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mustardgirl Feb 25, 2008 10:36 AM

Flying in and out of Greenville on the way to Asheville
First night staying at Embassy Suites on Verdae
and last night staying at Pheonix Inn on N. Pleasantburg DR
Looking for Dining suggestions near both hotels
Not too pricey. Like Seafood/ Southern, Amerciacn Fare

  1. danna Feb 25, 2008 11:28 AM

    When you are staying at Pheonix Inn, you will be very close to 33 Liberty, which would be one of my recs no matter where you were staying. Southern comfort food. www.33liberty.com

    There is nothing I can think of very near Embassy Suites, but you are just a few miles from downtown, so if you have a car I would recommend Wine Cafe, Devereaux's, or American Grocery (the last I have not been to yet myself, but the reviews have been good) HOWEVER, all of those have entrees in the $20-$30 range, so if that = too pricey, then I would suggest Chicora Alley(latin), Lemnongrass (Thai), Island Blend (Jamaican) , all downtown. I agree that you should wander around the Reedy Falls Park area.

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      mustardgirl Feb 25, 2008 02:52 PM

      Thanks Danna. It would seem to me that the Pheonix Inn is close to downtown
      And embassy suite is close to Haywood/ Woodruff area - Any Rec's in that area
      Also what are prices like at Liberty 33

      1. re: mustardgirl
        Cpt Wafer Feb 25, 2008 02:57 PM

        Here's a link:

        http://www.33liberty.com/

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          danna Feb 26, 2008 04:22 AM

          Pheonix Inn IS relatively close to downtown. Do you have a car? Because otherwise I would not concern myself with the difference between your two hotels and downtown. It's a 6 min drive from Embassy Suites and a 3 minute drive from Pheonix Inn.

          Yes, see the link below, 33 is not cheap, but it mostly depends on how many courses you eat.

          The Haywood/Woodruff area is your mall/chain store/gridlock hell. The only thing I can recommend in that area is Doc Chey, a pan-asian , rather Americanized regional chain next door to Whole Foods, and Whole Foods itself, which makes a nice pizza and has a little bar at which to eat a slice and have a glass of wine. Doc Chey is not brilliant by any means, just good to fair sustenance.

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        foodzie Feb 25, 2008 08:15 PM

        Ok - I know you aren't looking for pricey, but this restaurant might be worth changing your mind. Restaurant O in downtown Greenville is one of my very favorite restaurants. I still begin to drool when I think about the meal we had there. We had Kobe Beef, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes (the real kind - I'm a Maryland native), Sweet Potato Gnocchi and a Chocolate Bombe dessert. The dessert was probably the most memorable. It started with a thin dark chocolate shell that was filled with a smooth mousse-like filling crafted of the perfect blend of dark and milk chocolates. The chocolate was topped with a sour cherry compote—which rounded out the decadent flavor with a tart, subtle sweetness. Soo sinfully good… Anytime we travel down south we make sure we take the route that passes through Greenville so we can eat at Restaurant O. Their menu is seasonal, but they do offer it online with prices so you can take a look to see if you feel like it's worth the splurge.

        1. JB BANNISTER Feb 26, 2008 04:53 AM

          My original post was removed (i don't know why). But I for got about 33Liberty. It is a great place.
          I think Deveroux's and 33 Liberty are your best best for really good food.

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            mustardgirl Feb 26, 2008 08:17 AM

            I have noticed other choices like
            Cafe Trio
            Sassafras
            Oysters on the west end
            Bonefish Grill
            Blue Ridge Brewery
            Sothern Fried Green Tomatoes
            How about the Cafe Verde at the Embassy Suites
            Rene's Fish Market
            Any comments at the Above

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              danna Feb 26, 2008 08:29 AM

              Trio - terrible
              Sassafras - never been, does not look promising
              Oysters on the west end - Decent food, fabulous place for a drink in warm weather or to sit and watch the bike races.
              Bonefish Grill - I think that's a chain
              Blue Ridge Brewery - bad bar food

              sorry. give me a little more detail as to what you're after and I'll try to think of some more suggestions.

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                mustardgirl Feb 26, 2008 08:55 AM

                Thanks for your quick response and suggestions
                Like seafood, italian, southern / comfort foods
                American . How about a great hambuger

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                  danna Feb 26, 2008 10:37 AM

                  seafood - no place I can think of specializes in seafood.

                  Italian - none decent in Greenville at all

                  Southern - go with 33 Liberty

                  Burger - SC law prohibits burgers cooked less than medium unless the restaurant grinds it fresh themselves. The only two decent burgers I know of in town are Blockhouse on August rd. which also had good oysters sometimes. Otherwise, it is a bar atmosphere and otherwise pretty bad food. And Bohemian on N. Main street. also makes a decent rare burger.

                  Greenville is not a great food town. enjoy Asheville ;-)

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                    ap65065 Feb 26, 2008 10:56 AM

                    What Danna means is, in her opinion, Greenville is not a great food town. There are many residents and visitors alike who find Greenville a very likeable place with something for everyone.

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                      danna Feb 26, 2008 12:45 PM

                      Ah, come on, ap, surely you've noticed that Greenville is sorely lacking in good restaurants. Yes - there are some good ones, and yes, a person is not going to starve. But most places are mediocre if they aren't just awful, whether chain or independent.

                      I may be spoiled because I do a lot of my eating across the border..but it really points out how lacking Greenville is. Asheville has a dozen good restaurants for every one in G'ville.

                      There is not one place in this town I would be eager to get a dessert, Asheville is full of them. There is not one good bread bakery nearby. Asheville has gobs. And Asheville is a much smaller town. Greenville at this moment in time has too many citizens who are happy with eating at chain restaurants in order to support much quality food. And the few good restaurants we have tend to be "fine dining." Give me a Salsa or a West First...some place that knows there's no shame in making good food in a casual atmosphere.

                      The only thing that really gives me hope for Greenville as a "food town" is the fact that Whole Foods appears to be thriving.

                      BTW, today is my birthday and I'm being surprised for dinner tonight. Wish me luck that I have something good to say about G'ville dining tomorrow!

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                        SusanInSeneca Feb 28, 2008 10:12 AM

                        Hey Danna,
                        Since you do know about Ashville restaurants and the only one I have like for dinner was Limone, could you suggest a place for dinner in Asheville? My mom is coming to town so we were going to do the Biltmore then go to dinner.
                        BTW-Happy BD. Glad you liked American Grocery. Although $140? I didn't pay the bill but didn't think it was quite that high??
                        Thanks.
                        Susan

                        1. re: SusanInSeneca
                          danna Feb 28, 2008 10:42 AM

                          Thanks for asking Susan, and thanks for the birthday greeting.

                          If I were taking my Mom out in Asheville, i would probably go to Fig or maybe Vigne. If my Mom were a little more adventurous in her palate i'd take her to Zambra or maybe Chorizo. Since you liked Limones, I think you would like Chorizo's take on Latin flavors...i actually like it better and if the weather is good, you can eat outside. Get the house margarita! I did a review of Vigne a couple of days ago you may be able to look down the page and find.

                          Yeah, $140 at AG...that included the tip, though. I think the bill was like $112. 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 wines.

                          Some friends of mine went and had the chef's tasting and wine pairings and dropped $300 plus. ouch.

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                            JB BANNISTER Feb 28, 2008 10:50 AM

                            When I went to AG it was $247 with tip and it was good. AT $247 I would have prefered it to be fantastic. I will try it again though.

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                        SusanInSeneca Feb 27, 2008 05:28 AM

                        I TOTALLY disagree..Greenville has some GREAT restaurants!! Maybe not at the mid range but the high end are as good as in Atlanta. And I've been to Asheville and not found that many great ones. American Grocery is AWESOME!! Soby's is good for Southern. My husband and I also like the Blue Fire Grill. High Cotton is also very good "southern".

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                          danna Feb 27, 2008 08:28 AM

                          I went to American Grocery last night (for the first time) and thought it was very nice. $140 for 2 including tip, 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 wines. I would go back.

                          Soby's however, I find to be totally mediocre and Blue Fire Grill is downright horrendous. Have you been there lately? I heard it used to have good sushi when it first opened, but when we went 3-4 months ago, the cooked food was miserable and the sushi was leave-it-on-the-plate quality. I think High Cotton is beautiful space, but the food is extra-greasy and uninspired. Maybe my expecatations were too High (pun)...if I had gotten the plain, greasy brunch food at a hole in the wall diner, I would have said it's not bad...but in that space I just expected more.

                          1. re: SusanInSeneca
                            Suzy Q Feb 27, 2008 04:12 PM

                            I agree that Greenville isn't exactly a Mecca of great dining, but I REALLY disagree that Asheville is that much better. I love both towns, but neither is overflowing with dining destinations that are all that memorable. And neither is a big enough town to be known as a "food town".

                  2. re: mustardgirl
                    JB BANNISTER Feb 26, 2008 08:33 AM

                    Cafe Trio-----Good but loud. If you go they have a salmon, brie and apple pizza that is awsome.
                    Sassafras --------- Good southern food
                    Oysters on the west end---- I eat at oysters by the walking bridge. They have a REAL CHEF. Everything is good EXEPT the Beaufort/Frogmore stew. I am from Beaufort so I am biased
                    Bonefish Grill-----Chain Place. Nightmare to get to. Stay away from Woodruff Rd if possible. (very bad traffic)
                    Blue Ridge Brewery-----Good beer and bar food.
                    Sothern Fried Green Tomatoes---Never heard of this place. But Oysters does them well
                    How about the Cafe Verde at the Embassy Suites----SKIP it. Does do a standard breakfast
                    Rene's Fish Market--- NO. NO , NO I thought they were closed. NO

                    You missed Taco Casa--- Good tacos and CHEAP. I fed my family of five there once for $14.00. Great hot sauce!
                    Also a Vietnamise (spelling) place across the street from the CASA is good.

                    I did not include these places because when I travel I want GREAT food. I do eat at all these places (with few exceptions) above at least once a month. That is why I need to loose 65lbs.

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                      mustardgirl Feb 26, 2008 09:02 AM

                      Thanks JB , it seems you and Danna do not agree on much
                      Both agree on Oysters on the west end

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                      ap65065 Feb 26, 2008 10:09 AM

                      Cafe Trio - affordable and crowd pleasing. the pizzas are decent

                      Sassafras - southern food, i've only ever done apps, but all very good.

                      Oysters on the west end - ambiance is fun at oysters, oysters not so good. i adore the place, but hate the food. burgers are pretty consistent though.

                      Bonefish Grill - Chain, but, bad traffic aside, reliable.

                      Blue Ridge Brewery - mediocre beer, mediocre bar food.

                      Sothern Fried Green Tomatoes - a classic "meat and three". very affordable. menu changes daily and is very specialized. charming service.

                      How about the Cafe Verde at the Embassy Suites - I think I just read they are doing a champagne brunch now - I'd pass, but I have nothing to base that on.

                      Rene's Fish Market - I've never known anyone to eat there.

                      Also on Haywood:

                      City Range - steakhouse, which is decent. you can also go low end or high end with what you order.

                      I agree with Lemongrass, downtown - very good Thai food.

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                        mustardgirl Feb 26, 2008 02:33 PM

                        Thanks ap65065
                        Fried Green sounds good how does it compare to Stax Omega?

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                          JB BANNISTER Feb 27, 2008 04:35 AM

                          Where is this Fried Green Tomatos place at? I have not heard of it.

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                            JB BANNISTER Feb 27, 2008 11:42 AM

                            I found it SFGT. I went had a fried green tomato BLT, broc casarole, tater salad. Also tried Mac& cheese, turkey & dressing it was OK. Service was good but the need more seating bad.

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                      buckeye.mary Feb 27, 2008 07:33 AM

                      Guess I'll add my 2 cents. While I do wish Greenville had the kind of offerings I got used to in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can still get a good meal around here. It's not a total wasteland (unlike Easley...)

                      My favorites considering food and atmosphere:
                      American Grocery - best (pricey) meal I've had in Greenville. Must go back for a chef's selection.

                      Bohemian Cafe - one of my favorites that I need to visit more often.

                      Blue Ridge - While nothing to write home about, I always enjoy meals there. My faves: buffalo burger, spinach salad w/ fried goat cheese, mashed potatoes (though I'm usually not a mashed potatoes-kind-of-girl)

                      Chicora Alley - Love this place. Especially the nachos and shrimp tacos/quesadilla.

                      Saffron - Comforting Indian cuisine off of Woodruff Rd.

                      Barley's - #1 place to hang out. Great beer, decent pizza, & my favorite appetizer: artichoke & ale spread

                      Addy's - Cozy bar downtown with pretty good food.

                      A cheap Italian option on Haywood Rd. is Tony's. I hear he's got a good source for seafood and the gnocchi, which isn't on the menu, is pretty great. Portions are obscenely large.

                      Another option on Haywood Rd. is Saskatoon, which offers wild game. Only ate there once a few years ago, so I can't really comment on the quality. But I know my husband loved trying new meats, especially the kangaroo steak.

                      I wasn't impressed by Blue Fire Grill, and thought High Cotton was just kind of "meh" for the high price.

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                        danna Feb 27, 2008 08:38 AM

                        mary, I'm glad to hear someone else give props to Chicora Alley. i really like that place and for some reason my husband just SCOFFS at me when I say so. He won't go there. I'm (apparently - see above) picky as hell, and I've never gotten anything there that I didn't enjoy.

                        Bomemian - I just discovered that I could get a rare burger there a few weeks ago, so I'm going to be headed over there more often. I've had brunch twice and although I think they could use some help making a biscuit...hey...I went there twice...that's a big step ;-)

                        Further, i agree w/ you on Barleys: decent pizza, fantastic beer.

                        I have not been to Saffron. have you been to Handi on Main Street? How do the two compare? I am unschooled in Indian food.

                        Thank you for the Tony's rec. That's new to me...where on Haywood Rd? I have very high respect for anyone who can make gnocchi...my attemps at it have sucked.

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                          buckeye.mary Feb 27, 2008 09:35 AM

                          I guess when you're able to experience both Asheville and Greenville dining frequently, you're allowed to be a little picky. It's a matter of perspective...and what you have access to.

                          I have not been to Handi, so I can't compare. Here are my Indian suggestions...not that I'm an expert. I don't do super-hot Indian, but at Saffron, you can request your heat level. Chicken Mahkni (creamy tomatoy sauce aka Butter Chicken) is my favorite and Saffron's vegetarian thali is a good sampler platter. Peshwari naan (stuffed with candied cherries & coconut) is always a treat for us, although I'm happy with plain naan and raita for dipping. I like Do Piaza too, but didn't see it at Saffron.

                          Tony's is next to TJ Maxx; it's VERY casual. The salads are iceburg, but despite that, everyone in my office raves about their food. The stuffed shells I had were just fine, but next time, I'll have to try their calamari and gnocchi.

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                        mustardgirl Feb 27, 2008 05:52 PM

                        Anybody have experience with RioGrill or overlook grill

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                          danna Feb 28, 2008 05:23 AM

                          I have been to neither. My boss went to Rio Grill when it opened and he liked it fairly well. Lately I have heard less flattering things, as well as rumors of their demise. You know it's an all you can eat place, waiters w/ meat on sticks, etc?

                          Overlook grill is in a beautiful space, I've had a glass of (bad) wine there before. However, the menu looks bad to me and I have never heard anything good about it. Sorry to be so negative.

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                            mustardgirl Feb 28, 2008 10:59 AM

                            I was thinking about just having a drink at overlook grill and going to dinner at either Trio or Oysters on the West End
                            Any other suggestions for places to have drinks around 5 ?
                            Any happy hours around?

                            1. re: mustardgirl
                              danna Feb 28, 2008 11:43 AM

                              Lazy Goat is in the same complex w/ High Cotton and Starbucks, right across from the bridge. They have a very nice outdoor seating area where you could get drinks. Food is fair.

                              High Cotton, although I didn't think too much of their food, had a good looking, somewhat creative drink menu.

                              American Grocery (a couple of blocks away) makes their own infused vodkas and rums, but has a tiny bar.

                              Also Wine Cafe has outdoor seating. At lunch there is no corkage on wine from their retail store, but I'm not sure when that ends. It is also walking distance from the bridge, but a long-ish walk.

                              I won't belabor how bad I think Trio is, but I will note there is another Italian place across the street from Trio called Restaurant Bergamo that I think is better.

                              I'm crossing my fingers that you have good weather. What Greenville excels at is beautiful places and fine weather.

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                                Suzy Q Feb 28, 2008 12:28 PM

                                I don't necessarily think you can compare Bergamo and Trio. Bergamo is a much more traditional Italian, white tablecloth kind of place, where Trio is open, loud, and very casual. A completely different dining experience at those two places in many ways other than just the food.

                              2. re: mustardgirl
                                JB BANNISTER Feb 28, 2008 01:21 PM

                                There are better places to have a drink than the Overlook. Go walk the bridge and see the falls. Then go to Oysters for some fried green maters or a butcher's plate at High Cotton with a glass of wine or good cocktail. You can people watch at HC in the bar for drinks. A drink at the Lazy Goat is also good as the bar overlooks the riverwalk below. The bartender there looks like Jim Morrison and is a nice guy.

                                Oysters is super casual. Shorts and flip flops are fine. Keep in mind it is very cold today.

                                Just explore and have fun. You will really like this city.

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                                  mustardgirl Feb 28, 2008 02:44 PM

                                  Thanks all ....Drinks at Lazy Goat seem reasonable and dinner at Oysters my choice
                                  Prices at many of the dining choices suggested $25 and up are as high if not more than San Francisco places
                                  I find Asheville places much more reasonable( will revisit there again for 5 nights). Flew in last time to Charlotte , which was high too. But at least there is a Trader joes
                                  Looking forward to my two nights in Greenville( night we fly in and night we depart)

                          2. JB BANNISTER Feb 28, 2008 08:44 AM

                            I think Deveroux's is the best plavce in Greenville to eat. The chef is really good. He comes from the only 5 star in SC. I don't think it cost as much as AG.

                            1. JB BANNISTER Feb 28, 2008 10:52 AM

                              I also for got about the Brown Street jazz Club. Very nice good food and very nice stemware. Live jazz 6 night as week. I have have really enjoyed the food and service there. Very good wait staff. It is behing Tsunami located on Brown Street.

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                                edondero Jun 17, 2008 05:43 AM

                                Just in case anyone is still using this topic...
                                I love Smoke on the Water for its ambience and comfort food. Go on Tuesdays get a half bottle of wine and some greasy but upscale BBQ and mac and cheese. Eat outside, best spot. Or enjoy the live music.
                                And for a place that can be for a special occassion or your go-to weekly good food, try Larkins on the River, love the wine list and a la carte menu. Goot location.
                                I love dining in Greenville, I spend about half the month done there, and some of you don't realize how lucky you are to live in such a good and progressive town.

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