Not ones to miss a chance to throw a party, the organizers of Wine & Dine Auctions turn their events into entertaining and educational experiences. Beer and wines from local vineyards pair with steak dinners, which are prepared on charcoal grills onsite so participants can gather cooking tips from the chefs. Next, guests wander over to the auction, where they bid on exclusive, high-grade cuts of meat and other gourmet food items, with minimum bids starting at about 75% off the retail cost.
Brick columns topped with ivory triangles ascend over the Greensboro Scoop Shop's sprawling outdoor patio, a spread the eponymous Ben and Jerry could never have imagined when they slung their first scoop from a ramshackle gas station in 1978. Although renowned for flagship flavors such as Chunky Monkey and chocolate fudge brownie, Ben & Jerry's vaulted itself into the upper echelon of ice cream with playful, candy-studded concoctions named after celebrities, such as Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Jerry Garcia. Velvety scoops can be reimagined as ice-cream cakes or drizzled in fudge and nuts to forge towering sundaes that patrons can chase with strawberry-cheesecake milkshakes, an ideal treat for those born with a straw proboscis.
The family-owned New York Deli and Pastry Restaurant's ovens blaze from breakfast through dinner, toasting homemade pastries, sandwiches, and in-house Italian specialties. Drawing from 15 years of experience, chef Tino Mendez captains a crew in the kitchen as they compile meat, seafood, and vegetables into a diverse menu that regulars line up for during all meals of the day. Behind the scenes, pastry chef Jaya Bissoondutt prepares pies, cheesecakes, and brownies by hand, which add a sweet lining to drop-in meals or any catered event.
Farm-fresh produce, grown with sustainable and organic methods, is the star of the show at Greensboro Downtown Farm Market, a community-supported agricultural venture that's open year-round, six days a week. Within this appropriately verdant storefront on Greene Street, a cornucopia of healthy, seasonal fruits and veggies fills baskets, shelves, and shoes left out overnight. Refrigerated cases boast proteins, such as organic chicken, grass-fed beef and buffalo, and free-range eggs, that await dressing from locally made sauces.
The popular sandwich franchise offers an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups ($1.79–$2.79) and salads ($5.99). For a trimmer take, try a Torpedo ($4) or Bullet ($3), where longer, leaner baguettes get packed with yummy stuffings, such as mozzarella, turkey, and basil pesto in the Pesto Turkey or heaping stacks of meat (ham, salami, capicola, pepperoni) in the Italian. Other sliced bread standouts include sammies (flat bread, $2.99), signature sandwiches, classic subs, and deli subs ($3.99–$7.79). View a complete menu here.
A common stereotype of Mexican food is that all the dishes are pretty much the same. Try telling that to the chefs behind San Luis, San Luis II, and Casa Vallarta, who have produced an eight-page menu of traditional favorites and house specials. Chefs plate up the carne asada especial, a tender sirloin steak marinated, then grilled, and garnished with Mexican cheese, cactus, and chili toreado. Seafood dishes include San Luis seafood, a mixture of shrimp, fish, and octopus grilled over rice. Complementing entrees are two styles of margaritas, beer, and wine.
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