10 Alternative Drive Thru’s That Aren’t Your Typical Fast Food

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Wanting a healthy drive-thru in Greenville, SC? Sometimes a quick dinner is a must but less than healthy fast food chain food isn’t what you want to feed your family. Thankfully there are some healthier options, many even offer a drive-thru so you don’t have to get the kids out of the car! Here is a handy list of places to head to the next time you need a fast, yet healthy, meal for your family.

Healthy drive thru meals near Greenville, South Carolina

Healthy Drive-Thru Options Near Greenville, SC

Tropical Grille

While currently only the Woodruff Road and Mauldin locations of Tropical Grille have a drive-thru, at around $28 for a family meal, it’s a huge hit and a local business to boot. They offer Cuban-inspired meals, including yellow rice, chicken, Cuban sandwiches, and the most delicious sauces ever! Their South of the Border is so delicious, with a combination of guacamole, sour cream, salsa, chicken, yellow rice, tomatoes, and delicious garlic sauce. Yum!

Farm Fresh Fast

One of the most popular fast food places in the area, Farm Fresh Fast has amazingly healthy and delicious meals to go. They have some delicious options like the Korean BBQ Chicken Quesadilla and the Crispy Thai Pork Wrap. They even had a vegan plant-based menu with several options. You can order online and pick up a number of healthy options at either the Greenville location or the Simpsonville location.

Panera Bread

While not all Panera Bread locations have a drive-thru, the Haywood Mall location, the Pelham Road location, and the Greer location all have a drive-thru. The majority of their additional locations have drive-thru’s as well. Their menu items include paninis, soups, and salads at Panera Bread, with healthy options for sides like fresh fruit. Be sure to sign up for their rewards program too!


The Pelham Road location of PDQ offers a simplified menu featuring grilled chicken tenders and a delicious blueberry coleslaw (sure to make you forget your longings for that other place’s discontinued slaw). The quality of their chicken tenders is much better than many fast food contenders, so that is always a plus when it comes to feeding your kids. You’ll find PDQ off Pelham just before the 85.

Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad Chick has a location off Pelham, another Augusta (no drive-thru), and another off Garlington near Woodruff Rd. There is also an Easley location. They have various salads, soups, and sandwiches with, you guessed it, chicken salad. They offer comfort foods that are fresh and healthy.

Chicken Salad Chick makes their meals from scratch, so you do not have to worry about your food coming from a little premade bag. Plus, their Little Chicks menu for kids will give your children more variety than the traditional chicken nuggets and fries you get from a fast food place.

Clean Eatz

This is the place for super healthy eating out. Located off of Pelham Road, you can order ahead at Clean Eatz and pick up super healthy and tasty meals. Clean Eatz meals are very clean, with fresh vegetables, delicious protein portions, grilled chicken, and more. They offer burgers, wraps, flatbreads, smoothies, and protein-rich options. They also have meal plans.

McAlister’s Deli

You can order your food online and pick up from the drive-thru window at McAlister’s Deli in Greer on Wade Hampton Blvd. They have a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and a few options for a loaded baked potato (yum!).

Line of smoothies from a market

Smoothies: Healthy Drive-Thru Options for Drinks

Smoothie King

If liquid nutrition hits the spot or it’s just too hot for anything else, Smoothie King is an awesome choice, and no need to leave your car. Smoothies are an insidious way to hide fruits and veggies in your kids’ diet and have them ask for more! You can make your smoothie even healthier by asking for no added sugar to your fruit smoothies. Go higher calorie and add some protein to round it out for a meal. Locations off Woodruff Road, Pleasantburg (next to Fresh Market), Greer, Simpsonville, Easley, and Clemson!

Liquid Highway

So you need caffeine and the kids need a snack? Try a local coffee place like Liquid Highway. We like their Green Goddess smoothies and profits go towards their foundation.


Alright, for those times more artisanal coffee houses can’t be found, Starbucks offers a decent amount of snacks that do not include fries but do include a quad espresso for you along with a rewards program.

Any other healthy drive-thru options we missed? Please let us know in the comments!

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About the Author
Lindy Wilson is a transplant to Greenville. She loves discovering her new home with her family and tends to be a bit crunchy. She enjoys cooking but not nearly as much as eating. She also likes shopping for a good deal.

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8 years ago

Atlanta Bread on Pelham has a drive thru. Their spinach artichoke panini is yummy.

Also lots of local Subways have drive thrus.

8 years ago

I thought I saw a sign for tropical grille coming g soon somewhere close in greenville? Off Pelham rd maybe,I saw it in passing. …

8 years ago

You missed Zoe’s! You have to call in your order ahead, but you can go through the drive thru to pick up.

7 years ago

I just found out Buttercream Bakehouse has a drive thru! I haven’t tried it yet but they’ll highly rated. It also is a rare drive thru coffee spot near downtown- off Buncombe near Rutherford, so close to TCMU too!

7 years ago

GNC smoothie bars at select locations.

Bradley Piper Broyles
5 years ago

Farm Fresh Fast has a great menu where you can order ahead, and Clean Eatz on Pelham has grab and go meals for families as well!