Rec for Greenville,SC---Danna??? Anyone???
We are taking our familly to eat this week-end for birthday celebration after Clemson game. We live in Charleston SC and need a recommendation.
Please-- only restaurant that I have seen recommended is Liberty and that was many months ago. We like casual fine dining-
I will have to disagree with danna about Smoke on the Water. I LOVE THEM! We have been going there since they opened. Of course, Smoke had some problems in the beginning but nothing that kept me from going back, again and again. The food is wonderful! The pork and beef will melt in your mouth. The cornbread is fresh and served with REAL butter (not margarine, or lard). The soups and sides are ALL made in-house. The steaks and seafood are to die for! Service is superb, also. Great Food, Great Service, Great Prices, Great Location. . . what else could you ask for?
Wow. Casual fine dining is tough to find in Greenville.
I still recommend 33 Liberty. One big plus to 33 is that they change their menu weekly and post the menu on their website. That way you don't get any nasty surprises if you get there and it just so happens you don't care for any of the 4 entrees offered. www.33liberty.com
I have been to Devereaux's once, you probably read about it if you searched this board for Greenville. All the food was good, I was a little disappointed by the lack of vegetables, and it was VERY expensive. I think it would be a good choice for a special occasion, depending on where your definition of casual falls on the scale.
One place on my list to try is the Wine Cafe. I have not been there yet for a number of reasons, partly because it's rather expensive, and normally I do my special-occasion dining in some other city. They also have their menu on-line. I think it's www.northhamptonwines.com, but that may not be quite right. I've heard good reviews.
I don't want to offend ap65065, but I feel compelled to warn you that I (and a lot of people I know) think Smoke on the Water is just horrendous. IMHO, it's tarted-up chain food. Wilted salad greens, heavy as lead cornbread served w/...what is that? ....lard? I had been once for lunch and got a decent BBQ sandwich. Then someone gave us a gift cert. and we went there for dinner against our better judgement. If you went there and JUST got BBQ, I think it's alright (no smoke, but alright), but everything else they did was Applebees quality. And just a wonderful location, it's a shame.
Ap65065, Thanks for the heads-up about Oysters...I am looking forward to trying it. Have you been to Great Bay Oyster Co. in Greer? They have excellent oysters, although everything else sucks. If Oysters in downtown is using similar sourcing I will have to get there immediately!
Plufmud, please post a review of wherever you choose.
I'm a huge fan of Devereaux's. Definite fine dining, casual in the sense I've seen everything from suits to sweatshirts. The chef puts a lot of thought into his dishes and uses the best, local ingredients. It's on the pricier side, beautiful space, nice wine list, attentive staff. www.devereauxsdining.com
Much more casual, but very good is Smoke on the Water (in the West End). BBQ menu, but very nice. The pulled pork sandwich is outta this world.
Oysters on the West End is really good. Oysters flown in (last weekend they had some from Nova Scotia, Charleston, and the Gulf Coast). Lots of good seafood options and land lover items too. If it's warm, they have a really great roof deck.
I've been meaning to get to Lemongrass (Thai Food on N. Main) because I like the look of the menu, the prices, and atmosphere, but just haven't made it yet.
Hope this helps!