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Enjoy the Most Important Meal of the Day at These Greenville 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 authentic New York style bagels at Greenfield's to hearty Southern classics consisting of biscuits, gravy, bacon and eggs at Tupelo Honey and Biscuit Head.  And don't worry, you'll find that all-important cup of coffee at each of these fine establishments as well.


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Simpsonville


Coach House has been serving Simpsonville for over 20 years and is 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. You will definitely want to check out their "Low Country Traditions" with Southern classics like chicken fried chicken and country fried steak. The portions are huge and service always comes with a smile at this eatery that exudes Southern hospitality.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Coach House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but the first meal of the day is its specialty. (Oh, and dessert too!)

Maggie's expert tip: Take note of the desserts rotating in a glass case as you enter. They're all available to order.

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Downtown


This friendly, casual cafe has an upscale vibe while it stays down-to-earth in its appeal. Enjoy a great breakfast of scrambled eggs, crepes, Benedicts, pancakes, muffins or omelets, enlivened with fresh herbs and other tasty add-ins. Everything on the menu is pleasantly familiar, but with 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, all of which is an easy two block walk to Main Street and all that Downtown has to offer.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Mary Beth's offers a simplified breakfast menu with unique twists that set it apart from other Greenville restaurants.

Maggie's expert tip: Mary Beth's does not serve breakfast all day.

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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.

Recommended for Breakfast because: The Donut Experiment is unlike any other donut shop in the Upstate, serving delicious cake donuts with your choice of toppings.

Maggie's expert tip: Once you see the list of toppings, you might have a hard time making up your mind. So why not get a half dozen and sample several variations?

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Tommy's Country Ham House


When you go to Tommy's, be prepared to see folks from all walks of life - from judges and CEOs to working men and women. Everyone claims Tommy's as one of their favorite places for down-home eats just outside of Downtown Greenville. As the name suggests, country-cured ham is their specialty, but the biscuits are made fresh daily and are definitely not to be overlooked. Breakfast is served all day with a huge selection of eggs, omelets, hot cakes, waffles, and french toast to choose from. Additionally, the lunch menu changes daily with any number of seasonal specials to choose from.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Tommy's Country Ham House has been a Greenville institution since 1985.

Brett's expert tip: Don't let the line scare you away. Service at Tommy's is always top notch and faster than you expect, even when it's a packed house.

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Near the end of the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Travelers Rest, you will 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 do not 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, because who has breakfast without coffee?

Recommended for Breakfast because: Tandem offers something for breakfast that you won't find at many other Greenville restaurants: a menu full of crepes.

Maggie's expert tip: Tandem can become quickly crowded on weekends. If you decide to go during a prime brunch time, be prepared for a long line and little seating. Tables open up at a fairly regular pace though, so your patience will be rewarded handsomely.

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Tupelo Honey Cafe


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. Even better, Tupelo Honey prides itself on featuring ingredients responsibly sourced from local farmers and other food purveyors. Inside, bright yellow walls set a sunny vibe in the casual dining room, which is flanked by an open kitchen right in the heart of Downtown. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Tupelo Honey serves a delicious breakfast all day long.

Maggie's expert tip: Tupelo Honey opens at 10 am on weekdays, so look elsewhere if you don't want a late breakfast.

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This Greenville landmark sports an uncluttered exterior and a nondescript decor, but having breakfast at Stax's has been a local tradition for more than 30 years. 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 will find the menu satisfying, just like your mom used to make. All is this is available in what was once a 1950's pharmacy and soda shop for a nostalgic atmosphere that you can only find at Stax's.

Recommended for Breakfast because: As a well-known local favorite, Stax's Original is a must for breakfast in Greenville.

Maggie's expert tip: A breakfast at Stax's is not to be rushed. You'll probably endure a wait for a table, then a wait for the food which is cooked to order.

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Anyone who has ever been to New York knows that the bagels and pizza are hard to match. They say it has something to do with the water but one visit to Greenfield's puts that matter to rest. These bagels are the real deal and every bit as delicious as anything you will find in the Big Apple (or anywhere else for that matter). Their location at Laurens Road and Verdae Boulevard has long been THE place to get bagels in the Upstate but, thankfully, we now have additional locations in Greer and in Downtown Greenville to look forward to.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Greenfield's is where New York transplants get their bagels and feel at home. It's the real deal.

Brett's expert tip: If you're a sucker for an everything bagel, this is the best, but it wouldn't hurt to bring a little floss for post-breakfast cleanup.

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Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery


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 to ensure that everyone is taken care of. Swamp Rabbit also has a nice selection of beverages to help get your day going like flavorful smoothies, an array of coffee drinks, and locally sourced juices.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Swamp Rabbit Cafe offers a fantastic farm-to-table breakfast, making it a great place to start your day before heading out on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Maggie's expert tip: Just around the corner from the cafe is the SRT Bike Shop, so you can grab breakfast then hop on a rental bike with ease.

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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.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Biscuit Head exemplifies what a Southern breakfast is all about.

Maggie's expert tip: The kitchen at Biscuit Head isn't gluten-free, but they do offer gluten-free items on the menu and do their best to prevent cross-contamination.

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Brett Barest is a freelance writer in Greenville, South Carolina that has watched the city grow from cow pastures and boarded up buildings to the tourist destination it has become today. He...  More About Brett

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