Greenville, South Carolina’s Hidden Gems


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 necessary detour to Spartanburg’s bigger-than-life Beacon Drive-In and Wade’s Restaurant, which has been famous for its dinner rolls since 1947.


Mike & Jeff’s BBQ

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 Co.

Duke Sandwich Shop is a clean, simple outlet that sells sandwiches and spreads that feature Duke's mayonnaise, a Dixie favorite.


Tommy’s Country Ham House

Tommy's is a big, happy eating hall featuring Greenville's best biscuits & country ham in the morning and meat-and-3 lunch.


Northgate Soda Shop

A relic from the heyday of soda fountain dining, Greenville's Northgate Soda Shop serves excellent pimento cheeseburgers, slaw dogs, & hand-spun milk shakes.


Henry’s Smokehouse

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.


Bimini’s Oyster Bar & Seafood Cafe

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.


Beacon Drive-In

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.