While High
Point is officially North Carolina’s International City, this week it becomes
the hottest spot in the Triad for the 9th annual John Coltrane International
Jazz & Blues Festival. Best known for furniture and textiles, the Third
City is a place full of cultural and culinary options. Choices range from
biscuits to barbecue to crepes to catfish, with something for everyone all over
town. Weekend hours are limited and varied for each establishment listed. Check
hours and always call if your party needs special accommodations or have
parties larger than six. Enjoy this guide to the best restaurants to get a bite
to eat in High Point. 

1. Becky’s And Mary’s
731 E. Washington Drive

Catch this
cash-only establishment’s operating hours before heading to Oak Hollow Festival
Park. Fill up on breakfast or lunch with steak and eggs with grits and home
fries or stick around for the fried chicken, collard greens or potato salad for
lunch. Serving for over 40 years, one of the most highly lauded restaurants in
the city.

2. Coast
5820 Samet Drive

This high-end seafood restaurant’s lighting and decor evoke a coastal feel with a menu of wood fired items like salt and pepper catfish, shrimp and grits and pasta with scallops, shrimp and oysters. Don’t miss the garlic skillet biscuit or fried alligator bite delicacies. And there’s a rooftop patio, if you’re into that sort of thing.

3. Sammy G’s Tavern
3800 Tinsley Drive sammygtavern.com

Open since
2012, lunch, brunch and dinner are all intimate, sophisticated and friendly
with a lively bar and quiet dining experience. Fine cuts of steak, fresh seafood and entrees
with a touch of global influences make the menu interesting to explore.

4. Sweet Old Bill’s
1232 N. Main St.

burgers and brews await you at one of the newest BBQ restaurants in the city.
Nestled next door to award-winning Brown Truck Brewery, choose your own
culinary adventure with house-smoked chicken, brisket and ribs paired with over
a dozen sides and sandwiches.

5. Big Ed’s Chicken Pit
105 W. Peachtree Drive

For more
than 20 years, this restaurant’s small building has promised big things by the
way of barbecue-style chopped chicken, fried chicken and wings. Be comforted by
Southern sides such as collard greens, macaroni and cheese, pinto beans and
fried okra alongside sweet-tea refills and slabs of homemade layer cakes.

6. Small Batch
2760 NC 68 smallbatchhp.com

Known for burgers,
brunch and built-to-order milkshakes, what started out as a nano-brewery is now
a bustling restaurant, brewery and bar with an over-the-top seasonal menu. Stop
here for a burger or brunch if you’re craving a modern, stylish atmosphere with
a creative yet approachable menu.

7. Biscuit Factory
2103 Kirkwood St.

Find the
biggest, buttery and cheesiest biscuits in the area here. Be prepared for long lines and tight parking as
this is one of the most popular spots to get a spot of breakfast. While the
biscuits require two hands to hold all of the grilled breakfast meats and
cheeses, don’t miss the hand-pattied burgers or other grilled sandwiches.

8. Tipzy’z Tavern and Grill
805 Westchester Drive tipsyztavern.com

neighborhood bar and grill puts a twist on favorite bar classics with stuffed
burgers, wings and creative salads and quesadillas. Everything is
cooked-to-order and served along a selection of local craft beers, handcrafted
cocktails and house-made layer cakes with a side of Southern hospitality.

9. Sumela: Turkish and Mediterranean
805 N. Main St. sumelarestaurant.com

Discover an
array of Turkish and Mediterranean dishes in the cozy dining room or patio for
an outdoor dining experience. Open Monday through Saturday, eat like a member of the royal court
with platters of kebabs, sides, salads and sliced meats accompanied by sauces
and spreads.

10. Penny Path Café
104 E Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Follow the path of
pennies to the only creperie in town. The menu encourages customers to pick and
choose which fillings they want and is a vegetarian’s dream. They include
everything from crepe Suzette to a Plain and Fancy, which is just a crepe
filled with granulated sugar, honey and powdered sugar.

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