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sharyninatl Apr 29, 2010 06:10 AM

Hi - going to Greenville this weekend w/another foodie couple. Staying at La Bastide so will have one dinner there. Am struggling to find THE perfect place for Sat. Night. Have been looking at Deveraux, Sassafras and Wine Cafe @ Northampton Wine SHop. Thoughts? We women also have a lunch availability and are looking for a spa - not spa for lunch but both downtown, so we can walk around, spa, eat, etc. Thanks!

  1. danna Apr 29, 2010 08:45 AM

    I thought they closed the restaurant at La Bastide. Is it just closed to non-guests?

    Do you have to go to Greenville? From La Bastide, hendersonville is just as close, I'd eat at West First for pizza and pasta unless I really wanted to go frou frou. If you must do Greenville, can you say what you makes a place perfect for you? Of the 3 you mention I prefer NH Wine Cafe.

    Headquarters Day Spa is on N. Main and it's my prefered spot. Upscale, but not as overpriced as some. It's very close to the walkable area of downtown, but not right in it. It's 3-4 long blocks away from the Hyatt (start of downtown). The spa at West End would be more walkable to restaurants but I don't like it as well, and the River Falls spa is likewise walkable, but overpriced.

    The Bohemian would be a decent lunch and is close to Headquarters. I wouldn't recommend it for dinner though...not special enough. If you go there for lunch you need to throw caution to the wind and get the house made potato chips.

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      sharyninatl Apr 29, 2010 10:35 AM

      Thanks Dana - yes, it's open for dinner, maybe it is just for guests? We looked at hendersonville - looked at Seasons @ Highland Inn and Flight Wine Bar. Bastide/The Cliffs is pretty much btwn Hendersonville and Greeneville, so we're open. Not needing froufrou per se, but definitely nice and memorable and good wine. Prefer local and seasonal restaurants.

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        danna Apr 29, 2010 12:53 PM

        OK...my opinions...such as they are...

        Seasons at Highland Inn is just slightly "old people food" , with all due respect to the old people whose club I am rapidly joining. EXCEPT for Sunday brunch...they have an all you can eat buffet, which is not always stellar, but for AYCE, if you're into that...it's pretty damn good. You won't need to eat again that day, but you will need reservations. they grow their own greens, but this has been a hard winter here, may not be any yet.

        West First is the 2nd restaurant that was opened after the wild success of Flat Rock Village Bakery (acutually even closer to La Bastide in Flat Rock, NC). Their pizzas are made in their wood burning brick ovens, they are great. The pasta is handmade and very good, I recommend the shrimp tagliatelle. I also recommend ordering a basket of bread...they make that in the oven too and it is remarkable. Sourdough, ciabatta, foccacia...all fabulous. They have a decent selection of wine and beer, but it leans more toward interesting and value-priced. If you're looking for a true wine experience, then I can't recommend it.

        Now, further afield is The Admiral in Asheville, which will take you about 45 minutes to drive to from LaB. I won't hold forth here...take a look at the posts about it. It's worth the drive...if you don't mind a dive...and they don't have a stellar cellar either. (good enough, but it ain't Cru)

        And finally, if you decide on Greenville, take a look at American Grocery. I think if I wanted to do fine dining w/ an emphasis on wine in G'ville, I would pick between AG and NorthHampton Wine Cafe. Another consideration...NH has (i think) $10 corkage on anything in the store, so you could get there early and amuse yourself browsing the store instead of just perusing the list. Also they have an outside patio that's nice.

        Stellar Wine Bar (main st.) has a great list of wines by the glass, but the food is only adequate for snacking, this from my 2 visits.

        Have a great time, let me know if you desire further opinionated ramblings.

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        American Grocery Restaurant
        732 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

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          suse May 2, 2010 08:18 AM

          Danna - you have been really helpful with your recommendations in the past. Thank you. You made my 4-month stay in Greenville so much nicer. Clearly, you're the go-to Chowhounder for Greenville, but I gotta tell ya - we had a really mediocre experience at American Grocery. For all that jingle it really was not consistently great. A few delicious things, but not stellar. Maybe we got it on an off night. I've come to really like eating at the bar at Soby's. Their truffle fries are delicious and it's a lively place, maybe too lively for some and not special enough in their food prep. A fun vibe and lack of snootiness is appealing to me more and more these days. If one is going to be all snooty-patooty like AG, then for the love of god...ya can't run out of sparkling water, the drinks need to be properly chilled, the fries crisp and the food should not be oversalted. Looking forward to more of your posts. I know someone building a place at the Cliffs and will pass this info on.

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          American Grocery Restaurant
          732 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

          Soby's
          207 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

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            Suzy Q May 2, 2010 11:55 AM

            suse, we lived in Greenvegas for six years, and Soby's was consistently our "where should we go?" place. Always had great food, fun service, and an overall good experience there much as you've described - lively and non-pretentious.

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            Soby's
            207 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

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              danna May 3, 2010 05:56 AM

              Ah, suse, you're too kind.

              AG: I have to agree. Although I had a good experience there, I have not been back yet. It was not quite good enough to make me drop the $$ to go back in a hurry. I did have good wine and the best venison I've ever had on my trip, but I seem to recall my husband not being as pleased. Honestly, I'm just not sure where to recommend in G'ville for a high end experience. We tend to go to NC every weekend because of that!

              Soby's does indeed have "the look" and a great vibe, but I've never had any food at any Table 301 place that I found very exciting. But you are SO right...better unexciting food in a relaxed atmostphere than to be disappointed in a place where they expect you to regard the plate with awe while they "explain" it to you. Will have to try the truffle fries...thanks for the extra pound or two ;-)

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              Soby's
              207 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

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                suse May 3, 2010 06:25 AM

                Soby's took the truffle fries off the menu a few months ago but have made them for us several times when we asked for them. You're right - the food there isn't super memorable, but I do like the shrimp and grits small plate and calamari at Soby's. Plus they have pretty yummy biscuits. I like several not-so-high-end places in G-town. Have you been to the Great Bay Oyster House in Greer? I'd be back there in a flash. Good, fattening food for days.

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                Soby's
                207 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

                The Great Bay Oyster House
                109 E Poinsett St, Greer, SC 29651

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                  danna May 3, 2010 06:44 AM

                  Funny, I would say just the opposite about Great Bay. i've never had anything there i liked except the oysters...which I think are GREAT (ha ha... like the name). So if I can stay out of the wine I call Great Bay a good restaurant for going on a diet. Not much better lo cal, fat free protein than oysters!

                  What have you found there besides oysters? I have a gc I need to finish using and I guess we're past oyster season now :-( Greenville is better on the lower end. I like Pita House, several Vietnamese places, Whole Foods pizza, etc. Doc Chey's closed...that was a loss.

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                  Pita House
                  495B S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607

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                    suse May 4, 2010 05:20 AM

                    We did mostly eat oysters. But we had onion rings and some other yummy fatty food I can't completely recall - oh yeah, cheese grits and some fried green tomatoes. And beer. That night was a bit of a blur - my family had been through a very stressful time and if Micky D's had darker lighting and beer, we probably would have enjoyed that, too, so my review is probably not the most clear-headed one. In any case, here's some info about oyster season:
                    http://www.salishseafoods.com/pages/m...

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                      danna May 4, 2010 05:26 AM

                      "if Micky D's had darker lighting and beer"

                      Awesome. I've been there many times. That could be why my non-drinking husband seems to be more critical than I (yes, it is possible) I'll have to try the cheese grits next time we go.

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        princexy Jul 24, 2010 10:04 PM

        If you like indian food, Handi Indian Cuisine, which is downtown is great. I had the chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, always get garlic naan and those were all delicious.

        1. JB BANNISTER Jul 29, 2010 01:54 PM

          The Lazy Goat has the Truffle Fries you need and it is walking distance to at least 3 spas. The Goat is open for lunch.

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          The Lazy Goat
          170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

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