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Good Lunch places near I-85 between Greenville, SC and Spartanburg?

SusanInSeneca Feb 27, 2008 05:34 AM

Does anyone know of any good restaurants close to I-85 near Greenville or maybe Greer? I love downtown but meeting someone for lunch on a Friday that is coming from Charlotte. So downtown may be a pain for parking and too far off I-85.

  1. meatn3 Mar 1, 2008 12:51 PM

    I spotted a Cajun place off I-85 at Pelham Rd. that looked great. Atmosphere on the basic side, but food smelled wonderful & diners were digging in with enthusiasm! Here is more info with a link included.

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    1. re: meatn3
      JB BANNISTER Mar 1, 2008 01:18 PM

      The cajun place is ok. They do get live crawfish every week and they have Turduckins for sale.

      1. re: JB BANNISTER
        Suzy Q Mar 1, 2008 09:28 PM

        Turduckens! Stay away from those things. Worst Thanksgiving mistake I ever made was serving one. Yuck.

        Live crawfish, though - that sounds pretty promising! It's hard to beat a good etouffee. Glad to see G'vegas getting some more exotic dining options.

        1. re: Suzy Q
          SusanInSeneca Mar 3, 2008 06:33 AM

          Thanks guys for all the help. Fortunately, a friend mentioned The Bohemian Cafe and that looks like a winner. I see also this is a favorite of a couple of you!! It is apparently no too far from 385.

    2. JB BANNISTER Feb 28, 2008 08:36 AM

      there is a Denny's new BMW in Greer. Right on the interstate.

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      1. re: JB BANNISTER
        SusanInSeneca Feb 28, 2008 10:02 AM

        Thanks but I was looking for a non-chain. Something different and maybe Southern.

        1. re: SusanInSeneca
          danna Feb 28, 2008 10:51 AM

          Susan, I hesitate to suggest this, 'cause I know a lot of people who think it's not good , but I like Wades in Spartanburg. If you haven't been there, it's a meat and three (what could be more southern) with fantastic rolls (imo). It's about 1-2 miles off I-85 at the Asheville hyw exit, no turns.

          Close to 85 in Greenville, you have Doc Chey.

          I went to Henry's Smokehouse today for lunch. Eh. It's pretty good, but I don't get the hoop-la about it. The atmosphere is quaint, though, so it might impress your boss. Not super convenient to I-85 by any means, though. Good luck.

          1. re: danna
            JB BANNISTER Feb 28, 2008 10:54 AM

            I had luch there today also. Just a plate of meat and slaw. Its OK

            1. re: danna
              Suzy Q Feb 28, 2008 10:57 AM

              Danna, I was just thinking of Wade's when Susan said "southern". It's a little way off of 85 but not too bad. Just go early - the lines get super long!

              1. re: Suzy Q
                SusanInSeneca Feb 28, 2008 04:17 PM

                I actually looked at going to Wades first!! The only thing is Spartanburg showed 1 1/2 hour drive for me. Plus, if lines get long don't want that! I'm thinking some place where I could even make reservations so we can sit and talk. Maybe a chain near Woodruff/Haywood that is one of the better??? I also saw a place in Greer Bistro 107 that looked a little fou fou but might be best because halfway and they probably take reservations. Anyone tried that?

                1. re: SusanInSeneca
                  danna Feb 29, 2008 04:46 AM

                  Gosh, sorry to monopolize this conversation, but....

                  I have been to Bistro 107 and did not like it much, but I didn't hate it and remember thinking the salad was good and that it would be an acceptable lunch place if I worked in Greer. There is another spot called Bin 112, not sure if they are opened for lunch, but I liked it better for dinner. There is Great Bay Oyster Co., which IMO has fantastic oysters, but any food that requires preparation will suck. I suppose they have an excellent "sourcer" and no cooks. These are not super-close to 85, however...downtown Greer. Slightly closer to 85 in Greer is Ellen's Deli. I have only been there once for Brunch buffet (which she no longer does)...it was pretty good, and her pies were good. It's on Buncombe road, not long after you turn off Hwy 14 toward Greer.

                  Honestly, if my prime mission was a comfortable place to sit, and very convenient to 85, i would choose Doc Chey. It's 20 seconds off 85. The Chai Tea is served w/ a little pitcher of sweetened condensed milk, I enjoy lingering over that. It CAN be a little loud though.

                  If you go to my profile and click through to the little restaurant review site, you can find where I wrote-up both of those places in Greer.

                  1. re: danna
                    SusanInSeneca Feb 29, 2008 05:05 AM

                    No..don't worry about monopolizing. You are starting to understand the struggle I am going through!! Either the place is not convenient to 85 (like downtown G'ville) or has long lines or isn't open for lunch or just plain stinks!
                    I moved from Atlanta which I think Doc Chey started and only was so-so on the place. Maybe I'll check that Ellens Deli or bite the bullet and go to 107 Bistro. Thanks again. Are you a professional restaurant reviewer?

                    1. re: SusanInSeneca
                      danna Feb 29, 2008 05:30 AM

                      Lord, no. Just friends w/ the guy who started that site.

                      Ooops, if you didn't like Doc Chey in Atlanta, don't bother w/ Greenville...it's not as good as the one in Asheville so it probably doesn't compare well to ATL either.

                      Yep, you have a conundrum...do let us know how it worked out.

                      1. re: danna
                        SusanInSeneca Feb 29, 2008 10:18 AM

                        Danna and JB or others..has anyone ever eaten at California Dreaming? I know they opened in Atlanta recently but I never went there. As long as food OK (I am not expecting American Grocery!!), that looks like a good middle of the road and near highway option. Nothing special though.
                        BTW-keep this quiet but there is an AWESOME Italian rest in Easley Bella Vita. They only have 4 selections per night (only open Thurs-Sat for dinner) but went there with another couple and all had one each which we loved. I'm from Northeast so really picky on Italian food. This place is really small so only tell good friends!!

                        1. re: SusanInSeneca
                          Suzy Q Feb 29, 2008 11:56 AM

                          Cali Dreaming is OK for what it is - regular old chain grub. They also have locations in Columbia and Charleston. The baked potato soup is passable, the eponymously-named salad is OK, and the honey-drizzles croissants are decent. You won't rave about the meal, but it probably won't be the worst place you've ever eaten. Nice atmosphere for a business lunch.

                          1. re: SusanInSeneca
                            JB BANNISTER Mar 1, 2008 01:15 PM

                            CD is fine for lunch. I eat there every now and then. CD is a chain but good. If you are going to be that far into Gville at Pelham Rd and Hwy 14 (This is the same exit as CD) is a place called "2 to go" it is part of "Two Chefs" in downtown in Gvegas. It is a Deli but has a really good lunch.

                            1. re: JB BANNISTER
                              Suzy Q Mar 1, 2008 04:03 PM

                              If I remember, though, the food at Two Chefs is great, but that's a pretty casual shop. I don't know that I'd recommend it for a business lunch environment, but the takeout is yummy.


                        2. re: SusanInSeneca
                          JB BANNISTER Feb 29, 2008 08:37 AM

                          I think Bistro 107 has moved. They were on the news complaing about how people could not eat there because of parking issues.

                          I did not like the food at all. I looks like the owner was busy trying to tell you how inportant she was when she lived in FL.

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              timlau Feb 28, 2008 08:12 AM

              If you're into Lebanese (baklava, shish kabob, etc.), try The Pita House on Woodruff.

              Very yummy.

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              1. re: timlau
                danna Feb 28, 2008 09:27 AM

                Have they opened another location besides the one on Pleasantburg?

                1. re: danna
                  buckeye.mary Feb 28, 2008 02:04 PM

                  There IS a Lebanese restaurant on Woodruff called JuJu's. It's in a strip mall past Walmart. I had forgotten I wanted to try it. Thanks for the inadvertent reminder.

                2. re: timlau
                  SusanInSeneca Feb 28, 2008 10:04 AM

                  That might work. I was thinking of something around Woodruff but not the chains. Maybe something a little unique or southern since my boss is a yankee!

                3. Suzy Q Feb 27, 2008 12:54 PM

                  Mutt's BBQ is right off of 85 and used to be pretty good. I haven't been in at least a year, but you may want to give it a try

                  101 West Rd
                  Greer, SC 29650-2421
                  (864) 848-3999

                  There are also a ton of different options at the Pelham Road and Woodruff Road exits in Greenville off of 85.

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                  1. re: Suzy Q
                    SusanInSeneca Feb 28, 2008 10:00 AM

                    Thanks Suzy but there used to be a Mutts here in Seneca and wasn't too great. However, I have heard Henry's Smokehouse is good for BBQ so maybe I'll end up there.

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