The South Carolina Upcountry boom town of Greenville is an eater’s delight of high-end restaurants, franchised food both high and low, and a handful of one-of-a-kind Roadfood treasures. Our best bets for a true taste of the city include colorful BBQ, luxurious shrimp & grits, powerhouse country ham, plus a couple of necessary detours: south to Grits & Groceries, which is one of the great rural restaurants anywhere; and east to the Spartanburg’s bigger-than-life Beacon Drive-In.
A small place with a big personality and tremendously good smoke-cooked meats, Mike & Jeff's is South Carolina Upstate BBQ at its best.
Duke Sandwich Shop is a clean, simple outlet that sells sandwiches and spreads that feature Duke's mayonnaise, a Dixie favorite.
Tommy's is a big, happy eating hall featuring Greenville's best biscuits & country ham in the morning and meat-and-3 lunch served cafeteria style.
A relic from the heyday of soda fountain dining, Greenville's Northgate Soda Shop serves excellent pimento cheeseburgers, slaw dogs, & hand-spun milk shakes.
Cooked low and slow over hickory smoke, Henry's pulled pork and ribs are Dixie delights served with dandy sides -- especially a (very) sweet potato casserole.
Laid-back Greenville oyster bar and seafood house with decor that evokes life at the beach, Bimini's is a Roadfood notable for its excellent shrimp & grits.
True-South meals made with local produce and culinary savoir faire make the crossroads market/restaurant Grits & Groceries a South Carolina foodie beacon.
Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake
Fried Apple Pie a la Mode
Okra Fritter Salad
Carolina Shrimp Gravy and Grits
German Apple Pancake
Cornmeal Apple Cake
The Beacon is a bustling South Carolina drive-in with instantaneous counter service as well as car hops. Have the pork-a-plenty plate with sweet, sweet tea.