K&W Cafeteria has been a Greensboro institution for decades. Both the South Holden Road and the Northline Drive locations have many regular customers who get the same items every time they eat there. The above photo features the early part of the food line at the Northline Drive location which moves along from salads, meats/entree foods, vegetables, desserts, and breads to beverages. It is easy to fill a tray with salads and a hearty portions of meat, get a few vegetables, and realize by the end of the line that there is no way you'll have room for dessert.
K&W has its roots in Winston-Salem, where, in 1935, Grady Allred, Sr. went to work in a coffee shop owned by T.K. Knight and three Wilson brothers. Soon, the name of the shop was changed to K&W. Eventually Allred bought out Knight and the Wilsons and became sole owner. He opened a High Point location and stumbled on the idea for a cafeteria when rebuilding after a fire in 1952. The Northline Drive location opened in 1976, forty years ago.
Today is ABC Wednesday and for our A-Z 2016 Alphabet Series, "K" is for K&W Cafeteria. Just seeing a photo of the food line is making us hungry. If you are in the mood for good southern cooking-- everything from fried chicken livers to turnip greens to sweet tea to homemade pies and cakes-- K&W is a good choice.