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Nose Dive - Greenville SC

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Anybody been yet? Looks good and the temptation of duck fat fries will have me making the drive down from Asheville.

http://www.thenosedive.com/

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  1. Wow...that's the first I've heard of it, and I can see the building from my office window. I'll run past there at lunch as see what's what. (not eat there...actually jog past the window) I'm having sushi after I run so I don't GAIN weight from my work out. ;-)

    Anyhow, there are certainly some interesting things on that menu. Duck fat fries, of course, oxtail tacos, house-made corned beef, etc. If I didn't know it was from Table 301, I'd be quivering w/ excitement. But that's the group that brought us Soby's and the Lazy Goat, which are , IMHO, cynical offerings.

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    1. re: danna

      Danna,
      I know you're not a fan of Table 301 group, but I respectfully disagree with you. Downtown Greenville was a culinary wasteland for years with Sobys being one of the first bring some life and interesting food to the area. You can always count on their menu for great choices - crab cakes, meatloaf, very fresh fish and - possibly my favorite - pork tenderloin. The place is always mobbed and everybody - guests and staff - seem very happy. Lazy Goat is one of my favorite places in Greenville to sit on the patio, sip a bubbly and nibble on excellent appetizers - have you tried the goat cheese balls drizzled with honey - yummy. Devereaux's is pricy, but for an occasional splurge it's wonderful - we had a fantastic meal there about three weeks ago.

      This doesn't mean that I only dine at Table 301 locations. Proximity to the PC is important, so we also love American Grocery and High Cotton and go there often. Tried the new Nantucket Grill and was very disappointed, but, since I've only been once, I'll give them another shot sometime.

      Now....if we could just convince the Admiral to open in downtown Greenville......

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

      Devereaux's
      25 East Court Street, Suite 100, Greenville, SC 29601

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

      Nantucket Grill
      5826 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 27713

      The Lazy Goat
      170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

      1. re: NANCY

        shoot, I'm disappointed to hear that about Nantucket, the only one on your list I haven't tried yet.

        I'm happy to hear the disagreement, really! I appreciate that Table 301 has spent a lot of money in downtown and helped to liven it up. I did go past Nose Dive today, and looked to be packed at lunch! i couldn't see anything in the window to clue me into hours and days, unfortunately. Menu appeared to be as is posted online.

        Scirocco, thanks for the link to the pics. Lord, I hope I like those muscles...'cause I can eat some serious muscles and bread! oh, and DAMN the uni was good at Koji for lunch, wish I could afford to eat that stuff by the pound! Anyhow, i'm sure we'll try Nose Dive soon, and I'll report in.

        1. re: danna

          Danna,
          I know you don't make it up to Asheville much on week nights....but you do know about the all you can eat mussels at Bouchon on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday nights?
          Amazingly good and....bonus! they come with those delicious frites.

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          Bouchon
          62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

          1. re: NANCY

            West First also has great mussels. Although to be fair, I'm addicted to the sauce (parm/garlic/cream something or other), so it could be anything soaking in it and I'd think it was good. :)

    2. A friend of mine went there recently. She said it was only two days after they had opened, so she kept an open mind since they were probably still working out the kinks. She said everything they had was good (corned beef sand. - $8, mussels in a smoky tomato broth - $6, and deep dish apple pie with oatmeal porter ice cream - $5). She really liked the upstairs. Said it had some cool seating. But I can't remember if she thought it was memorable enough to make it a "destination", but perhaps if she's in the area. ? I'll have to ask her again.

      here is her official post about it...I'm including it mostly because she has a lot of pics of it.
      http://carolinaepicurean.com/2011/02/...

      1. talked to my friend - she said it was good, but not necessarily a "must go", but prices were reasonable. And as she said before, they'd only been open a couple of days when she went, so probably at least worth checking out after they've settled in.

        1. I ate there last Saturday. I started with the Vegetable Bruschetta which was fantastic. It has giant roasted bulbs of garlic all over it which were delicious. Then, had the NEW ENGLAND LOBSTER ROLL. It was also very good. It's a huge portion of lobster. Ended with the Krispy Kreme Creme Brulee which was very good. It was a little thicker than I normally like my creme brulees, but it was good. My only complaint is that they didn't do more inside to make it feel like a gastropub. It feels just like Restaurant O which was there previously. I wanted a bit more of a casual feel. Overall though, I thought it was tasty, not excellent, but certainly very good for the price.

          1. I'm sorry to report I tried Nose Dive on Saturday.

            I started w/ the trip of fries app. Sweet potatoes are amoung my favorite foods. These had been coated in starch before frying, like they do at Arby's. I think there may also have been added sugar in the coating, but I can't say for sure. The other two fries, did not have this coating. They had a decent flavor, so i think there may have been some duck fat invovled, but they were a little greasy and a little limp. Not terrible, but nothing special.

            My mussles in thai broth were fine, the broth was almost too spicy to really taste the muscles. Quite of few of the muscles in my bowl were empty shells.

            My side salad had those precut carrot matchsticks that get a white patina on the outside from oxidation after being cut too long.

            My husband had the corned beef sandwich. I can not tell you how disgusting it looked. The husband was appalled, he said it smelled bad, looked bad, and tasted worse. Not only that, his hands were completely covered in grease from picking up the sandwich. The meat was a sickly gray color and lots of fat was left on it. I refused to try it , having run a 10k a couple of hours before.

            I give management credit, they noticed he wasn't eating it, came over and asked if they could bring him something else. He declined and they left it on the check.

            I won't be back.

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            1. re: danna

              danna,
              We almost went there Saturday night, kinda glad we didn't. Wonder if they make their own corned beef? If they don't use nitrates, that would explain the sickly gray color.........that's probably not it. Can't believe they left it on the check.

              1. re: slotmansc

                They advertise that they make their own corned beef. And, yes, I did consider that corned beef made without the saltpeter (or whatever) would not have the trademark pink color one associates w/ corned beef. Regardless, it was pretty horrible to taste as well, at least according to the husband.

                It's a shame, they had serveral other things on the menu I would have considered, like oxtail tacos and Bahn Mi. Reminds me of going to Lazy Goat to be honest...lots of things on the menu that looked good, none of them well executed.

                I drowned my sorrows later at Yogurt Mountain ;-) I'm liking the current trend of being able to get "tart" or "plain" as a flavor of yogurt. Much more pronounced yogurt flavor, and then you can drizzle a little honey and fruit. Blueberry Frog and 32 degrees have the same thing.

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                The Lazy Goat
                170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601