Greenville has quickly become a prime destination for foodies, with a range of Southern cuisine, tastes from the Carolina coast, and a variety of ethnic flavors. Main Street alone has more than 100 restaurants, offering the opportunity to sample everything from shrimp and grits to slow smoked pulled pork.
Located by the Hyatt downtown, Roost is one of Greenville’s newer establishments that is all about reinventing Southern cuisine for the urban plate. Try the duck confit nachos or the Rooster burger covered in jalepenos. Afterward, enjoy a slice of cake from Brick Street Cafe near Fluor Field in the West End. For brunch, enjoy the Westin Poinsett’s Spoonbread restaurant and its large spread of granola, fresh fruit, pastries, Belgian waffles, and an omelet bar. Or, if you want something quicker, stop by Sully’s Steamers for the best bagel sandwiches in town.
If you’re looking for a bite or beverage outside of downtown Greenville, there are plenty of options. Grab a creative coffee (like a “snow leopard” or “dirty black hat chai”), pourover, smoothie, and/or breakfast sandwich at The Forest Coffeehouse in Travelers Rest. Everyday Organic, started by Furman grads Breighanna (Faugl) Newnham ’08 and William Newnham ’08, is a short drive from Furman’s campus in Greenville. The restaurant’s chicken salad is a perfect blend of savory and creamy, and if it’s on the menu, don’t hesitate to order the quinoa pad thai. If you want something simpler, head to Upcountry Provisions in Travelers Rest. The bakery is a venture by Furman graduate Cheryl (Boles) Kraus ’09 and her husband, Steve, and all the deliciousness is baked on the premises. Upcountry Provisions is also known for its peanut butter diablo cookies.