The Big 2017

The Big Returns 2017

By Timothy G Beeman II

The Big Eat has been a downtown Winston-Salem staple for the last few years. When it looked like it was going to end, Piedmont Local Magazine stepped in and continued the tradition. You may ask, what is The Big Eat? The Big Eat is a collective of restaurants in downtown Winston-Salem where participating restaurants take signature menu items, reduced up to 50% off regular price, to highlight and showcase what the culinary scene downtown is all about.

You may have heard about a certain restaurant but haven’t ever eaten there. You don’t know if you’ll like it. You don’t know if the food of that restaurant is priced right for your budget. The Big Eat offers you the opportunity to try it and see if it’s for you.

Or, perhaps, there’s a restaurant that you are familiar with but you’ve never gotten that one menu item as you didn’t know if you’d like it. Well, that particular item so happens to be on The Big Eat menu and here’s your chance to try something you haven’t.

Then there’s the scenario where you don’t know about going downtown. You’ve wanted to, but haven’t had the opportunity.

What’s down there? What will I like? Again, The Big Eat has you covered.

Not all of the downtown restaurants are participating, however. Some of those that are participating include Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, The Old Fourth Street Filling Station and 6th & Vine. The list will grow as the time inches closer.

Some of last year’s specials include, from Hutch & Harris: a Slugger’s Steak Pasta, beef tenderloin tips, lightly dusted with blackening spice, then tossed with fresh spinach and tender fettuccini in a Cajun alfredo sauce for $8.99. From Spring House: Fred Flintstone’s Pork Shank, Savannah Inspired Red Rice

Lemon, Parsley and Dijon Bread Crumbs, House Pepper Jelly for $12. From 6th & Vine: Blackened Chicken Pasta, Blackened Chicken over fettuccini with a bacon, basil Alfredo sauce for $8.99. These are only examples and do not necessarily reflect this year’s specials or participants.

Keep an eye on the events’ website,, for more info and additions tothe list. Also, it is highly recommended that you make reservations at the participating restaurants. The special pricings and events are for dine-in only. It isn’t for takeout.

The Big Eat happens in downtown Winston-Salem on Tuesday nights, January 10, 17, 24, 31 & February 7, 2017. And, this coming year, Greensboro gets in on the action holding its events February 21, 28 & March 7, 14, 21, 2017. Support your downtown restaurants, learn about the restaurants and enjoy their wares.