A Little World of Food Perfection: Swamp Rabbit Cafe

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Wondering if a visit to Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery should be on your to do list? Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery in Greenville, SC is a popular local food grocery and cafe with sandwiches, baked goods and even wood fired pizza. Located along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, its the perfect place for families to enjoy great food and outdoor activities. KAG Contributor, Kristina Hernandez, is telling us all about the tasty options you can find at this Greenville gem.

Looking for more great places to eat out AND play with your family? Check out our list of Places to Dine And Play in Greenville.

I had heard many great things about Swamp Rabbit Café before I actually stepped foot inside the converted warehouse, where an assault on my senses took me to another world of blueberry scones, perfect lattes and an eye-opening array of fresh produce and baked goods. It’s like entering a little world of food perfection in the middle of Greenville – well, actually, in the middle of the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

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Swamp Rabbit Grocery: Local Food

The Swamp Rabbit Café offers an incredible variety of local and fresh food and the owners obviously take great pains in finding the best products to offer customers.  Over the years, the café and grocery has expanded their space.  They have increased seating capacity in the café and now command an even more abundant and spacious grocery section.  At least half of their food offerings are sourced from within 150 miles of Greenville so that customers know where the food comes from and are assured of its quality.  Plus, your dollars are going back into the local economy, so it’s a win-win for everyone. There are a variety of seasonal goods like apples, greens and vegetables plus refrigerators full of local meat, organic and sustainable dairy items and even goats milk gelato. They also have a wall, yes, a wall, of nuts and seeds and a favorite from my own childhood – dried pineapples.

The shop also has a weekly produce box that you can pick up that is full of seasonal ingredients. Also, check their Facebook and website for deals as they often will post on social media their newest offerings. If you are a glutton for punishment, follow them on Instagram. The pictures of gorgeous food will have your mouth watering all day long. For a video tour and interview with one of the co-owners, Mary Walsh, see here.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe: Coffee, Snacks and More

After you get done perusing the grocery, head down the steps to the café side, it’s only a matter of deciding what you’d like to have from their offerings of coffee, muffins, scones, sandwiches, salads and soups. The scones are amazing – fluffy on the inside, crusty on the outside and full of flavor. Why so delicious? The owners explain that they are so careful about what they bake with and only use “flour, evaporated cane juice, local free-range eggs, local milk, local butter, yeast.” The difference from other baked goods, like at a grocery store, is very noticeable.

The coffee is also delicious and comes from local roasters like Counter Culture Coffee in Raleigh, NC, which sources their coffee beans from farmers and co-ops. Having traveled extensively and knowing a bit about good coffee, I was blown away by the quality and taste of this coffee.

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Swamp Rabbit Pizza

Not in the mood for a scone or a sandwich?  Swamp Rabbit Pizza is magnificent. They have old favorites like pepperoni and cheese regularly. But they also have unique offerings with seasonal toppings like the baked potato pizza, another one topped with cabbage, and my personal favorite, the beetza. I don’t know who thought up putting beets on pizza but they are brilliant. You’ll find the yellow Swamp Pizza building, which was made from a shipping container, outside the grocery.

Bring the Kids

The owners of Swamp Rabbit Café not only have an eye, and palette, for quality coffee and food, but they also thought of the weary parent who is in need of respite. Just outside the café is a little fenced in yard full of toys for the little ones to play with while mom and dad get their coffee and scone fix. It’s perfect for a Saturday morning to relax and let the kids get out some energy.

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Easily Accessible

The café is right off the Swamp Rabbit Trail so you can easily access it from there as well. I saw a bunch of families with their kids on bikes or in pull along trailers stop in for a quick snack. If you take your car, there is plenty of parking.

Find the Swamp Rabbit Café at 205 Cedar Lane, Greenville, SC 29611.

Cafe and Grocery Hours are:
Monday – Saturday: 7:30 am – 7 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 6 pm

Pizza Hours are:
Thursday: 5 – 8:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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