The Prescott brings the heat to downtown Kernersville
Downtown Kernersville has a successful new fine-dining concept that is elevating the city’s food scene.
Opened in December 2018, The Prescott is located in the space formerly occupied by Bistro B Tapas & Wine Bar. Marketed as a farm-to-table concept, the restaurant features locally grown items incorporated into a continental and European-inspired menu.
High ceilings greet guests as they enter the space, and muted wallcoverings let a handful of select works from local artists pop. The space is divided into three main areas: a bar, central dining room, and a secondary dining room off to the side. It is within walking distance of several local historical and tourist venues including Körner’s Folly, Paul J. Ciener Botanical Gardens, Bellamy House, Kernersville Museum, and the Kernersville Depot.
The restaurant was purchased as-is from the former owner by Robert Prescott and a silent partner. Prescott’s son Trey runs the kitchen, and general manager Daniel Dyson manages the front-of-house. Trey Prescott, who holds a hospitality business degree from Appalachian State University, has an impressive culinary resume, which includes stints at Chetola Resort At Blowing Rock, the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, and the former Christopher’s in Winston-Salem. He also ran the kitchen at Smitty’s Grille—a seafood-heavy concept also owned by the senior Prescott—for four years.
The Prescott’s menu is heavy on American favorites, but Trey Prescott’s European-focused education and training definitely shine through. The summer menu features plenty of fresh vegetables and North Carolina seafood in particular. Take the gazpacho—a refreshing combination of watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, and green strawberries—or the peach, heirloom tomato and burrata salad, for example. Both items appear on the appetizer menu along with diver scallops, Pamlico shrimp, crab toast, and more. The entrée menu offers a wide variety of protein options, including steaks, organic chicken, salmon, pork belly, and lamb. There’s also a lovely seafood risotto, a sweet corn ravioli with Tuscan kale and leeks, and of course, a burger for the kids, picky eaters, and diners who simply want a thick, juicy, handmade burger. The sides list is small, but mighty: house-cut fries, Yukon potato puree, grilled asparagus, succotash, and my personal favorite: okra battered in cornmeal with bacon. The dessert menu is equally curated with four standout options: apple-brandy bread pudding, lemon mousse, deconstructed cheesecake, and a decadent flourless chocolate torte with pistachio, cocoa powder, and Chantilly cream. On Sundays, the restaurant is open for brunch and serves special cocktails such as mimosas with fresh-squeezed juices and “Proud Mary,” the Prescott’s veggie-heavy play on the Bloody Mary.
If you like craft cocktails, you’ll love the drinks. As with the dinner menu, it changes with the seasons and boasts a wide variety of fresh ingredients. A peek at the summer drink menu reveals cocktails featuring practically every summer and tropical fruit imaginable: blueberry, watermelon, peach, strawberry, grapefruit, pineapple, and Key limes make an appearance alongside the restaurant’s signature “Whiskey Smash,” a mixture of Maker’s Mark, mint, lemon juice, and simple syrup. The bar boasts only top-shelf liquors, and the wine menu is heavy on California varietals.
In addition to the seasonal menu, The Prescott holds monthly dinners with vintners and other wine professionals where multi-course menus are paired with exceptional wines. This month’s wine dinner is next Wednesday, Aug. 21, and features wines from Gouguenheim Winery. Located in Mendoza, a city in the heart of Argentina’s wine country, the winery is lauded for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Syrah. Owner and winemaker Patricio Gouguenheim will lead the discussion and tasting.
If you’re into farm-to-table and fine dining, The Prescott is sure to please. We’re already looking forward to the fall menu.
Wanna go? The Prescott is open Tuesday–Friday from 4–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4–10 p.m; and Sunday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Davina van Buren is a freelance food and travel writer based in High Point, North Carolina.
Davina van Buren is an award-winning freelance travel and food writer based in High Point. Follow her on social media at @highpointfoodie.