Because I report restaurant news, many people think I am a restaurant reviewer. I am often asked what restaurants I would recommend.
But I am not participatory in my subject matter anymore than any other reporter would be for their beat. For example, a crime reporter is not a cop.
I gladly leave the restaurant reviewing to the critics.
That said, I do sometimes return for a meal to a new restaurant that I have reported about. And in the past year or so, several notable new eateries have popped up on the Greensboro restaurant landscape.
The farm-to-table movement has been growing in recent years.
Greensboro restaurants like Tessa Farm to Fork (3929 Battleground Ave.; 336-763-1256) and the recently opened restaurants Traveled Farmer (1211 Battleground Ave.; 336-792-1999) and Four Flocks and Larder (433 Spring Garden St.; 336-676-6131) strive to live up to the concept by celebrating partnerships with regional farm suppliers to create innovative spins on Southern cuisine.
I love bakeries and this area offers many, including the recently opened The Baker and The Bean (433-103 Spring Garden St.; 336-763-0592), a full dessert bakery and coffee shop. The shop also offers ice cream by the scoop. The shop boasts the Baker and the Bellyache, a behemoth of six cupcakes, eight scoops of ice cream, toppings, syrups and two T-shirts. If you and a companion can finish it in eight or fewer minutes, its free!
High Point’s Amoroso’s Bakery (5824 Samet Drive) opened a second shop at 5803-A Hunt Club Road (336-547-2600) in Greensboro that offers cake and cheesecake by the slice, cupcakes and other treats along with coffee. And Cakes By B’s Blue House Bakery (113 E. Main St., Jamestown; 336-307-4653) is serving cakes, cupcakes other goodies and coffee in a quaint blue house in the heart of Jamestown.
Looking for a tasty sandwich option? Look no further than the new My Bagels and More (5705 Inman Road; 336-542-0129) which produces a dozen varieties of artisan bagels that can be ordered as stuffed sandwiches or slathered with any number of spreads from the bagel bar. It is located off Fleming Road not far from Bryan Boulevard.
Melt Kitchen and Bar has opened a second Greensboro location at 1941 New Garden Road (336-763-5445) serving warm, gooey panini sandwiches just like its original restaurant at 2270 Golden Gate Drive at The Village at Golden Gate in Greensboro.
Sedgefield’s Jerusalem Market (5002 W. Gate City Blvd.) has opened a downtown Greensboro restaurant at 310 S. Elm St. (336-279-7025) serving the deli’s Middle Eastern sandwiches, specialties and sides.
Greensboro loves doughnuts. Two North Carolina-based chains now have Greensboro shops, including Duck Donuts (409 Pisgah Church Road; 336-291-8200) at North Elm Village offering warm, made-to-order doughnuts; and Rise Biscuits Donuts (3316 W. Friendly Ave., Suite 103; 336-294-9513) at The Shops at Friendly Center satisfies with both sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options.
Greensboro is home to plenty of pizza options. But Cugino Forno Pizzeria (1160 Revolution Mill Drive) at the Revolution Mill complex is well worth checking out with its Neopolitan-style pizza cooked to order in minutes in one of three wood-fired ovens right in front of the customer.
The Cottage Inn Gourmet Pizza chain debuted in North Carolina with a shop at 427 Tate St. in Greensboro (336-663-6333) offering 33 gourmet pizzas, including gluten-free options.
If you’re in the mood for spice, Taaza Indian Bistro (1216-M Bridford Parkway; 336-285-7878) opened just off Wendover Avenue serving Indian specialties and a selection of dosas, which is similar to a crepe rolled around a variety of fillings. Sona’s Indian Cuisine (1568 Highwoods Blvd.; 336-617-5171) at Jefferson Village shopping center also specializes in a variety of Indian specialties.
Greensboro is rich in Asian cultures and has plenty of restaurants.
ZC Hawaiian Barbecue (2224 Golden Gate Drive; 336-332-0066) at the Village at Golden Gate serves Hawaiian-style barbecue and Pacific-inspired plates; and Vision China Bistro (3205 Yanceyville St.; 336-690-0158) in Palmer Plaza serves up Asian specialties with homemade sauces.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, Greensboro is sure to satisfy.