In addition to its booming housing market, Greenville has something else enticing going for it—the cuisine! Greenville is a haven for foodies—it’s been nationally recognized for its unique eateries and tasty dishes by many notable sources, including Southern Living, Vogue and the Food Network. As an Upstate native and true southern lady, I know good food. Here are some of my favorite local eateries:
Pomegranate on Main pairs a modern, inviting atmosphere with delicious Persian cuisine. Its traditional recipes are prepared using fresh ingredients—with subtle flavors like saffron, mint and pomegranate—and healthy cooking methods. My personal favorites include the Signature Salad topped with roasted salmon and Persian Citrus dressing, paired with a glass of pino grigio. Its outdoor patio is one of the best spots in town—especially when it has live music and half-off wine night!
Soby’s is rich in history and rustic charm as it offers southern-inspired cuisine with a focus on locally-grown and seasonal ingredients. Soby’s chefs put a modern twist on classic regional dishes and presents them in a casually elegant ambiance. While its menu changes often, some of the best menu staples include the lightly fried calamari, delicious crab cakes with haricot verts and, of course, its famous complimentary cheese biscuits! There isn’t a bad seat in this established hotspot—whether you dine al fresco on the patio, inside in the bustling bar area or near the cozy fireplace. Hands down, Soby’s is one of my most recommended spots to clients who are visiting Greenville for the first time!
Jianna, a sister restaurant to Soby’s, exudes the vibes of a modern Italian Osteria with a bustling open kitchen in the heart of Downtown Greenville. The menu calls upon classic Italian cuisine but takes it one step further with an innovative twist to each dish. Must tries include its unique wines and Proscuitto San Daniele for starters and the Bavette Steak Tagliata for dinner. While I’m not a fan of oysters, I’ve heard its selection is heavenly! This is a wonderful spot for people watching—the views from this second story restaurant are exquisite. Lastly, don’t miss the bathrooms—they are magazine-worthy!
Otto Izakaya serves traditional Japanese and Asian fare including sushi rolls, dumplings and sake. The restaurant is based off of the concept of the izakaya—a type of informal restaurant/bar popular in Japan and throughout Asia. I absolutely love the steamed or fried shrimp gyoza and pretty much all of its sushi rolls! They are all fresh and the perfect bite-size pieces. This is a great spot for larger groups too.
Hall’s Chophouse is a classic and staple to the Greenville food scene. This steakhouse features wet and dry-aged USDA Prime and Choice Beef as well as locally-sourced fish, poultry, vegetarian and gluten-free options. This is one of my favorite nightlife spots—the bar area is always lively with great tunes from some of Greenville’s best musicians. The food is outstanding—my favorites are the eight-ounce Filet Mignon with Asparagus and the Blackened Salmon.