Friday, April 13, 2007

Winston's Eatery

This week, Julie and I tried out a new restaurant on the Winston-Salem dining scene, Winston's Eatery. It's just south of Business 40 on Liberty Street, between the Downtown Middle School and the Children's Museum, and is open for breakfast and lunch.

It's a small place, with about 10 tables and a comfy-looking sofa. You place your order at the counter and they bring it out to you. We were very pleased with the vegetarian options. You can see their menus at their Web site, which is linked above. There are several vegetarian sandwiches to choose from for lunch, plus several yummy-sounding salads. The Camelized Apple, Pecan and Cranberry with Havarti salad sounds particularly enticing. The sandwiches come with a side: fresh fruit, pasta salad, slaw, sweet potato salad (with black beans) or the side of the day. The day we were there, the featured side was pesto potato salad, and it was wonderful. All of the desserts in the case looked great, especially the chocolate peanut butter pie.

Unfortunately, neither Julie nor I got exactly what we ordered for our sandwiches. I ordered the Vegetarian Godfather sandwich (roasted red pepper, portabella, basil, mozzarella and a balsamic aioli). Julie ordered the Vegging Out panini (roasted portabella, red pepper, grilled onion and provolone). Instead, both of our sandwiches came with what appeared to be the filling for the Roasted Veggie Wrap (roasted squash, green peppers, red onions and mushrooms). It was very good, though, and we cut them a bit of slack because they've been open only a couple of weeks and are obviously still working out a few kinks. In spite of that issue, we came away with a favorable impression of the restaurant and will try it again. The bread (Julie had panini, I had herb foccaccia) tasted particularly fresh. In fact, everything seemed very fresh. We just hope that next time we go there, the sandwich fillings will be as advertised on the menu.

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