I wrote an article for Piedmont Local Magazine, a few weeks ago about this event called The Big Eat, that starts up this coming Tuesday and wanted to clue you in on what’s going down.
First, what is The Big Eat? It’s a collective of restaurants in downtown Winston-Salem (and some outlying areas) where participating restaurants take signature menu items, reduced up to 50% off regular price, to highlight and showcase what the culinary scene downtown is all about. There’s a little more to it than that, but the gist is this: become better acquainted with the great local food establishments you have in your town.
This is no longer an event through the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, but is put together, mostly, by Piedmont Local Mag. Not all downtown restaurants are participating, so don’t be upset if you go into one that isn’t unless you call first.
Also, know that the specials are dine-in only (so, no take out) and are subject to availability. If you go to Restaurant A because you wanted the free shrimp cocktail with a surf ‘n’ turf, and you get there and they’re out of shrimp cocktail and surf ‘n’ turf, well, then that’s the breaks. It’s all based on availability. And the offerings are subject to change at any time. Perhaps they change it to some other special when they run out, or decide to change it; it happens. *(that’s not really happening anywhere, I just wanted to give an example)*
The dates for the events are: January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7, 2017. Greensboro will be doing the same thing two weeks after WSNC, February 21, 28 & March 7, 14, 21, 2017. I don’t have as much reach in Greensboro so my intel may be a little light but I’ll do what I can.
This is not a full list, as some of the restaurants haven’t reported but here’s what I know as of now:
6th & Vine
Tequila Mango Salmon – $11
Bernardin’s Restaurant At Zevely House
50% Off Ahi Tuna Rare
soba noodle, baby bok, choy, shitake, tahini sweet chili sauce
Pulled Pork Sandwich Plate: $4.25
half-priced cheesecake slices
50% off Fish ‘n Chips
Hutch and Harris
West Bank Bean cakes 1/2 off
Jeffrey Adams on Fourth
served with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus $13
Toppings– butter poached lobster – $6 crab cake – $5 sea scallops – $6 grilled diablo shrimp – $6 mushrooms and onions – $2 boursin cream sauce – $2
Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar
Fred Flintstone’s Pork Shank
Savannah Inspired Red Rice
Lemon, Parsley and Dijon Bread Crumbs
House Pepper Jelly: $12
Half Price Pad Thai
The Old Fourth Street Filling Station
– shrimp, chicken, andouille sausage, tomatoes, peppers, celery, onions, celery, rice
Fried Chicken, butter whipped potato, grilled asparagus and grilled portobello demi. $15.
Again, that’s just a portion of what’s going to be available. I’m still waiting to hear from Bleu Restaurant & Bar, Graze of Winston-Salem, Mellow Mushroom, Mooney’s, Quanto Basta, Tre Nonne, Vin 205 and West End Coffeehouse. When I do, I’ll either update this post or create an addendum. I do know that Finnigan’s Wake will be participating the following weeks but not this coming week as they’ll be doing some long overdue kitchen remodeling. It’s minor work but necessary.