Chicken and Waffle Lovers Need To Look No Further Than Tupelo Honey Cafe in Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for the perfect brunch meal that’s available all day-any day? The menu at Tupelo Honey in Greenville allows patrons to enjoy brunch any day of the week, not just on the weekend. Their chicken and waffles are what brunch dreams are made of, and if you haven’t tried them, you are missing out!

We’re going to help you pre-game the menu so you aren’t overwhelmed by the generous number of options that the Tupelo Honey location in Greenville offers diners.

store front and menu

Two Decades Of Tupelo Honey Cafe And Happy Diners

Since Tupelo Honey opened its doors in Downtown Asheville, diners have been leaving full and happy. Tourists to the North Carolina town and locals pulled up a chair to dine on farm-to-table southern cuisine. It’s been over 20 years since that little cafe opened on College Street in Downtown Asheville, and it’s given way to over two dozen locations across the US.

While the original Tupelo Honey Cafe owner sold the cafe after eight years, the spirit of the original cafe remains. Executive Chef Eric Gabrynowicz has translated the menu to differing versions throughout the company’s locations. While each location is unique to its surroundings, they have to be cautious not to stray too far from the original because Tupelo Honey Cafe has gained notoriety across the country, from both people who have visited the flagship location in Asheville and people who have seen the restaurant featured on TV shows.

I remember first hearing about it in the first season of Rachael Ray’s $40 A Day, where she would visit different towns and try to eat out the entire day for under $40. At the time, I didn’t live in the Carolinas, but the food looked so good, the episode stuck out in my mind, and when I did move here a few years later, I sought it out on my first trip to Asheville.

Roasted Brussel sprouts

Navigating The Menu At Tupelo Honey Cafe In Greenville

The menu offers so many options you might be overwhelmed. If you are indecisive like I am, sometimes it’s best to pre-game a menu like this. Sometimes it doesn’t help when everything looks delicious, as is the case at Tupelo Honey Cafe.

Southern-inspired veggies, paired with their famous fried chicken, make a simple choice that will result in a meal you won’t be disappointed about. However, the problems begin when your eyes veer past that first part of the menu to all of the other items offered.

Do you choose that fried chicken with waffles or sweet potato pancakes?
Do you skip the fried chicken altogether and choose the shrimp and grits?

When I visited Tupelo Honey Cafe, I ordered the Mac-N-Cheese Waffles with “Asheville” hot chicken. It was delicious, and I paired it with a side dish of the Crispy Brussel Sprouts. It hit the spot, and my only complaint is there never seems to be enough Brussel sprouts so that I’m not sad when they are gone. I’ll need to order an entree-sized serving of them and call it my meal one of these days.

Speaking of side dishes, the options are plentiful and all delicious. Once again, I’m going to take this opportunity to lobby for my desire for restaurants to offer side dish flights. Think about it; it’s the perfect answer to indecisiveness. A little scoop of all the things. It could even be offered as an appetizer as long as it happens.

Ashville chicken and waffles

What Kidding Around Readers Recommend At Tupelo Honey Cafe

It’s seriously all good

Shelby H.

I agree with Shelby!
But here are some other more specific menu recommendations from Kidding Around readers for what to order when you visit Tupelo Honey Cafe! That way, you don’t have to stress over what to order when you sit down because you’ll already know!

  • Cast Iron Pork
    slow-cooked pork shoulder in duck fat, seared in a cast iron wok & glazed with sriracha honey, pickled red onion, cilantro, choice of two farm-fresh sides

It is amazing I’ve been dreaming about it since we ate there months ago!

Kellie W.
  • Famous Fried Green Tomatoes
    panko-crusted fried green tomatoes, basil, roasted red pepper sauce, over heirloom grits with goat cheese

Fried green tomatoes…they sit on a bed of grits and could be a meal all themselves (love it for brunch).

Melissa C.
  • Crispy Brussels
    with garlic buttermilk ranch dipping sauce (These can be ordered as an appetizer or a side dish)

So many good things! The Brussel sprouts are awesome.

Gina K.
  • Old Skool’ Breakfast Bowl
    two fried eggs, parmesan & rosemary potato cracklins, cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, salsa, roasted red pepper sauce, over heirloom grits with goat cheese

Always the breakfast bowl.

Meghan D.
  • Tupelo’s Famous Bone-In Fried Chicken
    chicken brined for over 18 hours then cooked to perfection

Hard to go wrong at Tupelo Honey. All of the sides!! Fried chicken…

Thomas G./cite>

Don’t forget to sign up for the “Tupelo Honey Cafe Social Club“! It’s their loyalty program, and members get discounts, a birthday offer, special exclusive menu offerings, and more!

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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