We like to eat. We like restaurants: the farm-to-table kind, the Southern institution kind, the drive-in kind, the drive-to-the-middle-of-nowhere kind. From white tablecloths to neighborhood joints, all across the Upstate, good food is made here. Every issue, we’ll be bringing you quick tableside shots of the plates we never want to see fall off the menu.
1 Biscuits and Gravy
This brand-new breakfast and brunch spot is an extension of the kitchen genius from Summer and Joe Fredette at SummaJoe’s, and man, does it make us happy. Their menu is chock-full of good stuff, from French Toast to farmers market specials. We love the light, fluffy biscuits served with fried chicken and luscious sausage gravy.
Mr. Rivers Breakfast Joint
125 North Main Street
2 Shrimp Ceviche
There is little better for a summertime snack than ceviche: the Latin American tradition of quick pickling all kinds of seafood in chilies, salt and lime. Willy Taco does a spot-on shrimp version, served with a pile of blue corn chips and one of their perfect margaritas (of course).
930 East Main Street
3 Fried Chicken
Southern Culture makes some of the best fried chicken around—salty, herby, and a little bit sweet—and we love how you can find it tucked into all kinds of dishes on their menu, from big plate meat-and-threes, to salads, to this delectable waffle sandwich. When you do something right, do it all the time.
Southern Culture Kitchen and Bar
2537 North Pleasantburg Drive
Brunch, Friday-Saturday, 11am-3pm
Dinner, Monday-Thursday, 5pm-10pm
Pupusas Pupusas are the best thing you’ve never tasted. Native to El Salvador, these thick, handmade corn tortillas are stuffed with cheese, pork, beans, or any combination of the three. Served with a side of curtido—a crisp, slightly fermented slaw—and perfect with a tall glass of Rincon Latino’s housemade horchata.
1902 Easley Bridge Road
Open 7 days a week