109 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
336.448.0970 | FivePointsWinston.com
Open Monday – Thursday from 11 AM – 9 PM; Friday – Saturday from 11 AM – 10 PM; and Sunday from 10 AM – 9 PM
When I told my friend I’d be reviewing Five Points for the February issue of Forsyth Woman, she asked what kind of food they serve. Honestly, the question stopped me. Not because I couldn’t answer, but because I wasn’t sure where to begin. It’s always such a delight to visit Five Points, where the menu is diverse, yet each dish is given its own signature touch of sophisticated flavor. I decided the best way to answer was simply to bring her with me.
It was a good call; my friend is new to the area. Though I’ve dined at Five Points many times, it was a wonderful refresher to see it through her eyes. She was delighted by the atmosphere, hospitality, and of course – the food!
I’ve decided to cut out carbs this month with the one caveat being Rosey’s Review night. I was so happy for my exception-to-the-rule when our wonderfully attentive server brought us a basket of Five Points’ signature warm bread. There’s a New Orleans’ beignet quality to these small rolls, and any carb lover will agree – they are worth ruining any diet.
General Managers Jack and Pam Welker know I prefer for the restaurant I am reviewing to choose the menu (so I can be sure to highlight their new dishes and specialty favorites). And, wow… Starting with appetizers, a parade of culinary excellence made its way from the kitchen to the dining room in great style, each dish, artfully presented.
Our appetizers included Tuna Tartare Tacos, which was a delightful plate of four miniature crunchy tacos – the crispy texture was a fantastic complement to the soft fresh tuna. Served with Asian Napa Slaw, the appetizer was garnished with a wasabi cream sauce. This is a perfectly proportioned appetizer, or even a small meal. It was a flavorful and decadent way to start!
You simply can’t go wrong with a classic – Pimento Cheese. At Five Points, they make theirs from a combination of aged cheddar, Vermont white cheddar, and pepper jack cheeses. With traditional roasted red peppers mixed in, it’s a rich and smoky appetizer served with plenty of toasted Lavash (a soft, thin flatbread).
Another cheesy favorite is the Spinach Artichoke Dip. The mild flavor of spinach mixes beautifully with sharp flavors of artichoke. Pepper Jack and Parmigiano-Reggiano complete this masterpiece. Its creamy goodness is also enjoyed with Five Point’s toasted Lavash.
Pomegranate Shrimp rounded out our appetizer course. Six large shrimp that are flash-fried and tossed in Asian pomegranate glaze are served on top of a bed of basmati rice. Delicious! Another appetizer that could easily be a small dinner.
Ah, the Warm Goat Salad. My favorite salad in the world. This is a unique combination of flavors: greens with cucumbers, tomatoes, cranberries, dates, spiced pecans, balsamic glaze, and a warm, lightly breaded disc of goat cheese for the perfect creamy addition. Amazing on its own, it’s also great with grilled chicken if you’re looking for an idea for lunch!
If you’re more of a traditional salad person, you won’t be disappointed with Five Points’ Chop Salad. A mix of iceberg and romaine lettuces with tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted corn salsa, and aged cheddar are tossed with housemade garlic buttermilk ranch. Topped with croutons, this is an example of why Americans came to love salads.
On to dinner! I love Filet Mignon, and Five Points knows how to make an amazing steak. It is hickory grilled, topped with a cabernet demi-glaze and served with a garnish of grilled leeks. It had that perfect crust of a seared steak, and it’s served with redskin mashed potatoes, and a fresh vegetable (which alternates based on the day and the season).
If you’re longing for the coast, you’ll definitely want to try the Lobster Lobster. This dish is so good, they had to name it twice. Two lobster tails – one grilled, one fried, or you can double up the same – your preference. These fresh-from-Maine beauties are served with both drawn butter and a lemon-thyme butter sauce. This seafood delicacy melts in your mouth. Served with a delicious salt-crusted baked potato and a fresh veggie – all I can say is, “Go hungry!”
The humble chicken gets a makeover when Chef Graham Parsons gets ahold of it! The Dijon Chicken breast is basted with a thick Dijon cream sauce. Cooked to perfection, it’s tender and perfectly complemented with sautéed spinach and sundried tomatoes. An excellent option!
Maple Balsamic Pork Chops rounded out our entrees and with the bone-in rib cooked tender, there aren’t enough words for how flavorful this dish is. This is a large pork chop, too, so there’s a good chance you’ll have leftovers to enjoy! Especially if you dig into the sides – those redskin mashed potatoes and a fresh vegetable make this an all-American favorite.
You can’t go to Five Points without sneaking a peek at their dessert menu. The Warm Belgian Chocolate Torte is a chocolate-lover’s dream. While we were all full, we couldn’t help but sit up straight and dig in!
We also enjoyed homemade Cheesecake made, of course, with the perfect graham cracker crust every cheesecake needs! So good. And large enough to share. I’m not saying you have to, but just putting it out there.
The White Chocolate Bread Pudding came out with a kind of smug arrogance. If it could have spoken, it would have likely taunted me that I was unable to turn my spoon away. Like a good bread pudding, this was dense, rich, and beautifully accented with a ribbon of salted caramel.
One of my favorite desserts is Coconut Cake. If you like coconut, you probably agree with me, and the Five Points team – they get five gold stars for this delicious number. The cake was moist, and the coconut was amazing.
If you haven’t visited recently, or you are new to the area, you should pay a visit soon! You will know it because the restaurant is centrally located, named after Winston-Salem’s infamous five points intersection which is right around the corner! Make sure you tell them that Rosey sent you!