17 Amazing Restaurants in Greensboro: Tasty Gate City Eats

Last Updated on April 13, 2021

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When exploring all the things to do in Greensboro (especially with kids), it’s easy to work up a pretty big appetite. And luckily, there are so many restaurants in Greensboro that are ready to satisfy your hunger, no matter what you crave.

With classic North Carolina barbecue, Middle Eastern, Mexican-Asian Fusion, and elevated American, the city’s options are almost too numerous to name.

For now, we’ll start with some of our favorites before grabbing our forks and digging into more amazing Greensboro restaurants to share with you.

This guide covering where to eat in Greensboro is part of our series on NC Food, coverage of Greensboro, and travels through Central North Carolina.

Restaurants in Greensboro

Bandito Bodega

Menu | 1609 Friendly Ave

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You might see the Bandito Burrito food truck around town and you should certainly keep an eye out for them throughout the Triad and Triangle. You can also head over to their brick and mortar Bandito Bodega.

Mexican and Asian fusion dishes on the menu include the Thai Beef Salad (pictured), Asian Tacos, Kimchi Fried rice, and the Southern-inspired Southwest Pimento Burrito.

Grab a bite here and you’ll see why Bandito Burrito is one of the best places to eat in Greensboro.

Banh Mi Saigon Sandwiches

Facebook | 3808 West Gate City Blvd

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In an unassuming shopping center off of Gate City Blvd there is a pocket of incredible Vietnamese restaurants. One of those is Banh Mi Saigon Sandwiches & Bakery, which serves some of the best banh mi in North Carolina.

What makes a banh mi is the flaky crusty French bread, and at Banh Mi Saigon, they make their own bread in house every day. The prices are extremely reasonable and definitely great for on-the-go noms. Don’t forget to grab a bubble tea too!

Blue Denim

Website | 217 S Elm Street

Many of the Greensboro restaurants that we feature on this list are casual, but Blue Denim is the exception. This is a restaurant where you want to take your time, make a reservation, and savor each bite.

With intimate dining and exposed brick, Blue Denim serves Cajun and Creole inspired dishes alongside local craft beer and an extensive wine list. The menu changes seasonally, but you can never go wrong with an order of crawfish beignets, crawfish étouffée, and finish with a white chocolate pecan bread pudding.

Cheesecakes by Alex

Website | 315 S Elm St

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It’s true what they say. You haven’t been to Greensboro if you haven’t eaten at Cheesecakes by Alex.

This is clearly our pick for best dessert in the city, with 20 year-round flavors and two seasonal varieties choose from. These cheesecakes are simultaneously melt-in-your-mouth and velvety.

Starting out as a request to please his mother-in-law, Alex set out to make the perfect cheesecake. He failed multiple times and eventually found success, which we have researched to confirm.

You should at least order a slice before you’re convinced to take a whole cheesecake home. You can also bring some friends and make your own cheesecake “flight.”

Either way, this is one of the restaurants in Greensboro that you must not pass up.

We first found Cheesecakes by Alex during a Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour and have been back for more. Oh, and we’ll keep coming back!

Crafted the Art of the Taco

Website | 220 S Elm St

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Warning: you are not about to enter a Mexican restaurant! Crafted the Art of the Taco is proudly a taco joint because that’s what they do best. But they don’t just make boring meat and cheese tacos.

No, Crafted elevates what goes in a warm tortilla with an international spin and fresh local ingredients.

So grab that good-ole-‘Merica-inspired Big Truck Taco with pulled pork, gooey mac n’ cheese, and bacon BBQ sauce or throw it Island Gangnam-style with blackened tuna, kimchi, and garlic and pineapple aioli.

Pictured above are the Dirty South Nachos, representing North Carolina with sweet potatoes, pulled pork, and that sweet chipotle aioli!

Oh, and they’ve also got a Winston-Salem location if you’re out in Camel City and need some of the best tacos you’ll find anywhere.

Dame’s Chicken & Waffles

Website | 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

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This popular Durham restaurant has made its way to the Gate City and we aren’t mad about it! Black owned and absolutely delicious, we can’t help but say you’re missing out if you don’t eat at Dame’s Chicken and Waffles. Pick from one of their popular menu plates or choose your own pairing of chicken and waffles- we guarantee you’ll be licking your fingers and still thinking about your meal for weeks.

Freeman’s Grub and Pub

Facebook | 1820 Spring Garden St

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Weekly specials and stellar mainstays are a great reason to visit Freeman’s Grub and Pub. Their pub-inspired menu and large drink selection takes your usual fare and kicks it up a notch.

Sure, Freeman’s offers comfort food like fried chicken, brisket, and wings but with a sophisticated touch of demi-glaze, blackberry bbq, and smoked.

Oh, and don’t forget about their French fries with rosemary, garlic, and shallot or a jalapeno salt with cumin. Trust me, this restaurant in Greensboro is where comfort foodies go for a fix.

Green Valley Grill

Website | 622 Green Valley Rd

Located inside the employee-owned O. Henry Hotel, Green Valley Grill serves fresh seasonal dishes with Mediterranean flavors. With a beautiful outdoor patio and an impressive wine list, Green Valley Grill is probably one of the best restaurants in Greensboro for a romantic date.

Hops Burger Bar

Website | 2138 Lawndale Dr & 2419 Spring Garden St

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Hops Burger Bar is one of the best Greensboro restaurants for more than just the delicious patties of certified Angus Beef they serve. This place takes the All-American and kicks up more than a notch!

Whether you’re going for The Spicy Goat (goat cheese, applewood bacon, sweet & spicy pepper jelly) or asking for the entire farm with a Cuban Cow (grilled ham, burger, pulled pork, spicy pickles, Swiss cheese, and lime-Dijon aioli) you likely won’t be eating another meal that day!

They only use local produce, dairy, and cook to whatever temperature you like. Choose from 6-, 8-, or 12-ounce burgers and spring for one of HBB’s specialty sides.

We got the zucchini-carrot chips and red onion rings and didn’t leave a single one on the plate! Oh, and don’t forget to check out the local brews while there, too!

Jerusalem Market on Elm

Website | 310 S Elm St

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Jerusalem Market on Elm has fed the Triad for over 30 years, and where you’ll find the best Middle Eastern food in Greensboro, and all of North Carolina.

It’s family-run by kids using their father’s recipes, which adds to the appeal. Omar and Easa take pride in offering authentic and fresh fare, where you can eat in or take your food to go.

The Shawarma is roasted in house daily and they serve colorful, fresh, and bright salads to complement the rest of the menu. No matter what you do, don’t leave Greensboro without coming here!

Liberty Oak

Website | 100 W Washington St

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Serving up innovative and freshly prepared dishes to Gate City since 1980, Liberty Oak Restaurant is one of the best-known Greensboro restaurants. They offer everything from sandwiches to the most delicious finger-licking shrimp and grits you’ll find outside mom’s house!

You’ll also be inclined to order their Fried Goat Cheese Salad served with bourbon-soaked cherries, perfectly cooked Seafood Risotto Carbonara, or their namesake Grilled Chicken.

Don’t feel pressured by us, though. These are just some of the offerings at Liberty Oak.

Natty Greene’s Brewing Company

Website | 345 S Elm St

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Natty Greene’s serves up delicious brews at their Brewery (1918 West Gate City Blvd) and Brewpub (345 South Elm St) with a concentration on ales and sours.

However, we’re big fans of the latter, which also serves up delicious grub! Natty Greene’s sources local as much as possible and you can tell from the tastiness that comes out.

You’ll love their Southern-inspired dishes like the Cowpen Burger (bacon, pimento cheese, Jim’s Own sauce). Their small bites are also very nice. Our favorites are the pork rings, Southern Spreads (black-eyed pea hummus, tomato spread, and pimento cheese) and deviled eggs!

Of course, you’ll find Natty Greene’s among our favorite breweries throughout North Carolina, too!

Pho Hien Vuong

Website | 4109 Spring Garden St

From the outside, this restaurant is completely unassuming. But when you walk in, you’ll be guaranteed to find a place completely packed and ready to take your name. And you want to wait because the meal that comes is totally worth it.

Unlike most Americanized Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Hien Vuong is authentic, fresh, and completely approachable. While the menu is large and possibly overwhelming, every dish offers a distinctive flavor. Family-owned and operated since 1996, the dishes at Pho Hien Vuong bring us back to our Southeast Asia backpacking days!

Print Works Bistro

Website | 702 Green Valley Road

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Inside the LEED-certified and employee-owned Proximity Hotel, Print Works is not to be forgotten when discussing restaurants in Greensboro. It’s so good that many people come here even if they’re not guests of this amazing North Carolina hotel.

Soak up the outside patio’s beautiful greenery while eating or sit in their sophisticated dining room. Also, don’t overlook the drink menu! 

With hundreds of wines to select from and delicious, handcrafted drinks there are so many ways to explore their bar’s capabilities.

We loved brunching at Print Works and included it among our favorite breakfast restaurants in North Carolina.

Scrambled Southern Diner

Website | 2417 Spring Garden Street

Located next to Hops Burger Bar in Lindley Park, Scrambled Southern Diner is a family-friendly Greensboro restaurant that is almost always slammed. Using local produce and North Carolina products, Scrambled is known for their all day breakfast menu.

From breakfast sandwiches and biscuits to creamy hollandaise plates, most people waddle away full and happy from Scrambled Southern Diner! And any place that lets you get a side of bacon wrapped meatloaf for breakfast gets an A+ in my book.

Stamey’s Barbecue

Website | 2206 W. Gate City Blvd & 2812 Battleground Ave

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Stamey’s Barbecue sits across from the Coliseum, and this Greensboro restaurant is not to be overlooked!

This place landed itself on the NC BBQ Society’s Historic Barbecue Trail, thanks to a long history of making the good stuff. Their pit building is one of the state’s largest and best-equipped to keep the fire going, too.

Its ten brick fireplaces are lined along a rectangular building and smoke pork shoulders over hot coals, typically taking six hours.

You’re welcome to choose your own path, but for me, Stamey’s chopped barbecue and sweet tangy slaw are finger-licking good. 

We also included Stamey’s in our guide to North Carolina barbecue, which you can read here.

Sticks & Stones

Website | 2200 Walker Ave

Local is the word that gets dropped the most at Sticks & Stones. Kneading locally milled, organic flour to perfection for their delicious wood-oven pies, this Greensboro restaurant isn’t just a pizza joint. Ingredients are sourced from neighboring farms, which also gives the menu a seasonal flair.

Sticks & Stones is also allergen friendly. Gluten free crust and vegan chicken are available for substitution and vegan cheese can be used for no additional charge.

Final Thoughts

We’re still hungry to revisit these awesome Greensboro restaurants, just so we can keep tabs on our favorite dishes while trying new things. If you’re new to the city, which spot would you try first?

We also know there are more great eats to find in Gate City and can’t wait to share our discoveries with you.

If you know the area, we’d love to know your favorites. Let us know in the comments where you would take someone if they hadn’t dug into Greensboro’s awesome food scene yet. 

8 thoughts on “17 Amazing Restaurants in Greensboro: Tasty Gate City Eats”

  1. Great choices but you are forgetting one of Greensboro’s oldest and best kept secrets, Lox Stock & Bagel.


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