After ascending a steel stairway through rock walls, diners are ushered to an intimate, white-linen-decked table or private booth and handed a menu of elegant, gourmet fare. Preheat your appetite with a finely crafted appetizer such as calamari fries with honey-chipotle sauce ($11), and then make a bold excursion into the meaty flavors of a cowboy steak (a 16-ounce rib chop with tempura onion rings and garlic mashed potatoes, $29) or a Kobe beef burger with fresh mozzarella and homemade fries ($10). The tri-colored tortellini in an order of Rasta pasta (a Caribbean-infused dish with andouille sausage, mushrooms, and chicken, $13) satisfy carb cravings and can be used as pillows for fingers tired from cutting out letters for ransom notes.
Passersby peer through Center City Bar & Grille's window to spot hungry carousers noshing tasty, high-end pub dishes during lunch, dinner, and into the wee hours. A delectable blend of southern favorites and homemade touches pepper the menu. Douse the fried green tomatoes ($5) into their homemade ranch dipping sauce before consuming the succulent Southern fried chicken breast ($9), served with garlic mashed potatoes, collards, and onion gravy. To practice simple hand-beef coordination, pick up the Old Southern Favorite burger ($5.75) with homemade pimento cheese, bacon, and fried green tomato, or try the fish and chips ($12), served Southern-style. Many finger-lickin' specials rotate daily, so don't hesitate to solicit a knowledgeable server for the rolodex.
Bin 33 customers feast on an eclectic cornucopia of modern American grub for brunch, lunch, and dinner while lounging inside or outside the expansive two-floor eatery. Famished patrons can gather up a group of their chums and choose intriguing dishes from the lunch menu, including a chicken popover with sautéed spinach ($9), an onion tart with fromage blanc and pea shoot and apple-pecan salad ($9), or a smoked-shrimp club sandwich with truffle fries ($12).
The lunch and dinner menus at Undercurrent ebb and flow with the seasonal ingredients of the tides, providing the freshest fare available at any given moment. Start your meal with the popular lobster and shrimp spring rolls with soy ginger dipping sauce and shoyu reduction ($11), which are never out of season because it's always spring in Neptune's wavy realm. Delve into the current month's best offerings with a main course of grilled Berkshire pork chop, drizzled with a black-peppercorn molasses glaze and served with black eyed peas, poblano peppers, wilted spinach, and raspberry-Creole mustard reduction ($23), or coriander-cocoa-rubbed 8-ounce ribeye, with buttermilk and green onion whipped potatoes, grilled asparagus, and piquillo pepper demi glace ($30). Perfect the stomach-pampering deal with dessert: a white-chocolate blueberry bread pudding with caramel sauce ($8).
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.
Hungry locals are drawn downtown by Vintage 301's tapas-style cuisine. Because dishes are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes seasonally. Recently featured small plates include deep-fried calamari with citrus aioli ($9), apple and chèvre ravioli ($9), and saag dip, a savory plate where pita chips are positioned for dredging through a landscape of puréed spinach, ginger, and yogurt cheese ($7). Patrons equipped with bigger appetites can find one-stop fulfillment in a large plate, such as the pork-ribs souvlaki, an oregano- and garlic-rubbed pork-rib with zesty lemon potatoes and tzatziki ($18), or the Moroccan fish dish, which serves up spice-rubbed rockfish, orange and olive salad, spinach couscous, and one stamp for your palate's passport ($19). Finish your feast on a sweet note with some vanilla-infused chocolate gnocchi ($6).