Off-campus dining in Winston-Salem is pretty varied, and there are plenty of options for students on a budget. Salem Tavern is close but expensive, while Mayberry's is great for a sandwich and ice cream. If you're willing to walk 15–30 minutes both ways, Fourth Street has lots of restaurants, including a campus favorite, Mellow Mushroom, which offers parmesan-dusted pizzas and an array of toppings. Noma's is a new place that is gaining popularity and is right across the street from Mellow Mushroom. For busy days or late nights, there's an array of sub, pizza, and Chinese places that deliver to campus. La Botana is a pretty cool, cheap place for Mexican food, and Athena Greek Taverna is nice place for lunch. Little Caesar's has decent cheese and pepperoni pizzas for $5.55 every day.
Students should definitely take advantage of off-campus dining places. For the most part, they are delicious, especially when compared to the on-campus fare. Students have to make sure they budget for eating off campus, as even cheap (around $7 per entrée) places can quickly eat up spending money. The best advice is to try to eat on campus when possible and to save money for special occasions, after the refectory closes around 7 p.m., and when the campus food is especially bad (like during the weekends when quality and variety take a dive). While the 15–30 minute walk to downtown may sound daunting, it's actually pretty feasible when you have a whole afternoon with nothing to do and friends who are willing to make the trek with you. The walk there certainly helps you work up an appetite, and the walk back helps you burn off calories!