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.