The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 162

In Episode #162, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • 1703 Restaurant closed temporarily due to C-19 precautions.
  • Alma Mexican closes until further notice to merge staff with The Porch and provide a safer environment for employees and guests.
  • Camino Bakery celebrates 9 years.
  • Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse has a new offer when you mention the ad we talk about on this podcast episode.
  • Finnigan’s Wake expands weekend hours.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 161

In Episode #161 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • Happy birthday to Street Team Steven!
  • Chiang Mai Thai Restaurant finally made an update to their Facebook page (sort of) which sparks a conversation about restaurants and their social media practices.
  • A little confusion about the Trade Street Diner/CiBo Trattoria Facebook page.
  • Cugino Forno is nearing completion of their new Clemmons location.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 160

In Episode #160 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • Paul’s Fine Italian Dining announces they are not reopening.
  • Trade Street Diner announces they are not reopening but the owners are opening a new Italian place in that spot with members of Paul’s staff/chefs. Tim questions why this seems odd and why is another prominent Italian restaurant is left off a list in the local paper in regards to the new restaurant.
  • DiLisio’s reopens today to dine-in.
  • Francesco’s goes “take-out only.”
  • Camino Bakery at the hospital, Lighthouse Restaurant, and Cowboy Brazilian Restaurant all reopen.
  • The new Courtyard by Marriott downtown opens a rooftop bar. Tim questions how they can open when other bars downtown cannot.
  • Alma Mexicana will close indefinitely later this month until things smooth out and the restaurant can be more at capacity.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Firebirds Woodfired Grill Confirms Reopening

I had heard rumors of a reopening of Firebirds Woodfired Grill, but it wasn’t evident by their Facebook, nor website that our local store had actually allowed for dine-in. So, I reached out and Scott Bowman, general manager of the Winston-Salem store wrote an email to me. Here’s what he said:

Good morning! I would love to catch you up on everything we are doing here at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. We appreciate you thinking about us.

We are open in our dining rooms. Currently half capacity.

We are open for take-out and delivery. Our delivery providers are door dash, uber eats and post mates. Door dash being the more popular choice. We offer curbside service as well. Parking is on the side of the building.

We have family meals for take-out only that have a choice of baby back ribs, wood grilled chicken, or our meatloaf. Ribs come with fries and the meatloaf and chicken come with mashed potatoes. Family meals also include a salad choice and sweet treat.

We do still have the “butcher cut” meats available. These come with steak seasoning to be cooked at home.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks again for thinking about Firebirds!

Regards, Scott Bowman, General Manager, Winston-Salem

WSNC Restaurants That Plan to Close for July 4th

Updated on July 2, 2020. New additions notated with “*”

Traditionally, the July 4th holiday is a time for many WSNC restaurants to take their collective vacations, mostly for the week of. A time to reset. Time to make up for being open – in some cases – 7 days a week. We all need our time off. We all need a respite. We all know, now, that self-care is very important. This year, however, things are anything but “traditional.”

While many of these same restaurants have just reopened, others have been working overtime to stay relevant during the weird, hard, and unpredictable C-19 pandemic. Despite what they have been doing, it is my opinion that they need a rest. Some of the restaurants are doing just that. Here is the (potentially growing) list of WSNC restaurants that will be closed for July 4th or even beyond. All of this info is cultivated by their Facebook pages and if your favorite location isn’t on this list, I would highly recommend that you still call before you visit any location to make sure they are open (you can find their number on the F&B List). It is assumed, however, that if they are not posting closure on their Facebook, they are open. Here’s the list:

1703 Restaurant closed July 4 & 5.
Athena Greek Taverna closed from Monday, June 29 until Sunday, July 5.
*Baked Just SO closed July 4-7.
Bib’s Downtown closed Sunday, July 5.
Bobby Boy Bakeshop from Saturday, June 27 through Monday, July 6.
Carmine’s Italian closed from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 9.
*Diamondback Grill Closed July 4.
Kermit’s Hot Dogs will be closed July 1 through July 15 for their annual maintenance (and maybe some vacation).
*La Casa Lopez Closed July 2-5.
Meridian Restaurant closed for Holiday from Saturday, July 4 through Sunday, July 12.
Mission Pizza closed for Holiday- Until July 9.
Mrs. Pumpkins closed Thursday, July 2 through Saturday, July 4.
Pulliam’s closed Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4.
*Real Q closed July 4-8.
The Carriage House closed Wednesday, July 1 through Monday, July 6.
Vincenzo’s closed Saturday, July 4 through Tuesday, July 7.
Walkertown Seafood Shack closed Monday, June 29 through Monday, July 6.
Wine Merchants closed Saturday, July 4 through Tuesday, July 7.

As always, Lea and I have done our best to curate this list as accurately as possible. If you have a food/beverage establishment and you don’t see your place of business on this list and you will be closed for the holiday (or dates surrounding it), please, feel free to contact me to get added. Also, if there are any errors, please inform me of that, as well. Enjoy your holiday week!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 159

In Episode #159 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • Michael Millan from Mojito Latin Soul Food is on the podcast to talk about the new restaurant taking over the space formerly occupied by Mary’s Gourmet Diner, Mary’s, Mojito Mobile Kitchen, Cuban food and more.
  • Bonefish Grill closes its Winston-Salem location on Stratford, permanently.
  • Grecian Corner will make an announcement for dine-in soon.
  • Some restaurants will be closing for July 4th. Watch our page and the F&B list for updates.
  • Some restaurants are making moves to come back strong.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Restaurant Re-emergence June 25th Edition

From Black Mountain Chocolate’s Facebook:

Black Mountain Chocolate is re-opening on Friday – and celebrating with èclairs! Our customer-favorite will be back in stock along with cookies, brownies, a selection of truffles, and more! Can’t wait to see you, it’s been too long… 🧡🍫🧡

We will be open Carryout and Curbside service on Fridays from 2 PM to 6 PM; Saturdays Noon to 8 PM; and Sundays Noon to 4 PM.

We will be opening with our full menu of bakery treats (including TARTS), eclairs, weekend specials plus a selection of customer’s favorite truffles. Come and get a sweet treat- you’ve earned it!

We will also be debuting an online ordering portal as well as an official BMC app to help you get your order more quickly and help us be contact free! Watch social media for updates.


From Hops Burger Bar’s Facebook:

Beginning Thursday 6-25-20, at 11 am, We will be Open for Dine-In and Curbside Pick-Up. 336-842-5771.

From Tim: No other mention of hours or days of operation. They did post a great pic of a burger and a beer, though.

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 158

In Episode #158 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim and Lea talk about:

  • Daniel Butner of Carrabba’s Italian Grill talks about his (and Carrabba’s) involvement in the Restart Winston project and about a special meal deal that Carrabba’s will offer on Tuesday, June 30 (see below)
  • Finnigan’s Wake is reopening their dining room this week.
  • Michael Millan will open Mojito in Mary’s Gourmet Diner’s old space. He will be the guest next week.
  • Tim tried BLL Rotisserie Factory and Baked Just SO last week.
  • Some restaurants are making moves to come back strong.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant To Reopen for Dine-In

From Carmine’s Italian Restaurant’s Facebook:

LONG POST ALERT! IMPORTANT COVID-19 DINE-IN SERVICE INFO‼️

A LONG-AWAITED
RE-OPENING IS IN THE WORKS.
We are happy to announce that we will be
re-opening our dining room for reservations only starting June 19th. Reservations will be accepted Tuesdays through Sundays. You must call during business hours to make reservations. Reservations are only available at 4:30pm, 6:00pm, and 7:30pm. We are only accepting a limited number of reservations per seating.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
This means that from the moment you finish reading this email – we are accepting reservations. So call us because we have missed you so much!

WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE WE TAKING?

We will be operating at a MAXIMUM of 20-30% capacity. We will not be operating at 50% capacity at this time out of an abundance of caution for our guests and for our employees.

We will be practicing social distancing to the best of our abilities in a manner that still allows us to operate our dining room.

We will be following the NC State Health Department Guidelines for COVID-19 restaurant service

WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO:

We are not requiring our guests to wear facemasks at this time. However, it is recommended while in common areas of the restaurant such as the restroom and the front lobby. Dining tables will be separated by a minimum of 6 feet.

We ask that you please respect other people’s space and practice social distancing while you are inside the restaurant. We want to make sure that all of our guests and employees stay healthy.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you all again as this has been a very hard road to overcome. We look forward to having our dining room filled with guests enjoying our food, wine, and the overall Carmine’s experience. It has truly not been the same without you.

With love,

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant

Camino Bakery Opens Fourth Street Location

It’s been nearly 3 months and we can’t wait to get back into the place we call our first home 😭 Please read below some information regarding the opening of 4th St:
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🚀 4th St will have the same hours as Brookstown, 8am – 1pm, every day
🚀 Take-out will be the ONLY option for ordering (no curbside or online ordering for this location)
🚀 Masks are required when entering
🚀 No seating available (yet! possibly some outdoor patio seating available next week, tbd)
🚀 We will have a limited menu here as we do at Brookstown
🚀 There is an “in” and “out” flow to entering the shop; please look at your feet for directional arrows on the ground
🚀 Please keep your distance and stand on a yellow “x” when in line.
🚀 We will have beer 🍻 and wine 🍷 to purchase and take home!
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Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this pandemic. We love you! See you tomorrow!