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Voodoo BBQ - Greenville SC

I was VERY disappointed but then again...I expected to be. Very rarely do you find actual good New Orleans food anywhere away from the LA or MS area. But I thought I would give it a try. First, let me explain why I expected to be disappointed...the entire time I lived in the LA area, I never ate N.O. BBQ...just not a regional dish if you know what I mean.

I started off with the gumbo. I knew I would be able to tell if the food was going to be anywhere close to good N.O. food by the gumbo......$5 for a very small dish which I would have gladly paid if there had been good sausage or seafood involved...nope, either one. The sausage tasted...well..... old is about the only way I can describe it. Plus....very salty!!! Salt does not always cover a multitude of sins!

I will say this positive note, I had a shrimp po-boy and the shrimp was actually fairly good...not over-breaded which is the problem with most restaurant fried shrimp. Other then that, I can't say it was great, it was alright but not great or even very good.


I hate that I was disappointed. I would love to find a good NO place to eat in the upstate!! But I doubt I will bother to go back there again. If you are not familiar with how NO food should really taste, then you might not mind this place but I guess I am a food snob in certain areas and that is one of them!

Mar 04, 2012
ps1 in Southeast

Non-Q lunch off I-85, around Charlotte-Spartanburg-Greenville

There is a Starbuck's right off of 85 on Woodruff Road in Greenville...I think that is exit 56. If you are heading south on 85 you would get off of the interstate and turn right...it can't be 200 yards on the right...just past a strip mall with Five Guys, Rita's Ice, etc. Another option is Liquid Highway..I actually prefer their coffee to Starbucks! They are located on both Woodruff and Pelham but further down then you might be willing to go.

Aug 18, 2011
ps1 in Southeast

Who has the Best Po-Boys in South Mississippi?

I too am a Gullf Coast transplant now living in the Carolinas. The best po-boy is no longer available. There used to be a little place in Long Beach called Shak Shac or Shac Shak...either way they had by far the best roast beef po-boy I had ever had! They made theirs with brisket and cooked it tender and then made the gravy from those drippings!Next to them would be Pirate's Cove Roast Beef but they are not as good as they used to be. Their gravy has started to taste like it is from a can. To me, bread is 95% of the po-boy so I go home, buy up at the Liehenheimer's I can get my hands on, come home and cook a roast in the oven and then put it through the pressure cooker and it is as good as I have ever had! Man I sure miss being able to go to a dive and asked for "dressed" and the person behind the counter knows what I am talking about!!!
Great thread! I am enjoying picking up a few pointers!!

Jan 20, 2010
ps1 in Central South

Anything in between Greenville SC & Columbia SC - Interstate 385 is closed!

My son attends USC in Columbia and we would like to find a place in between our home in Greenville SC and his school to meet for lunch/dinner every once in awhile. Interstate 385 northbound is shut down so we would have to meet off of 85/26 route.
I have never traveled to Columbia that way so I don't know what is even in between there!
A good meal, even a dive with good food would be fantastic!
Any help out there???
Thanks in advance!

Jan 15, 2010
ps1 in Southeast

Greenville,SC Two Nights

We tried "Chicken Noodles" on Woodruff the other day for lunch..great homemade cream of mushroom soup. It is sort of like a Souper Salad if you have ever been to that but the salad bar is not huge but everything was fresh and I mean fresh cut, fresh veggies, etc. The soups (and there were 5 or 6 different ones) were all good...at least the ones I tried. I had a coupon and paid $4.99 for all I could eat. Even without a coupon (which you can get on line) the prices are good. They offer a sandwich.,..forget the name but it is 3 pounds of meat, cheese, toppings, etc. and if you can eat the entire thing in less then 30 minutes...it is free and you get your name on the board!!!

As far as anything else on Woodruff, I would suggest Flat Rock Grill...the crab meat blackened stuffed grouper is very good and the she crab soup is not bad either.
Oh...if you want some interesting pizza, we went to Happy Pie the other week and it was very pleasent...family run and a nice atmosphere. Nothing fancy but we got the pizza called messy pie, think that was it. Fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, sauce, etc. It was very good, I liked the crust too and it was messy! Prices are not bad either and they deliver.
Those are a few suggestions for not too fancy stuff.
Let us know what you find!!!
PS1

Aug 07, 2009
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Wilmington NC area wedding reception for Marines

Now that you say that...I have no idea! I am not at all familiar with that area of NC. I was told the family was staying in Wilmington and the base being in Jacksonville so the restaurant they wanted should be in the Wilmington area. I am so glad you told me that....I will find out and repost. Thank you!!!

Jul 09, 2009
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Angelo's in Gulfport, Miss.

Somewhere in a stack of recipes I have a sauce recipe for Angelo's. Wow! That is a blast from the past! My family owned a restaurant in Long Beach and there were few places we ate outside of our own...never any time. But I do remember Angelo's and a place on Pass Road in Gulfport ...think the name was Milo's. I loved their pizza!

Jul 08, 2009
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Wilmington NC area wedding reception for Marines

My niece is getting married at a chapel on base in the Wilmington NC area. They are doing this on the fly since both will be deploying very soon. Where can she do a "reception" in the area? What we need is a restaurant with a room in the back that she can reserve for about 20-25 people? Nothing over the top but descent...any ideas?

Jul 08, 2009
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Po Boys-Memphis TN

In my humble opinion you can't get a good po-boy outside of NO or South MS. I make my own Roast Beef Po-Boys and we determine the grade of them by how many napkins it takes to finish them off! I love a good gravy dripping po-boy and I bought a pressure cooker to make them perfect! I wish you could find goof ones but the key is the bread as much as the meat. I buy a car load when I go home to South MS and freeze it and make po-boys several times a month. I imagine you can order it on line. That may be the only way to get good bread to start the po-boy off!

Dec 30, 2008
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BellSouth Pioneer Cookbooks

I loved those cookbooks! My Step-Mother had several and I got a lot of recipes out of them. They are especially good for young cooks and new brides. They are nothing fancy but they do have great recipes in them.

Dec 30, 2008
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Thoughts on "The Lazy Goat" - Greenville SC

I have not been to The Lazy Goat but have had friends tell me they enjoyed it because of the fresh ingredients...seems more and more places around town are pushing that as a theme.
As far as the cocktails go, yep...you know you are in SC when you pay a big price and get very little. Until recently we were a "little airline bottle" cocktail nation! Now it is free pour but they still don't get that you don't have to charge for each little bottle! My friends and I usually have one or two before going out in order to save $$$ Having grown up not far outside of New Orleans it is not easy to get used to the drink situation here. But it is a beautiful spot and I can work around the drink thing.

Dec 30, 2008
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Atlanta - doubletree hotel - buckhead - eats?

That sounds great! Any meal suggestions? I don't suppose that would be walking distance from that hotel?

Oct 24, 2008
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Atlanta - doubletree hotel - buckhead - eats?

I am meeting my bestest friend at her hotel in Atlanta end of October. Just a quick overnight visit but we would like to have a nice dinner and maybe a visit to a nice jazz club.....any recommendations? I searched the site and no specific buckhead restaurants came up.

Oct 23, 2008
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Chicago Style Pizza in Greenville, SC /Surrounding area???

Does anyone know of a really good pizza place in the Greenville SC area that has Chicago style pizza? Everyone has NY style and I am dying for a Chicago style one!!
Thanks!!

Jun 04, 2008
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Best Italian in Greenville, SC

We have been to Coal Fired Pizza severel times and have enjoyed it each time. I meant to comment on your review of it but forgot so thank you for reminding me. Hubby and I went and had a delish mushroom appetizer and then had a pizza and some nice wine. It was very good. We went back about two weeks later and had the exact same meal!!! We loved it again! Next time we will change our choices but it was very good!! We also saw people picking up call in orders for pizza to take out.

Apr 16, 2008
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Best Italian in Greenville, SC

I would like to find a ....gasp...authentic Italian restaurant in Greenville. Is there such a place? It could be in the surrounding area for that matter. But I would like to not be a chain due to the fact that I have yet to eat at one that had good Italian. I mean I want one that makes me think Al Pacino is going to walk out of the bathroom!!!

Apr 10, 2008
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Bloom Grocery Store

I shop pretty regularly at the Bloom just around the corner form my house in Greenville, SC. The meat is what brings me in. They offer only Angus beef and have a very good selection and prices are very fair for it. I also check their sales for chicken and have gotten whole chicken there in the past for 49 cents per pound which is as good as you will get anywhere. They also have a great seafood area and I have gotten canned crab for gumbo there for $5 on sale. They are pretty much like any other store in the area as far as grocery items go....they do have good sales so I catch their ads for good prices. Like I said, you can't beat their beef section...I either buy mine from them or Fresh Market and I get better prices at Bloom for the most part. I catch their "buy it today" beef and get great prices and put it right in the freezer....you know what I mean? The expiration date is the next day so the price is off by a few dollars and you save quite a bit!! I buy ahead and freeze it and use that for stews and soups and such and buy it fresh top grill, etc.
All in all they are pretty much like any other store but they do have a few extras which I like...they offer hand held scanners so as you put an items in your cart, you scan it and when you get to the check out you download your scanner and pay and you are done! They also have rebate checks you get depending on how much you spend there....you use it to buy more there, not for cash. I also get coupons from them for $10 off $50 or more in the mail....they send you a months worth at a time. They have a section in the front of the store for milk and bread so you go in, get milk, check out and go! They seem to have less traffic for the most part as well.
I shop there probably 2 - 3 times a month and the rest of the time I go to Bi-Lo or Publix but I buy all my beef either at Bloom or Fresh Market.
Hope that helps!!

Feb 22, 2008
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High Cotton, G'ville SC: brunch

Danna

Can you tell me more about American Grocery? I haven't been downtown in a couple of months so I am not aware of this place...is it new? Last dinner downtown was to Oysters on the West End....went on Tuesday for the all you can eat crab legs!
Thanks!!!
Patty

Aug 19, 2007
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Good Chow Between ATL and Charlotte? I-85

Stax is off of Orchard Park so take Pelham Road exit toward downtown Greenville and you will drive a few miles but when you come to the Haywood Road light, take the left and get in the left lane. Your next turn is Orchard and it will come up pretty quick. If you want great Mexian food, go to Anita's in Simpsonville which is just south of Greenville. Take the Laurens Rd/Mauldin Rd exit to the right and it will be about 5 or 6 miles down from there. If you need better directions let me know and I will get them for you. Henry's Smokehouse is very easy to find. Again, Pelham Road exit (54) and go toward downtown and it is less then a mile up on the left past Chik-Fil-A but on the same side of the street

Jul 18, 2007
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Need good recs for dinner in Greenville, SC

I would reccommend Blue Fire Grille. We have gone 4 or 5 times now and never been disappointed. Get a reservation though or wait could be 1 or more hours.
I will ask though where they live in GRN? If near downtown then head to Oysters suggested by ap but if they live in a suburb (Simpsonville, Mauldin, etc) they have some good places too so let me know and I can tell you something close. I personally live in S'ville.

Jul 18, 2007
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Greenville SC Mother's Day Brunch SOS

I second the Blue Fire Grill...excellent! We have been 4 or 5 times and have never been disappointed. Food is very good and the service is tops. Beware of wait time though...can be up to 2 hours if you don't have reservations. They do have a website though...www.bluefiregrill.net

Apr 26, 2007
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Where to buy Community Coffee?

I can buy it locally here in SC at a couple of different stores - Bi-Lo which is a local chain and Fresh Markets which I know are a few states over so it may be further up your way. It is quite popular here and I love it as well. It was all my family drank in MS. You may also try Publix if you have those because I can also get it there. I wonder if it wouldn't be cheaper to have someone you know buy it and ship it to you.

Apr 17, 2007
ps1 in Outer Boroughs

Ever heard of a cuban place called Congo's?

Thatnks acostabr. I searched every where I could think of online and could find nothing about it so i assumed it was not a chain. I love Cuban food and am so looking forward to trying it. I hope it is good. i know of no other Cuban food around Greenville

Apr 10, 2007
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Ever heard of a cuban place called Congo's?

It is opening next to the new Blooms on the corner of Hwy 14 and Pelham road.

Apr 10, 2007
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Ever heard of a cuban place called Congo's?

I just saw a new place about to open around the corner in Greenville, SC called Congo's and the banner on the outside says "Cuban" so I was wondering if anyone has heard of this place or if this is not a chain?

Mar 26, 2007
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