Greensboro has a bit of everything, from American southern to cuisines from across the globe. After all, in a city where the people speak over 100 languages, you can expect that same diversity to translate to the food!
With so much to choose from this award-winning food scene, where are you supposed to start? We’ve made it easy for you with this list of 10 Greensboro restaurants that you just can’t miss.
Big Burger Spot
Don’t you love a restaurant name that tells you just what to expect? Big Burger Spot serves colossal burgers in buttery brioche buns, topped with fixings from their huge menu. Now that’s the truth in advertising.
Choose one of their pre-set burger combos, or create your own with toppings like chili, avocado, jalapeño relish, grilled mushrooms, a fried egg, and lots more. Don’t forget the fries, which you can get plain or dressed in cheddar and bacon, chili and cheese, bacon and ranch, or white truffle oil.
Cheesecakes by Alex
When the craving for something sweet and decadent hits, you can’t do better than Cheesecakes by Alex. Serving 20 flavors year-round, plus blackberry and eggnog cheesecakes on a seasonal basis, there’s something to delight every dessert fan. Can’t decide? Get a sampler to try eight of their most popular flavors.
Pick up your cheesecake to take home, or dine in and enjoy a rich slice and a cup of coffee in their downtown bakery.
Natty Greene’s Brewing Company
Known for the unique ales they brew, as Greensboro’s original downtown brewery, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company is the place to go and embrace the southern culture. Besides sessionable style ales, they also provide the perfect food to go along with it. What’s more, they have the best place, with both an indoor and outdoor area to enjoy some great time with friends. So, make sure to stop by for some beer and delicious food both during the week or weekends.
Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
An entire restaurant devoted to that classic Southern sweet and salty combo? Yes, please.
Dame’s Chicken & Waffles has 10 different takes on the dish, each named for a different breed of chicken. Signature creations combine unique waffle varieties with chicken and homemade flavored cream cheeses.
Try the Red Crested Rose Comb — two chicken drumsticks on top of a thick waffle, topped with strawberry shmear and sweet candied pecans. They also have a menu of “Almost World Famous Waffles” if you prefer your breakfast without the bird.
Green Valley Grill
Greensboro’s Green Valley Grill brings an Old World vibe to Gate City. The dining room is a sight to behold, with a double-height ceiling and aged brick walls holding two stories of windows. With its proximity to the O. Henry Hotel, this luxurious spot is popular with locals and travelers alike.
The menu has both European and Mediterranean influences. Start with a snack of tapas or bruschetta, and feast on bright vegetable paella or rich pan-seared scallops for your main course.
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
Is there any comfort food more comforting than that of the American south? At Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, they aim to soothe your body and soul with fantastic food and sustainable practices that support the Greensboro community.
Using local produce and artisan-made ingredients whenever possible, this employee-owned restaurant hits all the Southern cooking notes. The fried chicken is perfectly crisp, and the complimentary cornbread can’t be beaten. Enjoy it all in their cozy, unpretentious dining room.
At modern restaurant Machete, the focus is on the food. In fact, for the first year of operations, Machete didn’t even have a physical location! The concept began as a pop-up restaurant, serving eight-course meals supper club-style.
They finally opened their restaurant in early 2020, only to be shut down a few weeks later by COVID-19. A quick pivot to takeout helped them stay afloat, and now they’re taking Greensboro by storm. Sit in their sunny, plant-filled dining room to enjoy an internationally-inspired menu from Chinese-style duck wings to Italian bolognese to prawns with Peruvian aji amarillo peppers.
Print Works Bistro
Feeling a bit continental? The place to go for French cuisine in Greensboro is Print Works Bistro. Coming from the same restaurant group as Lucky 32 and Green Valley Grill, this charming bistro combines a luxe, upscale interior with classic French fare.
Traditional dishes like French onion soup and steak frites will transport you right to the streets of Paris. And if you’re craving a glass of vino, you’re in luck — their wine menu features 75 options by the glass. Sip a dry muscadet from the Loire Valley on Print Works’ shady patio. Santé.
For over 20 years, Undercurrent Restaurant has been delighting dinner-goers with their creative interpretation of fine dining. Every entrée has a bit of a twist, from the cilantro and gold raisin puree on the grilled pork tenderloin to the smoked paprika in the ribeye’s aioli.
With hyper-local ingredients from nearby farms and a beautiful dining room and patio in downtown Greensboro, this popular spot fills up fast. Make sure to book your reservations in advance!
Looking for something different for lunch? How about a Tacu Bowl filled with rice, citrusy onions and tomatoes, avocado, creamy canary beans, and perfectly tender rotisserie chicken?
That’s what’s on the menu at Viva Chicken, a local fast-casual chain that serves Peruvian pollo a brasa — crispy-skinned rotisserie chicken. Slow-roasted over a charcoal fire, this chicken is tender and juicy, ready to add to the salads, sandwiches, and bowls on the menu. Or for a quick weeknight dinner, bring home a whole chicken and a few sides like arroz chaufa, a tasty Peruvian fried rice.