10 Best Restaurants Span Gamut of Reasons why they're Popular

Libby McMillan

By , Content Manager and Greenville Local Expert, Greenville
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This subjective list represents a wide variety of styles, price points and cuisines.  (For upscale dining only, see the 10Best Fine Dining list)  Greenville offers diners the option of regional southern cuisine, upscale dining and everything in between.  It will surprise many to find two staples on countless menus:  pimento cheese and deviled eggs.  But if you're not sure about certain regional tastes, you'll probably be hooked once you try some of the Upstate's barbecue, collard greens, cornbread and sweet tea.  If traditional options are more to your liking, Greenville offers a cosmopolitan variety beyond what you'd expect...  Read more »

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    Smoke on the Water

    Smoke on the Water has a fantastic location, great food and a really nice bar. You can count on a great...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Smoke on the Water takes "call-aheads" instead of reservations. But beware: a table outside means beer and wine only (full bar service inside)."

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    The Trappe Door

    • Cuisine: Ethnic
    • Average Main Course Price: $17
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll find the stairs down to The Trappe Door adjacent to Barley's Taproom, just west of Main Street on Washington. "

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    Breakwater Restaurant & Bar

    Food is in everyone' comfort zone, reliably delicious and comes with superior service.

    Local Expert Tip: "Lots of locals hang out here; eat at the bar if you want to socialize."

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    Larkin's on the River

    This restaurant is a total splurge but you won't regret a penny of it. Great food, great service, beautiful setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Book an outside table when there's a performance in the TD Bank amphitheater adjacent to the restaurant's patio."

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    Peddler Steak House

    Cozy, comfortable, totally unique and friendly beyond measure, this hard-to-find restaurant is well worth finding.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a huge fireplace in the bar, a wonderful place to sit and wait for your table to be called."

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    This is an affordable night out with a neighborhood feel and minus having to park downtown.

    Local Expert Tip: "You'll need a reservation on weekends, and be sure to order the veal cutlet if you like veal: it's delicious."

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    Wine Cafe at Northampton Wines

    The outdoor patio is one of Greenville's best, and off the beaten path, too.

    Local Expert Tip: "In nice weather, the outdoor patio is a real draw, especially on Saturdays. "

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    American Grocery Restaurant

    AGR's solid reputation as an award-winning restaurant with national street cred and creative seasonal menus makes it worth investigating.

    Local Expert Tip: "American Grocery is a farm-to-table restaurant and has won the Open Table Diner's Choice award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. "

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    High Cotton

    High Cotton's amazing location and river views set it apart from other downtown restaurants.

    Local Expert Tip: "The bar has live music on weekends, and a reduced-price menu during happy hour."

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    Sassafras Southern Bistro

    Local Expert Tip: "There may not be any cozier ambience than Sassafras with its arched doorways, wooden walls and relaxing lighting."



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