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5 Places Foodies Must Eat in Greenville, South Carolina

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As a food blogger, you might imagine that FOOD and finding the “good” places to eat, is always at the top of my agenda – especially when I travel.

I want to eat where the locals eat.  But it can be intimidating, just walking up to a stranger, in a strange town and asking, “where is a good Tex-Mex restaurant around here?”

And yea, I know…there are several apps which can help…but they are not always reliable (I can speak first hand on that).

Today…we have a solution!

Below, you will find my top 5 food (or drink) must visit spots for Greenville, South Carolina.  In collaboration with fellow foodies across America, we have accumulated our top picks for our respective cities.

Need a good steak in Austin, Texas? – Erin recommends Roaring Fork.

Are you craving a crab cake in Baltimore, Maryland? – Theresa says G & M Restaurant and Lounge has what you need.

Searching for sushi in Miami, Florida? -Sabrina says Iron Sushi is the hot spot.

Check out our recommendations below…37 different cities!

Shucks Oyster Bar

Shucks Oyster Bar Oyster RockafellerShucks Oyster Bar is a husband and wife owned eatery just 30 minutes southwest of Greenville, South Carolina. Not only do they serve great oysters, the James River variety from Virginia were my favorite, but they have a full menu sure to please even the most picky eaters.


The casual comfortable elongated dining room welcomes those craving good, honest food, reasonably priced.



Dark Corner Distillery

Dark Corner Distillary Birthday Foodie WeekendSitting on Main Street, in downtown Greenville, is an inconspicuous tasting room of Upstate whiskey.

Patrons can pay just $5 to sample six spirits and keep the Dark Corner Distillery shot glass.

Of course, I enjoy the more sweeter flavors such as peach, apple/maple and butterscotch.  After trying those three spirits, I had to buy a bottle of each.

Buttery Nipple Cocktail Recipe:   1/2 shot glass with Whiskey Girl Butterscotch Whiskey

Finish filling shot glass with Bailey’s



Coffee Underground

Coffee Underground White Chocolate Mocha Coffee Underground Build Your Own OmleteAnother down town spot to visit, is literally underground (under street level).  Be careful, not to miss it, as it sits on a side street from Main Street Greenville.


Located in the heart of downtown, but hidden literally below street level, hence underground, Coffee Underground is a full service coffee bar, offering a vast selection of hot coffees, frozen smoothies, flavored milkshakes, frappes, and other beverages.

Hungry? Coffee Underground has an array of pastries, cakes and sweet treats available. But they also have more substantial choices, with simple breakfast plates served all day. Sandwiches, salads, burgers and a kids menu are available. Food can be prepared from open to close.

 Sidewall Pizza

Known for FULL-SIZE, loaded pizzas…you will never go away hungry at this establishment.

Sidewall Pizza

This place is always hopping.  With its simplistic exterior and casual setting, it is a great spot for cyclist to stop and dine.  Complete with bike racks, it sits adjacent to the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail.  For those readers not familiar with the Upstate, the trail is a 21 mile multi-use green-way system that runs along the Reedy River connecting Greenville County with schools, parks, and local businesses.  Frequented by cyclists, joggers and all recreation enthusiasts, it is a great way to enjoy everything Greenville has to offer.

Grill Marks

Grill Marks is a casual, quaint burger restaurant that offers not only fries, burgers and shakes – but also, comfort and southern hospitality.  Established restaurateurs, Mark & Larkin Hammond  constructed over a dozen burger options, blended with Angus beef, chuck, brisket and short ribs, Grill Marks offers indispensable burgers in downtown Greenville.

Hamburger Grill Marks

Grill Marks Milkshake










A long marble bar sits where gourmet milk shakes, adult milk shakes, beer and wine are served.  Call ahead seating is available through their website.  Be warned; wait times can exceed 30-45 minutes on weekends.

I hope locals and visitors can appreciate the exciting food options Greenville has to offer.  Come and check them out!

What are your favorite local spots?  Leave me a comment…

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Fellow Bloggers Top Picks:

Eastern US

Asheville, North Carolina – A Thousand Country Roads

Baltimore, Maryland – Theresa’s Reviews

Boston, Massachusetts –  Bianca Blogs

Charleston, West Virginia – Honey and Pine

Fairfax, Virginia – Cook With 5 Kids

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Acupful

Lanham, Maryland – Jenny Day by Day

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Miami, Florida – Sabrina’s Sea of Colors

New York City, New York – Smiling Notes

North Jersey, New Jersey – Crayons and Cravings

Western Finger Lakes, New York – Home in the Finger Lakes

Western US

Austin, Texas – Kitchen Concoctions

Austin, Texas – My Big Fat Happy Life

Austin, Texas – Hi Lovely

Forney, Texas – My Life Homemade

Houston, Texas – Pop Shop America

Houston, Texas – It’s Pam Del

Los Angeles, California – Moore or Less Cooking

Palm Desert, California – Tabler Party of Two

San Antonio, Texas – Sincerely Onyi

Seattle, Washington – Revel and Glitter

Seattle, Washington – Satsuma Designs

Skagit County, Washington – Long Wait for Isabella


Northern US

Bloomington-Normal, Illinois – Become A Coupon Queen

Canton, Ohio – Hall of Fame Moms

Carmel, Indiana – Home Maid Simple

Cleveland, Ohio – Greatest Escapist

Fort Wayne, Indiana – Kiddies Corner Deals

Grand Rapids, Michigan – The Epicurean Traveler

South Suburbs, Chicago – Home Everyday

St. Louis, Missouri – And Hattie Makes Three

Southern US

Atlanta, Georgia – Sunshine and Holly

Charleston, South Carolina – My Borrowed Heaven

Greenville, South Carolina – Joann’s Food Bites

Macon, Georgia – Intelligent Domestications

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee – Creative Southern Home






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