Let's Go Eat! Now the tough part--where?

Maybe you want to go old school with one of our drive-ins. Perhaps you are in the mood for a quiet table in the corner at a white table-clothed restaurant. Spartanburg delivers choices. And no matter where you go, you'll find local flavor. Our county once produced more peaches than the entire state of Georgia and today we remain a center of farming whose products feed our fast growing region. As we say here, "Put the State on your plate!"

During our meal, the clientele were mostly families and older folks. My girlfriend and I split the Trash Can Omelette ($6.95)—one of the featured bestselling menu items, a fully loaded omelet—and a pecan Belgium waffle ($4.75). Both dishes arrived promptly and were quite enjoyable.

Locally owned by Steve Wilson, who bought the restaurant in 1993, Papa’s is known for its friendly, homey feel—the kind of place where neighbors gather and grandparents take grandkids for a special treat. The friendly server, who referred to my girlfriend as “baby” and could be heard guffawing at times with the other staff at the diner, made our visit pleasant and memorable.

Our next stop was the Skillet, at the corner of East Main and Pine. Open seven days a week, the Skillet has been a Spartanburg breakfast staple since 1946. Seating around forty, the Skillet is roughly a third of the size of Papa’s. Patrons at this Southern diner are seated either at the bar, or in one of the wooden tables along the restaurant’s many large windows. An oil painting of Confederate General Robert E. Lee hung on the wall, and the smell of toast hung in the air.


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