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Greenville, SC, dining scene

New Garden & Gun feature on Greenville recommends the following dining/drinking options:
American Grocery, Bohemian, Lazy Goat, OJ's Diner, Smokin' Stokes, Soby's, Addy's Dutch Cafe, Smiley's Acoustic Cafe, Trappe Door, Community Tap.

Have only been to the Lazy Goat and The Bohemian, both of which are good not great.

Thoughts on the others, Greenville Hounds?

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  1. American Grocery - good , expensive
    Bohemian - cool atmosphere, very good homemade potato chips, every thing else so-so
    Lazy Goat and Sobys - Never have cared for these restaurants, but it has been awhile since I went to either, so take that for what it's worth (but I hated the new Nose Dive from that same group)
    OJ's Diner - if you go on Tuesday, they used to have very good real homemade turkey and dressing.(assume they still do, can't say) Rst of the time, just average meat n three stuff, lots of fried.
    Addy's - went once, nothing special
    Smiley's - terrible. avoid. I can't beleive this place gets good reviews (that's what sucked me in)
    Smokin Stokes - never heard of it
    Trappe Door - very good mussels, but I've only been once so far
    Comminity Tap - unless it's changed lately, no food, just beer and wine for purchase and tastings, but it's where all the cool people go ;-)

    1. American Grocery is, by far, head and shoulders above the others. Best restaurant in town, in my opinion. They source locally, the chef puts a lot of thought into the dishes.

      Smiley's has a very reliable bar-food type menu and good live music.

      Trappe Door is too new for me to have tried yet (I have timeline rules - I like to let them work out the kinks), but their menu looks good.

      Community Tap isn't a restaurant but an excellent beer & wine store. They do growlers and the owners could not be nicer or more knowledgable. Great selection, constant rotation of beers on tap, and they also have 3 wines on tap. Good selection of bottles too and their wine selection is small, but well thought out. You can also buy Sweeteeth Chocolate here (from Charleston), which is wonderful.

      Not a fan of any of the others except for the occasional glass of wine on the patio at Lazy Goat.

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

      The Lazy Goat
      170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

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      1. re: ap65065

        I absolutely love American Grocery and their Smoked Pork Belly......they and Lazy Goat are my two favorites....Have not tried the Trappe Door due to previous pans in this forum.

      2. I just received my copy,love that mag!

        I have not tried American Grocery,must remedy that.Many of thesepicks aren't favorites and much is left out, but how much research can a shoe string mag like G&G do?I can tell you that the owner of Smiley's Is trying to be a layed back fun bar that features good live music.I think he has accomplished that!

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        1. re: mollybelle

          Hmmm... Sounds like American Grocery might be worth a splurge. Not sure about the others, though I'm all over that Sweeteeth chocolate next time I'm down there!

          1. re: Jeff C.

            Smokin Stokes is a bbq place on Augusta. Used to be pretty good, but the original owners sold out I believe. Nothing special now, IMO. Supposed to be famous for their Cheerwine bbq sauce......

        2. I like Addy's but more for the atmosphere. The food is really just ok, buts its really low key and you can almost always walk in and get a table. Trappe Door was quite good with an impressive beer list.

          OJ's Diner was reaalllly good, but I have not been in quite awhile.

          American Grocery is good, but in my opinion not worth the price.

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

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          1. re: McPhee

            Just had a friend come back from American Grocery and give me an earful - have to try it next time, sounds amazing. High Cotton - Greenville outpost, has always been a solid value to me.

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

            1. re: gbandu

              We tried American Grocery a couple of weeks ago for the first time and were very impressed. We had the tasting menu, which although expensive gave us a great overview of the restaurant and was well worth the price. Although this restaurant is a price point or two above what we normally feel comfortable with, we understand that locally sourced food, especially meat, is just way more expensive than Sysco. My only quibble with the meal was the dessert; the sherry that was paired with the gelato was too sweet for my taste, and the gelato doesn't hold a candle to any of Joe Trull's ice cream at Grits and Groceries.

              I've enjoyed the moules frites at the Trappe Door and loved the cellar ambiance. Also had great experiences at The Lazy Goat. Yummy lamb.

              Mike and Jeff's has the best barbeque I've had in Greenville and the friendliest proprietor, but 12 Bones is still my favorite barbeque in the area. But I'm not a native Southerner and probably have no right talking about barbeque. .....ditto with OJ's, which I think is more fun for its atmosphere than its food. For me the best meat and three in the area is at the Steakhouse Cafeteria in Walhalla.

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

              Grits and Groceries
              2440 Due West Hwy, Belton, SC 29627

              The Lazy Goat
              170 Riverplace Dr, Greenville, SC 29601

              1. re: jjsouth

                There was a thread some time ago from a knowledgeable poster who compared American Grocery very favorably to McCrady's in Charleston.High praise indeed!

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                McCrady's Restaurant
                2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

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

                1. re: jjsouth

                  I went to Mike N Jeffs today and it was great. I will be going back soon. I really like the meat and the sauces.

                  1. re: JB BANNISTER

                    I'm heading to GVL next week for a few days - will post American Grocery and High Cotton reviews. (I peeked at the AG menu - it looks amazing....)

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