Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Spartanburg’s dining culture roots run deep. From the early days of Colonials using the area for hunting and crops, to textile mill employees eating at delicatessens across the county, to that slice of Americana of enjoying a burger a-plenty and tea from The Beacon. Our love of food hasn’t wavered, but the list of where to get a delicious meal keeps growing. It may become overwhelming and you may end up eating at your favorite restaurants over and over, but it’s okay to try something new.
Sugar and Spice, The Kennedy, Ikes, Nu-Way, Cribbs, Wades, all are restaurants you may have heard of or dined at during your time in Spartanburg. All of these places are great, but sometimes you may just want to switch it up a little bit and try something new. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting Spartanburg for a weekend, week, or you’ve lived here your whole life, sometimes you have to explore those hidden gems and we’re here to help.
Housed in the original Baber Rhyne building from which it got its name, Baber Rhyne is more than just your average burger joint dishing out American classics like a double cheeseburger topped with bacon jam and new hits like the Pimento Grilled Cheese. This restaurant takes after its roots from the 1800s during the height of textile production when the Baber Rhyne building was a frequent dining spot for area travelers and train workers. You probably wouldn’t think French inspired desserts pair well with sandwiches, but their delectable desserts are a sure way to end your meal on a high note.
Take your appetite just north of Downtown to the “food lounge” gem that is Snack Shack. Covering wide swathes of the culinary spectrum from their Caramel Crusted Belgian Waffles, to their Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad, this spot will have you coming back over and over just so you can taste everything on the menu. If you find yourself visiting on a weekend, this spot serves up Soul Food Sunday with a twist on the Southern staple Meat and Three where you can have your traditional meats or choose to indulge with a steak or flounder plus your three sides.
Scoop into the savory salsa, sip on a margarita, and enjoy the authentic Mexican flavors when you dine at Maria’s Beer & Grill. This hidden gem serves up favorites from tacos and enchiladas, to their burritos and nachos so there is something for the whole family to enjoy. With robust flavors and generous portions, we’re pretty sure whatever you order will join your very own clean plate club.
Serving the Upstate for over 40 years, Lake Bowen Fish Camp isn’t a place you take your pet fish during the summer, it’s a staple of seafood dining in Spartanburg. Order your fried seafood sampler and enjoy the catfish, oysters, shrimp, and more while you take in the view of Lake Bowen; or take it to-go and enjoy your meal at Anchor Park across the lake.
When you visit Spartanburg, you’ll only just scratch the surface of delicious dining across the county, so be sure to carve out plenty of time just to eat and enjoy some of the restaurants you have not tried before. While we’ve highlighted four of our top picks above, there’s still plenty we’d like to shout-out such as Penguinos Hermanos, a shaved ice stop in Greer open from March to September that tops its ice with the fresh fruit of your choosing. Boots’ & Sonny’s Drive-In features the foods we’ve come to love and expect from a drive-in such as its cheeseburger with chili, onion, and mustard. When you dine at Granny’s Kitchen in Inman, you’ll feel like part of the family while you enjoy a bountiful breakfast of biscuits and gravy or embrace your Southern roots and get the meat and three.
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