The Best Casual Restaurants In Winston-Salem (2024 Guide)

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exterior of the filling station
Enjoy the outdoor patio at The Old Fourth Street Filing Station.
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When you are looking for a laid-back, go dressed as you are, sit back, and relax at a good meal place, or maybe you want to take the family somewhere to eat, or you are with a group of friends and looking for “nothing fancy,” just good food and a good time. We have just the spot! Take a look at our Casual Restaurants in Winston-Salem.

We’ve highlighted restaurants with a brunch option with this color. We’ve also put together a listing of restaurants open for brunch.

Bossy Beulah’s

Bossy Beulah’s serves fried chicken done right! Made from all-natural chicken raised by Joyce farms here in the Carolinas, with a recipe passed down for the best-fried chicken. “Small Menu with Mouth Watering Impact.”

Bossy Beulah’s Menu

  • 1500 W 1st Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-606-6505
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 11 am-8 pm
    • Fri, 11 am-9 pm
    • Sat, 7 am-9 pm
    • Sun, 7 am-8 pm

Camel City Barbecue

outdoor patio at camel city bbq
Camel City offers plenty of outdoor seating! Play a game of Cornhole while you’re here.
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Camel City is pulled pork, brisket, and bbq chicken in an industrial setting with video and arcade games. Salads, sides, appetizers, and desserts are available too. Draft beers, wine, and cocktails. Delicious food in a fun environment. Great kids menu.

Camel City Menu

  • 701 Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-306-9999
  • Hours
    • Sun-Thurs, 11 am-9 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11am-10 pm

East Of Texas

East of Texas sounds like the place for good food and good fun. They claim to serve the Sloppiest Joe in Winston Salem, and their brisket sliders look great. They have music and other events during the week, so check out their Facebook page for info and their menu.

East of Texas Facebook page

  • 907 S Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-422-7076
  • Hours
    • Tues-Thurs, 7:30 am-9 pm
    • Fri, 7:30 am-10 pm
    • Sat, 8 am-10 pm
    • Sun, Bar only and food trucks 12 pm-8 pm
    • Closed Monday

Heff’s Burger Club

Heff’s Burger is owned and operated by a local couple who take pride in using only fresh, local, ethically sourced ingredients. They feature single or double “smashburgers”, chicken sandwiches, and crinkle-cut fries.

Heff’s menu

  • 285 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-813-9473
  • Hours
    • Sun & Mon, 11 am-9 pm
    • Wed & Thurs, 11 am-9 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-11 pm
    • Closed Tuesday

Honky Tonk Smokehouse

Honky Tonk Smokehouse uses a special blend of dry rub spices and a slow-cooked hickory fire to attain their delicious Texas- or Memphis-style flavor. They serve platters, sandwiches and sliders, sides, and desserts too. Everything is freshly prepared each day.

Honky Tonk Smokehouse Menu

  • 145 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-794-2270
  • Hours
    • Tues-Thurs, 11 am-7:30 pm
    • Fri& Sat, 11 am-8 pm
    • Closed Sun & Mon

Mama Zöe Michael’s

Mama Zöe’s is a family-style restaurant that feels like home. They feature home-style meals and Southern hospitality, good quality food at fair prices, and friendly service. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with daily specials and a large homemade dessert menu.

Mama Zöe’s Menu

  • 2859 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-722-4946
  • Hours
    • Mon-Sat, 7 am-9 pm
    • Sun, 7 am-2:30 pm

Milner’s American Southern Restaurant

Milner’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant that uses only the freshest local and regional ingredients to create its dishes. They present a warm and friendly atmosphere to enjoy a meal or a day out with friends. Their southern cuisine is delicious and satisfying, and their service is cordial and efficient.

Brunch is served Sunday, 11 am-1:45 pm.

Milner’s Menus

630 S Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC


Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro

exterior of mozelles
A popular spot on Fourth Street, Mozelle’s is the perfect place to grab a meal.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Mozelle’s is a restaurant in the west end that offers a taste of the south using the freshest ingredients from local sources. Their menu features starters, salads, and entrees like, meatloaf, shrimp and grits, tomato pie, and Atlantic salmon. They have outdoor seating that is used even in the cooler months, providing heaters and blankets. Open for lunch and dinner.

Brunch is served on Sat & Sun, 11 am-3 pm.

Mozelle’s Menus

River Birch Lodge

River Birch promotes mountain casual dining, and its cool, relaxing, wooded interior gives one the feeling of a mountain lodge. The food is fresh and delicious, and the service is friendly and excellent. The meals for our large party took a little extra time, but everything came out together, hot and perfectly cooked.

Brunch served Sat & Sun until 3 pm.

River Birch Menus

Sweet Potatoes

outdoor patio at sweet potatoes downtown winston salem
Sweet Potatoes serves delicious southern food. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Sweet Potatoes is an Award Winning southern-inspired restaurant in the heart of Downtown’s Arts District. Serving uptown, down-home cooking, their menu features Pan Fried Chicken, Catfish NOLA, Slap yo’ Mama Ribs, Savannah Red Rice, and so much more. Warm, friendly atmosphere and great service.

Sweet Potatoes Menus: Dinner | Lunch

  • 607 N Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-727-4844
  • Hours
    • Lunch: Thurs-Sat, 11:30 am-3 pm
    • Dinner: Wed-Sat, 5 pm-9 pm
    • Closed Sun-Tues

Silvia’s Honey Tree Restaurant

Silvia’s Honey Tree is a Family-style restaurant known for its cleanliness, good food, and pleasant service. They have an extensive menu for a small place, some Greek food, some Italian, some Mexican, and some American, but reviews claim everything is delicious. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Silvia’s Honey Tree Menu

  • 150 E. Hanes Mill Court, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-377-2199
  • Hours
    • Tues-Thurs, 7 am-8 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 7 am-9 pm
    • Sun, 7 am-2 pm
    • Closed Monday

The Loop

chicken wrap and fries from the loop
Try the chicken Caesar wrap from The Loop!
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

The Loop is all about Burgers, Pizzas, Salads, Shakes…and Sandwiches. The kind of food that is perfect when you want to go in, order at the counter, sit down, relax, and get ready to enjoy! They bring you your food. It’s a great place to go with a group of friends or with the family. And the food is really good! Bright, happy atmosphere. Outside seating on the patio.

The Loop Menu

  • In Thruway Center, 320 S. Stratford Road, Winston- Salem, NC
  • 336-703-9882
  • Hours
    • Sun-Sat, 11 am-9 pm

The Old Fourth Street Filling Station

chicken salad from the filling station
The salads here are big and delicious!
Photo by Aniya Ellison for, © Cover Story Media, Inc. 2023.

Old Fourth Street Filling Station is unique and charming and offers a casual dining option for lunch and dinner with friendly service and delicious food. Located in the historic West End, outdoor seating is available, as well as a cozy fireplace inside.

Brunch only is served on Sunday 11 am-3pm

Old Fourth Street Filling Station Menus

The Porch Kitchen and Cantina

The Porch features Tex-Mex food at its finest, with an excellent selection of dishes to choose from, both for meat eaters and vegetarians, like the Porch Taco Plate or the OG Burrito. They offer some cool Summer Specials and a fantastic Sunday Brunch Menu! Located in the historic West End. Outdoor seating is available.

Sunday Brunch Served 10 am-3 pm.

The Porch Menu

The Quiet Pint Tavern

The Quiet Pint is a neighborhood tavern with great food. The atmosphere is welcoming and fun, and the service is excellent. The menu offers burgers, sandwiches, street tacos, salads, flatbreads, wraps, entrees, and appetizers. They have outdoor seating and music on weekends. Craft beers, wine, cocktails, and weekly drink specials.

Quiet Pint Menu

  • 1420 W First Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-893-6881
  • Hours
    • Sun-Thurs, 11 am-10 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-11 pm

The Sherwood

The Sherwood considers itself The Neighborhood Restaurant, and that description fits. Warm and friendly, with great food, it’s the place to go when you want to have a great meal with family and friends and enjoy each other’s company. Serving lunch and dinner, daily specials, and craft beer and wine.

Sherwood Menu

  • In Sherwood Plaza Shopping Center, 3348 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-842-3345
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 11 am-8:30 pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11 am-9 pm
    • Closed Sunday

Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine, owned by the same group that owns Jeffrey Adams and Young Cardinal, offers the same quality, fresh, local food crafted into delicious dishes. A bright place with some unique decor, they feature tacos, smashburgers, salads, hot maple fried chicken, smoked baby back ribs, and more. Outdoor seating is available on a covered patio with fans.

Twisted Pine Menu | Twisted Pine Facebook

  • 527 N Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-893-7069
  • Hours
    • Mon-Wed, 4 pm-9 pm
    • Thurs-Sat, 11:30 am-10 pm
    • Closed Sunday

Village Tavern

Scratch Kitchen, Craft Bar. Village Tavern strives to serve the best food at affordable prices. They use quality, fresh ingredients, and the finest chefs to create their dishes. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable but tasteful. They offer extensive menus for lunch and dinner at both Winston-Salem locations.

Brunch is served on Sunday, 10 am-3 pm.

Village Tavern Menus: Hanes Mall | Reynolda Village

  • 2000 Griffith Road (corner of Hanes Mall Blvd), Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-760-8686
  • Hours
  • 221 Reynolda Village, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-748-0221
  • Hours

West End Cafe

West End Cafe has been delighting the people of Winston-Salem with its food for over 40 years. Great, fresh food and excellent service still serve them well. They serve sandwiches all day with all the fixings, as well as salads, burgers, and cafe favorites for lunch. Dinner features pan-seared tenderloin, maple-grilled pork chop, and seared rainbow trout. They also have daily specials and a beautiful Koi pond.

West End Menus

  • 926 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-723-4774
  • Hours
    • Mon-Fri, 11 am-9 pm
    • Sat, 12 pm-9 pm
    • Closed Sunday

Yamas Mediterranean Street Food

Yamas believes in offering the freshest, most nutritious modern Mediterranean food with a nod to vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. You build your favorite meal: sandwich, salad bowl, grain bowl, 1/2 grain, 1/2 salad, adding protein, sauce, spreads, and toppings. Two locations, Downtown and Hanes Mall Blvd

Yamas Menu

  • 624 W 4th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-842-5668
  • Hours
    • Mon-Sun, 11 am-8 pm
  • 1330 Creekshire Way (off Hanes Mall Blvd), Winston-Salem, NC
  • 336-842-5668
  • Hours
    • Mon-Sun, 11 am-8 pm

There Is A Time For Everything

The casual, laid-back, relaxed look is good for most days and times. But want if you are trying to impress someone or celebrate a special occasion? The college T-shirt and shorts are not going to cut it. You need to clean up a little, put on some nicer-looking clothes, and take your special someone to one our our fine dining restaurant picks. Not as comfy? No. A little more pricey? Yes. Worth it? Definitely!

Did we list your favorite casual restaurant? If not, who did we miss? Let us know in the comments!

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