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Your Holiday Table: Here’s Where You Can Find Delicious Food for the Holidays Near Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for something delicious and festive to add to your holiday table this Christmas? In Greenville, Spartanburg and Upstate, SC we have lots and lots of holiday food menus, sides, and treats from Greenville’s amazing food proprietors.

Local restaurants are serving up special dine-in holiday meals, as well as fabulous catered meal deals you can bring home for the holidays. Local bakeries are offering everything from freshly baked pies to cookie and cupcake kits you can bring home for a fun family activity. Local cafes and grocery stores are selling pre-made sides and desserts making your holiday preparations a little easier. Want something a little different? Try a festive charcuterie board or dig into the Mexican tradition of Christmas tamales. We know where you can find all this and more in Greenville!

Your holiday table, Greenville, SC

Christmas Dinner 2023 Near Greenville, SC: These Restaurants Are Open!

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Looking for restaurants open for Christmas in Greenville, SC? We have a list of places to eat that are open on Christmas Day! If a catered Christmas meal or dinner out in Greenville or Spartanburg this Christmas would make your holiday a little merrier, this is the list for you. Consider dining out or ordering in from a local restaurant for all of your fixings!

Our list has restaurants offering dine-in service, full take-out meals, and even restaurants where you can just grab a turkey, a ham, or a few sides to supplement your own home-cooked meal. There are lots of great restaurant options in Greenville to make some delicious Christmas dreams come true. Most of our local grocery stores are also offering Christmas items for pickup. 

Christmas restaurants open in Greenville, SC

Celebrate the holidays in Greenville! Find holiday events, restaurants, pies, and more in our Holiday Guide. 


Celebrate At Home With A Charcuterie Board in Greenville or Spartanburg, SC

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Ever considered enjoying delicious food in a festive way with a charcuterie board? There are plenty of places to hire a local charcuterie artist to make a celebratory charcuterie board in Greenville, SC. While they’re not one of the easiest things to pronounce, they’re easy to look at (and even easier to eat). 

The delicious french trend of displaying meats, cheeses, and other delectable morsels together might be tricky to say. But with our help, finding a local charcuterie artist won’t be difficult. We’ve listed out some local places where you can order full charcuterie boards, ingredients, and hand-crafted boards that are a work of art even by themselves.


10 Family Friendly Breweries: Greenville, SC

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If you are looking for family friendly brewery, Greenville and Upstate, SC have quite a few! As the Upstate’s craft beer scene continues to grow, Kidding Around has tried and tested some of these breweries and found them quite family-friendly. We decided it’s high time to give parents a guide to places where they can kick back and enjoy their brews as their littles run around on the lawn. Here’s a list of breweries and taprooms that do just that. We’ve included their Instagram account handles so you can keep up with their latest events.

Family Friendly Breweries in Greenville, SC

(Though these places welcome families, please use parental care when inside their premises. We don’t expect all of their bathrooms to have diaper-changing tables, so come prepared.)


This Indoor Winter Farmers Market Is No Longer a Secret: Greenville, SC

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Miss the local farmer’s markets in the winter? We’ve got the scoop on Greenville’s best indoor farmers market and it’s really a lot more than a farmers market. The Toasty Farmer is no longer an Upstate secret; however, parents in the know have discovered that the family-friendly winter farmers market can be the perfect outing on a dreary winter’s day.


Celebrate Thanksgiving Around Greenville, SC

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving in Greenville, SC? We are! We have some fabulous ideas for your Greenville Thanksgiving including dine-in restaurants, take-out meals, things to do Thanksgiving week, plus where you can find fabulous pie. We have all the things you need to plan your perfect Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Greenville, SC

Thanksgiving Pies

Pie and Thanksgiving just go together. But, when the oven is loaded with a turkey and the cook is busy stirring the potatoes, sometimes it’s just easier to purchase your Thanksgiving dessert. Don’t wait, pre-order your pies!

At Kidding Around we have you covered with our list of Greenville’s Best Holiday Pies.

Where to buy pies in Greenville, SC

Things to Do Thanksgiving Week

No matter who is coming to visit this Thanksgiving, there is something to do in Greenville that will keep them entertained. Not sure what will interest the family? There are lots of family-friendly things to do, events, and Thanksgiving-themed things to do over the holiday week.

Don’t worry, we have a whole list of Things to Do Over Thanksgiving for you!
Plus, Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Break in Spartanburg, SC.

FREE: Register in advance and take the kids to the Lowes Kids Workshop on November 18th, 2023. They’ll build a Turkey Photo Holder, perfect for decorating and celebrating the holiday!

Thanksgiving at Greenville’s Restaurants

Many of Greenville’s fabulous restaurants are open on Thanksgiving with both dine-in and take-out options. Plus there are lots of restaurants and stores where you can pick up a couple of delicious sides to add to your home-cooked meal. Make Thanksgiving dinner a little easier this year!

Holiday Guide

If you’re ready to add a little “ho-ho-ho” and jingle bells to your Thanksgiving festivities, you’ll want to check out our Greenville Holiday Guide. We have places to find Santa, holiday events, places to get fabulous gifts, and more.

If you’re in Spartanburg, don’t miss the Spartanburg Holiday Guide.

These Restaurants in Greenville Are Open on Thanksgiving Day: Dine-in or Take-Out and Catering

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Looking for some help with food for Thanksgiving in Greenville, SC? Do you find cooking Thanksgiving dinner to be a little overwhelming? Honestly—preparing a Thanksgiving meal is no joke.  Making the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and various other side dishes can be hard and take a lot of time. Some families choose to totally skip it and go out for dinner or order in and pick up.

Our list has restaurants offering dine-in service, full take-out meals and even restaurants where you can just grab a turkey or a few sides to supplement your own home-cooked meal. There are lots of great restaurant options in Greenville to make your most delicious Thanksgiving dinner dreams come true.

Most of our local grocery stores are also offering Thanksgiving meals, or at least part of them, for pickup.

Looking for more fun things to do in Greenville & Spartanburg for Thanksgiving? Here’s your Thanksgiving Celebration Guide!


Get Someone Else To Do The Cooking For Thanksgiving Dinner in Spartanburg, SC

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Looking for a Thanksgiving restaurant in Spartanburg, SC? Or are you looking to dine out for Thanksgiving? Or maybe grab some carry-out or pick up a few prepared sides? We’ve checked with local restaurants to see which ones you can count on for that holiday meal. Our list includes restaurants in Spartanburg with dine-in options as well as full meals and sides available for take-out.

Looking for more fun things to do in Greenville & Spartanburg for Thanksgiving? Here’s your Thanksgiving Celebration Guide!

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Spartanburg! Find things to do, restaurants, pies, and more in our Spartanburg Thanksgiving Guide.


A Guide To The Delicious Restaurants in Spartanburg, SC

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Are you looking for great restaurants in Spartanburg, SC? Are you wondering where Spartanburg locals eat? We’ve got you covered with a list of some of the most popular restaurants in Spartanburg for breakfast, lunch and dinner and by category like family-friendly, date night, and “getting work done while enjoying a meal” places.

Downtown Spartanburg

Spartanburg is Full of Amazing Places to Eat

It turns out that we write a lot about food, and Spartanburg has a lot of amazing restaurants to write about!

Restaurants in Downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina

The downtown Spartanburg area has so many options when it comes to dining. There’s a little bit of everything including Asian, American, Mexican, pizza, pub-style, and more. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, no matter what you are craving.

Breakfast in Downtown Spartanburg

If you want to sleep in, here are some brunch options that readers suggested! The Best Brunch Restaurants in Spartanburg

Health In Hand
When something light and nutritious is all you feel like having, Health In Hand is the spot! You can grab an organic salad, a wrap, yogurt, fresh squeezed juices, acai bowls and other breakfast options.

Little River Coffee Bar | Pharmacy Coffee
This locally owned family of coffee shops not only serves up a delicious cup of coffee, they also have an in-house bake shop that makes delightful treats.

Spartanburg dining

Mon Amie Morning Cafe
Some days you just want breakfast for lunch, or you’ve had a late start to the day. Mon Amie serves from their breakfast menu all day. Not sure what you want? That’s ok; at 10:30 am, they add a lunch menu to the offerings.

Papa’s Breakfast Nook
The classic greasy spoon, Papa’s serves up no-frills breakfast 24/7. Grits, bacon, eggs, and all of the things you want when you’re looking to pull up to a hearty breakfast meal.

Other Breakfast Options In Downtown Spartanburg

Lunch in Downtown Spartanburg

The owners of Burrito Hub have expanded their success to burgers. Burgär is located downtown and is a great spot to grab a bite before you hop on a Blue Duck E-Scooter to see the city!

10 Places You Should Head To Right Now For a Juicy Burger in Spartanburg, SC

Cribb’s Kitchen
Cribb’s Kitchen is a favorite for lunch, and even more popular among those who brunch! Boozy milkshakes and decadent American fare will have you making a visit to this place regularly.

Willy Taco (Multiple Locations)
Ameri-Mex cuisine is extremely popular in the Upstate and Willy Taco is the favored spot for this Mexican-inspired style menu. Tortillas topped with all kinds of fun combos make this a unique dining experience.

Blue Moon Specialty Foods
This restaurant and market serves breakfast and lunch items that are made from scratch, and perfect on the go. You can also grab a casserole for dinner while you’re there – to make mealtime easy the entire day!

Other Lunchtime Options In Downtown Spartanburg

Dinner in Downtown Spartanburg

The Kennedy
If you’ve ever wondered what a dining experience in a big city was like, book the Chef’s table at The Kennedy. Chef Jamie Cribb and his staff will make you forget you are in Spartanburg. It’s like dinner theatre for foodies, and one of the most memorable meals I’ve enjoyed in the Hub City.

entree and drink from the kennedy in spartanburg

The Tulip Tree
People think they need to head to Greenville to eat from a fancy Chef-driven menu. It’s just not true, and The Tulip Tree is one of the restaurants helping to dispel that myth.

Monsoon Noodle House
When you’re craving Thai, the kids want orange chicken, and no one can agree – Monsoon Noodle house offers a little of everything, and it’s all delicious! Their Tom Kha Soup will make you feel better if the winter blues have got you down. The outdoor dining on Morgan Square is right outside the restaurant, and you can enjoy your soup while you watch the ice skaters put on a show on the seasonal rink.

Spartanburg Dining

Other Dinnertime Options In Downtown Spartanburg

Romantic Restaurants

Heirloom: A Milltown Eatery | Westside Spartanburg
The menu at Heirloom is locally sourced southern cuisine. It’s the perfect spot to go when you want delicious food, without heading to the downtown area.

Dray: Bar & Grill | Downtown (adjacent) Spartanburg
If you are looking for a place to spend a rare night away from the kids, this is the place. Check the Dray: Bar + Grill Facebook for upcoming events, like movie nights, where the menu is created to go along with the theme of the movie. It will make for a unique date night experience, with very little work on your part!

Spartanburg Dining

Fr8Yard | Downtown Spartanburg
Ok. You might be scratching your head that this snuck in under “romantic restaurants”. Hear me out. While it is definitely not the most romantic spot in town, if you are looking for a fun date night location – this fits the bill. Weeknights are less busy, so it lends to being able to hear your date.

Or maybe you’re a single parent looking for a place to meet up with that person you met online. It’s well-lit and has street-side parking making it the perfect first-date spot. If you need a friend to rescue you, the scenario of running into someone here you know isn’t all that far-fetched.

For more date night meals and activity, options check out our guide to The Top Romantic Dates in Spartanburg.

Best For Young Kids

For more kid-friendly restaurants in Spartanburg check out:

Flock Shop | Downtown Spartanburg
A Nashville Hot chicken spot might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of kid-friendly. Suggesting the obvious places would be a waste, so for parents that have been afraid to try something new with littles in tow, hear me out. They have an affordable kid’s meal, outdoor dining, and here’s the huge PLUS; they are located right next to a park. You can run them around while you wait for a table and then maybe they’ll fall asleep at the table. BOOM – instant date night.

Spartanburg Restaurants

Wade’s | Downtown Spartanburg
Old fashioned homestyle cooking, “meat and three”, southern comfort food, whatever you call it – Wade’s is the spot to get it and enjoy a meal with your child. The only time this popular restaurant isn’t full is when it’s closed. They have a great kid’s menu, and it’s very affordable!
Oddly enough it seems that its proximity to Spartanburg Regional Hospital makes it a popular meal for post-partum moms, craving a plate full of non-hospital fare!

Best for Business

Mesh Lounge (Spartanburg Marriott) | Downtown Spartanburg
Mesh offers plenty of space to spread out your laptop and paperwork while meeting up with out-of-town associates. There’s a quiet outdoor area also if the meeting is more laid back.

Spill The Beans | Downtown Spartanburg
Ample seating and plenty of coffee, make this an ideal location to get things done!

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Budget Friendly

Burrito Hub | Downtown Spartanburg
Taco Tuesday at Burrito Hub is one of the most delicious, wallet-friendly meals you’ll find in Spartanburg! Hugo Montanez is bringing the joy of eating authentic tacos to Spartanburg with the food at Burrito Hub. For most people it only takes a single visit to get completely hooked on the delicious street tacos and other menu items.

5 Authentic Taco Spots In Spartanburg, SC That Will Make Your Mouth Water!

Duncan Family Restaurant | Duncan
A traditional “meat and three” style restaurant, the Duncan Family restaurant offers large servings at low prices. If you time your meal right, you can watch the trains go by during dinner!

Flavorshack Chicken & Ribs | Duncan
If you haven’t been to Flavorshack in Duncan yet, you have no idea what you are missing! This locally-owned chicken shack offers patrons huge servings of chicken and more!

Spartanburg Dining

Take Out

Monster Subs | Westside Spartanburg
Subs piled high with fresh meat and veggies are Monster Subs specialty. Stepping into this Spartanburg sandwich shop is probably the closest thing you’ll get to experience a proper NY sub shop, without leaving the Upstate.

Spartanburg dining

Pizza in Spartanburg, SC: Pizza is always a great take-out option in Spartanburg – and there’s no shortage of places to choose from! See our pizza in Spartanburg list to find your perfect pizza.

Restaurants for the Holidays in Spartanburg

Complete Restaurant Guide to Greenville, SC

Looking for more great restaurants in the Upstate? Here are some of the best restaurants near Greenville, SC.

2023 Halloween Meal Deals and Kids Eat Free: Halloween Deals Near Greenville, SC

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Hooray for Halloween meal deals! With trick-or-treating in the forecast, you will need to know where the best spots are to take little superheroes & princesses out to eat. Here’s our list of everywhere we know from Greenville to Spartanburg that is offering a Kids Eat Free special, free treats, or meal deal on Tuesday, October 31st, 2023.

We do our best to publish accurate information, but readers should always double-check with the restaurants mentioned before making plans. All locations may not be participating in these deals.

Halloween meal deals in Spartanburg and Greenville South Carolina

Halloween Guide, trick or treat in Greenville, SC

Find all the epic Halloween happenings in our Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Greenville, SC.

Halloween Meal Deals and Free Treats

Burgär Restaurant

West Main Street, Spartanburg
From October 27th – October 31st, 2023, kids eat free at Burgär Restaurant in Spartanburg, SC. Kids will receive a free meal per adult.

The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar

942 S Main Street, Greenville, SC
From Friday, October 27th – Sunday, October 29th, 2023, kids who come into The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar in downtown Greenville will receive a free single scoop of ice cream with any $10 purchase.


Participating locations in Greenville and Spartanburg
Free Scary Face Pancake at IHOP for kids 12 and under with the purchase of an adult entree. October 24th through October 31st, 2023. Scary Face Pancakes have candy on top, so you’re kids will love it! The deal is dine-in only.


This annual Halloween meal deal is always a popular one. Visit Chipotle on October 31st, 2023 after 3 pm, and scan your rewards member ID to receive an entree item for $6 with their BOORITO deals.

Chuck E Cheese

Greenville & Spartanburg
Free 30 minutes of All You Can Play points for all-age kids in costume (with a minimum 60-minute purchase.) There will be a Haunted House Dance Party at 6:30, 7:30, or 8:30 pm shows with free trick-or-treat candy.
More information about Chuck E Cheese’s Halloween Boo-tacular can be found online.


At participating locations
Get 50-cent corn dogs at Sonic all day on Halloween. You can also get ½ priced Sonic Cheeseburgers on October  31st, 2023.


At participating locations
From September 4th through October 31st, 2023, you can purchase a Frosty Boo! Book from Wendy’s for $1 and receive 5 coupons for a free Jr. Frosty! Proceeds from the books go to a good cause (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®). You can purchase the books online or at a Wendy’s location. Coupons can be used through December 31st, 2023.

Kids Eat Free on Halloween: Every Tuesday Deals

These are the kids eat free or cheap deals every Tuesday. These locations are throughout the Upstate. Please contact the location ahead of time to confirm their deals before dining.

Chicken Salad Chick

Offer: One free kid’s meal for children 10 and under with the purchase of an adult meal.
Time: 5 pm – 8 pm Tuesday
2222 Augusta St #6, Greenville
15 Garlington Rd #100, Greenville
3604 Pelham Rd Suite D, Greenville

Cici’s Pizza

Offer: free kids meal with adult buffet purchase
Time: all-day, every day
Age: 3 and under only
583 Haywood Rd, Greenville


Offer: Up to two free kid’s entrées per one adult entrée purchase of $6.00 or more. Offer valid for dine-in only.
Time: 4-10 pm, Tuesday and Thursday
2521 Wade Hampton, Greenville SC 29615
Offer listed as “available at participating locations” on the Denny’s website

Kendall’s Grill

Offer: free kid’s meal on Tuesday nights, Dine -in only.
Time: after 5 pm
Age: offer for children only
1810 West Blue Ridge Drive, Greenville

Low Country Shrimper

Offer: Free kids meal, dine in only
Time: After 5 pm Tuesday
Age: Kids Menu
105 E. Butler Road, Mauldin

Main Event

Offer: Kids eat free with an adult purchase of $8.99
Time: all-day
Age: 12 and under
225 Entertainment Boulevard, Greenville, SC

Find out more about Main Event in our KA Review!

Moe’s Original BBQ

Offer: Kids Eat Free, one child per adult meal.
Time: 4 – Close Tuesday
Age: Kid’s meal
109 West Stone Avenue – Suite B, Greenville

Mutt’s BBQ

Offer: Kids under 3 ALWAYS eat free!
Time: All day, Every Day
101 West Road, Greer
1030 Powdersville Rd, Easley
E. Butler Rd, Mauldin


Offer: 1 free kids meal with the purchase of 1 adult meal, must order inside.
Time: 5-9 pm
Age: order from the kid’s menu
103 Old Boiling Springs Road, Greer 29650

Smoqued BBQ

Tuesday Offer: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal
Time: all-day Tuesday
Age: 12 and under
110 East Curtis Street, Simpsonville

The Mason Jar

Offer: Kids eat free every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult meal
202 Trade Street, Greer

The Melting Pot

Offer: Receive 1 free child’s entrée with the purchase of each adult entrée.
Age: Kids 12 and under
475 Haywood Rd Ste 5, Greenville

Discounted Kid’s Meals on Tuesday

Carolina Ale House

Offer: 1 kids meal at $0.99 with the purchase of an adult meal. The deal only allows 2 kids meals per adult entree at the promotional price.
Time: 5-9 pm Tuesday
113 South Main Street Greenville SC 29601
1115 Woodruff Road Greenville SC 29607

Papi’s Tacos

Offer: $2 tacos
Time: all-day Tuesday
Age: all ages
300 River Street – Unit 123, Greenville
5284 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley

Pizza Inn

Offer: $1.99 kids meal with per adult purchase
Time: 4:00 pm until close Tuesday
Age: Under 10
2001 Woodruff Rd, Greenville
115 W. Wade Hampton, Greer

Rapid Fired Pizza

Offer: Kids eat for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult drink and entree
Time: After 5 on Tuesday
4100-B Pelham Road, Greenville
2023 Augusta Street, Greenville
1707-F John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg
6099 B Calhoun Memorial Parkway, Easley

S & S Cafeteria

Offer: Kid’s Meals are $2.49, dine-in only, and for kids 10 and under.
Time: all day, Every Day
1037 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville

Golden Corral

Offer: Kids eat for $3.99 with an adult buffet purchase.
Time: 4 – close
Age: 4-10
Greenville, Spartanburg, and Easley locations