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For an Array of Cuisine, Dine in Downtown Greer

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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In Greer, they like to say they’re a small town with big city amenities. You don’t have to look any further than the dining scene in this Upstate community to appreciate the concept.

And nowhere is it more evident than in Greer Station, the city’s historic downtown district. Within a three-block area, you’ll find foodie-favored restaurants of every variety, from Italian to Mexican to American. There’s a hip brewery, an industrial-chic fish house, a coffee house and crêperie and a Philly-inspired sports bar.

The star of the culinary scene is The Strip Club 104, a maverick steak house far from the the dark, smoky chophouses of old. You’ll still enjoy a mouthwatering selection of house-aged Black Angus beef but in a relaxed, airy setting with a decidedly naughty twist.

Not to worry. Aside from a real stripper pole, the restaurant’s sexy theme is relegated to the menu where the appetizers are listed under the title “Fore Play” and entrees include “Simple Seductions.” For those with dietary restrictions, the restaurant features gluten-, garlic- and onion-free menus. And Friday and Saturday nights, live entertainment is offered in the very inviting courtyard.

Barbecue fans will enjoy Blue Ridge Brewing Co., known for its slow-cooked, hickory-smoked dry rub ribs, pork platters, wings, sauce-mopped chicken, house-made condiments and, of course, freshly crafted brews. The lively Trade Street alehouse also features dog-friendly outdoor spaces and rooftop seating offering awesome sunset views.

Another option for outdoor dining is Still Water Grill and Catering. Housed in one the city’s early 20th century downtown buildings, the cozy restaurant features the original tin ceiling tiles, hardwood floors and brick walls, along with a beautiful patio. The menu includes salads, quesadillas, gourmet sandwiches and homemade desserts.

Two blocks down is Select, another Greer Station eatery making the most of its brick commercial architecture. While its historic hip atmosphere is appealing, it’s the restaurant’s amazing breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink menus that will knock your socks off. The variety of offerings runs the gamut from a German Black Forest pretzel with imported Bavarian mustard to a slow-roasted whole Cornish game hen drizzled with handcrafted citrus garlic herb butter.

Other Trade Street favorites include Pour Sports Pub, where you can enjoy a game of pool, craft brews and one of several Philly cheese steak variations; Los Portales Mexican Restaurant, also offering an outdoor courtyard; and Mazzitellli Deli, hidden inside Chelsea’s Ladies Clothing and Accessories.

Poinsett Street at the end of Trade, also has a number of popular restaurants, including the comfortably elegant L’Incanto, known for its Northern Italian cuisine; The Great Bay Oyster House, serving oysters from Florida, Canada, New York and Virginia, along with Charleston clams and other fresh seafood; and Barista Alley, a coffee house, smoothie bar and creperie with a stage for music and entertainment. For dessert, there’s Abbott’s Frozen Custard right next door.

And that’s just some of the offerings in the historic downtown district. With so many great dining choices, you’ll never have to leave this big city small town.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.