If you’re in Winston-Salem and you’re not downtown, Reynolda Village is a good second choice for finding a slightly upscale but not terribly expensive place to grab a bite. Silo Deli Wine & Cheese meets both of these criteria.
“Everything on the menu is under $13, which is great,” owner Chris Barnes said.
“I came over to this area and saw the great opportunity here and kind of the untapped market that’s sitting here with lots of parking and a great setting,” he said.
Barnes discussed the concept with Wake Forest University officials about converting the former Village Soda Shop into a trendier restaurant with unique sandwiches and a wine bar.
“This is my smallest kitchen out of the three restaurants I’ve developed, and what I’ve done is I’ve tried to create something unique in that European style atmosphere that’s got really great food,” he said.
While not associated with one specific cuisine, Silo could be classified as “new age” based on its offerings of tapas and sandwiches. Much of the menu leans toward a Mediterranean and European influence like the pesto chicken sandwich, which is served on fresh Ciabatta bread. But if you’re not feeling adventurous you can always order a good ole Soda Shop Dog, covered with chili, coleslaw and onions.
The beer and wine menu features craft beers and wines from different regions of the world, along with some that are locally produced such as Riesling from Shelton Vineyards in Yadkin County.
Barnes said he always uses local ingredients and local produce in his cooking. He said their best selling items are their white bean hummus along with several other of their tapas and Panini’s.
Silo is essentially divided into three sections. There is a regular indoor seating area, a separate seating area near the bar, and an outdoor patio in between the two that lies under the second level of the space of Reynolda Village. On a nice day, you might find a group of graduate students or faculty from Wake Forest University enjoying each other’s company outside. The setting is so versatile, you could hold a business meeting here, or even bring a casual date if you were trying to save a few bucks.
Barnes said Saturday afternoon is usually their busiest time, due in part to the restaurant’s kid and dog-friendly policies.
“I consider us like the dog bar of Winston-Salem because you can bring your dog up here, hang out outside, we have snacks for the dogs, and you can have lunch with your kids or your dogs and they can play around and it’s a great atmosphere,” he said. “It’s very safe.”
Barnes said in addition, they offer half-priced wine every Monday and have live music Friday and Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“We’re trying to kick start the village to try to get it to become like the next downtown area,” he said. !
Silo is located at 114 Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem. They can be reached at 336-608-4359 or at www.siloatreynolda.com/home. html.