Not all of the restaurants are in Greenville; Restaurant 17 is in Travelers Rest. Not all of them are new; Nose Dive made the list because it has a new chef. And not all of them have a permanent address; Thoroughfare Food Truck is on the list. But they're all worth stopping in for lunch, dinner or whatever strikes you.
Here are the eight, in alphabetical order:
Koi: This sushi spot was known as Red Fin until it closed in October for a makeover and opened in January as Koi. Eater praises it for its "intimate sushi bar, more table seating, and a glowing downstairs lounge" and "one of the best happy hours in town."
Nose Dive: This gastropub at the Westin Poinsett Hotel has been a popular spot since it opened in February 2011, but it recently gained a new executive chef, Spencer Thomson, who was formerly at Devereaux's. Getting special attention from Eater is the Diggy burger, a chopped beef belly burger served with smoked chipotle glaze on Texas toast.
Papi's Tacos: This taqueria opened beneath The Lazy Goat in late August 2013. Papi is Jorge Baralles Sr., a longtime employee of Table 301, and Eater says the menu of tacos and tortas are true to Papi's roots in Mexico. "Save room for a house-made horchata and unexpectedly appropriate gelato."
Quest Brewing Company: Eater praises this brewery, which opened in July 2013, for its use of local ingredients and its efforts to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status. "The brewery offers tastings and tours on Saturdays, but the real attraction is regularly scheduled live music and keg tappings."
Restaurant 17: This restaurant at Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest gets its name for the number of times owner and retired pro cyclist George Hincapie rode in the Tour de France. Chef Adam Cooke offers "fine dining created almost exclusively from local produce and meats."
Sip Tasting Room and Rooftop Lounge: Eater says, "SIP puts Greenville's best on display with their spacious rooftop lounge: Fresh air, Main Street's twinkling lights, and the incredibly hospitable Upstate climate."
Thoroughfare Food Truck: Neil and Jessica Barley elevate tater tots "from school cafeteria side to gourmet delight; the healthy topping of balsamic goat cheese cream certainly doesn't hurt."
Tupelo Honey Café: One of the most popular restaurants in Asheville, NC, Tupelo Honey opened in Greenville in June 2013. Eater praises its fluffy biscuits drizzled with honey. It gets a nod from Eater "for hyper-local produce: Their partnership with Mill Village Farms makes farm-to-table a two-mile trip."
Eater's choices were made by Andrew Huang, assistant editor of TOWN magazine, an Upcountry lifestyle publication.