February 01 2017

Oldies but goodies for foodies


We all know there are a ton of trendy (and probably delicious) new restaurants in or coming to Greenville. There is no shortage of the latest and greatest. We aren’t complaining.


But, there are so many local spots that have been around for a while – for good (and differing) – reasons.


Meet our picks for long-standing, go-to establishments in town, from old world to new school. (And learn some history while you’re at it.)



The Beacon Drive-In | Est. on Thanksgiving Day after WWII in 1946.

This institution is the second largest drive-in restaurant in the U.S.

Northgate Soda Shop | Est. 1947.

Check out the old soda bottles, model boats, photos and other memorabilia on the shelves.

Stax’s Original | Est. in the 50’s as Shaw’s Pharmacy, complete with a soda shop. 
Grab a counter seat at one of the original soda fountain stools.

Como Pete’s No. 4 | Est. 1954 by the great uncles of current owners Nick and Tony Como.

The first Pete’s was opened by a non-relative of the Como family on the West End in the early 1930′s.

The Peddler Steakhouse | Est. 1969.

Just try the steak. That’s all.

Stax Omega | Est. 1988.

Pro tip: Try the Rocky Mountain Crepes. And the Tiramisu Pancakes. 

Addy’s Dutch Cafe | Est. 1989, as one of the first restaurants downtown.

The cozy atmosphere gives you the feeling of being in 18 century Amsterdam – probably because it’s true. Much of the interior came from the owner’s grandparents’ bar in Amsterdam.

Pita House | Est. 1989.

Pro tip: Bring cash. No credit cards accepted. Oh, and try the stuffed grape leaves.

Henry’s Smokehouse | Est. 1991.

They smoke the pork butts for 12 hours.

Coffee Underground | Est. 1992 as an outside coffee cart called Pony Espresso, within Piazza Bergamo, located just across the street from their current location.

Augusta Grill | Est. 1993 to serve the world (or at least Greenvillians) incredible crab cakes.

Saskatoon | Est. 1995.

They serve 2,200 take home Paleo Diet Meals a week, including wild game like elk, emu, and bear.

Soby’s | Est. 1997.

Pro tip: They have a gluten-free menu and amazing She Crab Soup.

Rosalinda's Restaurant | Est. 1999.

Pro tip: Try the black bean and collard green soup.
The Brief
70° | Mostly Sunny | 10% chance of rain

Greenville Drive Hot Stove event | Embassy Suites Downtown | 5:30 p.m.

The 2017 season will be announced as well as Fluor Field’s $13 million enhancement project.

Appetizers and Game Day Eats | Oil & Vinegar Greenville | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Register for Girls on the Run & Girls on Track | Self esteem-building workouts for girls ages 8-15 | Starts on Feb. 9
Neo Burrito is making its way here from Asheville and bringing farm-fresh Mexi-Cali food and sustainable practices starting this summer.
News Notes
MBB: Clemson vs. Georgia Tech | 7 p.m. | RSN
MBB: North Greenville vs. Southern Wesleyan University | 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina football players danced at halftime during the Gamecocks and the Tennessee Lady Vols game. Video here.
Local restaurants and bakeries are partnering with The Salvation Army of Greenville for the third annual Sweet Desserts program in February.
NASA spacecraft recently captured closest view ever seen of Saturn’s icy rings.
Boys Scouts of America announced they “will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.”
President Trump granted waivers to let 872 refugees into the country this week, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Denny’s is temporarily closing all of its Upstate restaurants Feb. 2 – Feb. 5 for kitchen renovations and staff training.
The Know

Meet Endeavor, a 20,000 square feet of co-working space in the ONE building dedicated to helping creative professionals work, gather, and connect. In addition offering a variety of memberships from day-time desk space to team lockable offices, they host a monthly networkings series, Collaborators & Cocktails, which are free for members and $25 for non-members. In addition to a catered happy hour, they feature special guests from Joe Erwin’s list of contacts to help share tips on their creative processes and entrepreneurial journeys.


At last week’s Collaborators & Cocktails, Chick-fil-A’s New Ventures Sr. Director John Featherston discussed using physical space to create brand loyalty. Since that space (or restaurant in this case) is actually where people experience and engage with the brand, it’s important to make that experience memorable.


See their upcoming schedule here.

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Fork & Plough at 1629 E. North St. will be a lot of things: A market with local produce and artisan products, a bar serving craft beers, a butcher shop featuring grass-fed meats, and a restaurant with an “ever-evolving menu focused on seasonality”.


The three owners want to make local food more easily accessible through this restaurant/market/convenience store. Shawn Kelly, current executive chef of High Cotton Charleston, and Roddy Pick and Chad Bishop of Greenbrier Farms believe their mutual love of local food and fresh produce would be perfect for Greenville’s restaurant scene. The “relaxed neighborhood joint concentrating on quality local products” will open later this year.


Keep posted with Fork & Plough’s Facebook and Instagram.

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“Keep in mind there are plenty of small restaurants, shops and business that have already invested in serving our area and continue to need our support.”

Great, news for burrito lovers. (A.k.a, everyone). Asheville’s Neo Burrito is coming to the Village of West Greenville at 1268 Pendleton St. this summer. The owner, Walter Godfrey, lived in Greenville for a few years and likes how similar The Village vibe is to Neo’s River Arts District location (which is one of 3 up there). All locations will have the same menu, including all-day breakfast. Hello, breakfast burritos!


The concept is based on fast, casual Cali-Mex food, built in an assembly line (similar to Moe’s or Chipotle). What makes this place different from Chipotle then? Locally sourced food and sustainability. The owner and team members are committed to sorting all trash, composting, recycling, and even harvest rainwater for reuse. The restaurant has its own farm in Asheville that supplies produce and eggs daily but Godfrey would like to make some connections with local farmers as well.

Fun fact: All of the company vehicles are operated using recycled vegetable oil.
3 min read

A Senate committee voted 12-11, along party lines, in favor of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. DeVos a billionaire who has spent decades advocating for charter schools and taxpayer-funded vouchers. 

The vote was originally scheduled for January 24 but was delayed to give the committee more time to review DeVos' financial disclosures.


Democrats have voiced concerns about her performance at her Jan. 17 confirmation hearing, claiming she said that states should be allowed to decide whether or not to follow a 1975 law protecting students with disabilities.


Republicans defend DeVos as a reformer with goals to shrink the federal influence on education and expanding opportunities for disadvantaged children.


DeVos is a major donor to Republican causes and has become one of Trump’s most controversial Cabinet member picks.

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The Wrap

There is something to be said about trying small plates and desserts at the newest Greenville restaurants, and enjoying fresh digs. 


But I definitely have some go-to spots for those times when I’m craving familiarity. 


Greenville has some delicious history, y’all. Go check it out for yourself. 😎



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