Locally-Sourced Restaurants to Visit in the Upstate

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Planning a dinner out in Greenville or somewhere nearby in the Upstate? Believe it or not, there are more than one thousand restaurants in Greenville County! If your family aims to support local businesses and farms, explore a locally-owned restaurant that relies on locally-sourced ingredients. There are now so many in the area, that making a choice can be a bit overwhelming. Local mom Hope has compiled this list of Upstate restaurants that source their ingredients locally.

Note: Due to COVID-19, many of these restaurants have expanded their options for dining to include some combination of dining room seating (with and/or without reservations), outdoor seating, take-out, contact-free curbside delivery, and/or home delivery. We recommend contacting restaurants ahead of time to find the option that is right for your family.

For more great restaurants in Greenville, SC, don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Restaurants Near Greenville, SC!

Golden Brown & Delicious- Shrimp and Grits

Finding Locally-Sourced Food In The Upstate

While chain and fast-food restaurants offer convenience and prices that can be hard to beat, an increasing number of families have an interest in enjoying locally-grown foods. The reasons for doing so are many. It supports local farms. Food is farmed at its peak and has a shorter travel time from farm to table, ensuring freshness of ingredients. It can also be fun to eat foods that are grown seasonally and reveal a chef’s creative flair. The popularity of local farmers markets tells us that support for local farms is here to stay and an increasing number of Upstate restaurants understand the appeal. In turn, the number of restaurants that celebrate the farm-to-table ethos continues to increase in the Upstate.

So, if you’re curious to see which to choose first, I have a list of places for you! 

The Anchorage

586 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611 | 864.219.3082
Located in the village of West Greenville, The Anchorage is committed to serving small plates, craft cocktails & beer, as well as wine. They pride themselves on offering a “unique dining experience.” In fact, in 2018, The James Beard Foundation recognized them as a Semi-Finalist for Best New Restaurant! Choose from dishes like Rock Shrimp, Slow Cooked Short Rib, Tahini Hummus and more!

The Cook’s Station

515 Buncombe Street, Greenville, 29601 | 864.250.0091
I am really eager to check out The Cook Station‘s new space, which includes a cafe’, wine bar, and market, in addition to an education kitchen, retail space, and appliance showroom. The cafe’ menu includes breakfast items, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads.  In addition to pantry items, the market area offers several grab-and-go items. You can also build your own charcuterie board from a selection of locally-sourced meats and cheeses.

Golden Brown & Delicious (GB&D)

147 Welborn St Suite B1, Greenville, SC 29601 | 864.608.9513
Don’t get me started about the fries & chicken sandwich at GB&D! They’re both crispy & taste fresh. Well, actually, everything is fresh. Their noodles are handmade & they serve local beef! They source many of their ingredients locally, so their menu is ever-changing. Try their Shrimp & Grits, Tomato & Avocado sandwich, Fish Burger or even their Just Beet Salad! To keep up with their latest offerings, be sure to follow them on Instagram. GB&D is located in The Commons, along with other local favorites like Automatic Taco, The Community Tap, SC Bakeroom, and Methodical Coffee.

Farm Fresh Fast

860 S. Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601 | 864.518.1978
The folks at Farm Fresh Fast pride themselves on the relationships they’ve built with the farms they source their food from. They’re part of the growth movement “farm to table.” They offer vegan, vegetarian as well as options for carnivores. Some of their dishes include: Vegan Jambalaya, Ancient Grain Bowl, Toasted Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap, and so much more!

Farmhouse Tacos

164 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest, 29690 | 864.610.0586
1813 Laurens Road, Greenville, 29607 | 864.248.0346

Farmhouse Tacos is proud of the dozens of local farms from which it sources its ingredients and a chalkboard at the restaurant proudly tells you where your meal’s ingredients comes from. Their menu includes a stunning array of tacos. My mind is on their chili-rubbed tuna taco, the crab cake with fried green tomato taco, and the Korean short rib taco. And, because huevos rancheros is one of my all-time favorites, their weekend brunch menu is the stuff of which my dreams are made.

Fireforge Crafted Beer

311 E. Washington Street, Greenville, 29601 | 864.300.4809
Located in downtown Greenville, Fireforge Crafted Beer‘s kitchen churns out small bites, shareable snacks, meals and even desserts that rely on locally-sourced ingredients as much as possible. Right now, I really want to order the Guess What? Chicken Butt! Beer Can Chicken Salad Sliders because I have kids and that humor speaks to me. I will follow it with the Cheesecake of the Week. Cheesecake is my love language.

Fork and Plough

1629 E. North Street, Greenville, 29607 | 864.609.4249
Located in the historic Overbrook neighborhood, Fork and Plough is what happens when two farmers and a chef collaborate. Plus it’s not just a restaurant: If you need a quick yummy meal their market and butcher counter has everything you need! Just last week, I nabbed a Shepherd’s Pie, a few slices of sweet potato cake, and a pack of adult beverages to go–all of which were delicious! Each time I go to Fork and Plough, I find some of my favorite comfort foods. My first time there involved a particularly good experience with a soft-shelled crab. Right now, their Shiitake Swiss burger and sweet potato fries are calling my name!

The Kennedy

221 E. Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, 29306 | 864.586.5554
The Kennedy keeps popping up on my radar and, after looking over their menu, I need to treat myself and make this happen. Duck Confit and Pork Shank aren’t often on the menu in my home and I’d delight in someone else making this for me! In addition to large plates like these, The Kennedy offers plates for sharing, sandwiches, salads, several sides, and desserts. The Kennedy is in downtown Spartanburg, about 30 minutes from Greenville.

The Lazy Goat

170 River Place, Greenville, 29601 | 864.679.5299
The Lazy Goat is an old favorite of mine. Visions of their fried goat cheese and Moroccan Lamb dance in my head. The menu is globally-inspired and includes small plates, pizzas, large plates, and family-style meals. With desserts like Orange Blossom Ice Cream and apple bread pudding on the menu, you should leave room for dessert!

Oak Hill Cafe & Farm

2510 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, 29609 | 864.631.1397
Named a 2020 James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant, Oak Hill Cafe and Farm is nestled along Poinsett Highway just beyond the Cherrydale shopping area. Oak Hill prides itself on being “hyper-local” and culls many of its ingredients from its own 2.4-acre farm. Currently, they offer a cafe menu (Friday – Sunday between 10 am and 3 pm) and dinner Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5 – 8 pm. They also offer an online store during these same hours. Their menu is all about local foods and changes regularly in response to what is available. Also, with an executive chef from Costa Rica, their empanadas are on my “must try” list. Many of their dishes rely on their own produce and locally raised meats and include Southern favorites like fried chicken.

Southside Smokehouse

726 S. Howard Avenue, Landrum, 29356 | 864.457.4581
Located about 40 minutes from Greenville, Southside Smokehouse‘s menu is all about Southern comfort food, such as barbecue and several Cajun and Creole dishes. And, y’all, their daily specials make me want to get in the car right now and include things like Butternut Squash Ravioli, a Figgy Piggy Sandwich, and the Shrimp and Pimento Taco. Whenever possible, the chef relies on vegetables from farms around Landrum, Tryon, and Columbus.  

Topsoil Kitchen & Market

13 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest, 29690 | 864.610.2281
The newly opened Topsoil Kitchen & Market, located in Travelers Rest, uses local ingredients and serves homemade bread, which is made in house every day. They offer plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as dishes for omnivores. With dishes such as Ramen, Fried Rice Bowl, Local Grass-fed, it will not disappoint!

About the Author
Hope Evans is a holistic health coach living in Greenville South Carolina. Her specialty is teaching working moms at stay-at-home moms how to practice acts of self care on a daily basis. Her background consists of social media, writing, public relations, and blogging.

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