Enjoy the Most Important Meal of the Day at These Greenville Breakfast Restaurants

Groggy and bleary-eyed, you can hardly be expected to pore over the tons of options for breakfast in Greenville and make a decision.  Those types of choices are not meant to be made when you're not only hungry, but still in the process of waking up.

If you find yourself unsure of where to head for a solid breakfast that will leave you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, we've put together a list that will simplify it for you.  Covering restaurants where you'll enjoy a long, leisurely breakfast to places that'll have you in and out in a hurry, you have plenty of options that will fit your needs.

You'll also find a variety of foods included in this list, from donuts and pastries to hearty, Southern meals consisting of biscuits, gravy, bacon and eggs.  And don't worry, you'll find that all-important cup of coffee at each of these fine establishments as well.



This Greenville landmark sports an uncluttered exterior and a nondescript decor, but having breakfast at Stax's is a local tradition. Recognized for the warmth of the staff, many of whom have worked there for ages, and the hearty, down-home breakfasts, Stax's comes highly recommended. From southern biscuits to eggs, hotcakes, grits and all the basics, you'll find the menu satisfying, just like your mom used to make.



This friendly, casual cafe has an upscale vibe while it stays down-to-earth in its appeal. You're able to enjoy a great breakfast of scrambled eggs, crepes, Benedicts, pancakes, muffins or omelets, enlivened with fresh herbs and other tasty add-ins. They're pleasantly familiar, but offer a great twist on the usual standards, like the applewood-smoked bacon waffle, for instance. Mary Beth's location at McBee Station also makes it convenient to many parking options on the street, as well as lots on the opposite side of the building.



Part of a regional chain based in Asheville, N.C., Tupelo Honey Cafe has called Greenville home since June 2013. The cuisine is Southern at heart, to the tune of gigantic sweet potato pancakes and apple cider pork belly hash. The menu offers something for everyone, even those with sensitivity to gluten. Inside, bright yellow walls set a sunny vibe in the casual dining room, which is flanked by an open kitchen. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.



Coach House has been serving Simpsonville for over 20 years. It's practically a landmark in this suburban community located just outside of Greenville. With a large menu, covering breakfast, lunch and dinner, it's worth a drive to experience this family restaurant. Breakfast is served all day at Coach House, which offers several different omelettes and gut-busting griddle specialties like apple pancakes and a Monte Cristo. The portions are huge and service always comes with a smile at this eatery that exudes Southern hospitality.



You might recognize Eggs Up Grill, as they have locations scattered throughout the Southeast. Yet, each time you come into Eggs Up, it feels like its own unique place. The wait staff will treat you like a regular, radiating a friendliness and warmth that usually only comes with familiarity. And they have a breakfast menu that encompasses so many items, you'll have a hard time deciding what to order. Breakfast sandwiches, standards like steak and eggs, pancakes, waffles and even an entire section devoted to Benedicts are just a few examples of what you'll find here.



Sully's Steamers in downtown Greenville has a monopoly on the steamed bagel sandwich, and that's okay because they have perfected it. With a creative menu, chock-full of local references and intriguing options, this is a place you'll want to visit again and again. It's where locals gather for lunch, and it's where we take our out-of-town visitors, because a Sully's sandwich is an experience. You'll find simple steamers like the Tiger Paw, with cream cheese and cinnamon sugar, as well as specialty sandwiches like the ever-popular Griswold, with turkey, bacon, BBQ, pepper jack, provolone, lettuce and a parm peppercorn sauce. Beware: these sandwiches can be messy to eat, but you won't even care.



The Donut Experiment is a Florida import that Greenville is so happy to have. The only donut shop of its kind in the Upstate, its inventive approach and scrumptious donuts will have you returning again and again. As soon as you enter the eatery, you'll see a small table with pens and paper; this is where your experiment begins. On the paper, you'll see a variety of icings and toppings, as well as a few specialty donut options. You fill in the paper, selecting the specific toppings you'd like, then bring it to the counter where your donuts will be created. The foundation of each confection is a cake donut that's delicious all on its own, but improved by toppings like vanilla icing and Fruity Pebbles.



As the name implies, Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery is just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail, making it a convenient stop for cyclists, as well as a great place to kick off your day. Before heading out on your bicycle, nip into the cafe for a yummy breakfast – made with local ingredients – featuring a variety of baked goods like scones, croissants and donuts. They even offer vegan and gluten-free options. Swamp Rabbit also has a nice selection of beverages to help get your day going like flavorful smoothies and an array of coffee drinks.



Near the end of the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Travelers Rest, you'll find a delightful creperie and coffeehouse called Tandem. Unlike many other restaurants in the Greenville area, Tandem's main focus is on crepes, with only a few other items on the menu that don't fall into that category. Since crepes are the specialty, expect some delightful variations on the theme like the Lumberjack, a savory crepe composed of ham, bacon, eggs and cheese or a tiramisu-inspired sweet crepe with mascarpone cream, espresso, wafers and dark chocolate. Tandem's coffee offerings are nothing to scoff at either.



Does it get any more Southern than this? If gravy practically runs through your veins, Biscuit Head is the place for you. Traditional biscuits and gravy are on the menu, but the gravy choices go far beyond what your grandmother used to make. We're talking espresso red eye gravy, sweet potato coconut gravy and veggie chorizo gravy. If you can't decide, order a flight of three gravies to sample. Plenty of variations on biscuits are on offer as well, like the Mimosa fried chicken biscuit that comes with sweet potato butter, sriracha slaw and a poached egg. If you're in the mood for something more familiar, there's always the classic, with egg and cheddar cheese.


Meet Maggie Tuten Tyner

Maggie wasn't born in Greenville, S.C., but she was certainly raised here, having called this her home for the last 20+ years.  She even graduated from local Furman University and went to work...  More About Maggie