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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.
Georges Brasserie’s executive chef Andrew Dodd conjures hearty platters of French-influenced fare infused with upscale flair. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. noshers can choose from the full-service lunch menu with its classics such as the croque-madame ($9) and trout served with almonds, roasted potatoes, haricot verts, and brown butter sauce ($13). Fromage and charcuterie platters ($11–$14) dazzle taste buds with local cheeses and a rotating daily selection of house-made charcuterie. Patrons can also go with something from the lighter and quicker bistro menu, such as white wine mussels and frites ($9), soup and salad ($7), or Georges Philly ($9), in which sliced new york strip steak mingles with sautéed peppers in a three-cheese mornay sauce for a French take on the Philadelphia classic.
Executive chef and owner Jim Alexander has created an upscale dining experience worthy of a world-class New York or London eatery, with a menu of contemporary French cuisine that remains accessible to all diners. Educated at New York’s Culinary Institute of America, Alexander has been widely recognized within the restaurant industry, including earning a stint on the 1996 gold-medal-winning US Culinary Olympic Team. His mastery of the kitchen shines not only in the well-flavored meals, but also in Zebra’s characteristic artistic presentation. Most dishes benefit from ambitiously sculpted food combinations, each a brilliant array of colors, shapes, and textures.
Rev your appetite engine with an elegant, Southern-style appetizer such as seared NC scallops with succotash and tarragon beurre blanc ($12). For a main course, sup on another Dixie delight, such as the jumbo shrimp-n-grits with bacon and midnight moon tomato ($28), or opt for a more-universal slab of USDA prime beef—the 14-ounce rib-eye is served seared the way you like it and slathered in meaty deliciousness ($29). If you'd like to keep your meal as light as a globetrotting eccentric's hot-air balloon, have a basil-pesto, hand-tossed personal pizza (with feta, artichokes, and Peppadew peppers, $7) or fried-oyster salad (with egg, bacon, and balsamic, $14). Click here to see the full lunch, dinner, and dessert menus.
The face of the clock determines just what sort of gathering you'll find at La Residence. On Fridays at lunchtime, crepes leave the kitchen stuffed with sweet and savory fillings, from sriracha-spiced shrimp to bananas and chocolate. But as the sky darkens, a more classical air settles over the dining room. The fireplace begins to crackle, and patio lights flicker on above brick flooring. Chefs prep appetizers of baked brie and warm bruschetta?overtures to an innovative French supper. They fill crispy pot pies with fresh seafood while monitoring pink cuts of filet mignon. Every night finds them experimenting with a different risotto and fish, just as each season heralds a new menu, replete with ingredients from local farms.
Even when dusk has come and gone, the restaurant doesn't sleep. Four nights a week, it becomes a late-night cocktail lounge: Cafe LaRez. Guests sip on mojitos, mint juleps, and French 75s made with gin and champagne. A dance floor beckons to antsy feet, but sitting-room corners and a terrace by Rosemary Street provide space for quieter chats. On some evenings, the restaurant even hosts weddings, amplifying the romance of the occasion with its rose gardens and historical charm. Guests can also opt to dine in an enclosed patio and joy an evening under the stars.
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.
This cozy, kid-friendly eatery incites smiles with attentive service and cheery, classic chow. Launch your day with the Neptune omelette, orbiting around crab meat, diced tomatoes, and a medley of mixed cheeses ($7.25), or discover tasty treasures in the Junkyard breakfast, packed full of hash browns, eggs, cheese, and your choice of additional ingredients such as bacon, peppers, and collector's item mushrooms ($7.25). Get your sweet and salty fix simultaneously with cakes and eggs: three fluffy pancakes with two eggs prepared any style ($5.25). The fresh fish sub soothes land-loathing lunchers with a grilled or blackened fresh fish filet that massages tongue buds using cocktail or tartar sauce ($6.95), while the easily torpedoed veggie wrap ($6.25) lets health nuts expend energy and acquire nutrients at once without having to swim laps in a pool of beet juice.
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.
A single word glows neon outside of Mert?s Heart and Soul: eat. The suggestion is hardly necessary. James Bazzelle and his wife Renee opened Mert's more than a decade ago, and in the years since, they've solidified their reputation as the neighborhood's spot for Southern, Low Country, and Gullah-inspired cuisine.
Fried chicken, collard greens, and shrimp and grits all make appearances in the restaurant's warm dining room, where old photos hang on caramel-colored walls. James, Renee, and their team also cook up brunch on the weekends?but
the undisputed star of Mert's is the cornbread. Served hot, the bread's cake-like texture has earned it countless fans, television appearances, and potentially, its own late-night talk show.
The magic behind this bread?and the rest of the menu?comes from James' and Renee's willingness to experiment with classic recipes. Their cornbread turns extra fluffy because they add mayonnaise, for example, and their signature salmon cakes get their zest from homemade remoulade sauce.
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.
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 chalkboard above the counter at Carm's Cafe teems with descriptions of savory paninis, tasty soups, and wraps stuffed with roasted red peppers and fresh veggies. The cafe serves locally-roasted S&D coffee to sip between bites of desserts such as homemade cheesecake.
A 400-degree volcanic stone sprinkled with Himalayan salt serves as the main cooking tool for Hot Stone Grill?s meat. Each cut of protein?including filet mignon and racks of lamb?is first seasoned with a secret blend of spices before cooked atop the searing hot stone.
Executive Chef Ben Caylor was earning a living as an electrician until a friend dared him to audition for the Fox show Hell?s Kitchen. The moment he was selected as a contestant on the show, his life changed. Caylor worked closely with Gordon Ramsay during the season and has since earned a formal culinary degree that matches his advanced skills in the kitchen.