Off-Campus Dining

Winston Salem, NC
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is pretty good, lots of places that Wake kids frequent for cheap prices and pretty good food, options are there though for finer dining at a higher price

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dinning is amazing. There are so many great restaurants to choose from. I have never gotten bored and am always finding new restaurants to try.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's either really cheap, or over priced. Not much in between.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Wake has plenty of dining options for its small size. We feature a Chik-fil-a, Moe's, Boar's Head Deli, a gourmet salad bar, 'Take Two' Burgers, two Starbucks, an Einstein Bros. Bagel, Shorty's Restraunt/Bar, Zick's Pizzeria and Wings, Subway, a full service restaurant called Bistro 34, 4 Convenience stores with fresh food for on the run, a student run coffee shop, and two large dining halls. For a campus of less than 5,000 students, there are many options.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Winston-Salem has some really good places to eat, but they are unfortunately not geared towards college students,so they can get a little pricey. My favorites are 6th and Vine, Mizu, and Breakfast Of Course. Winston could definitely use more late night spots, like Burke Street Pizza, which is open until 3am. The coffee shops are pretty good though Krankies for the ambiance, Chelsee's for the people, and Camino's for the drinks and fresh, delicious pastries. Most places have live music offered on a regular basis, which is very nice especially for a nice dinner with friends or a date. In general, the restaurant scene is very good, just not healthy for a college kid budget.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 36th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost
  • 481st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
Brielle, NJ
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Winston-Salem surprisingly has great diversity in dining options. From some of the cheaper student-favored restaurants surrounding the University to some great cuisine downtown, options are plentiful. For cheap food, you can't go wrong with going to one of the many great Mexican restaurants near Wake's campus, like La Carreta and Mi Pueblo. If Mexican food is not your thing, try Ishi Japanese Restaurant or Elizabeth's Italian Restaurant, as both provide quality food and great value. Probably the best "hidden gem" place to eat is Rose's Deli. Although located next to a gas station, Rose's has great sandwiches, cheap pitchers of beer, and an outdoor patio (that is heated in the winter) to enjoy them all with friends.

If you are looking for a finer dining experience, downtown Winston-Salem has a variety of options from Sixth & Vine to the Old Fourth Street Filling Station that are sure to impress. Of course, no Wake student's experience is complete without a late-night trip to Cook Out for a burger and shake. Cook Out is a North Carolina chain that offers cheap food and amazing shakes.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Ishi Japanese Restaurant
Best Breakfast
Best Coffee
Krankies Coffee
Best Dessert
Midtown Café and Dessertery
Best Healthy
Whole Foods Market
Best Late-Night
  • Burke Street Pizza
  • Cook Out
Best Mexican
Mi Pueblo
Best Pizza
  • Burke Street Pizza
  • Mellow Mushroom
Best Wings
Wing Zone
Best Place to Take a Date
Sixth & Vine
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Noma Urban Bar & Grill
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Village Tavern
Other Places to Check Out
  • Bojangles'
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
  • Burger King
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Dewey's Bakery
  • Downtown Thai Restaurant & Sushi
  • El Sombrero II
  • Hutch and Harris Pub
  • Jason's Deli
  • Kernel Kustard
  • No. 1 Chinese Restaurant
  • Panera Bread
  • Ryan's Steak, Chops & Seafood
  • Sakura Japanese Restaurant
  • Starbucks
  • Tequila Mexican Restaurant

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Food Lion
7760 N. Point Blvd.
(336) 759-0400
Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Harris Teeter
420 S. Stratford Road
(336) 723-2305
Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.
Whole Foods Market
41 Miller St.
(336) 722-9233
Daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Burke Street Pizza
Food: Pizza
1140 Burke St.
(336) 721-0011
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Open late
Cook Out
Food: American, Southern
245 Summit Point Lane
(336) 377-2092
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: More than 40 different types of milkshakes, open late
Elizabeth's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Food: Italian
2824 University Parkway
(336) 724-4650
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Several local locations; great, reasonably priced Italian food
Foothills Brewing
Food: American
638 W. Fourth St.
(336) 777-3348
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Beers brewed in-house
Food: American, breakfast
3000 University Parkway
(336) 725-3397
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Open 24 hours
Ishi Japanese Restaurant
Food: Asian, sushi
110 Stark St.
(336) 774-0433
Price: $5-$15
Krankies Coffee
Food: Coffee, baked goods, beer and wine
211 E. Third St.
(336) 722-3016
Price: $5-$10
La Carreta
Food: Mexican
725 Coliseum Dr.
(336) 722-3709
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cheap beer on tap
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
314 W. Fourth St.
(336) 245-2820
Price: $8-$15
Mi Pueblo
Food: Mexican
2905 Reynolda Road
(336) 722-5772
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Cheap beer on tap
Midtown Café & Dessertery
Food: American
151 S. Stratford Rd.
(336) 724-9800
Price: $8-$15
Noma Urban Bar & Grill
Food: American
321 W. Fourth St.
(336) 703-5112
Price: $10-$30
The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
Food: American
871 W. Fourth St.
(336) 724-7600
Price: $10-$25
Putter's Patio & Grill
Food: American
3005 Bonhurst Dr.
(336) 724-9990
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Outside dining, great beer selection
Rose's Deli
Food: Deli
5000 University Pkwy.
(336) 744-9543
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Outside patio, cheap Friday pitchers of beer
Sixth & Vine
Food: American, wine bar
209 W. Sixth St.
(336) 725-5577
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, great wine selection
Sweet Potatoes
Food: Southern
529 N. Trade St.
(336) 727-4844
Price: $10-$20
Twin City Chop House
Food: Steakhouse
115 S. Main St.
(336) 748-8600
Price: $20-$40
Village Tavern
Food: American
221 Reynolda Village
(336) 748-0221
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Outdoor dining, you can walk there from Wake Forest!
Wing Zone
Food: Wings
2862 Reynolda Road
(336) 703-1001
Price: $8-$15

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 58 responses

  • 5% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 14% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 50% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 31% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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