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Greenville, SC, dining scene

American Grocery is, by far, head and shoulders above the others. Best restaurant in town, in my opinion. They source locally, the chef puts a lot of thought into the dishes.

Smiley's has a very reliable bar-food type menu and good live music.

Trappe Door is too new for me to have tried yet (I have timeline rules - I like to let them work out the kinks), but their menu looks good.

Community Tap isn't a restaurant but an excellent beer & wine store. They do growlers and the owners could not be nicer or more knowledgable. Great selection, constant rotation of beers on tap, and they also have 3 wines on tap. Good selection of bottles too and their wine selection is small, but well thought out. You can also buy Sweeteeth Chocolate here (from Charleston), which is wonderful.

Not a fan of any of the others except for the occasional glass of wine on the patio at Lazy Goat.

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American Grocery Restaurant
732 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

The Lazy Goat
170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

Jul 27, 2011
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Best place to buy fresh seafood in Greenville?

At the Saturday Farmer's Market - downton on Main Street 8am - 12pm May through November. Outside of that timeframe, Whole Foods on Woodruff.

Aug 08, 2010
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Charlestonian Meets the Upstate - Greenville, SC

Nancy is right - it's the new Rick Erwin restaurant in the new Marriott downtown. Very chic, very pricey, very "it" spot to be right now. We went seeking out oysters b/c you can't find decent New England oysters in this town and they were simply amazing. We also had mussels which were excellent and a couple of VERY expensive bottles of wine. I've heard good things about the entrees, but haven't done that aspect of the menu yet.

Aug 01, 2010
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Farmer's Market Alert!!! northern Greenville County (S.C.)

I just saw an ad for this in the Greenville Business Magazine and wondered if it was new or if I had just overlooked it in the past. Glad to know it's just starting up, we'll have to take a Friday night drive and check it out.

Jul 25, 2010
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Charlestonian Meets the Upstate - Greenville, SC

Best sushi in town is Koji (on Main) or Purple International Bistro (near the Stadium). I've been to both dozens of times at this point and haven't ever invested time to "get in" with the sushi chef, but still reap the benefits of wondeful sushi at both.

Bangkok Thai (Pelham Road) has great Thai food.

We get our Sunday night pizza fix from Sciortiono's (Pelham Road) which is relatively new and serves true NY style pizza (family owned a pizza joint in NY for many years and have relocated here).

Lazy Goat offers reliable food with a creative chef (anyone who gets Thomas Keller talking about several of their dishes is fiiiiine in my book). The atmosphere is really bland and sterile though, but they have a great outdoor patio when it isn't 104 degrees outside.

Nantucket Seafood Grill - best seafood option in town, also most expensive seafood option in town.

Totally agree with Pita House - love it and Luna Rosa - great gelato. Luna Rosa also does a true Italian panini that is wonderful, if not a smidge pricey.

Papas and Beer (Haywood Road) is a CalMex restaurant that is waaaaay better than any of the other mainstream mex restaurants around here.

I haven't found an italian place in town that is worth repeating for something other than pizza....

Saffron's Indian (off of Woodruff at Miller Road) - best Indian in town.

Bin 112 in Greer is a fave of mine - bistro style menu, everything available in app or entree portions, good seasonal selection, and really, my fave thing is the homemade ice cream option that changes each week on the dessert menu. huge gluten free menu as well.

Love American Grocery, though it's not an everyday dining kind of place.

Stella's Bistro in Simpsonville is worth the drive. Doesn't look like much - in a strip mall - but great care in ingredients (local) and preparation.

Several places in town my hubby and I get a cheese plate and wine: Devereaux's is our fave, especially on Sundays when it's half price wine night, Smiley's Acoustic Cafe, American Grocery, Lazy Goat, Bin 112.

Les Meras Tortas! The other posters are right - this is a good one to seek out!

Welcome to Greenville!

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American Grocery Restaurant
732 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

Devereaux's
25 East Court Street, Suite 100, Greenville, SC 29601

Pita House
495B S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607

The Lazy Goat
170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

Jul 25, 2010
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Murasake (Greenville, SC) - It's all about the chef

I'm surprised you didn't stroll up the road and have Koji provide your omakase! =)

I've found the same thing at the Murasaki's. One time will be absolutely great, the next time so bad I promise I won't return. It's a gamble.

Good to know that Julia is worth checking out.

Feb 24, 2010
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Greenville/Greer - Help me find a fun lunch!

Ethnic:

Bangkok Thai Cuisine (Pelham Road, near now closed Peak Fitness) is very good.
Saffron Indian Cuisine (Near intersection of Woodruff/Garlington/Miller Rds) best indian in town
Pita House (Pleasantburg) great lebanese, inexpensive, cash only.

Jan 04, 2010
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In need of a recommendation for Greenville, South Carolina

Lazy Goat's current chef is NOT the original one and in fact, she was awarded Breakout Chef of the year (or something similar) from Esquire magazine and Thomas Keller was quoted in a couple of spots as raving about some of her dishes. She's outside the box, cooks with big flavors, and it's affordable. I highly recommend it for the food, the ambiance is a little off to me..feels sterile. Try the mousaka - it's one of my favorites.

There is a new spot on N. Main called the Green Room that I've only been to once. The owner is calling it "casual fine dining". Great atmosphere, service, menu. They took over the old Paris Cafe spot and retained the bakery equipment and hired a pastry chef, so all bread and pastry is made in house, as well as homemade mozz (yay!). The mini taco app and the bread pudding for dessert were standouts, but everything else was passable.

Love AG, best in town for sure, but pricey.

Dec 16, 2009
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Happy hour Greenville,SC and asheville NC

High Cotton has the best deal, IMHO. $2 off all cocktails and wine and $1 off beer. They make great specialty drinks (like the espresso martini).

Others in town who do some kind of happy hour:
Oysters on the West End, Soby's, Smoke on the Water, Liberty, Pomegranate, Guadalajara's, Lazy Goat, Cazbah.

Sep 11, 2009
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Brown Street Jazz Gville SC

I've had consistently good food @ Brown Street and really great service, especially at the bar. They also do some interesting happy hour food specials during the week and a really good lunch menu!

Mar 23, 2009
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sat. nite in Greenville, Sc

Danna - I'm curious as to why you threw the "supposedly" in the Luna Rosa review? What has led you to believe that the family who runs it is not making things from scratch?

(Side note: For others, they are making things from scratch, talk to any of them for more detail on the gelato made daily, italian specialities that the mother of the family makes from scratch, homemade pizza doughs, etc.).

Mar 18, 2009
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sat. nite in Greenville, Sc

From my last post about this:

My husband and I do this most weekends, some of my favorites:

grilled pizza, fried goat cheese, or cheese plate @ Lazy Goat (if you are planning on going this coming friday, you can get $25 towards your purchase at table301.com)

cheese plate, pasta small plate special (we had eggplant with gnocchi this weekend that was very good), the veggie small plate special (rotates) or fondue @ Stellar

an "appetizer trio" @ Pomegranate (pick 3, we always do hummus as 1)

the baked cheese appetizer @ Brown Street, or the smoked salmon app

Smiley's has surprisingly good food, the chipotle pimento app is good (it's good on the burger too). I've had a couple of other things there that escape me right now.

charcuterie plate @ High Cotton

Rey's is now a bar (not a market) and had a decent looking bar-food menu, but we didn't eat. Just had beers - they have a really great selection. Little bare bones right now as they have just converted it from the market to the bar.

I love the bar menu at devereaux's, but have had only really horrible experiences sitting at the bar, so typically skip it.

In addtion:

Cantiflas just moved and though the food isn't usually that exciting, it would be a good place to have a margarita and/or app and sit on the patio and people watch.

Mar 18, 2009
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Victoria Valley Vinyards - Upstate SC

The growing conditions are probably the reason that the Biltmore ships in about 80% of their grapes for their wines, so I wouldn't really call that a local indulgence. Where is Shelton Vineyards?

I haven't had the opportunity to get up to VVV yet, but several people I know have been and enjoyed their time. I think I'll check it out once spring hits.

Do they sell in town at all?

Feb 06, 2009
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Greenville (SC) & Restaurant.com/Casbah

I wouldn't consider it good either. On top of that, the service is usually not great.

You will catch me there occassionally for the 11pm happy hour though, solely based on discount drinks and the fact that there is now a smoking ban. =)

Jan 26, 2009
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Greenville [SC]- Business Dinner

Devereaux's or American Grocery $$$$
Pomegranate $$$

Jan 26, 2009
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Fri. nite in Greenville(SC)

My husband and I do this most weekends, some of my favorites:

grilled pizza, fried goat cheese, or cheese plate @ Lazy Goat (if you are planning on going this coming friday, you can get $25 towards your purchase at table301.com)

cheese plate, pasta small plate special (we had eggplant with gnocchi this weekend that was very good), the veggie small plate special (rotates) or fondue @ Stellar

an "appetizer trio" @ Pomegranate (pick 3, we always do hummus as 1)

the baked cheese appetizer @ Brown Street, or the smoked salmon app

Smiley's has surprisingly good food, the chipotle pimento app is good (it's good on the burger too). I've had a couple of other things there that escape me right now.

charcuterie plate @ High Cotton

Rey's is now a bar (not a market) and had a decent looking bar-food menu, but we didn't eat. Just had beers - they have a really great selection. Little bare bones right now as they have just converted it from the market to the bar.

I love the bar menu at devereaux's, but have had only really horrible experiences sitting at the bar, so typically skip it.

Jan 25, 2009
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Good eats in Greenville, SC?

Agreed about Pita House - great food.

I think Bucky's BBQ is better than Henry's - Bucky's is located on Roper Mountain Road, which wouldn't be a bad drive for you.

Chops Cajun Foods on Pelham - authentic N'awlins cuisine, including boudin, frog legs, etc - very good. Several LA natives that I know swear by its authenticity. Small shop, with take out options and a few tables.

Saskatoons on Haywood has "adventurous" like ostrich, elk and other wild game. Never been, not a big meat eater, but some people like it.

I'm guessing Whole Foods is the same as the whole foods near you.

La Cubanita on Broad (downtown) is very good, authentic cuban, but they were taking a few weeks for a vacation and I'm not sure if they are back yet. They make their bread in house, which is VERY good, but daily specials shouldn't be missed either.

Jan 23, 2009
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New and good in Greenville, SC

American Grocery - focus on local cuisine, $$$$, great wine list, located on Main in the West End, www.americangr.com (dinner only)

Pomegranate on Main - $$, persian food, really good food all around, best hummus in town, typically good bartenders and staff, large outdoor seating area (covered in the winter).

Devereaux's - $$$$, great young chef, creative, utilizes local, seasonal cuisine. Staff can be a bit hit or miss and can seriously detract from an experience, but the food is worth it.

Lazy Goat - tapas style small plates, pizza, $$, many specials throughout the week, located in front of the Hampton Inn, overlooking the river, part of the Table 301 group (Soby's, O, Devereaux's). (lunch or dinner)

La Cubanita - cuban food, $, located on Broad Street (lunch or dinner, but more of a lunch spot)

Luna Rosa - a gelato shop with authentic italian food, $$, italian family re-located from NY, hand made specials like chicken parm, lasagna and very good (true) paninis, gelato is good too, not open on Mondays, located on Washington beside Wild Wings. (lunch or dinner, but more of a lunch spot).

Smiley's Acoustic Cafe - $$, live music venue with surprisingly reliable, yet creative food. I'm not sure if they do lunch, but they serve dinner and late night. Located on Augusta, just past the Life is Good Store and Monkee's).

Blueberry Frog - $, yogurt shop in the West End (right on Main - near Rick Irwin's).

High Cotton - 1st location is in Charleston, $$$$, people like it, but I think it's "ok". they do brunch and dinner. Located on Main, at the bridge

Marybeth's - $$, good for breakfast, but open for lunch too. located in McBee Station, on McBee. I think they are open 7 days a week now, but I'm not 100% sure.

Azia (Woodruff Road) - $$$, upscale sushi and asian. best sushi in greenville, IMO, flashy restaurant, good cocktails. only open for dinner. Located near Whole Foods.

Stellar Wine Bar - $$$, located on the 2nd floor above Trio. A bit pricey for what you get, but good food, ambiance, and decent wine list.

Enjoy your trip back!

Dec 19, 2008
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Stella's Bistro (Greenville, SC Area)

Has anyone been to Stella's Bistro in Simpsonville?

I just caught an ad for it in the paper and I hadn't realized that the former chef of High Cotton went there to pursue local cuisine. The vibe/concept seems to be similar to that of American Grocery (sourcing as much as possible from local farmer's) but the price tag is less (hello suburbia).

I'm sure I'll make the trek to try it based on their concept and current menu, but I was just wondering if anyone has been yet.

www.stellasbistro.com

Dec 15, 2008
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Lead Waffles...HELP!

Try adding some club soda.

This is the recipe I use and it produces perfectly light and fluffy waffles.

2 cups reduced fat Bisquick
1 egg (or egg substitute)
½ cup canola oil
1-1/3 cup club soda

Nov 26, 2008
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Restaurant O Closing (Greenville, SC)

I had heard that a few weeks ago, but didn't know if it was true or not. I wonder what will go in that spot! I'm actually surprised they didn't shut it down awhile ago, it's always empty when I go by.

The important thing to note from that article is the "name the price of your meal" event they are doing the night before Thanksgiving!! For those who missed the article, the night before Thanksgiving you can go in and dine and then pay whatever YOU think the food is worth (alcohol not included).

Nov 21, 2008
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What's the latest scoop on Soby's? - Greenville SC

It's what I call reliable, but not special. I have an appetizer and salad there with cocktails only once in awhile, and it's always fine. I think Devereaux's is, by far, the best Table 301 restaurant (and one of the top in Greenville), and the price point isn't that much more than Soby's for far better food.

Although, several friends and family have gone and continue to go b/c they find the food to be quite enjoyable.

If your parents are the type who live for food, I would skip Soby's and head to Devereaux's or American Grocery in the downtown area. If they are not that type, I think Soby's will be fine.

Nov 16, 2008
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33 Liberty?!

From continued Yahoo searching:

Absolute Restaurant Equipment Auction
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 7:00 PM - Wed, Oct 29, 2008 9:00 PM Eastern

"33 Liberty" Restaurant has closed the doors...everything will sell to highest bidder...equipment and accessories..something for everybody!"

That's a shame.

Nov 05, 2008
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33 Liberty?!

No! Did it close?!

I was in that neighborhood last night and it was dark at 6pm and I was thinking of heading there this weekend so I went to their website to check out the menu for the week and I get error after error instead of the site.

Google search led me a comment on meetup.com that someone mentioned they hate to see it close, but no other details.

Is it true?
Is it really gone?
Or am I sad for no reason?

Nov 05, 2008
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Upstate (SC) On-Farm Dinner

Thanks for the heads up!

Aug 26, 2008
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Great New Girl in Town...Mary Beth's (Greenville SC) Report

I finally had a chance to try Mary Beth's, though for lunch, not breakfast. There were many interesting points: the owner greeted us and made sure we had a pleasant experience, they are open 7 days a week, 6:30 until 3 and they serve breakfast all day and then lunch at the appropriate hour, all breads are made in house (and wonderful), and there is a breakfast bar (a la diner) for individual diners.

I had the turkey, apple, and brie on a baguette, with a honey mustard sauce. The bread was terrific - I asked where they bought it in the hopes I could buy it for home use as it's far superior to any other outpost I've tried. It was a giant sandwich, with good quality turkey, generous amounts of brie and a crisp, granny smith apple. The fries were plentiful and quite good as well. My DC had an asian chicken sandwich on ciabatta, which he thoroughly enjoyed as well.

We saw many salads served around us that looked wonderful and they offer a few specials every day (quiche, portobello mushroom sandwich, and chicken rice soup were today's offerings).

The service was prompt, the restaurant was clean (though had far more of a breakfast spot feel (go, you'll see), and the prices are good too. They are a little off the beaten path in McBee Station, but once the rest of the retail fills in, I'm sure they will be easier for people to find.

Jun 10, 2008
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James Hook lobster co. destroyed by fire

How horribly sad! What a wonderful family and exceptional experience - I will certainly miss them.

May 30, 2008
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Greenville SC Father's Day Weekend

I don't understand it either - but it never fails - Trio always has people milling around waiting for a table!

Brown Street is American - very pricey though. I wouldn't call it overly creative, but typically executed well.

May 27, 2008
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Greenville SC Father's Day Weekend

Great detail on the questions!

1) High Cotton is ok - setting is above average though. Also likely doing a Sunday Brunch for Father's Day will be Soby's and O (Soby's, southern food, buffet style I think $19 a person and O, american, brunch menu). I'm not sure that MaryBeth's (located on McBee at McBee Station) is open on Sundays...

2) Good suggestions by Danna in that immediate area...everything in downtown is very accessible by foot. Upscale option not mentioned is Brown Street Jazz Club - very good food (on Brown Street). Trio is a very popular Italian spot - always a line - though I don't feel as strongly as most do about it.

3) Indigo Joes - good staff, pretty sterile environment for a sports bar, but good tvs and usually a few people playing trivia at any given time.

4) Good food experience in that area - Devereaux's. One of my favorite restaurants in Gville. Though I would call and ask if Chef Greene will be onsite that night. He is leaving for a summer stint at French Laundry any day now and I'm not sure if the food will withstand his leave.

May 22, 2008
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Great New Girl in Town...Mary Beth's (Greenville SC) Report

Thanks for the thorough review! I have plans to eat there Saturday morning and it sounds like the eggs benedict is a must try!

May 14, 2008
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