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: Stellar uses local fruits and vegetables to brighten all of their handcrafted dishes of fine meats and house-made charcuterie. Each dish on the menu also has wine suggestions to make it even easier to love. If that doesn't impress, the fondue for two certainly will.
What it's known for: Local first. That's part of the Bacon Bros. mission to bring their guests a great dining experience. Not only is the food great, you know it's made-from-scratch and fresh because you can literally see where the meat you eat comes from - through a window into their curing room. And honestly, any restaurant with Bacon in the name is probably a good choice.
What it's known for: Here you will find an ever-changing menu featuring inspired dishes from all over the world. However, you can always find fresh, local staples like heirloom tomato salad and melon prosciutto. The jumbo lump crab cakes are a local favorite, but they're only on the Wednesday menu, so plan ahead.
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