Luis Gomez wrote:
La Botana. Rana Loca, Mary's, Krankies and Cafe Gelato.
I feel like I have to chime in here after spending 4 years in Winston-Salem.
I was an undergrad student at Wake, so take my recommendations with a grain of salt, as I was living the poor college life. If you are expecting to live the poor law student life, take my advice. My favorites are also probably popular among undergrads, but a good, cheap meal is a bonus for anyone.
For Mexican, hit up Mi Pueblo. No question. They had a special back in the day with 12 ounce drafts (Dos Equis ftw) for $1, while 32 oz drafts were $3.50. We used to order 3 12oz beers and a large mug. I think they've fixed that glitch, but it's still cheap as hell. Their queso is MONEY.
Rose's Deli on University Pkwy was also a big favorite. The Mark's special (#60 I believe - buffalo chx sub) is fantasic.
For pizza, burke st pizza is the way to go (especially after a night of drinking). Mellow Mushroom downtown is also great.
Other recommendations include Village Tavern, Carving Board, Millner's, and Ichiban.
Be weary of Opera House (bar) mixed drinks. Their normal drinks are a double at most bars. If you ask for a double rum and coke, you probably won't get any coke. This is a hot spot for undergrads on Thursday nights, so if you wanna creep on younger co-eds, this is your place to be.
Giving these recommendations is making me miss W-S. Not enough to spend another 3 years there, but Wake offers a great education and athletics in a cheap city. I'm probably leaving a lot out, but it's a good start.