Earlier this week, the good folks at GVLToday made their list of their favorite Greenville food institutions. It was in response to the growing number of restaurants and foodie destinations in Greenville. We loved the idea. But the list missed some places that are high on the Complete Public Relations list. Now, we are not trying to replace anyone on the GVLToday list (though there was a Spartanburg restaurant on there….we love Spartanburg, but this was a Greenville list. And if you are going to talk Spartanburg and not mention Ike’s, Wade’s, Sugar Shack, Nuway…ok, you get the drift. No here is the Complete PR addendum to the best Greenville food institutions.
The Zorba Lounge. We don’t when it opened, but we hope it never closes. This place is long cherished in Complete PR lore. This is where the Johns used to eat mirth filled lunches with Reese Fant. This is where John B. took his now wife for lunch before they were dating. The entire team spent a fun afternoon there a few months ago eating steak fries, burgers and consuming a pitcher of Yuengling. Pro tip: Admire the décor. There is nothing like it in Greenville. Don’t ask for an IPA.
El Matador: Located on Wade Hampton Boulevard in Taylors, this old school place bills itself as the oldest Mexican restaurant in Greenville. Dates back to the 1960s. Pro tip: Wear loose pants because this is filling food.
O.J.’s: This is a West Greenville legend that started life way back when as Miss McBee’s (maybe?). Anyway, an old Greenville joke was the only reason there was a bridge over the Reedy Falls for decades was to get to Miss McBee’s faster. Now located in that stretch of Pendleton Street between the Villages and The West End, O.J.’s is a great buffet breakfast or lunch. Pro Tip. Actually, this is a tip from the Honorable Mayor Knox White, himself, get the waffles.
Tommy’s Ham House: This is the place where every politician has to stop at when visiting Greenville. We think it may be a county ordinance. May even be state law. Anyway, come for the politics stay for the ham and biscuit. That’s our pro tip.
The Blockhouse: An Augusta Road staple. It is a neighborhood bar really that also has some amazing food. Pro tip: get one of the salads. Especially the Blockhouse. Just do it. Trust us.