Patrons who pass beneath Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro's bold red awning seemingly zoom across the Atlantic into a Parisian bistro hung with French artwork and vintage photographs. Platters of mussels arrived drenched in white wine and butter, and pommes frites proudly share the spotlight with steak and french green beans. In the kitchen, chefs sizzle crêpes to a golden brown for breakfast, or fill them with savory lobster and crab for lunch and dinner. Patrons can dine alfresco on an outdoor patio or linger inside the eatery's canary-hued walls, where satisfied customers gather around a piano to sing odes to their favorite French pastry chefs.
In a casual atmosphere of dim mood lighting, excited chatter, and clanking wine glasses, the staff at Bistro B & Wine Bar serves up tapas that have caught the attention of the Winston-Salem Journal. The menu draws inspiration from Spanish and Greek recipes, resulting in tapas dishes such as ahi tuna ceviche and Angus beef tenderloin carpaccio with roasted peppers, shaved parmesan, and anchovy-caper drizzle. Greek pork and orange rind join together to create the Loukaniko ma Kritharakia, a Greek spiced sausage that chefs char-grill and serve with spicy red pepper orzo pasta.
Executive Chef Doug Triolo takes a modern approach with each dish on his menu to foster an open, contemporary environment at Graffiti’s Bistro. Medallions of pork tenderloins are stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon to complement the citrus sweetness of an orange marmalade. The chefs temper the spicy kick of blackened tilapia with a Grand Marnier sauce and rub filet mignon with traditional Montreal spices. Diners get in on the experimentation by customizing gourmet burgers with eclectic toppings such as coleslaw, applewood bacon, and bermuda onions. In the bistro’s dining rooms, dark wood accents create an elegant atmosphere complemented by cabinets filled with wine bottles and a marble-plated fireplace. On the weekends, local musicians strum guitars and shatter priceless vases to the beats of Motown and contemporary rock, which can be heard on the outdoor patio as patrons dine underneath oversize umbrellas.
The textile warehouse had seen many uses since it was built in 1925, but it had been empty when Susie Peck and her friends moved in. They saw its hardwood floors, exposed brick, and massive timber ceiling beams as warm and rustic—the ideal setting for the new Pewter Rose Bistro. Named for a small, pewter tin the original Pewter Rose Bistro owner purchased on her worldly travels, the now collectively owned restaurant posits a distinctively American take on casual European fare, which the agile hands of head chef Cory Zupon bring to fruition at every service.
The kitchen blends southern-style comfort fare with Mediterranean dishes and other ethnic cuisines, with many dishes assembled from local produce and fresh seafood into risottos and finely cooked filets. Dishes pair with more than 170 wines, each handpicked to join the eatery's focused collection, which features California and European varietals. At weekend brunch, more than 25 à la carte offerings rise from foundations of egg, toast, and produce, which also evoke the eatery's signature creative touches. On some evenings, aromatic tendrils rise from tables to mingle with strains of live music from the laid-back Pewter Lounge bar area, where guests relax on padded couches or chairs to listen to acoustic strains and jazz on Wednesday and Thursday.
Toast Café’s dedication to top-notch service comes with a unique twist: Every server tends to every table in an effort to keep glasses filled and customer needs met. Meals are speedily fulfilled in the kitchen, as cooks crack pasteurized eggs into sizzling frying pans, whisk the golden yolks into classic flapjack batter, or prop uncracked shells up on high walls in an effort to re-create nursery rhymes. The café’s breakfast menu is populated with inventive offerings such as french toast stuffed with peanut butter and bananas, whereas lunchtime diners can dig into hearty selections including the meatloaf sandwich crowned with american cheese. The Davidson location also has a dinner menu each Wednesday through Saturday, featuring entrees such as walnut-crusted trout and chicken parmesan. Bartenders at both locations pour signature martinis and wines by the glass.
When Skillets Café opened in 1994, its moniker reflected its sole mission: to serve up seafood-heavy breakfasts, made from scratch, in porcelain skillets. The name has stuck, but it no longer does justice to the wide array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare that now resides on Skillets’ menu. Servers still dish out seafood omelets and crepes, skillets of potatoes and poached eggs, and stuffed french toast, but they do so at all hours, or at least until the rooster crows at midnight. And at lunch and dinner, morning dishes are joined by sandwiches and hearty entrees such as shrimp and grits, grilled meatloaf, and filet mignon. Out on the patio, humans can dig into comforting meals while seated beside their pooches, which are welcome to chow down on items from the doggy menu.