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One night in Greenville NC - advice?

Hounds, please help. I'm visiting Greenville for one night, staying on the west side of town (near Pitt Memorial Hospital). I'll have a car. Real bbq would be great. A good glass of wine would be nice, too. Yes, I assume they won't be in the same place. Thank you!

(And if you have any advice for my three nights in Charlotte, I posted a separate query on that...)

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  1. I haven't been back to Greenville in years, but I have fond memories of B's BBQ, just outside of town, I have heard mixed reviews of it since, but I feel they must be doing something right still as I hear they still sell out of the bbq by mid morning and when that happens, they close for the day.

    obviously that would be for lunch.

    ah Greenville... good times, good times.

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    1. re: TarheelYankee

      That's my birthplace!!! North Carolina: that's the place! B's is good, but there's nothing like Parker's BBQ for southern barbeque. Awesome service: and you've got your hush puppies and corn sticks right there. THAT'S THE PLACE TO BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. was in Greenville about 6 months ago, stayed at the Courtyard across the street from the hospital. The front desk attendant referred me to a place called CPW's. It had a nice atmosphere and while I was there - the featured menu was designed around Mardi Gras and Cajun/Creole specialiaties. They have a standard menu but also do a feature menu that changes monthly. My meal was far better than I expected.

      As I recall, they also had a nice decent wine list.

      Here's their website:

      1. B's is still pretty good, although you really don't have to worry about them running out of BBQ by mid-morning. When I go, it's usually around noon, and I can't remember the last time that they'd already closed. Most of the criticism of B's comes from them using charcoal instead of wood, but it's perfectly fine BBQ. Their barbecue chicken is even better.

        Bum's and Skylight Inn are nearby in Ayden(figure 20 minutes from the hospital if traffic isn't too bad) and are very good as well. Avoid all Parker's locations in Greenville at all costs- they're disgusting.

        CPW's is a good recommendation. I stick to the special menu- the regular stuff is fine, but the dishes on the special menu are a cut above. That's the best non-BBQ option near the hospital.

        Saeng Thai House on Memorial is good for Thai, and El Picante Mexican Grill on Firetower Rd. and Supermercado El Rancho on Charles Blvd. have good, authentic Mexican food.

        Edit: A Tavola! on Red Banks Rd. has good soups and sandwiches and a pretty decent wine list IIRC. Finelli's Cafe is across the street and serves good Italian food and has a good wine list.

        1. There's a wine bar downtown, also. Can't believe I forgot that.


          1. For the best food, service & atmosphere just minutes from where you are staying

            1. On your way out of town the next morning, you should stop at Boulevard Bagels for breakfast. The bagels are good and the veggie cream cheese has real veggies chopped into it, not those freeze-dried green things. And they are generous with their cream cheese. I can't remember the street name (obviously it's on a boulevard) but I'm sure it's in the phone book. I do remember that it is near an NBC television station.

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              1. re: Culinary Adventurer

                327 East Arlington Blvd, their breakfast special is also very good, eggs, your choice of cheese & bacon or sausage.

                Make sure to say hello to the owner John

              2. I like Parkers BBQ. I like their chicken as well.
                Boulevard Bagel is on Arlington BLVD.

                1. I went to school there in the '80's and there was a little meat & 3 joint on the edge of town...Vinters Grill...or something like that. It was killer...cheap and filling and serious down home cooking. Anyone know what I'm talking about or if it's still around? We ate at Parker's alot also. Always liked it.

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                  1. re: cltsavvy

                    Yes, Vinters was great. I heard it was destroyed in the floods from Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd in 1999 - I don't think they ever rebuilt but I may be wrong about that.

                    1. re: Jeanne

                      It's still there -- they rebuilt after Floyd -- Pitt county have them a hard time about rebuilding so it took them a couple of years to get is straightened out. I stopped in last summer and spoke to O'Neal (the cook who has been there since the 70's). His kidneys are failing and he does dialysis a couple of days a week -- The food is still the same ( sweet potato biscuits to kill for) -- It doesn't have the atmosphere the original green cinder block place had back in the 70's when a meat a all the vegetables you could eat was $1.95 and the bananna pudding was free on Fridays.. If I'm within 50 miles of G'ville I head to Vinter's

                  2. So, report: I had a long day my one day there and made it only to CPW's. But HUGE thanks for recommending it, because it was a long day and late and I was depressed by the area and just not sure what to do. It had a nice atmosphere and decent wine and decent salads and friendly low-key people. Exactly what I needed. So respect, all.

                    (Oh, and Bear Rock Cafe. which the medical center people recommended? Needs more vegetables on its sandwiches. I'm just sayin'.)