At Big Shotz Tavern, chefs celebrate American comfort food with a vast menu of pizzas, burgers, and barbecue. They season and marinate chicken wings in homemade rubs, and whip up sauces and dips from scratch.
A bustling, lively atmosphere prevails in the spacious dining room. Big-screen TVs hover above the wraparound bar, and, in the warmer months, musicians serenade adorable diners with spinach in their teeth on the outdoor brick patio. The restaurant also hosts a weekly trivia night.
In the kitchen at Mario’s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York–style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 19 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak or veal parmigiana, round out the menu.
From the Spanish word meaning the appetizer, La Botana references itself as "a modest little restaurant with big flavors." Modest is right. With its vegetarian menu alone boasting more than 25 dishes, the eatery was named the Readers' Choice for Best Mexican Food in 2011 by the Winston-Salem Journal, among a slew of other awards.
The full menu, which is rife with mole-slathered entrees, sizzling fajitas, and lime-infused seafood, comprises multiple regions of Mexico, including Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, and Oaxaca. North Carolina craft beers are also available to wash down spicy morsels or put out small table fires caused by rubbing your hands in anticipation.
When guests sink their teeth into a slice of Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, there is a taste beyond the fresh Wisconsin cheese and made-daily pizza dough: there’s the subtle yet unmistakable flavor of a real wood fire. The brick ovens torch the pies moments before servers whisk them to diners, who dig into pizzas that come adorned with roasted chicken or artichokes. The meals easily conform to special dietary requirements by swapping in substitute ingredients, such as gluten-free crusts, vegan cheeses, and toppings that don’t contain an odd number of vowels.
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New Town Bistro’s menu changes monthly to accommodate fresh, seasonal ingredients. Kick-start your appetite with freshly fished fare such as an oven-caught bistro flatbread ($9.50). Vegetarians can chomp chlorophyll-enriched 421 penne pasta, tossed with mascarpone, roasted grape tomatoes, fresh spinach, and asiago ($14.99), while people who feed fish can savor something in return with an order of pan-seared salmon, garnished with an avocado citrus sauce and served with sautéed Spanish rice and crispy tortilla strips ($19.95). For a lighter meal, peruse sandwich selections such as the Tribecca: sliced turkey, cucumber, red peppers, spinach, and havarti with herb mayonnaise, crushed between monolithic halves of a light, fluffy French roll ($8.75).