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 list represents a wide variety of styles, price points and cuisines, but each place that made the cut is one preferred by locals.  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 youre not sure about certain regional tastes, you'll probably be hooked once you try some of the Upstate's barbecue, collard greens, cornbread, sweet tea and pecan pie.  If traditional options are more to your liking, Greenville offers a cosmopolitan variety beyond what you'd expect...  Read more »

  • 1

    Smoke on the Water

    Local Expert Tip: "A favorite for celebration dinners and locals hosting visitors, Smoke on the Water is best patronized with a reservation."

  • 2

    The Trappe Door

    • Cuisine: International
    • 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. "

  • 3

    Larkin's on the River

    Local Expert Tip: "Book a table for a comfortable night when there's a performance in the new amphitheater adjacent to the restaurant's patio."


  • 4

    High Cotton

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


  • 5

    Peddler Steak House

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

  • 6

    American Grocery Restaurant

    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. "


  • 7

    Sassafras Southern Bistro

    • Cuisine: American, Southern
    • Average Main Course Price: $20
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    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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    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."


  • 9

    Wine Cafe at Northampton Wines

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

  • 10


    Local Expert Tip: "Devereaux's made the Top 100 list of American Fare Restaurants in 2012, compiled by reviews of 15,000 restaurants by OpenTable diners."




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