The Best Places to Eat in Winston-Salem for Foodies

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Nestled in the heart of North Carolina, Winston-Salem is a city that beckons food lovers from near and far. With its rich history and diverse culinary scene, this charming Southern city offers a tantalizing array of dining experiences!


1. Founders Restaurant - A Taste of History


Stepping into Founders Restaurant is like stepping back in time, surrounded by historical decor with modern amenities that sets the stage for a unique dining experience. This on-site restaurant offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch options that are anything but ordinary.


Begin your day with a memorable breakfast at Founders. Their menu is a delightful departure from the usual hotel breakfast fare, featuring fun mimosas and an incredible Bloody Mary. For a taste of something different, try the Chef's Choice Avocado Toast, which changes weekly, ensuring you always have a new and exciting culinary experience.


Founders Restaurant embodies the warm, authentic, and upscale charm of Winston-Salem Historic Inns. With a commitment to providing top-notch service and a storied atmosphere, it's an ideal starting point for your culinary exploration of the city.


2. Southern Comfort and Tradition


Winston-Salem's culinary landscape is steeped in Southern tradition and comfort. Just a stone's throw away from the Shaffner Inn, you'll find 'Slappy's Chicken,' a delightful eatery known for its Southern charm and unforgettable dishes. Slappy's is a mere 0.5 miles away, making it a convenient choice for our guests to enjoy for a casual dinner. Be sure to eat their must-try dish, the 'Slap Yo’ Mamma Ribs.' The cozy atmosphere and genuine Southern hospitality stand out in the city's dining scene.


Continuing with Southern comfort, a short 1-mile journey from our Inns brings you to 'Sweet Potatoes.' This beloved establishment is renowned for its signature tomato pie, a dish that embodies the soulful flavors of the South. As you savor each bite, you'll understand why this restaurant has become a local favorite. And, if you're in the mood for a unique Southern-inspired cocktail, Sweet Potatoes won't disappoint.


3. Global Flavors in Winston-Salem


Winston-Salem's culinary offerings extend well beyond Southern cuisine. If you're craving Latin American flavors, 'Mojito Latin Soul Food' is just 1.2 miles from the Inns. Explore the diverse Latin American menu and savor signature dishes, along with refreshing cocktails that transport you to the tropics.


For a taste of Italy in Winston-Salem, 'Di Lisio's Italian Restaurant' is a 1.5-mile journey from the Inns. Here, you'll discover an authentic Italian experience, complete with classic dishes and a romantic ambience. Whether you're indulging in pasta, seafood, or a sumptuous dessert, Di Lisio's promises a culinary journey to Italy right here!


4. Local and Farm-to-Table Delights


'Bernardin's Restaurant at the Zevely House' is a must-visit, located 1.3 miles from the Inns. The restaurant's farm-to-table approach guarantees that each dish is crafted with the freshest local ingredients. As you dine within the historic setting of Zevely House, you'll savor the flavors of Winston-Salem's local agriculture.


5. Coffee, Desserts, and More!


For those who like to start their day with a cup of joe or hot tea, 'Chad's Chai' is just 0.6 miles from the Inns. Here, you can explore a world of specialty ‘chai’ and coffee that will awaken your senses. Pair your caffeine fix with indulgent pastries and desserts, and soak in the cozy and inviting atmosphere that Chad's Chai provides.


If dessert is your weakness, 'Cheesecakes by Alex' awaits you 1.1 miles away from the Inns. Dive into the world of cheesecakes, where each bite is a heavenly experience. Whether you prefer classic cheesecake flavors or innovative creations, Cheesecakes by Alex has something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their dedication to quality ingredients ensures that every dessert is a slice of perfection.


Upscale Dining Experiences in Winston-Salem


Winston-Salem offers upscale dining experiences for those seeking refinement and elegance. '1703 Restaurant & Catering,' located 1.4 miles from the Inns, delivers a fine dining experience like no other. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of sophistication as you savor signature dishes, such as sherry-laced shrimp and grits. Beyond dining, 1703 also offers catering services for special events, ensuring that your gatherings are memorable and exquisite.


Local Favorites and Hidden Gems


Winston-Salem is replete with local favorites and hidden gems waiting to be discovered. 'Foothills Brewpub,' located 0.9 miles from the Inns, is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts. This establishment is at the heart of the city's craft beer scene, offering a variety of brews and delectable pub fare. As you sip on locally brewed beers, you'll appreciate the unique features that make Foothills Brewpub a local treasure.


For a true local gem, 'Young Cardinal Cafe and Co.' is just 1.1 miles from the Inns. This community-focused cafe is a favorite among residents and visitors alike. Indulge in artisanal coffee and cafe offerings, all while enjoying the cozy ambience. It's the perfect place to connect with locals and experience the city's welcoming spirit.


Unique Culinary Experiences


In Winston-Salem, culinary adventures await around every corner. 'Campus Gas,' situated 0.7 miles from the Inns, is a prime example of an eatery that offers a unique dining experience. With its eclectic menu and historic setting, Campus Gas is a place where you can savor dishes that break away from the ordinary. Don't forget to try their signature cocktails, adding an extra layer of delight to your visit.


'Cugino Forno,' just 0.9 miles from the Inns, takes wood-fired pizza to the next level. If you're in the mood for pizza with creative toppings and a cozy atmosphere, this is the place to be. Enjoy the artistry of pizza-making and savor dishes that combine tradition with innovation.

Seafood and Steaks

For seafood and steak enthusiasts, Winston-Salem has options that won't disappoint. 'Forsyth Seafood Market & Café,' located 1.7 miles from the Inns, is renowned for its fresh seafood selection. From seafood dishes to hearty sandwiches, this casual eatery offers a taste of the sea in a relaxed setting.

'Ryan's Steak Chops & Seafood,' just 1.6 miles from the Inns, is a haven for those who crave prime cuts and exquisite seafood. The restaurant's commitment to quality meats and seafood ensures that each dish is a culinary masterpiece. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging, Ryan's delivers an unforgettable steakhouse experience.


Winston-Salem's culinary scene is a tapestry of flavors, traditions, and experiences. From the historic charm of Founders Restaurant at Winston-Salem Historic Inns to the Southern comfort of Slappy's Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, from global flavors at Mojito Latin Soul Food and Di Lisio's Italian Restaurant to local and farm-to-table delights at Village Juice and Bernardin's Restaurant at the Zevely House, the city offers a diverse culinary landscape that appeals to every palate.

In Winston-Salem, every meal is an opportunity to savor the city's history, culture, and warmth. Whether you're a seasoned foodie or just beginning your culinary exploration, this city promises a delightful journey of tastes and traditions. So, embark on your gastronomic adventure in Winston-Salem, and let your taste buds revel in the culinary wonders that await in this enchanting Southern gem.

Book your stay at Winston-Salem Historic Inns now and get ready to indulge in the flavors of Winston-Salem. Whether you're a guest at the Inns or a local resident, there's always something new to discover in this vibrant culinary scene!