Breakwater updates classic ‘old school’ South Carolina dishes with its own unique twists, creating an inventive menu that has a strong seasonal emphasis. Classic examples of low country cuisine include the South Carolina staple of pimento cheese and the Breakwater burger. The Carolina coast is also represented by dishes such as traditional fried oysters and pan-fried, sushi-grade tuna.
Breakwater, 802 Main Street, Greenville, SC, USA, +1 864-271-0046.
If Dark Corner Distillery’s claim that it is home to the world’s best moonshine doesn’t entice you, nothing will. The range of spirits on offer draw inspiration from those distilled by the original Greenville County moonshiners in the Glassy Mountain Township 175 years ago, albeit with a slight twist. In addition to more traditional moonshine, such as Lewis Richmond hand mash and special moonshine corn whiskey, the distillery offers blends such as apple-achian shine and Carolina peach shine. Try in the tasting room and bar in the back; buy from the gift shop out front.
Dark Corner Distillery, 241 North Main Street, Greenville, SC, USA, +1 864-631-1144.
A food truck without wheels, Papi’s Taco‘s simple menu serves tacos, tortas, and dips crafted from traditional recipes handed down through generations of Papi’s family. The traditional Mexican street food is made using fresh ingredients, with taco fillings that include shrimp, vegetarian, pork, chicken and steak and salsa that’s handmade on the premises. Papi’s gelato bar is a real treat too, with traditional flavours such as vanilla bean and those with a twist, such as Mexican chocolate.
Papi’s Tacos, 300 River Street, Greenville, SC, USA, +1 864-373-7274.
The Peddler Steakhouse is one of Greenville’s most popular restaurants, sitting outside of the main Greenville dining district, but worth the visit due to its historic surroundings and high-quality steak. The property was originally built as the residential home of the Floyd family in 1916 and it still the traditional stone brickwork and wooden shutters. Make sure you’re hungry when you visit; portions are generous.
The Peddler Steakhouse, 2000 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC, USA, +1 864-235-7192.
Soby’s uses fresh, local ingredients to create contemporary dishes with Old South influences. The restaurant has a selection of dishes that showcase ‘southern taste’, such as fried green tomatoes and bacon mac and cheese to accompany its New South dishes, which include antebellum shrimp and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin. The building itself previously housed a cotton exchange, grocery store, bicycle and shoe store and it has retained some of its historical character by leaving the brickwork, hardwood floors and wooden beams intact.
Soby’s, 207 South Main Street, Greenville, SC, USA, +1 864-232-7007.