529 North Trade Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Interior View (click on photos to enlarge)
Phil's Favorite - $10.99
Black & Blue with Grits - $10.99
Mambo Chicken - $9.49
This is a review of a restaurant located in downtown Winston Salem, North Carolina called Sweet Potatoes. After hearing so many good things about this restaurant and that this is where celebrities go to eat lunch when they are in town, I just had to brave the long lines and give it a try. Fortunately, we finally found a day when there wasn't a long line and we were seated at the best table in the house, right at the front window. Everyone that passed by was staring at our food. Who could blame them, their presentation is so appetizing! We arrived at 2 pm on the Saturday before Mother's Day, so I imagine most people were planning on going out on Sunday instead of Saturday, so the restaurant didn't have a line of people waiting outside to get a seat. Parallel parking is available on Trade Street. Their hours are 11 am to 3 pm for lunch and 5 pm to 10 pm for dinner. They are closed on Mondays and on Sundays they open half an hour earlier for brunch and no dinner is served. Their sanitation grade when we visited was 92.5%.
I ordered Phil's Favorite which is described as "fried catfish platter served with red and white fries, creamy coleslaw and a sweet potato muffin". Hubby ordered the Black & Blue which is described as "seared blackened ribeye steak with blue cheese, horseradish mayo and crispy onions on a whole wheat Kaiser bun". It took about twenty minutes to get our entrees, but it was worth the wait. The catfish was so flaky and the batter was so delicious yet not greasy. The french fries and sweet potato fries were perfectly cooked though I would have liked more of them. The sweet potato fries taste like they have a bit of cinnamon on them. They are the best I've ever tasted. You can barely see them in the photo above because they are underneath the catfish. The tarter sauce is so tasty and I'm very picky about tarter sauce. The coleslaw was scrumptious and made with green peppers and the perfect amount of spice. The waitress made the mistake of trying to take my plate before I was done eating my sweet potato muffin. I was on guard, no one was going to take that until I had my last bite! It was that good! Hubby enjoyed his steak sandwich and was in love with the grits. He said they are the best he's ever had and that man eats out most days and he's had his share of grits! We were offered dessert, but we don't tend to order dessert after a meal. We prefer to just go out for a drink and dessert instead, I don't like being stuffed. I saw pie at the table next to us that looked like it was to die for. Maybe we will get some dessert to go next time. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. They also serve cocktails and they look very tasty.
We returned again on another Saturday shortly after they opened at 11 am. This appears to also be a good time to visit since there were tables available when we arrived. I had Phil's Favorite again since I started craving it shortly after I had it the first time! Boy was that meal on my mind a lot! It was just as tasty as the first time and again it was not greasy which is really important to me since my stomach can't handle greasy food. Our meal came out a bit faster this time, I guess since there were less customers. Hubby had the Mambo Chicken which I was surprised he didn't order the first time we visited. It's described as "fried chicken breast on a Kaiser roll with fresh coleslaw and our Mambo sauce". He absolutely loved it and I plan to have it next time. Be careful with the sauce though, it's spicy hot! So use it with caution! Fortunately, he tasted it prior to putting it on his chicken. He also had spinach as a side and he said it was very tasty. We had a different waitress this time and she was also extremely friendly, attentive and welcomed us to return. I highly recommend you give this restaurant a try as soon as possible! It may become one of your favorite restaurants as it has for us. If you are visiting from out of town, don't be afraid to visit downtown Winston Salem. While it is a city, it doesn't have nearly the amount of traffic most do and parking is usually easy to find, so visit downtown Winston Salem soon!
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