Winston’s Grille: Celebrating 30 Years

Happy 30th Birthday Winston's!

Happy 30th Birthday Winston’s!

Balloons, flowers, birthday cake ice cream – it’s a celebration! Come on, let’s celebrate! Occasionally I’ll go to Raleigh, either to go to the farmers market, to visit a museum or park, or to shop. On this particular day I was at the Rolling Sculpture Art Deco car exhibit at the NC Museum of Art. Spending a couple hours perusing this collection of sleek and luxurious automobiles and motorcycles absolutely revved up my appetite. Ravenous, I was on a mission to sate my grumbling stomach.

Winston's Grille Then & Now

Winston’s Grille Then & Now

I’m not overly familiar with Raleigh and it’s many eateries – and trust me, there are many. One of my essential restaurant criteria is that the restaurant is locally owned. Chain restaurants are great, but local restaurants are better for so many reasons! Enter Winston’s Grille. Winston’s is regularly featured on various Instagram pages that I follow so I was eager to give them a try.

Beautiful decor throughout the restaurant.

Beautiful decor throughout the restaurant.

Food is my favorite pastime. Or is it my favorite sport? Either way, I can always find a reason to try out a new restaurant. It just so happens that the day I was trying Winston’s for the first time was also their 30th Birthday. In 1986, right in the middle of my big hair years, Winston’s opened and has been a local favorite since and now I know why: excellent staff, beautiful decor, great atmosphere, mouthwatering food served piping hot, and out of this world desserts.

Carolina Crab Dip served piping hot!

Carolina Crab Dip served piping hot!

First up: Carolina Crab Dip. Steaming crabby goodness consisting of sour cream, cream cheese, with a hint of horseradish is baked until golden brown and served with lightly toasted bread.

French Dip and Homemade Chips. Flavorful & filling!

French Dip and Homemade Chips. Flavorful & filling!

The Prime Rib French Dip with Au Jus and Homemade Potato Chips were up next. The tender, thinly sliced prime rib was nestled in a chewy roll with melted Swiss and a served with robust au jus for dipping. Sublime.

So many choices!! Which one do I want?!?

So many choices!! Which one do I want?!?

I was really, really stuffed after eating only half of the French Dip and chips, but when the dessert tray swooshed by my table one glance was enough for me to know dessert was in order. Eager, the decision as to which dessert to choose was difficult….so, which one of these lovelies did I select?

Bananas Foster and Birthday Cake Ice Cream

Bananas Foster and Birthday Cake Ice Cream

That would be the Bananas Foster. A childhood favorite that my mama used to make, I couldn’t resist! Served between two layers of puff pastry the homemade vanilla ice cream was topped with the sautéed bananas and drizzled with a Captain Morgan caramel rum sauce. This was not my mama’s bananas foster (sorry mama!). Each delectable bite of the crispy puff pastry was accompanied by the cool, creamy ice cream and the warm, caramel sauce and banana and devoured with gusto. If you eat nothing else at Winston’s, be sure to try the bananas foster. Yes, this confection is that good!

Look at this lucious bite of banana heaven!

Look at this lucious bite of banana heaven!

This was the first time I ate at Winston’s Grille, but it’s certainly not the last! Happy Birthday Winston’s Grille. Here’s to many more!