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Nestled in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville restaurateurs take special pride in using local organic produce and protein whenever possible. And while the area certainly has its fair share of chain restaurants, locally owned establishments flourish. Sample the local cuisine by trying any of our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best places to eat in Greenville:
1. Giovanni’s. This is a prime example of not judging a book by its cover. Tucked away in a small nondescript strip mall right next to one of Greenville’s busiest roads, Giovanni’s is truly a hidden treasure. With only 12 tables and no bar area, Giovanni himself is the owner, host and server. One of our favorites is the asparagus with prosciutto appetizer, and you can’t go wrong with choices like mussels in red seafood sauce and shrimp and scallops in a delightful white Gorgonzola cream sauce.
2. Nose Dive. Smack-dab in the middle of downtown Greenville, this gastropub offers sidewalk dining, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail and spend some time people-watching. The gastropub black angus burger served with a side of duck fat French fries is a must-try. And don’t forget to save room for the homemade bacon brownie topped with honey-bourbon ice cream.
3. Mary’s at Falls Cottage. Using local produce, dairy and meats whenever possible while serving traditional Southern cuisine with a twist, Mary’s is housed in a quaint brick and stucco two-story building overlooking the Reedy River. Only serving brunch and lunch, Mary’s is one of our Greenville favorites. While it’s tempting to fill up on the tea-sized garlic cheddar biscuits, the signature dish is a crabcake BLT topped with huge slices of fried green tomatoes.
4. The Peddler Steak House. Drive up a slight hill and peer through the thick foliage — there sits a 1916 stone building offering some of the best steaks in the Upstate. Operating as The Peddler since 1969, all steaks are grilled to perfection and carved tableside. The décor and ambiance is such that you almost expect to see Dean Martin crooning in the bar while other members of the Rat Pack sip cocktails on the screened-in porch.
5. High Cotton Greenville. When word got out that the Charleston restaurant was opening a Greenville outpost, foodies went into a frenzy. Located in downtown Greenville overlooking the Reedy River, High Cotton serves up innovative Southern cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. Chow down on dishes like oyster gratin and crispy Carolina quail.