Best of Winston-Salem

Gail and I have been having a ball exploring our new city these past two years! We already have our list of favs, so we thought we’d make it official and start a Winston-Salem “Best Parts” page. We’ll add to it little by little as we discover and decide on the best of the best!

Best Restaurant

1. Village Tavern – in the Hanes Mall area. Excellent food, and they have a fun outdoors area.

2. River Birch Lodge – This is our local, neighborhood upscale eatery, so we eat here often enough. The atmosphere is like a slightly fancy lodge, yet NC casual. The food is always delicious!

3. Tripps – This is a chain, but we love it!

4. The Old Fourth Street Filling Station – actually a gasoline station back in the day. This is a great place for lunch in a cool outdoor patio. Also a fun place for dinner in the evening because of it’s location on 4th Street.

5. 6th and Vine – A funky wine/cafe place, good restaurant, live music.

6. Midtown Cafe and Dessertery – great food, even greater desserts!

7. Sweet Potatoes – A unique, southern cuisine inspired, cozy restaurant in the Arts District.

8. Big Shotz Tavern – A very nice restaurant/sports bar/night-life kind of place. Fun!

9. Milner’s – gourmet “American Southern.” They have outstanding occasional wine tasting dinners! Pricey, but worth it!

10. West End Cafe – Another great little Fourth Street restaurant. Very good menu and a pleasant atmosphere.

Honorable mentions: Jason’s Deli – It’s a chain, but you wouldn’t know it. Creative menu often has new items. always excellent! Carving Board – deli style sandwiches and gourmet sides. popular place for a great lunch! Billy Bob’s Silver Diner – for your basic, inexpensive breakfast, in a cool retro diner!

Best Mexican

La Carreta – the one on Peace Haven Rd.

Best Italian/Pizza

1. Olive Garden – in the Hanes Mall area.

2. Coppola’s Pizzeria and Italian – more homey than the Olive Garden chain.

Best Burger

Five Guys Burger and Fries

Best Grocery Store

The Fresh Market

Best Mountain Bike Trail

Salem Lake Park

Best Bike Shop

1. Ken’s Bike Shop – our local Trek dealer!

2. Clemmons Bicycle – in nearby Clemmons, NC.

Best Golf Course

1. Tanglewood Park

Best Gym

Gold’s Gym – on Reynolda

Best Museum

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Best Real Estate Agent

Becky Arnott

Best Shopping Center

Hanes Mall

Best Furniture Store


Best Bookstore

Barnes and Noble

Best Running/Triathlon Store

Fleet Feet Sports

Best Sporting Goods Store

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best Bakery


Best Winery

1. Childress Vineyards – owned and operated by NASCAR racing team owner, Richard Childress. Now he also makes award-winning wines! Excellent restaurant!

2. Shelton Vinyards – Tasty wines, beautiful vineyard, with an excellent restaurant!

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