Reviews & Awards & Press & Correspondence


To Mary's Of Course Cafe (September 3, 2010):

"Just a note to let you know how much I enjoy your website pictures taken in Chapel Hill.I moved to Florida from Durham last year after 42 years in Durham, NC. I miss Chapel Hill and especially Car Mill Mall and Southern Season. I use your photo of the mosaic lady for my computer screen background. I took a few photos of the mosaic lady before I left, but your photo is splendid! I used to take classes at CHICLE above the Weaver Street Market... I love that place and hope to move back when I can." - Mona Peters


Dear Ms Peters: We love that you were able to revisit the places dear to your heart through our website, and if you will send us your email address, we can get you a much larger high definition photo that will look all the better on your computer screen.



"Dear Ms. Haglund,

Congratulations on being featured in the March 2010 issue of Southern Living, which includes the Carolina Living story "Best Breakfasts In North Carolina." We would be very interested to hear about the response you recieve as a result of our coverage. We wish you all the best!

Sincerely- Nellah McGough (Southern Living)"




***Mary's Notably included in Best Of Triad 2010!

Mary’s Of Course was mentioned twice in the Yes Weekly "Best Of Triad 2010" readers poll this year!

Best Breakfast
Winner: Smith Street Diner, Greensboro
Runner-up: Tex & Shirley’s, Triad wide
Noteworthy: Mary’s of Course, Winston-Salem

Best Brunch
Winner: Green Valley Grill, Greensboro
Runner-up: Village Tavern, Triad wide
Noteworthy: Mary’s of Course, Winston-Salem

We were thrilled to pieces that our tiny little place was even mentioned in the same list as the massive Village Tavern chain, the awe inspiring Green Valley Grill and fabulous Tex & Shirley's (which is where we eat whenever we're in Greensboro for breakfast)! As for Smith Street Diner; we have not yet had the honor of dining there, but we certainly will now! (click on the red text above to peruse the full results).

Mary's Of Course was featured in the August 2009 issue of Forsyth Family Magazine, in an article about the Seeds Of Love For Errol benefit on September 19, 2009 (check the NEWS page for more details, so you can attend or just go to their website).

Mary's Of Course was featured in the July 2009 issue of Downtown, the Heart of Winston-Salem Newspaper, in an article about the Best Western Hotel across the street being remodeled as a Treatment and Recovery Facility.

Mary's Of Course was featured in the United Skirts Of America section of the December, 2008 issue of Skirt Magazine. Falling fourth in a list of twenty recomended events and places for the month (along with such things as "Children's Nutcracker Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom in Buckhead")!

"#4. Winston Salem, NC:

Mary's Of Course! Cafe serves delicious food made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. Visit Winston-Salem's best (and worst) kept secret for Sunday Brunch, and for heaven's sake, try the grits."


Logo for Smitty's Poll Award winners

***Mary's Wins "Best Of Winston Salem" Awards 2009!!

While we were on vacation Smitty's Notes announced the winners of their Best Of Winston Salem poll. Thanks to our loyal customers, Mary's Of Course placed Best in two categories and Runner up in two other! We were voted Best Breakfast and Best Brunch as well as 2nd Runner Up for Best Health Food and Best Vegetarian Food in Winston Salem! Wow, what an overwhelming response! We're so excited, I think we've run out of exclamation points. To quote Sally Field, "You like us, you really like us!" Congratulations to all our friends who made it on the list; Krankies got Best Coffee and Best Coffeehouse, Ollie's got 2nd Runner Up for Best Bakery, Meridian Restaurant got Best Chef (Chef Dan) and 2nd Runner Up for Fine Dining as well as Romantic Dinner, West End Cafe got Best Wait Person (Pamela Lillard) and 2nd Runner Up for Restaurant Service, and the list goes on! Check out Smitty's Notes for the full Best Of 2008 list. You can click on any text above in red to visit other winners, and thanks for voting for Mary's Of Course!!!

Let's Do Brunch: Excellent places for Sunday meal (From Relish)

Mary's Of Course was featured in the Thursday, March 6, 2008 issue of Relish Magazine, in an article by Laura Giovanelli about the best brunch places that met her grade for creativity, coziness and stretching the boundaries of Benedict! In part, the article said, "It’s fair to say that Mary’s Of Course! sets the standard for creative Sunday brunches. That’s the day of the week when owner Mary Haglund brings out the big brunch guns." She also reviewed The Cotton Mill, Christopher’s and the Green Valley Grill in Greensboro, as well as mentions Turmeric, Starr’s New Southern Cuisine in Mocksville and The Kitchen at Elkin Creek Vineyard in Elkin. Don't forget to check out the "Let's Do Brunch" slideshow pictures too!

Roll with the Brunches (from Our State Magazine)

Mary's Of Course was featured in the May 2007 issue of Our State Magazine, in the Tar Heel Tastes department! The title of the article was "Roll with the Brunches" by Jimmy Tomlin, with fantastic photos by Greensboro's on Nyght Falcon. Feel free to check out their website, though they don't publish online (or archive anything); and try to track down the issue or back order it to read the article.


The food is oh so fine at Mary's Funky Cafe (from The Winston-Salem Journal)

"Yes! Yes! Yes! Thank heavens. Or thank Mary Haglund. Just when it seemed we'd lost some of our most comfortable "alternative" eating places - we bow our head here at the demise of the Horse's Mouth and Penny Universitie. Just when we were losing heart .... Everything combines to make this place seem like a funky home away from home; one that feels as if it's been a favorite forever... And the food! The food here is the real thing."

"These treats are no surprise to folks who have known Haglund over the years. She's been a presence behind the stove in her own catering business, and in some of the restaurants this one most resembles. Although the style may be similar to, say, the Rainbow or the Horse's Mouth, the food thus far at her own restaurant is even better. Her business card defines her as "the woman who loves to cook," and folks, that's no lie."

-- Candide Jones, Winston-Salem Journal, August 11, 2000