From traditional Southern fare to Asian fusion, and with everything from white tablecloths to white bread so you can sop up the sauce, the NC Triad presents visitors with a full range of culinary options that will satisfy even the most demanding gourmand after a day on the trails. From BBQ to bite-size tapas, the chefs and restaurateurs of the NC Triad are continually bringing together the best local ingredients with international flavors in gorgeous surroundings.
While dining in the Triad, you will find plenty of southern comfort cuisine for every meal of the day.
In Mt. Airy, you must try Snappy Lunch for breakfast or lunch. Actor Andy Griffith grew up in Mt. Airy and loved the area so much that he made sure to name-drop his favorite local restaurant on the classic “Andy Griffith Show.” Magnolia 23 in Asheboro specializes in fried chicken and sweet tea and allows diners to enjoy their meals on an outdoor patio for lunch and dinner. For classic Southern cafeteria-style dining that offers everything, from collards and mac-and-cheese to fried fish and smoked ribs, make your way to Taste of the Triad in Winston-Salem for lunch or dinner. Another popular Winston-Salem spot is Sweet Potatoes. Order the fried green tomato and okra basket to start with and choose from mouth-watering options like fried chicken available for lunch and dinner.
The NC Triad’s Take on International Classics
The Triad does more than just “down-home”—it also absorbs and transforms the traditions of world cuisine.
A must-try restaurant in Greensboro is Jerusalem Market on Elm, which serves delicious Middle Eastern fare for lunch and dinner with dine-in or to-go options. If you’re in the mood for Italian, try one of Positano’s locations in Asheboro or Greensboro for lunch or dinner. This family-owned eatery offers classic dishes like ravioli Florentine, eggplant parmigiana, veal piccata, and Neapolitan-style pizza. The Katharine Brasserie & Bar in Winston-Salem features French-inspired café dishes like mussels, French onion soup, and steak frites. Another French-inspired dining experience awaits you in Greensboro.
For other types of worldly cuisine, the Triad delivers. Try a pho noodle soup or the chicken basil dish at Pho Hien Vuong Vietnamese & Thai Cuisine in Greensboro; a classic curry or sushi and sashimi at The Basil Leaf Thai & Sushi in High Point and Winston-Salem; or the traditional tandoori at Nawab Indian Cuisine in Winston-Salem.
The Triad features some of the richest soils and most diverse terrain on the Eastern seaboard, the root of our growing list of farm-to-table restaurants. In Winston-Salem, you can order the meat and cheese plate with seasonal jams and mustard from the local purveyor “Lusty Monk” or the fried wings from heritage chickens at local Joyce Farms. If you find yourself in or near Asheboro, pay a visit to The Table, a coffee and bakery shop offering an assortment of homemade pastries and desserts, plus breakfast and lunch options. Executive Chef Michael Harkenreader at Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro provides a daily list to diners of the local farmers and products featured on the restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus. Undercurrent offers a weekly brunch on Sundays. Another farm-to-fork hotspot for lunch and dinner is Mozelle’s, a southern bistro with delightful dishes, from tomato pies to shrimp and grits. Mozelle’s also offers a brunch menu.
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