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Winston-Salem Fine Dining Restaurants

Combining Southern genteel culture with metropolitan tastes, Winston-Salem fine dining restaurants cater to the discriminating diner. Whether you’re into steak, American or ethnic food, seafood or nouveau concoctions, there are many great establishments to choose from. Here are some of the best Winston-Salem fine dining restaurants:

The Cotton Mill Restaurant

The Cotton Mill Restaurant is all about Southern comfort food, done with flair and inventiveness – chicken pie, duck jambalaya, Angus meatloaf. It’s located in the historic Brookstown Inn, built in 1837, offering plenty of character and understated old world charm. Other menu favorites include Cajun catfish, tropical pork loin with a hot-sweet Caribbean flavor, and the fried green tomatoes Napoleon.

Twin City Chop House

Simple, understated elegance combined with a first-rate approach to grilled steaks and other meats have made the Twin City Chop House a standard for Winston-Salem fine diners. Don’t miss the beef tenderloin served with the restaurant’s signature Grand Marnier orange sauce. For non-beef eaters, the bruschetta chicken is a good bet, served on toasted Italian bread with a tomato basil relish.

Bernardin’s Fine Dining

A longtime staple in the Winston-Salem top-end eating circuit, Bernardin’s Fine Dining has maintained its polished reputation through the years. The menu is a mix of continental and contemporary American – familiar foods with an innovative twist. Offbeat entrees include locally raised ostrich pan-seared with cranberry madeira sauce, seared ahi tuna with a wasabi mustard crust, and grilled Australian lamb chop drizzled with Asian BBQ sauce.

Bleu Restaurant & Bar

With its hip, sleek open dining room splashed with modern lighting and bright colors, Bleu Restaurant & Bar aims to put a contemporary spin on familiar favorites. The mood is eclectic and casual. The expansive menu includes plenty of selections, whether you favor beef, chicken, seafood, pasta or chops. Don’t skip the shrimp & grits, served with Andouille sauce and tomatoes. The three-course prix fixe menu is a popular culinary tour.

Ryan’s Restaurant

Another protein-priority place, Ryan’s Restaurant specializes in steak, seafood and chops. The setting is a prime draw, nestled in a deeply wooded area near downtown Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University, so diners can enjoy a beautiful natural setting as they chow down. Their wine list is celebrated, receiving a nod in Wine Spectator and other national publications. Choose from a wide array of meats from the land and sea, but vegetarians beware: There’s not a single entrée for you on the menu.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Winston-Salem Fine Dining Restaurant!

Posted on March 7, 2012 by Christopher Lloyd
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