I love dining at locally owned restaurants and Sidewall Pizza is a prime example. A popular restaurant before I relocated to the Upstate, they now have 2 locations. Known for FULL-SIZE, loaded pizzas…you will never go away hungry at this establishment.
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.
Conception of Sidewall Pizza
Sidewall Pizza Company was conspired by Andy O’Mara and Loren Frant, transplants to the Travelers Rest area. They were originally looking at opening a canoe company, however, the community was hungry for a laid back, bohemian style restaurant to jive with the eclectic aura of Travelers Rest. Opened in 2015, the restaurant’s menu is simply, pizza, salads, beer, wine and dessert.
Pizza’s are hand-made, 14-inch, thin crust with a variety of toppings and sauces. Patrons can even mix things up and construct their own signature pizza from the “sauce, cheese, and toppings,” menu.
Their signature salads are made with only fresh ingredients and are a hearty portion.
The menu may not be complicated, but their pies are creative. Specials are frequently posted on their Facebook page.
My “MEAT” pizza
I picked up the “protein pizza,” along with some bread sticks, served with a marinara dipping sauce. A “meat-lover’s” dream, this pie contains bacon, pepperoni, prosciutto, Italian sausage, mozzarella and Pecorino cheese. The pizza was delicious, not overloaded with sauce, proving a pizza does not have to taste heavy. The only negative is I wish the crust had been crispier. However, the thin crust was flavorful.
Our bread sticks seemed a bit dense, but were enhanced by the delicious marinara sauce.
Although a Thursday night, the restaurant was very busy. Waiting 30 minutes for a “to-go” pizza was reasonable given the situation. Service was very friendly and organized. Although, I did not order alcohol, the bartender did supply me with some water while I waited. The bar has 4 draft taps, which they rotate offerings frequently. Over 20 beers are on the menu, bottles and cans, along with 12 wine choices.
Everyone in the restaurant ordered ice cream for dessert. A local favorite, Sidewall Pizza offers enough flavors to satisfy the most finicky palate. Everything from Horchata, a traditional Mexican vanilla cinnamon to a seasonal Pumpkin Pie Spice flavor. Even several of the “to-go” orders were accompanied by scoops of ice cream.
Overall, my experience at Sidewall Pizza was above average. I enjoyed the food, atmosphere and definitely will be returning for some of that home-made ice cream.
Two locations are available for your dining pleasure:
35 S MAIN ST, TRAVELERS REST, SC 29690 or 99 CLEVELAND ST, GREENVILLE, SC 29601
Travelers Rest Hours:
Tuesday 5-9pm (Pint & Pie Running Club leaves at 6)
Downtown Greenville Hours:
Monday-Friday 11am-9pm *Closed July 4th*
Tuesday 5/31 5:30pm-9:00pm
Wednesday 6/1 5:30pm-9:00pm
MAKE SURE TO CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE FREQUENTLY FOR SPECIALS