A Look at the International Cuisine of Spartanburg

A Look at the International Cuisine of Spartanburg

A Look at the International Cuisine of Spartanburg

Spartanburg’s food options reflect its status as a growing, diverse, and global community. With more than 75 countries represented by more than 100 international businesses countywide, authentic flavors from all over the globe can be found around Spartanburg County.

Burrito Hub owner Hugo Montanez


Burrito Hub

Burrito Hub is Spartanburg’s local version of Chipotle or Moe’s, featuring fast-casual (and delicious) Mexican food that serves up the classics – burritos, tacos, quesadillas and nachos – all made with fresh ingredients. Specialty guacamole, one with mango and cucumber and the other with pork and cheese, have become signature appetizers at Burrito Hub.

mata’s mexican bar and grill 

Opened by a father-son team, Mata’s Mexican Bar and Grill serves up traditional Mexican dishes with a large, inspired cocktail menu expanding beyond simple margaritas and cervezas. Traditional offerings fill the menu at Mata’s Mexican Bar and Grill, and are joined by adventurous spins on Mexican food like the huevos con chorizo (eggs with a spicy, flavorful sausage) and for dessert, the caramel-filled churros.

el paso tacos and tequila 

El Paso Tacos and Tequila opened its first SC restaurant in October 2022 in Downtown Spartanburg (at 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., to be exact). Diners can find much more than tacos and tequila, though. The menu features an array of enchiladas, soups and salads, burritos, and combination platters with heavy portion sizes (so come hungry).

Mezcal Taberna Mexicana 

Mezcal celebrates traditional Mexican food by featuring tapas made with traditional Mexican ingredients and an upscale, modern technique. Serving lunch and dinner, Mezcal’s menu includes distinctly flavorful salads, tortas (Mexican sandwiches), and tapas-sized taco with smoked brisket, pork-belly carnitas, ahi tuna or roasted chicken.

El Chile Rojo 

Along Downtown Landrum’s main drag – Rutherford Street – El Chile Rojo is a classic Mexican restaurant serving up the favorites. El Chile Rojo is a popular gathering space in Landrum thanks to their menu and specialty drinks.

Mr. Jalapeno 

While we’re talking about popular Mexican restaurants in emerging towns in Spartanburg County, we have to mention Woodruff’s Mr. Jalapeno. The centerpiece of a shopping strip brought to life by a local family, Mr. Jalapeno benefits from its proximity to the locally-owned Country Meat Center.


Soulisa’s Fine Thai Dining

Soulisa’s brings together Thai and Japanese flavors in historic Downtown Landrum. With a plethora of soups and appetizers, Soulisa’s offers red, yellow, and green curry sure to satisfy any spice fans, and Thai noodle dishes, fried rice and other entrees bringing out traditional Thai flavors. You can also find Japanese favorites like teriyaki and hibachi style proteins with veggies and rice, and an entire portion of the menu dedicated to vegan diets specifically.

Chef Ae’s

Owned and operated by its namesake, Chef Ae, this fusion-French and-Thai restaurant is inside the historic Baber Rhyne building on the outskirts of Downtown Spartanburg. The eclectic menu featuring curries, a cheesesteak crepe and Thai garlic pork ribs.

Thai Taste

Just outside the City of Spartanburg, Thai Taste has become a popular lunch spot with many thanks to their abundant fried rice varieties, noodle soups, and other Thai dining specialties. And don’t worry, there are non-spicy options if you have a sensitive tongue.


Hawaiian-style poke is brought to Spartanburg at Pokenori, with poke bowls and sushi burrito options filling the menu. Poke – with clean, fresh ingredients, features sustainable raw fish, or chicken, along with a plethora of freshly-cut vegetables, toppings and sauces that come together to form a fresh, flavorful dish that’s hard to compare to anything else.

Photo by @pokenori.co
Lemongrass Kitchen 

Downtown Spartanburg’s Lemongrass Kitchen focuses on classic Vietnamese noodle dishes like pho, and the popular street food, the Banh Mi sandwich. Served on a French baguette, the Banh Mi features a variety of proteins and vegetables, typically including jalapenos, pickled carrots and daikon radish, and cilantro.

Miyako Sushi Group

Miyako Sushi Group brings fresh, clean flavors to the table at its Downtown Spartanburg restaurant. A downtown staple for years, Miyako brought its unique sushi rolls to a new, bigger space on Magnolia Street, helping anchor a new dining corridor downtown.



meat and three meal from delaneys



While Delaney’s Irish Pub is maybe most popular for their drinks, don’t sleep on the classic English and Irish food they’re serving up. Classics like Shepherd’s Pie, corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and mash can be found on their menu all year long.

sophia’s restaurant

Sophia’s dishes out Italian favorites like the Penne alla Vodka and Chicken Parmigiana, this spot in the heart of Downtown is a perfect place for a date-night, celebration dinner, or just treating yourself to something delicious. While only opened in September 2020, Sophia’s is becoming one of the best places to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine during your visit to Spartanburg. Be sure to save room for the house favorite, tiramisu, or our pick, the cannoli. 

Gerhard’s Café

Gerhard’s serves up European-American classics, specifically some German cuisine along with specialty pizzas. Opened in 1993, the café brings German and Austrian dishes like wiener schnitzel, roasted pork and more to hungry Spartanburg diners.

The Crepe Factory

Locally owned and operated, The Crepe Factory brings the French classic it’s named for together with local ingredients, offering sweet and savory crepes sure to appease any palette. Inside a historic building from the early 1900s, The Crepe Factory is a popular spot to start spring and summer mornings when the temperature is just right.



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