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Greenville, South Carolina has become one of the new food cities of the South. Over the past few years, the area has grown immensely. “It’s population grew 1.9 percent from July 2016 to July 2017, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimate.” Because of this growth, the Greenville culinary scene has evolved rapidly. New retails stores and restaurants are being announced all the time. Below are 5 of the top restaurants to eat when in Greenville, from the casual breakfast option, to your fancy night on the town meal.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a small town take off like this one has. It’s always been a sleepy town and all of a sudden we’re starting to see it take off.” Pat Pomeroy

1. UP on the Roof

Starting at one of the most popular spots downtown, UP on the Roof offers a beautiful view, fine dining food, outdoor fire pits, and a wide range of bottled craft cocktails. For this spot, you may want to dress up a little more. The roof top restaurant overlooks the Reedy River with a near-360-degree view of downtown Greenville. It is located on top of the Embassy Suites Hotel, attracting crowds everyday. “Its main target demographic is for young professionals,” says Kirk Watkins, general manager. “And from the looks of the capacity crowd Friday night, it looks like the restaurant achieved that goal.” This is a must visit during your night out on the town.

2. Biscuit Head

Looking for a delicious breakfast spot? We got you covered. Biscuit Head is a locally-based restaurant known for mouth watering, fluffy biscuits that “are as big as the feline’s noggin.” You cannot go wrong with any of the biscuits, Make sure to add one of the seven different gravies to go with your biscuits, this includes a vegan variety. Additionally, a jam bar featuring over 20 homemade infused butters, honeys, jams and hot sauces, and one of a kind specials is open to guests. “You can get a plain “cat-head” biscuit (they’re the size of cat heads) for $3 and use it as a vehicle to test out the house made condiments on the jam bar.” (Mike Fisera) The atmosphere is “funky, fun, earthy, and crafty,” welcoming for all ages. Make sure to get there before doors open, because a line will quickly wrap around the building.

Here is a link to their instagram to see their wide variety of breakfast options!

3. Sidewall Pizza Company

Ready for lunch? Sidewall Pizza Company is the place to be and is one of our Top 5 Restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina. You can never go wrong with pizza, especially at Sidewall. They offer many options, including gluten free. “We’re going to stay true to what we want to have, which is a very simple and delicious and focused menu,” O’Mara says. Something that is unique about this company is that the owners created the Sidewall Community Fund, “which funnels a portion of every dollar made into a fund to help local organizations and individuals.” Everything here is inviting and family friendly.

4. Southern Pressed Juicery

Next stop? Make your way down Main Street and stop at Southern Pressed Juicery for a healthier option. They have a wide selection of homemade acai bowls and smoothies. “Their menu items are 100% organic, made from the freshest fruits and vegetables and feature local products when possible.” The bowls are super colorful and instagramable. The cold pressed raw juice bar is one of a kind in the area and is a great spot if you need a mid-day snack or want to stop somewhere for breakfast.

5. The Anchorage

Last on our Top 5 Restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina is The Anchorage. It is located in heart of the village of West Greenville, serving anything from dinner to brunch to delicious dessert. This option is great for any occasion. Their goal is to “provide a meeting place perfect for anything from a special occasion to a quick dinner before heading home.” The menu is eclectic but puts emphasis on showcasing simple ingredients sourced both locally and from around the region. The interior is very appealing and welcoming, making you want to sit and stay for a while.

Below is a link to their dinner menu.