Best Breakfasts in Winston-Salem

For any of you who might be traveling to campus in the coming weeks – either to spend Easter Weekend with your student, or for move-out in May, today’s Daily Deac is all about food.  Our provost, Rogan Kersh (’86), is guest blogging today to share some of his top picks for best eats.  (Editorial note from Betsy: Rogan nails it with his #1 pick; it’s one of my very favorites).

Top 5 Best Five Breakfast Spots for Parents Visiting Winston-Salem

Weekday or weekend, early or mid-morning: you’ll find rewarding sustenance at each of these.  A later list will cover best weekend brunch spots, but these are day-in, day-out favorites.

#5. Pane e Vino: close proximity to campus, if you’re meeting a son/daughter with morning classes! Best coffee drinks north of Camino Bakery.

#4. Famous Toastery: recently opened in burgeoning Trade Street corridor, the 7th or so of this North Carolina franchise. They get biscuits right.

#3. Midtown Cafe: enormous pancakes buried in fruit, if that’s your thing. But omelets are nicely done, and this is Winston-Salem’s power breakfast spot: arrive early and you’ll see CEOs, nonprofit chairs, university administrators, and religious leaders scattered through the dining room.

#2. Mama Zoe Michael’s: Greek-flavored southern breakfast (think homemade pita in place of biscuits) that never disappoints. Sweet potato hotcakes and breakfast corn pudding…νόστιμο (delicious)!

#1. Mary’s Gourmet Diner (aka Breakfast Of Course): On a once-quiet stretch of Trade Street, Mary’s anchors a flowering of hip–in Winston!–spots like Mission Pizza, Famous Toastery (see #4 above), and Camel City BBQ. Mary’s is low-key and delicious (the cinnamon swirl french toast never disappoints); expect a lively mix of blue- and white-collar workers, the art crowd (check out the Art-o-Mat, a repurposed cigarette vending machine that now dispenses local art works)…and a steady stream of WFU students.  Arrive early on weekends, or prepare for a wait.  Mary herself generally emerges from the kitchen every hour or two to circle through the dining room.

— by Rogan Kersh (’86)

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