GREENSBORO, N.C. — Out of all your favorite restaurants in Greensboro, which one do you think is the best? Well, a restaurant downtown is now considered one of the best in the nation.
Number 18 out of 100 to be exact, according to Yelp, and it's one of only two North Carolina restaurants that made the list.
We spoke with the owner of this restaurant, Talmadge Blevins, Thursday about this prestigious recognition.
"They say there is never a perfect time to open a restaurant, and I think we picked the absolute worst time, Blevins said. "Literally three weeks before COVID hit, that first year was a struggle."
For him and the team at Machete, the last two years have been a wild ride.
"It's obviously been a rough couple of years for restaurants everywhere, Blevins said. "We were totally surprised. We didn't know we were part of this list until people started reaching out to us yesterday. I owe all this success to my team."
For the ninth year in a row, Yelp released a list of the top 100 U.S. restaurants to try.
"We're fine dining, but very laid back and casual," Blevins said. "It's really just a testament to the entire team here. After struggling for two years and now getting this award, and hopefully, it'll give us some more recognition for the future."
Blevins and his team know they wouldn't be getting this high praise if it wasn't for the love and support from the people of the Triad.
"So we just really thank the community of Greensboro for supporting us and please keep coming back. You guys are doing great."
Just so you know, the other North Carolina restaurant included on this list is another Triad favorite, Harvest Grill, located in Dobson.
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