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Crafted Gets Cozy in the Winston-Salem Arts District

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After months of waiting—actually years depending on who you talk to (me for instance)— Crafted-The Art of the Taco is open in Winston-Salem. The restaurant that’s a taco joint, not a Mexican restaurant has been the most anticipated new arrival in downtown Winston in quite a while. We were there on Saturday to check things out and again when lunch service opened Wednesday.

On the menu … tacos of course. But true to owner/Chef Kris Fuller’s nature, she added a few new things to this location as well because, as she says, she likes each new restaurant to feel like its own thing. “We added three new burgers so now we have a pretty solid burger menu and because space allows for it, you can also make any taco a burger or a rice bowl.” Fuller says that because of the lack of space in Greensboro, there have been things she’s wanted to do that she simply can’t there.

There are a dozen tacos that you can mix and match for a tantalizing duo. I especially love The Fixie, with beef brisket, grilled pineapple, spicy sweet chili sauce and coconut aioli. Also don’t miss the Baja Style, which comes with your choice of protein like grilled or battered fish, seared tuna, chorizo, braised chicken, pulled pork, braised beef, and a half dozen vegetarian options too, like sweet potato, tofu and falafel. We went with the tuna and I highly recommend it.

Seafood lovers would also love the Bowtie, which features beer battered fish, roasted corn and poblano salsa, sweet chipotle aioli and honey mustard.

There’s certainly a taco and a burger to make you happy. As for appetizers, try the stuffed avocado with chorizo or queso and pico de gallo served with fried flour tortilla chips that are flaky and scrumptious. You also can’t go wrong with a mason of bacon … heck it’s got Mexican chocolate drizzled on it and it’s actually perfect for dessert. There are salads on the menu and a few kid items as well.

Fuller, who opened up the first Crafted in Greensboro four years ago and Crafted-The Art of Street Food last year, said opening day felt really good.
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“In Greensboro we were really busy right out of the gate and they showed us a lot of support, but with Winston knowing who we were and coming to the area, I can’t tell you the amount of love and support I see daily,” Fuller said. “Even when we we’d go out to other restaurants around here, we’d get that excitement. It’s been quite amazing.”

Fuller comes from a fine dining background (remember The Bistro at Adams Farm?) and says she hopes to use the Winston-Salem location as her creative outlet for future pop-ups and wine dinners. But for now, Fuller says her full concentration is getting Winston’s Crafted settled. “We do have a five year plan and we have a couple of other cities in mind.”

But for now, the restauranteur says it’s just one restaurant at a time and that means getting cozy with Winston-Salem.

– Winston-Salem’s Crafted: The Art of the Taco is located at 527 N. Liberty St. Visit www.eatatcrafted.com for more information.

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