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Greenville's 10 Best Spots To Win Brunch



Brunch in Greenville has become a serious sport.  With new shops, restaurants and attractions popping up like daffodils in spring, there's no shortage of a leisure scene, and at the forefront of that scene is brunch.  We explored every possible brunch option in the Greenville area and considered our picks from several different angles like how often brunch is offered, the location of the restaurant, the uniqueness of the menu and the all-important question, "Are there mimosas?"

We're proud to bring you this list of 10 outstanding options for where to brunch which includes longtime standbys like Roost and Passerelle to newer additions like Fork & Plough. We also included places that serve brunch all the time, like Biscuit Head, because it doesn't have to be a weekend-only event.

Overall, this is an eclectic list with each restaurant offering something unique.  Let it be your guide to fulfilling your cocktail-and-maple-soaked dreams, and remember to brunch responsibly.


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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 Brunch because: Biscuit Head serves a sincerely Southern brunch, with everything made from scratch, daily.

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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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. 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 and features classic brunch favorites like fried chicken & biscuits, shrimp & grits, steak & eggs and a variety of omelets to choose from.

Recommended for Brunch because: Comforting breakfast food is Tupelo Honey's specialty and, as one might expect, they excel at brunch.

Maggie's expert tip: The entrance to Tupelo Honey Cafe is no longer located next to Anthropologie and is instead on the back side of the restaurant, across from Aloft.

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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.

Recommended for Brunch because: Tandem has one of the most unique menus in the Greenville area, filling a niche with their delicious crepe offerings.

Maggie's expert tip: Tandem can quickly become 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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Mary's at Falls Cottage
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Nestled along Main Street, this quaint cottage dates from the 1890s. Once a private residence, its position on the edge of Falls Park offers lovely views of the Reedy River. The historic building has an adjacent patio which is one of the city's most popular dining spots and offers a fantastic atmosphere for lazy weekend afternoons. On the menu, you'll find specialties like eggs Benedict, shrimp and grits, maple walnut pumpkin bread French toast and a Southern breakfast bowl. The staff here are friendly and helpful, making Mary's a shining example of Southern hospitality.

Recommended for Brunch because: Brunch at Mary's is more than a meal, it's a Southern experience. The food is fantastic and it's only enhanced by the atmosphere.

Maggie's expert tip: You won't find any Mimosas or Bloody Marys here, so head elsewhere if you're looking for a boozy brunch.

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Downtown


Passerelle feels like a Paris eatery, down to the details of soft yellow walls and contrasting deep red accents, with fresh flowers atop each table. And what could be more Parisian than sleeping in and going for a relaxed brunch? Served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, this picturesque bistro makes for an ideal brunch spot. With a menu full of French favorites like croissants and fruit, French toast, quiche and croque monsieur, you'll want to take your time savoring every bite while enjoying the park view. Passerelle's located right at the Main Street entrance to Falls Park and Greenville's landmark suspension bridge, Liberty Bridge.

Recommended for Brunch because: Passerelle offers a little something different for brunch with its French menu, not to mention the amazing outdoor setting within Falls Park.

Maggie's expert tip: Reservations are available and recommended for a weekend brunch at Passerelle, especially if the weather's nice.

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Husk Greenville
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When the first thing on the brunch menu is a 22 ingredient Bloody Mary, you know things are about to get serious. Just the appetizers list includes items like Reedy River Farms greens and world-famous Benton's bacon, meaning your mouth is watering before you even get to the brunch entrees. There you will be forced to choose between Husk's fried chicken and cheeseburger… or the Butcher's Skillet, omelet, and shrimp and grits. You are going to need to go with a big group willing to share or commit to making this a regular Sunday brunch spot until you can eat through all the goodness.

Recommended for Brunch because: Husk's first location in Charleston received national attention and its Greenville location continues to impress local diners.

Brett's expert tip: Brunch is a sport in the South, so be sure to make a reservation.

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Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery


Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery has earned its spot on any number of the Upstate's top 10 list, so it should come as no surprise that it is one of Greenville's best places for Sunday brunch. The café is serving up breakfast and lunch sandwiches all day long while the brick oven pizza coming out of the shipping container in the parking lot cannot be beaten. Everything is made fresh with local ingredients sourced from local farms across the Upstate. Its location along the Swamp Rabbit Trail makes it the perfect destination after a morning ride and the grocery store means you can wrap up your shopping for the week after your bellies are full.

Recommended for Brunch because: Farm to table dining next to the Swamp Rabbit Trail doesn't get any better on a warm sunny Sunday.

Brett's expert tip: When the weather is nice, parking fills up fast but arriving via the Swamp Rabbit Trail is always an option.

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Fork & Plough
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Fork & Plough, a true farm to table dining experience in partnership with Greenbrier Farms, is quickly earning a reputation as one of the best restaurants in town. Chef Shawn Kelly's menu changes every time you walk in the door and Sunday brunch sees a little extra innovation coming out of the kitchen. Recent Sundays featured items like a fried egg over grilled catfish, a Nashville hot softshell crab sandwich on Texas toast, and a waffle buried beneath a Greenbrier Farms pork chop and Sawmill gravy. All of this can be had in the Overbrook neighborhood just outside of Downtown Greenville making parking a breeze without all the congestion of Main St.

Recommended for Brunch because: Fork & Plough is putting out some seriously good food in a relaxed, casual environment just outside of Downtown Greenville.

Brett's expert tip: You cannot get a cocktail (it's beer and wine only) but the food is too good for that to matter.

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West Greenville


The James Beard-nominated Anchorage is one of Greenville's best eateries, featuring an ever-changing menu of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Sunday brunch is no different as they frequently wow us with specials like their recent Albacore tuna sandwich, house-baked brioche, and lamb schnitzel sandwich, all of which can only be found an establishment such as the Anchorage. Also, cocktails deviate from the standard Bloody Mary as the bar livens things up with House Palomas and other creative libations. This is a culinary experience of the highest order and the perfect reason to visit the Village of West Greenville on a Sunday morning.

Recommended for Brunch because: The Anchorage is one of the best restaurants in town every night of the week… why would Sunday brunch be any different?

Brett's expert tip: The private lot across the street is fair game on Sunday mornings.

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Downtown
Roost
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Roost makes this list for a number of reasons, from the location and ambiance too, obviously, the food. Really, though, it all comes down to the fried chicken. Brined for days before Sunday brunch, it is arguably the best fried chicken in town, as is the macaroni and cheese. The all you can eat buffet invites you to pile mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and pulled pork all around this unapologetic gluttony and will have you going back for "just one more plate" again and again. Pair this with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa and you have the perfect recipe to start off your Sunday Funday.

Recommended for Brunch because: Roost offers the best brunch buffet in town with breakfast and lunch options for any mood and locally sourced ingredients.

Brett's expert tip: The parking garage behind the Hyatt provides access through the hotel that will keep you dry in the event of a rainy morning.

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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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