Let's get this foodie weekend off to a tasty start! Chicora Alley is one of my favorite places to grab dinner. They've got GREAT vegetarian options, like their Roasted Red Pepper or Black Bean Quesadillas, but I really like their Veggie Lover Burrito, which is filled with sautéed veggies, cheese, spinach, sweet potatoes and roasted garlic. This place has a super fun atmosphere, too, and you might even catch some live music!
Insider's Tip: Chicora Alley is also a great place for a quick lunch during the week (try a salad with their famous house dressing!), and they now have a Mauldin location to add to their downtown hangout. They're closed on Mondays, but they're worth a visit any other day!
One of the best places for a weekend morning meal is Mary Beth's at McBee Station. I like that Mary Beth's is local, downtown, and starts serving breakfast at 7 AM! They've got a little something for everyone's tastes, from pastries and pancakes to cereals and crepes. Try their Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Basil...it's delicious!Insider's Tip: Local doesn't just mean location for Mary Beth's. They support local farms and source most of the ingredients they use every day from local merchants!
After breakfast, stroll up McBee Avenue to Main Street and hang a right. You'll see a walk-up window that fronts a great little coffee spot, Coffee & Crema. These folks pull a great espresso, and you can't go wrong with anything from the menu. My favorites are their Cappucino (espresso with steamed milk), Side Car (a Cappucino with extra espresso), and Italiano (2 shots of espresso with a bit of hot water).
Saturday Late Morning:
Who's up for a late second breakfast? After enjoying your coffee selection from Coffee & Crema, walk a little further up McBee to the corner of River Street and rent a little two-wheeled fun at the B-Cycle station! Hop on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and pedal towards Travelers Rest and the wonderful Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery.
Their baked goods are delicious, and they even have many gluten-free and vegan options, including scones and donuts! They also stock many, MANY items from local and regional farms and food artisans. Insider's Tip: Check out the Swamp Rabbit Café's event page on their website. From their regionally famous "Fleas," to community meetings and workshops, they've always something fun going on!
Pedal back into town, return your bike to the same B-Cycle station you started from, and walk one block over to W. Washington and the authentic flavors of Belgium right here in Greenville at The Trappe Door! Most folks only think of choosing this great spot for dinner, but they have an AMAZING lunch, too! With seven different burgers to choose from, as well as crepes and mussels with fries (moules frites) galore, you'll have a hard time choosing. Plus, they have three different mayo dipping choices for your frites!
Insider's Tip: Make sure you check out the "Burger of the Day." Trust them on this. I haven't been disappointed yet!
In the mood for pizza? Barley's Taproom & Pizzaria has the cure for that craving! Street level above The Trappe Door is where you'll find this great beer-and-a-slice (or two) spot. My favorite slice is topped with portobella mushrooms and feta...YUM!
Insider's Tip: Barley's has a great local and regional beer selection, as well as craft beers from around the world. Check out their seasonal brews or ask to try something new!
THAT Something Extra:
A Parade of Local and Regional Crafts!
Supporting local (and regional) goes way beyond food and brews! Check out the year-round events from the folks at Indie Craft Parade! From their namesake Indie Craft Parade and Holiday Fair, to their Maker's Summit and workshops, these folks know how to celebrate and showcase the handiwork of local and regional artisans and craftspeople...all year long!