center of every business decision.

What is the #1 chain restaurant in the United States? ›


What is the number 1 yummiest food in the world? ›

1. Pizza: Pizza is widely regarded as the world's most delicious cuisine, and it can be found in almost every country. This is a unique type of bread with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken, and vegetables on top.

What's the next big food trend 2022? ›

Expect to see more fish in tins, food on sticks and various Asian flavours on menus and in shops this year. Yakitori — Japanese skewers of meat or vegetables cooked over charcoal — is enjoying increasing popularity in London restaurants.

Which fast food chain is #1 in satisfaction? ›

Best: Chick-fil-A

For the eighth year in a row, Chick-fil-A has taken the top spot in the customer satisfaction index.

Which city in NC has the best food? ›

Whether you're into authentic Southern comfort food or prefer modern, more contemporary fare, there is something in the Tarheel state for every palette.
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Does North Carolina have a Michelin star restaurant? ›

While North Carolina does not have any Michelin star restaurants under its belt, it's got some good ones. Here are five of the top-rated restaurants in NC.

What is North Carolina's most famous food? ›

Many states have their own take on barbecue, from the sweet tomato-based Memphis style to the smoky Texas, but North Carolina's pulled pork stands out as the most famous food in the state.

What is the least rated restaurant? ›

Colony Cafe - Miami

This Miami eatery regularly finds itself atop "worst restaurant in the country" lists and is the lowest-rated restaurant on all of Yelp. Why is it so bad, and how does it stay in business?

What is Gordon Ramsay's Favourite restaurant? ›

Ramsay's guilty pleasure is In-N-Out.

What is the most successful fast food restaurant? ›

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RankCompanyU.S. Sales, Billions (2019)
4Taco Bell$11.00
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What are the 4 P's of a restaurant? ›

Everyone knows a restaurant that has mediocre food, but does a landslide business. The key to all of these is to differentiate you from the competition. Using Product, Place, Promotion, and Price to build a marketing plan can help get you there.

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What are 5 things every restaurant must have? ›

  • Ovens. Ovens are probably the first things that come to mind when you think about restaurant cooking equipment. ...
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What is the unhealthiest chain restaurant? ›

Consumer Reports (CR) just dished on which ones are the worst. Of these, the Cheesecake Factory is the unhealthiest chain restaurant. It lacks whole grains, has large portions, and one dish with twice as much sodium as the daily recommendation.

What is Bill Gates favorite restaurant? ›

Bill Gates' favorite restaurant - Ivar's Salmon House.

What is the only 7 star restaurant in the world? ›

Head to Al Iwan restaurant at Burj Al Arab, dubbed to be "the world's only 7-star hotel". Enjoy a high-class buffet lunch or dinner of authentic Arabian dishes while you take in the sea and city views of Dubai.

Is Winston-Salem a fun place to live? ›

A Sense of Community

Do you want the city life but a small-town feel? Then Winston-Salem is for you! With its dense suburban quality, lots of parks, and known as a safe place to live, many residents own their own homes and participate in community events that bring everyone together.

What is Winston-Salem known for? ›

Interestingly, one of the key things Winston-Salem is known for is its tobacco and cigarette industry. The city is fondly nicknamed the Camel City for the world-famous cigarette brand that started there in 1875. The influence of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company can be felt and seen throughout the city.

What is famous in Salem for eating? ›

After chicken biryani, it's Dosa, Idly, & Parotta with mutton and chicken gravy the mess is well known for. It serves good mutton Sukka, kalaki (a type of egg delicacy), Goat Brain fry, Chicken Pepper Dry, Chicken Varuval, Country Chicken Varuval, fish fry.

What is the rich part of NC? ›

Cary came in first place just above Centennial, Colorado, and Frisco, Texas, according to HomeSnacks, which is a website that combines and analyzes data from multiple sources to document the best and worst places to live in the United States.

Is Winston-Salem a walkable city? ›

Winston-Salem's vibrant and walkable downtown, growing culinary scene, and artistic roots are a few of the reasons for this recognition.

Is Winston-Salem affordable? ›

Winston-Salem ranked as the second most affordable among 100 largest U.S. metro areas, according to 2020 data, and Greensboro was fourth.

Why is Winston called Camel city? ›

Winston-Salem is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage, and "the Camel City" is a reference to the city's historic involvement in the tobacco industry related to locally based R.J. Reynolds' Camel cigarettes.

What is the racial makeup of Winston-Salem NC? ›

Winston-Salem Educational Attainment by Race
RaceTotalHigh School
2+ Races5,3254,339
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What are the 3 most popular foods? ›

It's no secret that pizza, burgers, and fries are big sellers at both fast-food and traditional restaurants.

Where did the real housewives eat in Salem MA? ›

On their first night in Salem, the Housewives had a catered dinner at Black Veil Tattoo. A couple of the women did get tattoos to remember their grandmothers. This unique space is located on Boston Street, a short drive from the Hawthorne Hotel.


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