Burke Street Pizza to Unveil New “Stay At Home” Menu

Uncle Buzzy’s closed last year and while it was a smart business move, the loss left its rabid fan base devastated. “Buzzy’s” wasn’t the “carnival food” extravaganza that it was made out to be in the beginning. That, at least to me, was more of a gimmick than the focus of the food. To me, the sandwiches, dogs and burger menus were the focus. I had never had, and haven’t since, as good a Philly as I had at Buzzy’s. The burger would have been in my top 10 list, probably top 3, had it been available when I did it. The footlong Nathan’s hotdogs were delicious. The sandwich menu brought a few things you don’t find around here. Like “Beef on Weck” (a Buffalo staple), the Italian Beef (Chi-town-inspired) and others were what helped make Uncle Buzzy’s a favorite among those who looked past the “carnival food” schtick and went for the real, may I say, damn good food.

Dave Hillman, the owner of Uncle Buzzy’s as well as Burke Street Pizza, Quiet Pint Tavern and West End Poke, told me that a lot of people had been asking about some of the offerings they loved at Uncle Buzzy’s being offered at one of his other restaurants. He’s been mulling options since Buzzy’s closed and he’s had some conversations with me about doing it for a while. But, the timing was never right. Until now.

This “Stay-At-Home” order and pandemic crisis has brought, along with the obvious bad things, a world of innovation and risk-taking to the restaurants of WSNC; everywhere, really. Dave, being a good businessman and restaurateur is no exception. Even before the pandemic, we got good, authentic poke in West End Poke and that was something this area, especially downtown, needed. Yes, there is another poke restaurant in town and, I will admit (and I think Dave agreed with me) that it was good. But, something about this is magical. But, that’s not the point. The point is Dave tries things. Some magic is being brought to Burke Street, hopefully, this Tuesday.

Now, let’s not get our collective hopes up for an Uncle Buzzy’s revival. That’s not what this is. But, it’s the best possible scenario and it offers the best of two worlds: Uncle Buzzy’s specialness to Burke Street Pizza’s solid food foundation via a new “Stay-At-Home” menu.

This new menu features some welcome favorites!

First, there’s the famous Nathan’s Foot Long Hot Dogs. The “original” grilled hotdog, for sure. The Classic Carolina with chili, onions, and slaw. The Swiss Mountain Dog with sauteed garlic and thyme mushrooms, swiss cheese, crispy onion straws, and horseradish aioli. The Smothered & Covered Tater Dog with, of course, tater tots, melted chipotle cheese, grilled onions, diced tomatoes, and green onions. The Chili Cheese Frito Dog with chili, melted chipotle cheese, Frito corn chips, diced tomatoes, and jalapenos. Is your mouth watering, yet? Wait, there’s more…

Double Stack Burgers are made with 6.5oz of fresh, never frozen, 100% choice beef on a potato roll. Featured is a Griddle Burger with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onion (you can add cheese for a nominal fee). The Sweet Luther: donut glazed bun, American cheese, spicy candied bacon, and chipotle mayo. Mushroom Swiss pretty much the way the Swiss Mountain Dog came. The Greek with tzatziki sauce, tomato, cukes, onion, and Feta cheese. Pork Belly Burger with a sweet soy glaze, crispy pork belly, Asian slaw, and wasabi aioli. Then… yeah, then there’s they Frat Burger which sounds like a dare gone deliciously wrong: FOUR patties. FOUR slices of American cheese. Caramelized onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Whew!

If you want to pull back on the red meat for a bit, there’s the new chicken options: A fried chicken sandwich with provolone, sweet bbq sauce, and a honey mustard slaw. A Sriracha Ranch Fried Chicken with pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion. A Three-Alarm Hot Chicken dipped in habanero hot sauce, topped with pickled jalapenos, provolone cheese, lettuce, and a side of ranch. Chicken! Bam!

Then it’s roast beef time! Beef on Weck, that lovely Buffalo-inspired sandwich that features seasoned au-jus dipped, rare roast beef topped with horseradish cream, served on a sea-salt crusted caraway roll. Now, some will say this is not from Buffalo, and they’d be correct. It’s Buffalo-INSPIRED. But, I’ve had it and it’s fantastic. I’ve never had the actual Buffalo sandwich. The Nacho Beef Sandwich, with melted chipotle cheese, jalapenos, Queso Fresco, sour cream, served on a sub roll. And, finally, that Chicago-esque Italian Beef. I have had an Italian beef at Portillo’s in Chicago and this was just as delicious. Roast beef in seasoned au-jus, with giardiniera Italian relish, hot cherry peppers (if you’d like) and served on a sub roll.

Some of these things were my favorite things at Uncle Buzzy’s. The only thing missing is the cheesesteak and since that’s already served at Burke Street Pizza and is their top-selling sandwich. I’ll just go with what they’re doing well, and be happy about it. My The Less Desirables co-host Danielle Bull said she’d put the Burke Street Pizza chicken Philly up against any in town. That’s a big ringing endorsement.

So, keep an eye on the Burke Street Pizza Facebook and Instagram page for when this becomes “official.” Dave told me he is definitely hoping for Tuesday. Note, too, that this is only available at the original Burke Street location. It will not be at the Sherwood/Robinhood location. As with everything else currently going on, you can get these selections for takeout, curbside, and delivery. Order by phone (336) 721-0011 or online.

Is everyone else as excited as I am? I know that you are. Take pics when you get these delicious items and send them to me. I’d love to see it.

Canteen Market & Bistro to Hold Sidewalk Sale on Sunday

Canteen Market & Bistro will open for a couple of hours this Sunday for a Sidewalk Sale! Stop by anytime between 2 – 6 pm to stock up on items from their market! If you BYOB (bring your own bottle 😉) they will fill it with draft beer or wine for free with any $50 or more purchase!

Duke’s Restaurant Update

I checked in with Duke’s Restaurant this morning and this is what they sent me:


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We are open with limited hours, takeout and delivery and we offer curbside to those who prefer we bring their food out to the car for them! You may call (336)768-3108 and ask to speak to Spiro or Jimmy for more details!

Anonymous Donor Feeds 100 at Bethesda Center

Grecian Corner posted on their Facebook page yesterday that an anonymous donor paid to feed 100 homeless citizens at the Bethesda Center in Industry Hill. That’s 100 people fed and a local food staple that was supported. I love this town!

Here is the post from Angelo:

Good morning Facebook Friends. I’d like to share with you something that touched my heart last night. Last night an anonymous donor hired us to feed 100 homeless people at the Bethesda Center. That’s right…100 people. This person has a heart of gold. They not only supported my business, but more importantly they supported those who are less fortunate. I want to thank this person, and you know who you are, from the bottom (of) my heart. You are a God-send. You and your family are making a difference in our community! -Angelo

West End Cafe Update

From West End Café:


Good afternoon everyone!

By now you all must be aware of Mayor Allen Joines “Stay At Home Order” issued yesterday which takes effect Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm. In consideration of this order, and out of concern for the health and safety of our staff and customers, West End Cafe will cease offering to go orders effective Friday, March 27th at 5:00 pm, or when we run out food, whichever comes first. We will reopen upon the expiration of this order on April 16th.

Although Mayor Joines’ order allows us to remain open for to-go orders by following the strict guidelines in the order, we feel that just because we can doesn’t mean we should. To remain open would seem to run contrary to the purpose and intent of the order and the need to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the COVID19 Virus. We do not make this decision lightly. We are ceasing operations out of an abundance of caution for our staff and our customers who have been so wonderful and loyal since the late Rob Shay opened the Cafe in 1980. Throughout this time, we have repeatedly asked ourselves “What would Rob do?” We have no doubt that Rob would put the health and safety of customers and staff first, and would close our doors until the order is lifted.

Upon the expiration of this order, West End Cafe will reopen and will be offering a BRAND NEW DINNER MENU and an updated wine list. We hope that you will all join us then to jump-start a new era of great food and service at West End Cafe. Until then, stay put, stay safe, wash your hands, and don’t forget about us, or the rest of the service and hospitality businesses that have been so adversely affected by this virus.

We would also like to express our immense gratitude for our patrons who have supported us during this trying time. Your warmth and generosity have given us a newfound faith in humanity. We simply cannot thank you enough, and we hope to see you all soon!


I have every reason to believe that when we reach the “other side” that we will have an even-better West End Café which is saying something because they are pretty awesome, to begin with. When I have info, I will pass it along!

Carrabba’s Feeds WSNC’s First Responders and WSFCS Employees

Daniel Butner prepares to serve 130 cafeteria and bus drivers for WSFCS

Daniel Butner, the proprietario of the Winston-Salem Carrabba’s Italian Grill has, once again, shown his big heart and has prepared food for and fed the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Communications Division and Records Division, served five Winston-Salem Fire Department Stations, and has fed cafeteria workers and bus drivers that are continuing to serve food to those who are in need from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system.

Daniel Butner is a man with much love for this community, and the residents and workers from this city and county are thankful to him, his staff and to Carrabba’s Italian Grill. When asked about these feats, he shrugs and says, “I’m only doing what everyone should strive to do. It’s just not everyone can. I can. And, I will.”

Here are some of the highlights from Carrabba’s and Daniel this week:

WSPD Communications

 

WSPD Records Division

WSFD Station 2

WSFD Station 10

WSFD Arbor Road pick up their meals

WSFD Station 6

WSFD Station 8

Mozelle’s Presents “Mozelle’s At Your Table”

In this “Now Normal” where restaurants are having to be innovative and try different avenues of creativity, Mozelle’s and Chef Jay Pierce are presenting “Mozelle’s At Your Table.” (336)703-5400. Here is the email that was sent:


Dear Mozelle’s Friends + Family,

You usually receive this email when a wine dinner is on the horizon, but these are not normal times. as we continue to provide our comfort food for take out, curbside pick-up and delivery, we are observing up-to-date safety guidelines because we care about the health and safety of our staff and our community at-large. we are now set up for online ordering directly on our website. We also offer delivery via DoorDash food delivery and soon with UberEats. whenever possible, please use our own website, which results in more of your dollars staying in our community.

We have heard that there is a lot of confusion about the City of Winston-Salem’s “stay at home” order that goes into effect this Friday, March 27. Restaurants that provide to-go meals (as well as grocery stores and pharmacies) are deemed essential businesses and are therefore exempt from the order. We will be here preparing your favorites and we hope that you will allow us to provide a little comfort (food) in such an uncertain time.

By way of burying the lede, as some of you know, we had a wine dinner scheduled Wednesday, April 1. Due to the circumstances, we are unable to have it here, so how about we do to at your house?

presenting…

Mozelle’s at Your Table:

Vajra Wine Dinner with Chef Jay Pierce

First course:
Gnocchi, spring peas, morels, hazelnuts, cultured butter + lemon zest
Luigi Baudana Bianco Dragon
Piemonte, Italy 2018 (bottle)

Second course:
Porcini + chèvre ravioli, black truffle + mushroom dashi
Vajra Barbera d’Alba
Piemonte, Italy 2017 (bottle)

Third course:
Eggplant Parmigiana, San Marzano tomatoes, fennel-arugula salad, aged balsamic vinaigrette + two-year Parmigiana-Reggiano
Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe
Piemonte, Italy 2018 (bottle)

Fourth course (optional):
Peach fried hand pie + elderflower panna cotta
Vajra Moscato d’Asti
Piemonte, Italy 2019 (half-bottle)

Dinner for Two (3 courses) $150
Additional Dessert Course + $25

Pre-order by Monday, March 30
call (336) 703-5400 or order online www.mozelles.com
choose pick up april 1 or april 2

We are setting up a Mozelle’s YouTube channel, that you can tune into, with course by course videos of Chef Jay explaining reheating pointers and his customary wine and food talks.

One last gentle reminder, our wine and beer list, on our website, is newly updated with discounted prices. Don’t hesitate to check it over and add a bottle, early and often.

Our current hours are as follows:

Sunday – Thursday lunch menu 11:30a – 3:00p. dinner menu 3:00p – 7:30p
Friday + Saturday lunch menu 11:30a – 3:00p, dinner menu 3:00p – 8:00p

https://mozelles.com/menu

Mozelle’s at Home

spicy collard greens + bacon
mac + cheese
creamy succotash
cheese grits
tomato bisque
$8 / pint $15 / quart

pimento cheese
$8 / half pint $15 / pint

edamame hummus
$18 / pint

mini tomato pies (25 count)
$60

whole tomato pie
$40

coconut pie
chocolate pie
$35

336.703.5400

All of North Carolina Under “Stay-at-Home” Order, Takeout STILL Okay

Gov. Roy Cooper (©CharlotteFive)

As with Mayor Joines’ declaration earlier this week, the entire state of North Carolina is now on a “Stay-at-Home” order from Governor Roy Cooper. Also, as with Mayor Joines’ declaration, you are still allowed to go to the grocery store, order takeout, pickup takeout/curbside/delivery, you can go to the office supply stores and so on. This is not a reason to panic. Actually, very little is different about this than there was before. There is no reason for documentation to prove that you’re either doing something “essential” or work for an “essential” service/business. Stay calm. Don’t hoard everyday items like toilet paper/paper towels/hand sanitizer/sanitizing wipes and so on. We can get these things in stores if people stop hoarding!

Here, in section 19, Governor Cooper’s order lists:

19. Restaurants for consumption off-premises. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for consumption off-premises, through such means as in-house delivery, third-party delivery, drive-through, curbside pick-up, and carry-out. Schools and other entities that provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Executive Order when the food is provided for carry-out, drive-through or delivery. This Executive Order is consistent with and does not amend or supersede prior COVID-19 related Executive Orders restricting the operations of restaurants and temporarily closing bars.

To read the entire proclamation, visit here.

Camino Bakery Updates

Sad news from Camino Bakery:


Ugh. These spaces are so precious to us. But more important are the souls that fill them every day, every season, every year. It is because of our deep desire to keep our employees and customers safe, we have made the difficult decision to close our doors.
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We WILL be back. And when we’re back, you can believe that we will delight in our wonderful community more than ever.
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Closing dates:
Hospital location will close Friday, 3/27 at 6pm
4th St location will close Saturday, 3/28 at 6pm
Brookstown location will close Tuesday, 3/31 at 6pm
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Many of you have kindly asked how you can support us during this crisis. We are so grateful for all the generosity this community has already shown us. Here are some additional ways to make sure that Camino will be able to come back stronger than ever after coronavirus!
• Visit us over the next few days. Consider buying wine, coffee beans, and whole quiches or cheesecakes to get you through long days indoors!
• Buy gift cards. You can buy these in person or online under the Store tab.
• Buy special edition Camino t-shirts or hats from our Merch Fundraiser with Machine Gun Graphics. Link in bio.
• Donate to the Venmo account we set up for our staff. Find us at @Camino-Bakery-1.
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See you soon. Love always, Camino Bakery Team.

A Delicious by Shereen Update

©Shereen Gomaa

I had a short email conversation with Shereen Gomaa from Delicious by Shereen about her operations. Here is what she said:

We’ve had challenges in finding adequate supplies (we had to drive to Greensboro just to find chicken and there is almost no rice in the market) – we’re going to hold off on any delivery orders for the time being so that we can ensure we continue to provide the quality (and quantity) that people have come to expect from Delicious. 

We will plan on continuing normal catering operations once the situation improves and may consider centralized pickup, and are working on revamping our business model to accommodate delivery orders in the future.

When the crisis is over and things get back to business, you can contact her by sending an email to info@deliciousbyshereen and visiting her website or her Facebook page. Check back often to see if her status has changed and you can also follow The Man Who Ate the Town status list.