With an abundance of farms all across the Upstate of South Carolina, it's no surprise that Greenville has a great selection of farm-to-table restaurants. Here are some great options, whether you're looking for a casual lunch or a fancy night out.
What it's known for: Roost uses the freshest, local ingredients to craft dishes that highlight all the best things about South Carolina cuisine, whether you're celebrating over dinner or just grabbing a quick lunch. If you come for brunch, make sure you order a blood orange mimosa - or two.
What it's known for: A farm, a restaurant and a market all in one. Vegetables from the farm, and others in the area, are prominantly featured in its menu and often form the foundation of Oak Hill's tasty dishes. Housed in a renovated farmhouse, the dining room is light and welcoming. Enjoy!
What it's known for: Just about everything you find at Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery, whether it's the pecans in your peach scone or the milk in your sustainable coffee, is found within a 150-mile radius. Stop by to refuel after a bike ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail or a walk around downtown Greenville.
What it's known for: This restaurant-grocery store-butcher shop was founded by a chef and two farmers, so you know local ingredeints figure big here. The seasonal menu is brimming with dishes that are heavy with local flavor. Soups, salalds, sandwiches and plates offer a casual, but memorable dining experience -- no pretentiousness but plenty of freshness and flare.
What it's known for: This meat-centric gastropub elevates its grub by looking to local farms like Greenbrier, Tyger River and Johnson Creek for proteins and produce. House-cured and smoked meats -- particularly bacon -- are all the rage and dominate the chef-driven menu. Guests are invited to take a peek through the window of the in-house curing chamber where country ham, prosciutto, lardo and, of course, bacon are routinely in the works.
What it's known for: This is a dream come true -- a fast food concept offering nutritious, delicious, farm-to-table fare. Local farms form the crux of the operation that is driven by a mission to close the divide between producer and consumer. Grass-fed beef, hormone-free poultry, locally sourced eggs, vegetables, cheeses -- most all are sourced within miles of the restaurant. From burgers to stir fries, it's all good and good for you.
Style: Fast and fresh, farm-to-table, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday
What it's known for: The chefs at Restaurant 17 strive to create dishes you can't get anywhere else from ingredients you can find in your own backyard. Their menu changes daily depending on whatever seasonal fare arrives in their kitchen in the morning. While the food is spectacular, the environment is cozy and relaxed, perfect for any dinner occasion.
What it's known for: Formerly executive chef at Restaurant 17, Chef Adam Cooke opened this new eatery in nearby Travelers Rest and quickly gained national attention for his innovative dishes featuring produce from his own farm and other local food producers. Whatever you order from the menu, start your meal with a basket of freshly baked bread and take a loaf home from the onsite market.
Style: Farm-to-table, dinner, Thursday through Sunday; Sunday brunch