Seasons Change and So Do Restaurants

by Kristi Maier

| @triadfoodies

Look around and you’ll find a whole slew of foodie bites to enjoy. As the seasons change, so do the menus. Plus a few openings and changes are in the works for restaurants all across the Triad.

Camel City BBQ Factory is now open in case you feel like you’re missing out on BBQ options in the Triad. Camel City isn’t just any BBQ joint, though. It’s more like wide open spaces with room for games and fun along with barbecue plates and sandwiches, wings, appetizers and salads and libations. Plenty of screens for your sports viewing pleasure. This place is pretty huge and worth a look and taste.

Just this past week, Spring House Kitchen, Restaurant & Bar launched its new FALL menu and invited a few VIP’s for the rollout, including yours truly. Chef Tim Grandinetti put out a spread of the entire new Fall offerings. Chef Grandinetti says, “We change our menu four times a year. We put all our ideas on a white board and it’s just full of great dishes. Then we have to whittle it all down. These are what made the cut.” Some of the autumnal tastes you’ll find are:

Beef Short Rib Patty Melt w/Pimento Cheese, Onions & Bacon; Kobe Beef Burger Sliders; Beets, Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Honey Roasted Apples and Strawberry Vinaigrette; Egg Salad Sandwich on Rye w/ House Smoked Salmon; Fried Chicken & Waffle Sammie; Gertrude’s Favorite Panini with Ham, Figs, Melted Brie and Whipped Honey Herb Butter. On chilly days, you might love the Sweet Potato, Fennel and Onion Bisque or the Pepper Pot Soup. For dinner service, check out the Deconstructed Beef Wellington with Filet and Garlic Pastry puff, asparagus and Whipped Yukon Gold Potato and Sherry infused Mushroom Cream Sauce. (Also, let me just say”¦ more restaurants should do this!)

Table 16 just announced that the luncheon service will begin in the next few weeks. Mums the word still yet on what will be on the menu. You can bet it will be just as creative as Chef Graham Heaton’s ever changing dinner service. Chef Heaton says right now they have a big month ahead with getting staffing in place and more details are to come.

Crafted, the Art of Street Food also recently unveiled a new menu for the season. Chef Kris Fuller’s goal from the beginning was to create a global menu with seasonal influences. There are many new items including a Torta with Fried Cod; Hotdog that you can get the USA way with Chili, Cheese & Slaw or German style with Sauerkraut, relish and beer mustard; Kefta Kabob (Skewered Lamb sausage with mixed greens and pita); and Mongolian beef stirfry, just to name a few. On the sweet side you will find Rugelach, a pastry with golden raisins and apricot with spiced honey and jam as well as Tres Leches Cake with chantilly and candied lemon zest.

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant has opened a second location at 901 Reynolda Road in the West End. The restaurant, known as Carmine’s 901 Grill and features Italian specialties like lasagna, sandwiches and pizza, opened a little more than a week ago at the location previously occupied by Bob’s Big Gas Subs. Everything on the menu is $9.01, a tip of the hat to their address. Carmine Farina continues to operate his original location at 420 Jonestown Road.

Hops Burger Bar, which Trip Advisor recently announced as the #1 Burger bar in the nation, has announced that it will be opening a second location in Greensboro, much to the delight of many in what is considered one of the top cities for burgers in the nation. Hops is already enjoying tremendous success at its location at 2419 Spring Garden Street. Sources with the restaurant hope that the new location, just a few minutes up the road to Lawndale Drive, will alleviate some of the wait times at the original space. Folks in town will definitely recognize the location, as it used to be Balance Day Spa at 2138 Lawndale. Look for early next year as an opening date.

And look for a full story next week on some changes happening next week at Noble’s Grille located near Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem. Chef Jim Noble has launched a new branding strategy that bring’s the local Noble’s more in line with his Rooster’s Woodfired Kitchen concept and will now be known as Rooster’s- A Noble Grille. But really what you’ll find next week is that it was the Winston-Salem location that inspired it all. !