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.
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.
Two sisters opened Next Door Bake Shop, taking their shared love of baking and coffee to create a kid-and-mom-friendly café. Serving an Asian fusion twist on traditional bakery fare, their breakfast and lunch menu, combines bagels, quiches, and croissants with bubble tea and thai peanut paninis. Desserts include cupcakes, cake pops, muffins, and macaroons.
Baristas steam up fresh coconut lattes and salted-caramel hot chocolate to wash down both sweet and savory treats. Thanks to sunny yellow-, lime-, and aqua-colored walls and ceiling-to-hardwood-floor windows, the space is filled with light, and guests can set their laptops atop one of many café tables or break out an abacus while sitting on a modern low-backed couch.
Driven by chefs, loaded with crepes and empanadas, and running on unleaded salsa, the sky-blue Noke Truck is hard to miss. It prowls the streets of Roanoke throughout the day, searching for customers who are hungry and a little bit adventurous. You'll need to be both to fully appreciate the cuisine of Claudia and Juan Urrea, who revel in the eclectic culinary traditions of their native Colombia.
Colombian food is unique among its South American counterparts for its creative blending of Latin and European influences. Noke Truck finally brings this flavorful fusion to North Carolina, where the Urreas craft tacos, crepes, and empanadas for breakfast, lunch, and dessert. If your boss won't let you use your drone during office hours, you can track the food truck's location online via Facebook and Twitter.