Greensboro, North Carolina is changing. Known for its contributions to both manufacturing and civil rights, a new area of notoriety is emerging. Cultural diversity is changing the way the city eats, and no one’s complaining.
From new concepts to old favorites, First Bank lays out an ideal day of dining. These eateries aren’t the only options, but you won’t regret any of our selections below.
No one does breakfast like Smith Street Diner. A Greensboro staple that touts being open 8 days a week, the diner offers the classics. One might speculate how they can fit such great portion sizes into such a cozy space, but somehow they manage.
Pancakes, eggs, bacon, fresh coffee and hand-squeezed orange juice may sound simple, but you can taste the love in everything they create. Make sure to sample one of their signature cat head biscuits before paying the bill.
Be sure to get there early, because lines can go out the door.
Since 1989, Jerusalem Market has been the choice for Middle Eastern eats in Greensboro. Just walk through the door and the scents of exotic spices and savory delicacies invite you to stay.
Try the “Best Hummus in the World” and their pistachio baklava. Catch them at their new downtown location for a healthy meal backed by a healthy environment.
Looking for a midday snack? Look no further than Yum Yum Better Ice Cream, located in the heart of the UNC-Greensboro campus. This iconic establishment has been family owned and operated since 1906.
Serving a selection of homemade ice cream and classic hot dogs, Yum Yum is known for flavor, not flash, and it’s long been a staple for UNCG’s student body. Get “one all the way” hot dog and a “kid’s cone” of ice cream to hold you over.
If you’re looking for a dinner that is a break from the norm, look no further than Crafted Restaurants. There are two Crafted locations in Greensboro with diverse themes.
Before you jump the gun and assume Crafted – The Art of the Taco is a Mexican restaurant, take a look at their menu. On it, you’ll find such tacos as the “Fedora,” which is filled with succulent blackened tuna seared rare with kimchi, garlic, and pineapple aioli. Get the “Big Truck” tacos, but sub out the pulled pork for chorizo. Trust us, we have a close inside source who wouldn’t steer us wrong.
If tacos aren’t your thing, Crafted – The Art of Street Food is a few blocks away. The upscale eatery brings the flair and charm of the world’s street vendors under one roof. They take pride in a rotating menu, so there’s always something new to try. Get the smaller portions so everyone at your table can share and enjoy the culinary journey.
After Dinner Drinks
Greensboro has many bars, but none like the Bearded Goat. Over the railroad tracks on south Elm Street, the Bearded Goat offers an inclusive environment.
Patrons are happy to stick to the beers on tap, but an assortment of mixed drinks are available. Local spirits from Greensboro Distillery’s Fainting Goat Spirits line (no relation) are readily available and make any cocktail exemplary.
The “Snack Pack” is an unwritten rule amongst locals, so make sure to grab one before you leave. We’d tell you what it is, but we want you to see for yourself.
Greensboro is boiling over with exciting new culinary creations. But the old-school establishments continue to leave their mark. This list is both a mix of the old and the new; its purpose is to give you taste of what Greensboro offers.
If you only had one day in the beautiful Gate City, we know you’ll gain a better understanding of who we are through our food.