So my wife’s birthday was last week, and she had seen my earlier blog post comment about The WORX being potentially “good for a date night with my wife.” Guess what we tried last Thursday night for her birthday dinner? (It’s a good thing it was so good!)
One of the newer downtown Greensboro restaurants, The WORX is housed in an 1890 building on Barnhardt Street downtown, right next to the railroad tracks. It’s a little tricky to find, but once you make it there, you'll find plenty of parking in a parking lot right next to the restaurant. As you approach The Worx, you'll notice its wide front porch, where in nice weather, people sit to dine or enjoy a beverage.
Inside, the restaurant is a cool blend of modern and historic – heavy old beams I am guessing are original to the building support the ceiling, and the walls are either original brick or match the original building’s brick. The bar and barstools are more modern, with stainless-steel finishes, and the signage and art have a contemporary industrial feel. We loved the restaurant’s vibe (on a Thursday night, at least): We felt like we were eating at a nice restaurant, but it felt relaxed and not rushed. The bar is an integral part of The Worx, but the bar patrons weren't too loud or unruly.
Now, for the food. I had been told that The Worx offered high-quality food at reasonable prices, and that is true. The most an entrée cost, if I'm remembering right, was about $20, but virtually everything else was under $15. That’s not fast-food prices, I know, but for food like this, it is fantastic. We had:
- The calamari appetizer, which was delicious: fresh and lightly breaded with a dipping sauce that tasted homemade.
- My wife had Chicken Oscar, substituting a side of of bacon collards for the garlic spinach, and she really enjoyed it. In case you're wondering, Chicken Oscar is a whole chicken breast, topped with lump crab and a tasty hollandaise sauce. The Worx served it on top of the spinach and some buttermilk mashed potatoes, and it was enough food that Krys needed a to-go box.
- I had the "special,” which was fried chicken with mashed potatoes, spinach, and white gravy. I loved it, and the fact that it was a boneless breast of chicken was a real plus.
- For dessert, we couldn't resist trying the pan-fried vanilla pound cake (Chef's recipe) with a Bing cherry compote and vanilla bean ice cream. The pound cake was very moist and light. Perfect!
We also thought the beer list was a good one, featuring some nice choices from around the world and some of my favorites from North Carolina. The menu also offered “suggested wine pairings” for entrees, and they looked like good options, too.
You might say The WORX is a somewhat hipper "city" version of one of my favorites - Southern Roots in Jamestown - with a nicer bar and better acoustics. You can hear a train whistle in either!