Eat Like a Demon Deacon

Home to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem is a small town with a lot to offer. The Demon Deacons are filled with a hungry passion not only for their studies but also for their local eateries! Here are some favorite spots picked from avid student foodies to add to your Winston-Salem bucket list!

Caffeine Fix

Krankies Coffee

From frothy lattes to  homemade biscuits, Krankies Coffee has all your morning fixins. Everyone looks forward to a trip to downtown Winston-Salem to order from a selection of coffees, teas, and breakfast delights!

Maple cinnamon doughnut and chai tea latte from Dough Joe’s (Credit: Instagram @doughjoesnc).

Dough Joe’s

It’s no wonder why Deacons look forward to a cup of joe at this quaint restaurant located in the Reynolda  Village. After a long day of classes, a stroll through the Reynolda Trails for a handcrafted doughnut and cappuccino seems like a perfect way to keep the hard work going. Voted best doughnuts in the Triad, Dough Joe’s is the ideal spot for students to study or simply grab a quick pick-me-up!

Breakfast & Brunch

Village Juice Co.

Refreshing smoothies, rich acai bowls, and healthy avocado toasts are just a few of many delicious bites to order at Village Juice! Great for a juice on the go or a weekend brunch, Village Juice is a Wake Forest favorite.

Midtown Cafe & Dessertery

Can’t decide if you woke up craving sweet or savory? Well at Midtown Cafe, you get both! When your omelette comes with a side-stack of pancakes, it’s logical that students and families alike lineup here at all hours of the day. This cafe and dessertery offers all-day breakfast, with an array of coffees to accompany it!

Left: Pinky Swear smoothie bowl from Village Juice Co. (Credit:  Instagram @villagejuice). Right: Banana Crunch Pancakes from Midtown Cafe (Credit: Instagram @queenfoodie5).

Lunch & Dinner

May Way Dumplings

May Way is one of Winston-Salem’s hidden gems. Their tasty dumplings, flavorful noodles, and sweet bubble teas make eating on a student budget an afternoon pleasure! Deacs enjoy a walk through the beautiful Reynolda Trails to eat at this casual yet exciting joint.

Left: Peanut sesame noodles and steamed pork dumplings from May Way (Credit: Instagram @queenfoodie5).   Middle: Shrimp salad from 6th and Vine (Credit: Instagram @queenfoodie5). Right: Prime rib from Village Tavern (Credit: Instagram @villagetavern).

6th and Vine

If you like to be wined and dined, 6th and Vine is the best place for your next dinner date! Their menu offers a variety of dishes and cocktails suitable for a fun night on the town. Go downtown for an amazing meal you won’t forget!

Village Tavern

Perfect for family visits, the cozy yet lively Village Tavern is one of Reynolda Village’s staple destinations. With so many different dishes to choose from, this restaurant is great for both visitors and locals! 

If Someone Else is Buying

Jeffrey Adams on Fourth

If looking to make family weekend dinner reservations, Jeffrey Adams is quite the special dining experience. Get treated to an elegant night of juicy filet mignon, glazed salmon, or mouth watering risotto!

Left: Black angus sirloin from Jeffrey Adams. Right:  Ahi tuna from Jeffrey Adams. Credit: Instagram @queenfoodie5.


Campus Gas

Just a short walk from campus, this bar is a student hub designed for friends to gather over beers, hotdogs, sandwiches, or burgers. With indoor and outdoor seating, Campus Gas gives off the great energy all Demon Deacons know and love!

Night Scene

Cook Out

Whether it be after a long day of studying or a night out of partying, Cook Out is known for its much craved midnight snacks. Famous for its wide selection of milkshakes, students ride with friends to one of the drive-thrus for a late-night bite.

Cookout drive-through sign (Credit: Instagram @cookout).


Dewey’s Bakery

Calling all sweet tooths, Dewey’s is a must-do when visiting Winston-Salem. Offering unique cake, cookie, cupcake, and ice cream flavors such as pink-lemonade, moravian sugar cake, and s’mores, this bakery always amazes!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Founded in the year 1937 in the very own Winston-Salem, this sweet spot never gets old! Students line up at the sight of the lit-up sign indicating a batch of fresh, hot doughnuts. Whether you like them glazed or filled, Krispy Kreme is a local and national treasure!

Left: Cupcakes from Dewey’s Bakery (Credit: Instagram @deweysbakerywinston). Right: Doughnuts from Krispy Kreme (Credit: Instagram @krispykreme).