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Greenville , SC random food updates

The Heywood Road location is still a Thai restaurant and looks exactly the same inside, but has a different name (which I can't remember!), and clearly a different cook. I found the quality of the food much to be desired, but the wait staff were so sweet, I hate to say bad things about them...I wouldn't go back, but we may have hit them on a bad night.

Moretti's is on Butler Road in Mauldin, right off of 385--if you're heading away from downtown on 385, take the Butler Road exit, turn right on Butler, and it's on the right after about a quarter mile. They used to be located on Pelham Road, but moved and now have a much bigger restaurant with a bar attached. I think it's a great little restaurant masquerading as a pizza place. The pizza is wonderful, but as I mentioned above they go way beyond the norm for other items on the menu. I also love their eggplant parmesan...buffalo chicken pizza...Buffalo fish fry...in fact I've never had anything I hadn't loved. It's not fancy, but all of the food is delicious. Moretti's, Flat Rock Bakery and West First have the only decent pizza in the area, IMHO.

Attitude at the Owl: we had fabulous service, but we were there early on a Saturday night, so they didn't have much to do. In fact I think every single person working that night waited on us, which we found charming. They were extremely, and I mean extremely, anxious to please.

We are thrilled that a reasonably priced and chef-driven restaurant has opened near us, and one not owned by a restaurant group that is trying to present every national trend on one menu. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not our thing. I complain to my husband all of the time about the food scene in Greenville--why, oh why can't we be more like Asheville--and this restaurant is clearly trying to be more like Asheville, so I plan to support that. Also, it's very cheap. And heaven knows, I'm cheap.

If you like bread, get yourself on the list for Simple Gifts Artisan Breads. David Miller is a baker at Bob Jones University who has a sideline baking wood-fired bread. They sell it at the Farmer's Market on Rutherford Road in summer, but in winter you can order it via email and they deliver to a couple of locations in Greenville.

Mar 19, 2012
jjsouth in Southeast

Greenville , SC random food updates

I love Sweet Basil and were sad they sold their Heywood Road location to someone else. The end of Pelham Road is a bit of a trek for us.

I posted a brief report on the Owl last week. I really enjoyed my meal there; I think they have their liquor license now. I had a crispy pork dish with a waffle, poached egg, sherry-based sauce...there were a couple of other things on that plate too but I can't recall exactly what they were. I mixed it all together and it was yummy.

Campo Bello has this great flounder dish--lemon flounder?--something like that--very delicious. Other than that, I prefer Moretti's for my Italian-American fix. They make their own ravioli and their own sausage; they marinate beef and make their own rolls for beef on weck and they have a killer roast pork loin sandwich, which they serve on the same homemade weck rolls. Really garlicky pork sandwich on a soft homemade roll, covered with caraway seeds. I'm salivating thinking of it.

Mar 19, 2012
jjsouth in Southeast

The Owl, Greenville, SC

A new casual restaurant has opened on Wade Hampton Boulevard in the old Gumby's bar location. We ate there on Saturday night and really enjoyed our meal and the ambiance. My impression is that it's aiming to be a gastropub but it's liquor license hasn't come through yet, so right now it's bring your own. Prices are very reasonable, chef and staff are earnest and trying really hard; food was yummy and beautifully presented. The menu is seasonal, more or less local and short. I had a pork dish and husband had pasta; we shared a pork pate appetizer. All really delicious and the cost, without tip, was extremely reasonable. They have an open kitchen so the chef is available to talk to; he greeted us with an amuse-bouche of a deconstructed mozzarella stick that was cute and yummy.

Mar 07, 2012
jjsouth in Southeast

Voodoo BBQ - Greenville SC

You may want to try Grits and Groceries restaurant outside of Belton, SC. The chefs/owners worked for many years in New Orleans and often have New Orleans-style food on their menu. A shrimp po'boy is one of their standard lunch items; my husband raves about it.

Mar 07, 2012
jjsouth in Southeast

Greenville, SC, dining scene

We tried American Grocery a couple of weeks ago for the first time and were very impressed. We had the tasting menu, which although expensive gave us a great overview of the restaurant and was well worth the price. Although this restaurant is a price point or two above what we normally feel comfortable with, we understand that locally sourced food, especially meat, is just way more expensive than Sysco. My only quibble with the meal was the dessert; the sherry that was paired with the gelato was too sweet for my taste, and the gelato doesn't hold a candle to any of Joe Trull's ice cream at Grits and Groceries.

I've enjoyed the moules frites at the Trappe Door and loved the cellar ambiance. Also had great experiences at The Lazy Goat. Yummy lamb.

Mike and Jeff's has the best barbeque I've had in Greenville and the friendliest proprietor, but 12 Bones is still my favorite barbeque in the area. But I'm not a native Southerner and probably have no right talking about barbeque. .....ditto with OJ's, which I think is more fun for its atmosphere than its food. For me the best meat and three in the area is at the Steakhouse Cafeteria in Walhalla.

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

Grits and Groceries
2440 Due West Hwy, Belton, SC 29627

The Lazy Goat
170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

Aug 04, 2011
jjsouth in Southeast

Paczki in Asheville?

Publix in Greenville, SC had them earlier in the week.

Mar 09, 2011
jjsouth in Southeast

New Yorker in Greenville, SC uncovering hidden gems - Cafe Paulista Grille and Saigon Fast Food

I love Moretti's Pizza on Butler Road in Mauldin (right off of 385) for pizza, Buffalo fish fry, wings and beef on weck. Actually it's all good. Wonderful eggplant parm, too. The owners are from Buffalo; I think it's the best pizza in Greenville.

May 11, 2010
jjsouth in Southeast

Help, maybe relocating...

Cheshire, you may want to contact Joe and Heidi Trull of Grits and Groceries in Belton, SC. Although their restaurant is in a quite rural setting, they moved from New Orleans, where they worked in restaurants (and owned their own restaurant) for many years. They may have some good advice for you. Gritsandgroceries.com
is their website.

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Grits and Groceries
2440 Due West Hwy, Belton, SC 29627

May 11, 2010
jjsouth in Southeast

New Foodie to the area need help: Westminster, SC near Clemson

I think Grits and Groceries has the best icecream in SC, made with milk from a local dairy, and I just love their sophisticated/ rustic Saturday brunch menu. Saturday night dinners (by reservation only), when they do them, are just wonderful, too; live music, delicious food, a feeling of relaxed celebration. Joe and Heidi Trull are true community builders, employing half of the kids in the area, feeding the parents, and serving locally grown meat, vegetables and dairy products.

I also enjoy the Steakhouse Cafeteria in downtown Walhalla, for traditional cafeteria food.

Feb 13, 2009
jjsouth in General South Archive