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Must Eats in Greenville

Chrysti Shain Chrysti Shain
The Trappe Door is a Belgian brewpub in Greenville.

Greenville dining scene is red hot, giving Charleston a run for its money as the Palmetto state's top culinary destination. The city's booming downtown is home to so many terrific, innovative restaurants, all just a quick walk from the beautiful Falls Park. Other great spots are dotted around the city just waiting to be discovered.

The Trappe Door

What it's known for: Stop here for amped-up European pub dishes sprinkled with Southern touches. Lamb, mussels and, of course, fish and chips shine here. And absolutely leave room for dessert. You'll want to convince everyone at your table to order something different so you can try all of them.

Style: Belgian, European, brewpub, lunch, dinner, casual

Address: 23 W. Washington St.

Phone: 864.451.7490

Greenville's Passerelle Bistro offers French food with an amazing falls view.

Passerelle Bistro

What it's known for: This casual French bistro overlooking beautiful Falls Park is the perfect place for lunch or dinner with a view. Don't miss the chef's special mussels with saffron, escargot, chargrilled lamb T-bones and steak frites. Mondays bring a special family-style menu.

Style: French, casual, lunch, dinner, brunch

Address: 601 S. Main St.

Phone: 864.509.0142

Pomegranate on Main is a one-of-a-kind Persian dining experience in Greenville.

Pomegranate on Main

What it's known for: This beautiful restaurant turns out terrific Persian dishes. The menu gives you detailed explanations if you aren't familiar with this cuisine, complete with wine suggestions. You can't go wrong with the Tour of Persia sampler.

Style: Persian, lunch, dinner, casual

Address: 618 S. Main St.

Phone: 864.241.3012

Rick Erwin's West End Grille

What it's known for: Rick Erwin's is Greenville's high-end, traditional steakhouse by all standards. Beautiful space, perfect dishes. This is a destination dinner, perfect for special occasions.

Style: Steakhouse, upscale, traditional

Address: 648 S. Main St.

Phone: 864.232.8999

Soby's is a flagship restaurant in Greenville for outstanding Lowcountry food.

Soby's

What it's known for: Soby's is the flagship for the Table 301 group, which you can thank for many of Greenville's visionary restaurants. The menu here is decidedly Southern with international influences. Some swear the fried chicken is the best in the state, and you can't go wrong with any of the shrimp or crab dishes. Don't skip over the inventive starter menu either.

Style: Southern, casual, farm-to-table, Lowcountry

Address: 207 S. Main St.

Phone: 864.232.7007

Henry's Smokehouse is famous for 12-hour open-pit barbeque that is fall-off-the-bone good.

Henry's Smokehouse

What it's known for: The barbecue here is cooked over hickory logs on open pits for 12 hours and hand pulled. Can you smell it yet? And ribs are fall-off-the-bone crazy good.

Style: Barbecue, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: Two locations in Greenville and one in Simpsonville

Phone: 864.232.7774

Larkin's on the River

What it's known for: Larkin's is the place in Greenville to celebrate a special occasion, whether it's over brunch, lunch or dinner. The classy menu boasts traditional steakhouse dishes and Southern standards. It's a beautiful space with an even more stunning view.

Style: Southern, traditional, lunch, dinner, upscale, brunch

Address: 318 S. Main St.

Phone: 864.467.9777

American Grocery makes one-of-a-kind local fare in Greenville.

American Grocery

What it's known for: American Grocery sets the standard for local, farm-to-table dishes in the Upstate. The menu changes frequently and also offers a four-course prix fixe. If you want to taste the best of the region, this is your place.

Style: Southern, local, farm-to-table, upscale

Address: 732 S. Main St.

Phone: 864.232.7665

The Lazy Goat is perfect for casual drinks or bite in Greenville.

The Lazy Goat

What it's known for: This is a distinctive menu of locally sourced ingredients served up in both small plates and entrees. House made pastas, pizzas and paella headline here, as do the Greek and Italian appetizers.

Style: Mediterranean, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: 170 River Place

Phone: 864.679.5299

Chophouse 47

What it's known for: The steaks demand attention here, and you can tell why with every bite. Delicious, caramelized cuts combined with great service in a dining room meant to evoke the 1940s. This place is a favorite.

Style: Steakhouse, upscale, traditional

Address: 36 Beacon Drive

Phone: 864.286.8700

Want to try the Carolina's four signature barbecue sauces? Check out Smoke on the Water.

Smoke on the Water

What it's known for: You can choose between four different barbecue sauces to top your smoky 'cue in this spot by the river. Sides and appetizers are tasty and interesting. And it's a short walk to the falls.

Style: Barbecue, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: 1 Augusta St., #202

Phone: 864.232.9091

Yellow Ginger

What it's known for: Inventive, homemade Asian dishes are the standard here, with chef specials you won't want to miss. This is Asian comfort food at its finest. Be sure to check out the cocktails and dessert specials, too.

Style: Asian, Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, casual, lunch, dinner, seafood

Address: 2100 Poinsett Highway Suite J

Phone: 864.605.7551

Bacon Brothers Public House is a great place for full Southern fare or a barbecue sampler.

Bacon Brothers Public House

What it's known for: As if you can't tell by the name, you come here for the bacon (and the barbecue and smoked meat and other local Southern dishes.) The restaurant's cure room has a window so you can see what the chef is curing. Start with the pimento cheese jar (served with bacon jam) and consider the rabbit and waffles or barbecue sampler. You also can make a great meal out of the delicious sides.

Style: Barbecue, Southern, traditional, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: 3620 Pelham Road

Phone: 864.297.6000

Don't let this simple plate fool you, Smoky Dreams is a barbecue staple in Greenville.

Smoky Dreams BBQ

What it's known for: Smoky pork, ribs, wings and chicken are the specialty here. Simple, straightforward, delicious.

Style: Barbecue, southern, casual, lunch, dinner

Address: 2131 Woodruff Road

Phone: 864.627.4227

You can't go wrong with breakfast, lunch or brunch at Mary's at Falls Cottage in Greenville.

Mary's at Falls Cottage

What it's known for: This beautiful luncheon spot reminds you of a tea room in a small Southern town, specializing in sandwiches and salads, plus delicious brunch on the weekends.

Style: Lunch, brunch, Southern, traditional, casual

Address: 615 S. Main St.

Phone: 864.298.0005

The Playwright

What it's known for: The front of the pub was handcrafted in Ireland, lending authenticity to the ambiance. And what's on the menu? Fish and chips, bangers and mash, and Shepard's pie, of course. A real slice of Ireland in downtown Greenville.

Style: Irish pub, casual, lunch, dinner, brunch

Address: 401 River St.

Phone: 864.241.338

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