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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.


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.




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.


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Mary's at Falls Cottage
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan


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.


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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.


Husk Greenville


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.


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.


Fork & Plough
Photo courtesy of Fork & Plough


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.


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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.


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Downtown
Roost
Photo courtesy of Roost


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.


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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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