Plenty of Upstate residents have made the pilgrimage to Asheville for Dobra Tea but now they need look no further than The Village of West Greenville. The recently opened Greenville location features more than a hundred custom sourced teas including herbal, iced, and bubbled varieties. There are also hot chocolate and chai menus if you are not just looking for tea. Finally, for food options, Dobra Tea features a menu that is completely gluten free and vegetarian. All of this is served up in a visually stunning space complete with traditional seating as well as sunken recesses with pillows on the floor for the ultimate opportunity to sip or dine in complete comfort.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The opening of Dobra Tea gives Greenville its finest tea room and vegetarian restaurant.
Brett's expert tip: Disregard the labeled parking spots in the lot across the street… the whole lot is fair game during business hours.
Of all the new restaurants cranking out food at the new Gather GVL site, two in particular stand out. The first of these is Prost! which brings German style cuisine to Greenville's West End. Gather is unlike anything else in town with shipping containers adapted to serve as commercial kitchens with walk-up service counters. For their part, Prost! is serving up all the German classics like bratwursts and sausages, Goulash soup, Schnitzel, and Maultaschen (German ravioli) which are absolutely to die for. The food is delicious, the atmosphere of Gather is electric, and it all comes together for a great new addition to the Upstate food scene.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Downtown Greenville is long overdue for quality German cuisine and it is finally here thanks to Prost! and Gather GVL.
Brett's expert tip: Get there early as Gather GVL gets packed in a hurry for both lunch and dinner.
The other Gather GVL spot that has my attention is The Pasta Addict. Their journey from husband and wife home chefs to official restaurateurs has been a long journey that has been dazzling Greenville's Instagram feeds for a couple of years now. Now open in Gather, they are cranking out fresh pasta made right on site and serving it up in easy to hold cones. Take out pasta has never been so easy and delicious and it is the perfect addition to Greenville's newest culinary hub in The West End. They are currently only open for dinner hours but stay tuned for weekend lunches as warmer weather approaches.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Fresh pasta prepared in a shipping container and served in a cone… what is not to love?
Brett's expert tip: Keep your cash, as The Pasta Addict is debit and credit card only.
Sure, Automatic Taco has been serving the Upstate some seriously good tacos for a few years now but the newness comes in the fact that they have just opened their own brick and mortar establishment at The Commons. That means you can enjoy their hot chicken or pork belly tacos without standing in line for the food truck in some crowded parking lot and, instead, relax in the oh-so-inviting new space that is The Commons. Pair your meal with a craft beer or wine from The Community Tap Trailside or a coffee from Methodical Coffee and make sure you leave with a loaf of bread or pastry from the Bake Room before you leave for the ultimate dining experience.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Automatic Taco's new brick and mortar establishment means you can get their tasty eats without having to chase down their truck.
Brett's expert tip: Come with plenty of time to experience the other great small businesses at The Commons, like The Community Tap Trailside, Methodical Coffee, Bake Room, and GB&D.
The newest addition to the Augusta Road culinary scene is The Burrow, brought to us by the owners of Barley's and Trappe Door. Just as we have come to expect from the first two establishments, the food is delicious and the restaurant features a totally unique atmosphere. The menu features everything from small plates like fried olives to entrees like the Greenville Hot Chicken sandwich, steaks, and even octopus. The bar also features a full selection of craft cocktails and, true to Barley's and Trappe Door form, an expansive and carefully curated selection of craft brews. This is a welcome addition to the Upstate food scene and a perfect neighborhood hot spot for the Augusta Rd. community.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: The Burrow is the newest restaurant by the owners of Greenville favorites Barley's and Trappe Door.
Brett's expert tip: Definitely make a reservation if planning to visit Friday or Saturday evening.
Located in the former home of GB&D and The Village Grind, Bar Mars is the latest new addition to The Village of West Greenville. The bar features an ever changing list of super creative cocktails and the kitchen is cranking out some really relatable plates like burgers and pasta prepared at a gourmet level. Ingredients are locally sourced from neighbors like Naked Pasta and Revival Butchery, bringing a strong sense of community to this quaint little arts district just outside of Downtown Greenville. They are open for dinner (no lunches yet) and stay open late night if you just want a cocktail after dining at any of the other great establishments The Village has to offer.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: With great food and fantastic cocktails, Bar Mars is a great new addition to The Village of West Greenville.
Local Expert tip: With the exception of the "Cola Fashioned" the cocktail menu completely changes just about daily.
Amidst all the strip malls and storefronts on Poinsett Highway sits an old residential home that has recently been converted to Oak Hill Café. Here you will find breakfast and lunch Tuesdays through Friday, Saturday brunch, and a full dinner service Wednesday through Saturday. All of this is prepared with an emphasis on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, many of which come directly from the farm plot directly behind the restaurant. The farm includes a dozen varieties of mushrooms cultivated on the properties own oak trees, making entrees like the Blue Oyster mushroom served over rice with a green tomato a can't miss dinner treat. For lunch, try the burger made with a unique blend of local beef, pork, and mushrooms from the farm out back.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Oak Hill Café is redefining local with its own organic, no-till, permaculture farm right outside the back door.
Brett's expert tip: Blink and you'll miss it… Oak Hill Café is in an old house set back from the stretch of businesses along Poinsett Highway just north of Cherrydale.
The newest addition to Travelers Rest's culinary scene comes from a powerhouse team of entrepreneurs. Co-owners Wendy Lyman (Swamp Rabbit Inn) and Patrick McInerney (Due South Coffee Roasters) have joined with Chef Adam Cooke for a farm to table experience unlike any other. Partnerships with area farms (and one of their own just a couple of miles away) means the freshest, locally sourced ingredients all year round. Plus, the menu offers up enough diversity where one can enjoy a traditional grass fed burger or any number of vegetarian and vegan options. The assortment of breads baked fresh daily are reason enough for a visit but the seasonal menu will have you coming back for more time and time again.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Topsoil is committed to serving the best dishes sourced from local farms, even their own just 2 ½ miles away.
Brett's expert tip: For a fun twist, get the burger on a house-made English muffin instead of the traditional sesame burger buns.
A dilapidated restaurant space on Woodside Avenue looked like it might stand vacant forever but, fortunately, the owners of Woodside Bistro had a bit more vision than that. They completely renovated the building creating a warm and inviting space that is a pleasure to visit. And the food? Start with the Braised Short Rib French Dip and ask yourself who in town is making anything close to such sandwich magic. Burgers, a catfish plate, and vegan options abound making this a must-visit lunch spot any day of the week. Breakfast was recently added to the repertoire so now you don't even have to wait until lunch to get your Woodside Bistro fix.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Woodside Avenue might not be the first place you would look for a good meal, but the food coming out of the kitchen is amazing.
Brett's expert tip: Parking in the lot next door can get pretty tight so get there just a little bit before lunch to make sure you get a spot.
When Charleston's Coastal Crust arrived in Greenville as a mobile eatery, everyone who tried it knew there were good things to come. A number of issues delayed their brick and mortar opening (and then delayed it some more) until they finally opened in the Village of West Greenville in July. As expected, it was worth the wait with farm to table ingredients going into some of the best pizzas in town. Sourcing produce from farms like Reedy River Farms and Italian Sausage from Revival Butchery (both located right on Pendleton Street), it really does not get any more local than this.
Recommended for New and Popular Restaurants because: Greenville has been waiting a long time for Coastal Crust to open up… and the wait was entirely worth it.
Brett's expert tip: Splurge on your appetizer and share the Peasant Board with your party. It's delicious!