Winston Salem, A Foodie Wasteland?

Wasteland or Wonderland? That's the question. Last week I have a test for a government job in Winston Salem. Signing a non-disclosure agreement made me feel like I had entered the ranks of some super secret government organization. The real secret was where to eat? My go-to favorite in Winston was always TJ's Deli and their Sicilian sandwich. One problem, I don't eat bread anymore. Cheeseburgers are always a safe comfort food for me as I can ditch the bun. But where does one find a good burger in Winston Salem? Google is useless except for the image search and weeding through the preppy, bland burgers that have popped up in the last few years that people claim are great. What makes a burger great? Well, it should look like an absolute mess. The restaurant should be the size of a Dairy Queen takeout window and there should be a line around the building at lunchtime with normal looking people.  I'm talking old-school, cash only, greasy bags and they better sure as shit have chili. Guess what? There's such a place!

PB's Takeout serves up one damn good burger with all the aforementioned criteria met. Although they don't cook it outdoors style, per se, this place is what CookOut should be. Delicious, ghetto fabulous southern burgers (and hotdogs). Even if I do ever get a job, even if I do ever make enough money to afford those $9 tasteless pub burgers that  the bourgeois of the Triad claim are the best, I'll still hold true to my roots- cheap food, honest people and eating from the hood of my car. There's still nothing like it.

I can't say if Winston is a foodie wonderland quite yet, but they win this day.


  1. I'll share this on my Facebook page. I am not a big fan of burgers, but I know some people who can probably steer you in the right direction. Good luck with the job! Let us know if you get it!


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