Our little Southern town of Greenville continues to pop up everywhere on travel and economic lists. but we’ve known all along that we’re living in a pretty good place. And while we’re getting there on the whole gluten free, dairy free, etc. front, we still have a ways to go. Here’s my list for those with the same sufferings as myself.
Caviar & Bananas – I went to the College of Charleston, where my love for C&B began. A few months ago the culinary couple graced us with a Greenville location. Brunch, lunch, happy hour, they’re all good. If you go around 3pm for afternoon coffee, it’s usually quiet and one of my favorite times to settle into a corner booth. There are so many options from prepped food in the case, make your own salads, an overflowing bakery – but I find my usual with Tim the sandwich man. Gluten free bread, Italian meat trio, arugula, roasted tomatoes, aioli, toasted. Thanks Tim. You my boy. And you all know about the gluten free, dairy free banana bread, warmed up!
Northampton Wines – Picking a bottle of wine, sitting down outside, and eating amazing food. This is why I’m always at Northampton. I eat the scallops, and the meatloaf. If you can, eat the cheese plate, the hot chili seafood, and the apple-berry cobbler.
Hall’s Chophouse – If you know much about my diet, steak is one thing that I can, and do, eat on a constant basis. Hall’s is my home for such fare. Find us at the tables near the bar with the grass-fed steak and loaded sweet potato on the side. (For those not allergic to everything under the sun, please try the lobster mac, skillet corn, chopped salad and caramel cake. You’re welcome.)
Pomegranate – Lunch or dinner, I’ll be eating the chicken kabob with cranberry rice and tomatoes. Healthy, delicious, and a great atmosphere to sit outside on Main Street.
Greektown Grille – Our lunchtime go-to at least once a week.
The gyro salad and dolmades will be on my table.
Nose Dive – Another lunch favorite, and a huge shoutout to Table 301 restaurants for being the best at catering to allergies of all sorts. Nose Dive is full of gluten free options including their Chicken Fil-ay. Bloody Mary’s are also on point, but I’m still going to ask for the deviled eggs every time until they put them back. They were delicious.
Swamp Rabbit Grocery – I make regular trips for one thing in particular – the dairy free, gluten free DOUGHNUT. Always a different seasonal flavor, always fabulous. The strawberry and lavender always make me jump for joy.
Southern Pressed Juicery – Another Table 301 favorite, I’m grabbing the Bee’s Knees bowl (I get it with no buckwheat, brazil nuts on the top and bottom), the Lord Have Mercy juice, and a ginger shot to go. And probably another six juices to stock the fridge.
Larkin’s – One of my favorite spots for a scenic lunch and a glass of rosé.
Steakhouse Salad and the truffle fries. Hold the cheese, but bring on the extra truffle.
Restaurant 17 – The restaurant to the beautiful Hotel Domestique. The staff is so accommodating and the views take you far from Greenville. Look up from your gorgeously plated food and you’ll think you’re in some European boutique hotel nestled in the mountains. The menu changes regularly, but the chef is extremely accommodating, especially if you can give him a heads up! Thanks Nick!
Jianna’s – One of the newest additions to the Greenville food scene! Another Table 301 addition, so of course they have my gluten free options. They always have a pasta option. I go for the tuna from the raw bar and the prosciutto for an appetizer, pappardelle for my meal. If you can eat it, get the ricotta app! Drink The Velvet Donkey mule, or a glass of Italian red.
American Grocery – Just where I want to cozy up on a date night. Intimate and quiet, which is starting to become a rarity. Ron always gets the beef tongue, I either go for the halibut or the trout – either are delicious. If you can, get a bourbon cocktail. The vibe just calls for it!
I’ll keep updating this list, so check back!
Photo by Angela Zion