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Fast Facts

Best BBQ

Pitmaster-approved Lexington Barbeque ranked among best BBQ joints in North and South Carolina.

Thrillist, 2022


Bars & Breweries in Downtown Winston-Salem

NC Triad

AAA Five Diamond

Fearrington House Restaurant

AAA Club


Restaurant in America (Machete)

Yelp’s Top Restaurants 2022

Couple enjoys dinner at Asian Bistro.


Feed into the Carolina Core

From classic North Carolina barbecue in Lexington to renowned new American fine-dining in Greensboro, the Carolina Core is shaped by a vibrant food scene. Creative, award-winning establishments across the region, such as Machete in Greensboro, Bernardin’s in Winston-Salem and Fearrington House Restaurant in Pittsboro, have impacted the North Carolina dining scene for their exciting, eclectic menus, while authentic, flavor-filled favorites like Lexington Barbecue and Snappy Lunch in Mt. Airy — established in 1923 — are sure to satisfy your “only in North Carolina” cravings.

Close-up of light beer on picnic table outside Joymongers.

Bars & Breweries

So Wet You’ll Whistle

From the urban streets to rural small towns, Carolina Core’s brewery scene invites friendship, laughter and an all-around good time. Have a handcrafted cocktail at Print Works Bistro near downtown Greensboro. Try a delicious microbrew at the pet-friendly Bright Light Brewing Co. in Fayetteville. Or grab a pint and enjoy some live music at Joymongers in Greensboro for your post-work happy hour.

People sitting at wine bar counter.

Vineyards & Wineries

Traces of Euphoria

It’s true that North Carolina is known for what it grows on its vines, and the Carolina Core is one of the best places to take a swig. Swirl a glass of wine at Lewis and Elm in Winston-Salem or go out for a wine tasting at the vineyards of Yadkin Valley. The New Orleans-themed Steak Street has received multiple awards for its wine list, and the upscale Roosters A Noble Grille  conjures memories of California’s Napa Valley.