Kernersville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Kernersville

April 14, 2018 Franklyn Hardiman

Kernersville is a town in Forsyth County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. A small portion of the town is also in Guilford County. The population was 23,123 at the 2010 census, up from 17,126 at the 2000 census. Kernersville is located at the center of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan area, between Greensboro to the east, High Point to the south, and Winston-Salem to the west. Some of the rural farmland surrounding the town has been sold and turned into large middle-to-upper-class housing developments, and numerous large shopping centers have been built in the town over the past few years. Flue-cured tobacco was the major crop grown in the area and is still grown in some areas today. While Kernersville went through a growth spurt in the first decade of the 21st century, it has leveled off and farms are doing well for the most part in an attempt to revitalize the agricultural community.
Things to do in Kernersville

1. Dairi-O

1488 NC Hwy 66 South, Kernersville, NC 27284 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 336-497-4565
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 126 reviews

Dairi-O

Reviewed By Greg S - North Carolina

Great Burgers, great fries, great ice cream, and all you can drink soft drinks. It's very popular with children and adults. It's also often crowded. That's got to tell you it's a great value, too.

2. Prissy Polly's Pig Pickin' BBQ

729 Nc Highway 66 S, Kernersville, NC 27284-3128 (Formerly Prissy Polly's BBQ Resturant) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 336-993-5045
Excellent
48%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 243 reviews

Prissy Polly's Pig Pickin' BBQ

Reviewed By charliespr - Raleigh,NC

We enjoyed Prissy Polly's very much!! We had been wanting to come for a couple of years, but we finally made the trip to Kernersville today. After having visited nearly 70 barbecue restaurants in five different states, we have tasted a lot of different kinds of barbecue, and we really liked Prissy Polly's.

Our party of four had the Lexington Plate, the Dark Meat Fried Chicken Plate, the Beef Brisket Plate, and the NC Pork Barbecue Tray, with sides of Brunswick stew, BBQ slaw, brown sugar baked beans, cabbage, sweet coleslaw, and French Fries. All plates came with delicious round hush puppies. The Lexington barbecue, the Eastern NC barbecue, and the fried chicken were all very good. The beef brisket was tasty, but we have never seen beef brisket served in chunks before. It had the taste and consistency more of a beef stew than that of a cut of beef brisket. Both types of slaw were very good, the cabbage and beans were good, and our teenager loved the French fries. The Brunswick stew was good, but not the best we've had.

We also had sweet iced tea and banana pudding, both of which were very good. Our servers were very nice and allowed us to sit and visit with each other for a while after we finished our meals!

Thank you, Prissy Polly's, there is no doubt that we will definitely be returning!!!

3. Outwest Steakhouse & Saddle

1185 NC Hwy 66 S, Kernersville, NC 27284-3534 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 336-993-2222
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 205 reviews

Outwest Steakhouse & Saddle

Reviewed By NCKate - Winston Salem, North Carolina

Outwest is a great place to have a delicious dinner without having to fight the Winston or Greensboro traffic. Situated in Kernersville it is easily accessible from I-40 and Bus 40/421. A well kept clean very nice restaurant with easy ample well lit parking. They offer a bar area with booths and high top tables; a beautiful outdoor dining area surrounded by brick wall enclosure to hive a nice peaceful setting away from traffic or parking lot. Outdoor area has gas heaters and fireplace in cooler months. In the warmer months there is live acoustic music on the patio. Our group usually consists of seniors, teens, young children and couples and this is one of few restaurants that seems to always please everyone. My personal favorite is the BEEF TOURNEDOS eight ounce Grilled choice cuts of filet mignon over house-made seasoned croutons, topped with jumbo lump crab meat, portabella mushrooms, scallions and rich demi-glace.
This selection is alot of food but there is never a morsel left on the plate!!!


4. Sixty Six Pizzeria Grill and Bar

930 Nc Highway 66 S, Kernersville, NC 27284-3133 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 336-293-6688
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 164 reviews

Sixty Six Pizzeria Grill and Bar

Reviewed By bwilley77 - Greensboro, North Carolina

We liked the pizza and calzone alot. The salad bar had a lot of good choices. The server tried hard to keep our drinks full and remember our choices. Full house on a Tuesday at time. Some plates had to be sent back because they were dirty. That is one opportunity area.

5. Fitz On Main

109 N Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284-2815 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch +1 336-992-1824
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 79 reviews

Fitz On Main

Reviewed By Sandra H

I used to eat in this tiny diner many many years ago when it was called Snows. I hadn't been back to Kville in years and was happy to see this place was still here under a new name. We stopped in for breakfast, early on a Saturday mornimg and the place was busy, it's small. We were able to sit at the counter within 5 minites, had it been 50 minutes it would have still been worth it. The food, service and atmosphere were perfect. It fit in perfectly with the charm that still remains in one of my favorite small towns in America.

6. Giadas Trattoria

210 N Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284-4004 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 336-497-5316
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 180 reviews

Giadas Trattoria

Reviewed By saibot - Huntersville, North Carolina

We were looking forward to this restaurant based on the "make your own pasta" feature, & were a bit disappointed that every single ingredient was at least a dollar to add. Our pasta entries were good, but not great. The house Greek I got with mine, for an up-charge, did not even have feta cheese...they use just mozzarella, which was a disappointment. I tried a bit of both a kid's pizza & the adult one my son got, & again...good enough, but nothing special. I think "average" is too low a rating, & "very good" too high, so I would put it somewhere in the middle. Service also seemed a bit slow. I would recommend it if you're in the area, but don't make a special trip from too far.

7. Smitty's Grille

838 S Main St Ste E, Kernersville, NC 27284-3331 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood Dinner +1 336-993-6699
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Smitty's Grille

Reviewed By ATD971 - North Carolina, United States

This is one of our favorite places! They do a great job with the steamed seafood--the crab legs are done well every time. The fish tacos are also a favorite. Love the beers they have on tap. The staff are friendly and make an effort to get to know "regulars." The wait can be long, but we expect that and accept that it comes with the territory of a place that is good and has the quirky seating as they do at Smitty's.

8. Palenque

621 N Main St, Kernersville, NC 27284-2662 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 336-992-1011
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Reviewed By Nancy D - High Point, North Carolina

Hubby wanted to go for a drive and eat at Palenque tonight. I was really not a fan of Palenque, but we went there. They have a large and somewhat complicated menu. We both ordered the Special Dinner and requested cheese enchiladas. Salsa and chips are delivered to the table and the salsa was pretty plain. The meal was delivered on two large plates for each of us. The portions were very generous. We planned to take a lot of our meal home with us. We ate the tacos and I noticed there was zero seasoning on the meat in the taco. That same unseasoned meat was placed on top of the tamale. A red sauce - basically plain tomato sauce - was poured over the tamale and enchilada. The chalupa was very bland. I did fish out a shredded whole bay leaf from the sauce poured over my food. The Spanish rice was plain, plain, plain. I took home the Chile rellano, rice, refried beans, and the tamale. Service was attentive and good and the portions were large. It is hard to believe that a restaurant does not season their food. I've noticed this on other meals here as well. I do not plan to return to Palenque .

9. Captain Tom's Seafood Restaurant

1265 NC Hwy 66 S, Kernersville, NC 27284 Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 336-996-5951
Excellent
32%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 135 reviews

Captain Tom's Seafood Restaurant

Reviewed By soyvickik - West Jefferson, North Carolina

We came for an appointment at the VA in Kernersville from the mountains. Georgette was our server. She was awesome! We had fish n chips and the baby shrimp plate. Of course, I always prefer to go to seafood restaurants when they are just opening, so I know that everything is hot and fresh! Wow! This was an amazing lunch menu and so good. There were a bunch of hush puppies and it was great and very reasonable! Georgette’s customer service was what put our experience over the top!! A+++++ all the way!!!

10. Plaza Restaurant

806 Nc Highway 66 S, Ste D, Kernersville, NC 27284-3175 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 +1 336-996-7923
Excellent
38%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Plaza Restaurant

Reviewed By kateg1414 - Kernersville, North Carolina

We eat here frequently when we are in the mood for breakfast for dinner, a salad or a vegetable plate. The menu is extensive, with a lot of heavier southern-style dishes. The vegetable menu varies daily... the beet salad is especially good. This is one of the few places that still serves liver...and does it well. The food is good, but eating here is like having dinner with friends. The hostess and wait staff are friendly and attentive. The portions are huge...I usually take half home. The prices are reasonable and a very good value. If you are looking for food like mom's ...this is close.

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