I’ve been a resident of the Greenville, South Carolina area since 2006 (2002 if you count my four years of college). Greenville is a great place to live and to visit – we have hundreds of restaurants and basically every store except Ikea!
Most posts and articles about Greenville are heavy with recommendations for the downtown area, which is arguably the “best thing” about visiting here.
After living here for 14 years, we only visit downtown a couple times a year. It’s very busy, crowded and feels less and less “southern” every time we visit. Downtown Greenville is fun every once and a while, but on the average weekend we prefer other places to eat and shop. Want to visit Greenville like a local? Here are my recommendations!
In referring to Greenville, I’m including cities in Greenville county like Greer, Taylors and Easley. I’ve lived in all these cities and have favorites from all over the county!
Mr. Salsa Mexican (Taylors) – 4800 Wade Hampton Blvd, Taylors: Everyone needs a go-to Mexican restaurant, and this is ours. I’ve been eating here for at least 14 years and have always had great food and quick service!
Tipsy Taco – A great mid-range Mexican place with something for everyone. Their loaded queso is delicious!
Willy Taco – not good for picky eaters, but a delicious “chef driven fresh twist on Mexican fusion.”
Carolina Ale House – our favorite “bar food.” Paul loves their burgers and I usually order fish tacos or fish and chips.
Tropical Grille – My go-to choice for catered food. It’s affordable, healthy and so delicious!
Eggs Up Grille – Only open until 2, but they serve breakfast and lunch. This is more of a basic diner-style menu – they have great home fries!
Wild Ace Pizza (Greer) – Our favorite local pizza place!
Great Bay Oyster House (Greer) – One of our favorite date night spots. Sit by the window for a pretty view of downtown Greer.
Bleu Porch Kitchen (Greer) – A cute, girly but not too fancy place perfect for celebrating a birthday or special occasion. They are only open for a few hours each day, so check their Facebook page before you visit.
Little Pigs BBQ (Greer) – My favorite place for South Carolina BBQ, both for dine-in and takeout.
Coyote Coffee Cafe (Powdersille, Easley, Pickens)- A great place for lunch & coffee.
Brusters – Not a local restaurant, but it’s my absolute favorite place for ice cream!
Thrifting: Miracle Hill Thrift Stores– they are clean, organized and support a great ministry.
Cottage Grove Vintage Market – High end home decor with distinctive Southern flair.
The Oops Co. – Overstock deals on name brands like J Crew, Ann Taylor, Simply Southern and more. I love shopping here!
My Favorite Dollar Tree – 905 South Batesville Road, Greer
The Logos Theatre – “State-of-the-art productions with family-values entertainment.” We’ve seen A Christmas Carol, Anne of Green Gables and Silent Star (an original Christmas musical) and enjoyed all of them!
Spring is beginning to bloom all over Greenville – and this is my favorite time of year to live here! The colors are so beautiful and the heat & humidity isn’t unbearable yet.
If you’re a local, did I leave out your favorite non-downtown spot? Leave it in the comments so we can all give it a try!
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