High Point Furniture Market: Local favorites for drinking and dining
After a long day on your feet either buying or selling furniture, what better way to wind down from the High Point Furniture Market than to go out for food and spirits? However, everywhere in High Point might be busy due to others flocking to the market. Rather than waiting at packed restaurants and bars, check out the 20 places we picked outside High Point where we know the locals love to go.
Looking to connect to Irish roots through a dining experience? Head down to Finnigan’s Wake, located at 620 Trade St. NW in Winston-Salem, for an authentic Irish Pub atmosphere. Finnigan’s is the perfect place to get a late-night snack, as it was voted the Triad’s “Best Place to Eat After Midnight in Forsyth County” in our annual reader’s choice poll. It also won the Triad’s “Best Irish Restaurant,” and was a runner-up for several other categories.
Vintage Sofa Bar
Need to “wine-d” down after the market? Have a glass at the Vintage Sofa Bar, located at 1001 Burke St. in Winston-Salem. The wine bar won the Triad’s “Best New Club/Bar in Forsyth County” as well as the “Best Wine Bar in Forsyth County,” and is filled with comfy sofas so you can rest while you drink after a long day.
Head down to Jake’s Billiards, located at 1712 Spring Garden St.-B in Greensboro, for the Triad’s Best billiards, beer selection, and chicken wings. Jake’s was voted as the Triad’s “Best Place to Shoot Pool in Guilford County,” “Best Beer Selection at a Bar in Guilford County” and the “Best Chicken Wings in Guilford County.” This place’s popularity and reputation speak for itself.
Old Nick’s Pub
Old Nick’s Pub, located at 191 Lowes Foods Dr. in Lewisville, is a little off the beaten path, but worth the drive. This pub was voted as the Triad’s “Best Bar to Relax With Friends” and was voted as the “Best Karaoke Night in Forsyth County.” Old Nick’s Pub is the perfect place to escape for a good night with friends.
Mother Tucker’s Eatery
Mother Tucker’s, located at 1642 Spring Garden St. in Greensboro, is a place that makes you feel right at home with a menu that has something for everyone. Voted as “Best Late Night Bar in Guilford County” and runner-up in several other categories, this quaint hole-in-the-wall has been a local favorite for many years.
Silver Moon Saloon
Silver Moon Saloon, located at 632 Trade St. NW in Winston-Salem, is perfect for those who enjoy a traditional bar experience. This super small joint was voted “The Coolest Small Bar” in the Triad, and despite its size, it has plenty of seating indoors and outdoors.
Muddy Creek Café
Country music lovers should head to Muddy Creek, located at 5455 Bethania Rd. in Winston-Salem, because it was voted the “Best Music Venue in Forsyth County.” This venue also houses a café with a wide selection of salads, sandwiches and no visit to the Winston area is complete without trying a Moravian meat pie.
If you are looking for a bar like no other, look no further than Monstercade, located at 204 W. Acadia Ave. in Winston-Salem. This spot was voted by our readers as the Triad’s “Most Original and Unique Bar,” and is widely known by locals for its weirdness and eclectic live music acts.
- Outwest Steakhouse
Outwest Steakhouse, located at 1185 NC-66 in Kernersville, will be the perfect stop if you’re in the mood for seafood, ribs or the Triad’s “Best Steak in Forsyth County.” Food isn’t the only thing this place is known for. Since 2010, Outwest has won the prestigious “Wine Spectator Award,” which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists offer “interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.”
Do you have a hankering for some of the cutest burgers ever? Check out the newly opened Burgerim, located 2505 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro. These chef-inspired burgers are designed to mix-and-match and aren’t as small as sliders. These mini burgers are delicious and can be purchased as either an uno, duo, trio or even 16-count order! Check out this Israeli franchise’s first North Carolina location to see what all the buzz is about.
Village Tavern, located in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, is a scratch kitchen and craft bar that’s spacious and has a comfortable atmosphere. With three locations, this spot is no doubt a local favorite. It was voted “Best Bloody Mary in Forsyth County,” “Best Martini in Forsyth County,” “Best Martini in Guilford County,” “Best Drink Menu,” “Best Salads,” “Best Steak in Guilford County” and “Best Wine List” in this year’s annual reader’s choice poll.
Looking for the perfect place for a romantic date night? LaRue Elm, located at 403 N. Elm St. in Greensboro, is a restaurant with a French-inspired menu, a beautiful interior, and almost-famous rooftop dining area. The restaurant recently changed ownership and unveiled a new menu last month by the new Executive Chef William Paraham.
Melt Kitchen & Bar
Grab a delicious panini at Melt Kitchen and Bar, located at 1941 New Garden Rd. #116 in Greensboro. Melt offers a large selection of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and even tacos! This place is perfect for those on-the-go or those looking for a casual and chill spot to sit down and eat.
- Café Europa
Café Europa, located at 200 N. Davie St. #15 in Greensboro, is a European-style café with wine, an old-world setting, a populated patio, and a long mahogany bar. Ask anyone in downtown Greensboro about Café Europa, and you will see how much love they have for this almost 20-year old restaurant. Voted as the Triad’s “Best Restaurant Bar” by our readers, a trip to downtown Greensboro would not be complete without stopping by Europa.
Scratch Donuts & Fried Chicken
Voted as the Triad’s “Best New Small/Affordable Restaurant,” Scratch, located at 1220 Battleground Ave.-A in Greensboro, has a variety of choices of chicken from wings to sandwiches. Publisher Charles Womack recommends the decadent fried chicken doughnut sandwich. (If you are on a diet, be sure to check out Scratch on your “cheat day,” you won’t be able to resist.)
The Katharine Brasserie
Looking for a delicious French feast? Head to The Katharine Brasserie, located at 401 N. Main St. in Winston-Salem. (Check out food writer Jennifer Zeleski’s article in this week’s issue to read all about what The Katharine has to offer, and you’ll see why we recommend it.)
This Tate Street treasure was voted the Triad’s “Best Sushi Restaurant,” and is located at 329 Tate St. in Greensboro. Sushi Republic just recently changed ownership, and they are offering what our reporter Ian McDowell calls, “the best lunch special on Tate Street.” The special features a specialty roll, five pieces of nigiri, miso soup and a salad for only $9.99 plus tax.
May Way Dumplings
Check out this hidden gem in Winston-Salem’s Reynolda Village (113 Reynolda Village) serving the most delicious made-to-order dumplings at an affordable price. (Editor Katie Murawski will drive all the way from Greensboro multiple times a week just for these dumplings. It’s worth the drive!)
With two locations, one in Winston-Salem and a newer location in High Point, Burger Batch is known for its juicy burgers and monster-sized milkshakes. Burger Batch took the Triad’s “Best Burgers in Forsyth County” and “Best Milkshake” titles from our reader’s choice poll this year. If you visit the one in Winston-Salem, be sure to try “The Winston” style burger or the “Old Salem” style to get the full experience.
In the mood for some seriously finger-lickin’ good chicken? Stop by Slappy’s Chicken, located at 200 W. Acadia Ave in Winston-Salem, before you head to Monstercade for some drinks. Slappy’s Chicken is juicy and fried in a “spicy, savory, homemade sauce with the right amount of heat and a little bit of sweet,” according to the menu. It is no surprise that this joint was voted by our readers as the Triad’s “Best Fried Chicken in Forsyth County.”