If we had a dollar for every time Greenville, SC was making news, we would be rich! So, as you may have guessed, Greenville has landed on yet another list. This time, it’s all about the food! Garden and Gun has placed our lovely town in its list of “Five Surprising Southern Food Towns“. If you read this article, you will definitely have the upper hand on food destinations in our southern city. We’re breaking down each restaurant mentioned by Garden and Gun so you can wine and dine just like a Greenvillian.
This tried and true dining experience has been in the Upstate for two decades now. In 1997, partners Carl Sobocinski and David Williams refurbished the current Soby’s location to its original glory from the late 1800’s. The building was initially a cotton exchange. Soby’s New South Cuisine infuses traditional southern ingredients with contemporary cuisine. Southern favorites transform into fresh, exciting dishes but still have that comfortable feel you crave. Soby’s is open every day of the week right on Main Street in Downtown Greenville. From barbecue shrimp and grits to crab cakes remoulade and jalapeño pimento cheese, Soby’s will keep you southern.
Vault & Vator
Known as the first speakeasy-style lounge in Greenville, Vault and Vator has become a hot spot in the city. The handcrafted cocktails are inspired by the Golden Age during pre-prohibition and prohibition. The lounge is hidden away in a subterranean basement creating a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere for customers. A small menu is available and includes house made pimento cheese, roasted red pepper hummus, or assorted chocolates for those craving something sweet. To accompany the speakeasy feel of the place, there are some house rules that guests must follow such as no cell phones and appropriate attire.
As a casual neighborhood dining experience, Anchorage focuses on serving the locals with thoughtfully curated meals and beverages. Located in the Village of West Greenville, the restaurant takes pride on using local ingredients for their eclectic menu items. Updated almost daily, the menu strives to provide the freshest ingredients possible. It is all about local culture at Anchorage!
Ji-Roz is a recent addition to the Greenville food scene. Opened by John Makkas, who grew up in Greenville, Ji-Roz was a dream of his. After culinary school and spending a couple of years in Chicago, John came back to Greenville with his wife, where they eventually opened this farm to table Greek concept!
Another recent addition to Greenville is the modern Italian restaurant, Jianna. House made pastas are made every day in the open kitchen. Renowned chef, Michael Kramer, prepares classic Italian dishes with a twist while using the freshest seasonal ingredients found throughout the region. The 40-foot long bar is inviting and friendly whether guests want to sit inside or out. The restaurant overlooks the beautiful Reedy River park and Main street. Guests can expect freshly shucked oysters or a number of Italian favorites such as spaghetti, char-grilled octopus and burratta.
In conclusion, Greenville has grown immensely throughout the last few years. New additions to the dining experience of the city have taken the Upstate to new heights. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Greenville has it!
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