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Oct 29, 2009 04:01 AM

Greenville NC lunch recommendation

Going to be in Greenville NC on Sat around lunch time. Would like a recommendation for lunch. Would prefer a local place (not a chain). Never been there, so I have no idea what's available. Thx in advance.

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    1. re: bbqdawg

      I figured by your ID that you'd recommend B's. I have heard of the place, but we probably would not get there early enough to get any food, plus 2 of my kids aren't into bbq (maybe they're adopted? lol).

      Any other ideas?

      1. re: wvu_sam

        I don't have any personal experience to draw on, but this thread may help:

        Also, hopefully Naco will chime in, he is the G'ville and eastern NC expert on this board.

    2. Starlight Cafe, best upscale restaurant/bar in Greenville & Eastern N.C.

      Starlight Cafe
      104 W 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858

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      1. re: NXS

        Looks good, but they aren't open for lunch on Saturdays. Ugh.

      2. The OP doesn't give any guidelines, so here's a quick rundown(I'll leave bbq off since you said your kids don't like it):


        Saeng Thai House: Excellent Thai. Strip mall that it's located in doesn't look like much, inside is much better. Had the pumpkin curry there a few days ago, really excellent.

        Dale's Indian Cuisine: Average Indian food. It's buffet at lunch during the week, not sure about weekends. Nothing on the buffet is spicy, could be a plus or minus for you. My favorite a la carte item is Kheema Mutter, a lamb and green pea curry.

        Supermercado El Rancho: Mexican grill located inside a grocery store. Any tacos are good, birria is good, avoid the pozole. Lots of interesting tortas(sandwiches).

        El Picante: Has both Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican items. Best authentic Mex stuff is on the specials board. Try the tongue in salsa verde if they have it, otherwise anything in salsa verde is excellent, as are the Ensenada/Nayarit style tacos(fish or shrimp). The most accessible/least intimidating authentic Mexican in Greenville for gringos.

        El Azador: Authentic Mexican out by the airport. Absolutely killer on the weekends- try the charcoal grilled chicken. Little atmosphere(very dive-y), but very friendly.


        GK Cafe: Cafeteria style with two mains and various sides each day. I forget what they have on Saturday but you can call and they'll tell you. The only main I've had that I was less than thrilled with was turkey bbq. All sides have been excellent(especially the yams, for the love of God get the yams), and they do superb cakes. Lemon cake is my favorite.

        Venters Grill: Fried chicken, chitlins, chicken pastry, fresh sides, etc. Had the chitlins and chicken pastry a few weeks ago, both very good. Chicken pastry one of the best I've had(although GK's is right up there). Must-try item here is the sweet potato biscuit.


        Marabella Old World Pizza. Lots of interesting and very good European-influenced pizzas. I like the Mondello(fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula). The Toscana is really good, too.

        Odds and Ends:

        A Tavola does pretty good sandwiches and pizzas. CPW's can be good if they're on a decent monthly specials menu.

        There's an indoor flea market on N. Greene St. On some Saturdays, there is a Surly Jamaican Chicken Guy who sells really good jerk chicken that he cooks outside on a grill. $5 a quarter last time I had it. He'll be outside around the corner from the front door if he's there.

        That's all that comes to mind now. There are some good places that might be on your way into town, depending on where you're coming from.

        Supermercado El Rancho
        Greenville, NC, Greenville, NC

        Venters Grill
        1218 Mumford Rd, Greenville, NC 27834

        Dale's Indian Cuisine
        419 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27858

        2422 Stanton Sq, Greenville, NC 27834

        Anchalee Thai Restaurant
        3400 S Memorial Dr Ste 17, Greenville, NC 27834

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        1. re: Naco

          Thanks so much for compiling this list. I am new here and was having trouble finding chow-ish options!

          1. re: boringmember

            You're welcome, and welcome to the area. Greenville is a tough, but not impossible, town for non-chain food. Several of the smaller nearby cities like Wilson and Kinston have a lot of locally owned restaurants(mostly in the taqueria or greasy spoon category, Chef and the Farmer in Kinston being a notable exception).

            The main thing that the above post lacks is coverage of barbecue, which I left off due to the requirements of the OP. A search should turn up some good information on Skylight Inn(Pete Jones'), B's, and Blackbeard's.

            1. re: Naco

              Thanks! We tried Chef and the Farmer. It was good, but I think we'd heard so much about it that it was impossible for it to live up the hype. I'm sure we'll go back though.

              I saw in a search that Japan Inn was the best place for sushi. Is that still the case? Also, is there a good bakery? Or is Fresh Market the best bet?

              1. re: boringmember

                Japan Inn is still the best, I'd say. Sappari is okay, I don't really like the others.

                Fresh Market is your best bet for bread. There is Swiss Chalet down by campus, but IIRC they mostly do pastries. There is also a Mexican bakery called La Ideal in the shopping center behind the Burger King on Memorial Dr., near Pitt Community College. They pastries and sweets, and have great prices- most everything is 75 cents or so per item. They also have really good tres leches cake in one of the coolers.

                1. re: Naco

                  Thanks! I looove tres leches cake, so that is good to know :)

                  1. re: boringmember

                    If you're ever over in Washington, I think the tres leches at the Mexican bakery there(Panaderia La Perla, IIRC) is better than at La Ideal.

                    1. re: Naco

                      Thanks. We probably will go to Washington to check it out one day (since there are only so many things to do in Greenville) so I will add that to my list!