Ryan's intimate, upscale surf-and-turfery lures fine diners with its gourmet starters, hearty soups, succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and other carnivorous delights. Signature menu offerings include the bemonocled oysters Rockefeller ($11.95), grouper Key West, with roasted new potatoes and fresh asparagus ($28.75), and the steak au poivre, a pan-sautéed pedestal of bovine decadence with classic cognac cream sauce ($32.95). Meal toppers include a gooey, delectable slice of Southern-style pecan pie ($6.25) and caffeinated pick-me-ups such as Ryan's cappuccino (with cocoa and cinnamon, $4.95) or the sprightlier Irish coffee (with Old Bushmill's Irish whiskey, $6.95).
At Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi, tableside chefs occupy centrally located hibiachi grills as they craft irresistible Japanese cuisine that earned the eatery a runner-up position in the Winston-Salem Journal’s Reader’s Choice awards for Best Asian food. The Hibachi-Teppanyaki menu includes entrees that feature powerful proteins such as lobster, tail, tuna, salmon, and filet mignon, while the sushi menu displays specialty rolls such as the Winston Sunrise—a colorful arrangement of white tuna, smoked salmon, eel, and egg omelet topped with crunchy tempura. A Japanese chef with more than 20 years of experience leads the team behind the sushi bar.
Steak Street whisks the senses on a transatlantic voyage. Gustatory journeys embark in the bar, where baseball gloves and bats accentuate a Cooperstown, New York, theme, before touching down amid the ivy-draped ceilings, commissioned murals, and wrought-iron balconies of the dining room's Tuscan-inspired decor. The corpulent dinner menu continues the global trek by collecting cuisines from Southern locales such as Charleston, the New Orleans French Quarter, and El Dorado.
Guests can savor hand-cut steaks soaked in specialty sauces and marinades after feasting upon appetizers such as the grilled Voodoo shrimp, which inspires conga lines on the ocean floor every time a fork prong is stuck into it. Live music accompanies meals most Friday and Saturday nights, and the bistro’s retractable enclosure reveals a stunning view of starry night skies or bright sunny days, during which visitors can enjoy snacks from the light-fare menu.
The historic Old Salem Tavern serves a menu of traditional Moravian fare alongside contemporary and Southern comfort dishes. Before digging into dinner, guests can start with cider-braised pork belly with collard greens ($7.50) or a grilled-peach salad with candied pecans, blue cheese, and key-lime vinaigrette over mixed greens ($7.75). The cioppino serves fresh sea scallops, shrimp, cod and mussels in a spicy tomato-fennel broth alongside anchovy toast ($21), and the porcini-crusted filet of beef lounges atop a ragout of fingerling potatoes and asparagus with a port-wine reduction and gorgonzola glaze ($23.75).
Hailed as one of Winston-Salem’s best restaurants by 10Best, Noble’s Grille whips up fine French and Mediterranean dishes alongside scrumptiously simple Southern bites amid an elegant, wood-furnished setting. For a main course, sup on a Dixie delight such as the shrimp and grits ($23) with bacon and midnight moon tomato, or opt for a succulent slab of USDA prime beef in the form of a 14-ounce rib eye ($29) served seared and sizzling with meaty deliciousness. Enjoy a meal as light as a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon by noshing on a crème fraîche-festooned white pizza ($6) bedecked with bacon and caramelized onions, or a fried-oyster salad ($14) with egg, bacon, and balsamic. Patrons can also rev appetite engines with an elegant, Southern–style appetizer such as hushpuppy-dusted fried shrimp, accompanied by a zesty dijonaise ($12)