Monday, April 01, 2019
Waking up early and walking through the city before too many people are out and about. Sitting down to a plate loaded with fresh fruit, cheesy eggs, sizzling bacon, and SO many carbs (because calories don’t count when you’re on vacation). Sipping a piping hot cup of coffee as you plan out your itinerary for the day. If you ask us, breakfast is an awfully under-appreciated part of the whole vacation experience.
We’ve got some world-renowned drive ins and famous breweries in the area, but Spartanburg’s love-affair with the culinary arts starts as soon as we wake up in the morning with bagels and lattes well before we can even start thinking about cheeseburgers and beer for the day.
So, if you’re looking for the crème de la crème of breakfast and brunch items, we’d say these options are a waffle-ly good start:
Obviously when you’re in South Carolina it’s not too hard to find an authentic Southern breakfast like biscuits and gravy or savory grits, but what if you’re craving something a little different? Something not-at-all Southern but just as iconic and synonymous with deliciousness.
Look no further than the Breakfast Poutine from Bar 1884. Made from hand cut fries, this breakfast adaptation of the French-Canadian delicacy is topped with applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, pepper gravy, and fried eggs. This magnificent culinary creation is everything you’ve ever wanted all in one bowl.
Located on Magnolia Street in Spartanburg, Bar 1884 serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am-3:00pm. Take your meal to the next level (literally) by dining on their open-air rooftop patio!
On a mission to create fine food that brings people together, the team at Daily Basics has built a community that spreads hospitality and hope. With a story like that, you already know the food is made with love!
Talk about having your pancake and eating it, too!
Located in the historic Baber-Rhyne building, here you’ll find all your favorites breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, and omelettes, but take it from us that the real star of the show is the French toast. More specifically, the French toast flight which comes with a slice each of strawberry, blueberry, lemon, and caramel french toast, all made with brioche and grilled to perfection so that they’re just the right amount of crisp and soft. Top it all with maple butter and syrup to really experience pure bliss.
Don’t worry if you accidentally sleep in—Daily Basics serves breakfast ALL DAY on Saturdays, so there’s no risk of missing out. (Talk about having your pancake and eating it, too!)
Dine al fresco, or grab a spot near the open kitchen to watch the chefs craft their masterpieces at this farm-to-table cafe and coffeehouse on Main Street.
Local art lines the walls of this revitalized Western Union telegraph station which now—as the name suggests—serves up the paper-thin, delightfully dainty French pancakes we all know and love. We recommend the taste sensation that is the Chestnut St. Crêpe, stuffed with locally-sourced peaches, and creamy brie, then drizzled with clover honey and cilantro. Our stomachs are growling just thinking about it.
The Crêpe Factory is open every day but Wednesday, and their breakfast items are available all day, so come enjoy the food and a handcrafted espresso drink anytime. If the whole meal doesn’t leave you saying “holy crêpe,” we’ll be stunned.
Downtown Deli & Donuts has given a MAJOR upgrade to the simple bacon, egg, and cheese on toast you know and love.
Now that’s a real breakfast sandwich.
When you get into town, head straight to Main Street to devour The “Grade” (pictured in the intro of this post), which is an unbelievable combination of herbed egg frittata, roasted red peppers, Canadian bacon, provolone cheese, and fresh basil pesto packed between two thick slices of rosemary focaccia—now that’s a real breakfast sandwich.
And it goes without saying that you MUST try one of their house-made, small batch artisan donuts while you’re there. We recommend either the Fruity Pebbles or Maple Bacon flavors, you know, to keep with the breakfast theme.
Breakfast and brunch are served from 8:30am-3:00pm on Saturdays, so plan on meeting us there this weekend!