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I am heading up to Greenville, S.C. in two weeks and looking for some recomendations by some of the local hounds. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I plan on checking out Deveraux's, Pita House and Lazy Goat so far. Also any specific dishes I should try. I am open to anything. All suggestions welcomed.

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  1. Try Stax Original for breakfast or lunch. Tommy's Country Ham House on Rutherford for breakfast as well. Henry's for good pulled pork 'Q. Saigon Fast Food for pho. Fpr Thai I like Thai Restaurant on Augusta and Sweet Basil on Haywood. Brick Street Cafe has a great lunch menu, and Las Meras Tortas has pretty authentic Mexican food, IMHO. There's also a number of good restaurants downtown (Rick Erwin's, Nantucket, Lemongrass, plus a couple you have already mentioned).

    Brick Street Cafe
    315 Augusta St, Greenville, SC 29601

    Henry's Smokehouse
    240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC 29609

    Saigon Fast Food
    1011 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607

    Las Meras Tortas
    6119 White Horse Rd Ste 1, Greenville, SC 29611

    Stax's Original Restaurant
    1704 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29609

    Thai Restaurant
    3012 Augusta St, Greenville, SC 29605

    Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
    599 Haywood Rd, Greenville, SC 29607

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    1. re: slotmansc

      I like slotman's suggestions except for Stax Original. God God, Man, that place is repulsive!

      It's funny we should more or less agree on the other stuff and be so opposite on Stax. Seriously, I think it might be safe to get grits and coffee there, but the pancakes and egg dishes are extremely suspect, and the lunches are your typical canned veggie and poor quality everything, IMHO.

      OP, try Koji if you like sushi, and maybe give Wine Cafe and American Grocery a walk-by to see if you like the looks of their menus. all in downtown.

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

      1. re: danna

        I don't know danna, I just have always gotten good food there, and have for a long time. Maybe it's just nostalgia, or too many Saturday morning breakfast meals there nursing a severe headache with my head in my hands at the counter .......... That being said, I like their greek omelet, breakfast sandwiches, and gyros, but I agree it's not for everyone.

        1. re: slotmansc

          that's funny. maybe my problem is too many Sat. mornings there as well...it just affected me in the opposite way from you! We went there every Sat morn for years to hang with our friends, but then eventually we noticed the food sucked ;-)

          BTW, you mentioned Nantucket. I friend of mine went for their brunch this weekend and said they had great sweet potato pancakes. I haven't tried it yet.

          1. re: danna

            Thanks for the responses so far. I was reading on here before about cafe paulista. Any word on this place?? Also looking for brunch place on sunday??

            1. re: clauzon1325

              Cafe Paulista is fabulous!! You can get discounted gift certificates for it at Restaurant.com The people who own the place are super friendly.

              Bohemian has a great brunch, but service can be sketchy at times.

              The Pita House is delicious and a great bargain.

              Taco Sushi has great sushi. The concept throws you off at first, but it is delicious. They have a great chili cheese dip and their Tataki Tango is fabulous.

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

              1. re: dmlewis

                My better half is big fan of Taco Sushi, with Tsunami not too far behind (service there can get tough on a weekend).

                If downtown I love Stellar Wine Bar as a gastrofave, and Blue Ridge Brewery for a better mix of live music, affordable food, and good ales without the crowd of Barley's (good pizza there though, I admit).

                I have little to offer for breakfast, save for Stax Omega on the east side/Haywood Road with a comfortable mix of Greek and American, reasonably priced, strong breakfast crowd. Wish we had more local breakfast spots besides Waffle House......

        2. re: danna

          I really liked American Grocery when I went there with my family at Christmas and Lazy Goat is very good also!

          I recommend Mary Beth's Cafe on MacBee for breakfast or lunch.

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

          The Lazy Goat
          170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

        3. re: slotmansc

          I'll give a second on Stax Original and Sweet Basil. Both were good.

          Sweet Basil
          134 NW Broad St Apt 1A, Southern Pines, NC 28387

        4. I saw that Rick Erwin's was mentioned. After hearing some good things about this place, we went there last weekend and it was not good. Everything, including my filet, was much too salty. I could not get past the salt to taste the meat! I could tell it was an excellent cut of meat, very tender. However, I asked for it medium and they sent it out rare. Our waitress (who was not very good) even noticed it was wrong and I sent it back after eating a few bites. For dessert I got the strawberry mousse with fudge, which turned out to be whipped cream mixed with what I suspect was strawberry pie filling. I have made that for my children before and I am pretty sure that is what I was served. Oh, and the "fudge" was a thin, tasteless chocolate shell.

          Rick Erwins Westend Grille
          648 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601

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          1. re: mhawkins

            Pita House. Barley's for the best beer list in Greenville and also awesome pizza. For sushi, I would recommend either Tsunami or Purple (West End). While my family loves Tacosushi, I don't think their sushi is all that good. Deveraux's is wonderful, and I usually send people to Soby's for upscale southern treats. Great space and good service too. Weird mhawkins about Ric Erwin's - i think it's one of the most consistent good dines in town. I don't ever make it to dessert but i think they have the best beef in town. And I love High Cotton-a Charleston restaurant that does a good job with southern sustainable and they make a mean martini; they do a great brunch. The Bohemian is a neat little place. For Thai, I would send you to the east side to Bangkok, well worth the drive (on Pelham Rd)--hands down the best Thai in Greenville. Henry's is the BBQ destination. I personally think you could probably skip Brick Street unless you go for dessert-they do this fabulously. And Tommy's Ham House is a great experience! And if you're up for music, go to Smileys for some great fun.

            207 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601

            Brick Street Cafe
            315 Augusta St, Greenville, SC 29601

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

            1. re: battster

              I personally think Rick Erwin's is overrated. I havev heard good things about Nantucket Grill, my parents really liked it!

              Also try Como's Petes on Augusta Rd for a classic Greenville icon for a cheap lunch, it is run by a Greek family, so the food is always good! And I agree with battster with Pita House!

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

              Nantucket Grill
              5826 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 27713

              1. re: battster

                i like tsunami as well, but have had bad luck at purple. have you tried murasake and koji? Although I love the owners/chefs at Murasake, i think Koji is far and away the best fish in town right now.

                totally agree about the beer at Barleys, but I think you'd have to drink a good bit of it to think that pizza was better than just OK. Which actually seems like a good plan, now that I think about it ;-)

            2. I finally made it to Stellar Wine Bar with the wifey this past weekend in downtown Greenville SC. Absolutely enjoyed it, great prices, a little inconsistent on portions (tons of fondue, not much veal scallopine), very good wine list. Highly recommend a reservation.......

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              1. re: Upstater

                Just FYI- received an email today that Stellar has closed down. Trio is taking over the upstairs as a private event space/ wine bar. Trios is mediocre at best, so I don't have high hopes for this one although the space is really nice.