You know those days when you don’t know exactly what you want to eat, but you just know it needs to be comforting and satisfying? You want to go somewhere that offers a variety of meals, even spanning the breakfast/dinner line, so you can pick and choose exactly what you are craving in the moment. I don’t know about you, but this happens to me a lot. Perhaps it’s the baby I’m growing (23 weeks!), or perhaps it’s my ever-changing taste. But regardless, I’m always glad to know that The Farmer’s Table has my back, er...my belly.
Maybe it’s brunch time and you don’t necessarily want the (fabulous) Mexican brunch offered by Willy Taco, or maybe you aren’t sure you want something as light as Mon Amie? Or you have family in town and you need something that everyone will love – please tell me you’ve been there too!
Over the years, the menu at The Farmer’s Table has evolved, and in the new space in the Grain District on Daniel Morgan Avenue, it has emerged slightly more refined, yet embracing all the comfort it has always offered.
It has been a while since I stepped into the space that was formerly Zarza…Braveheart…who knows how many other places. For me, the lighting in the room immediately makes it feel much different from the bright and colorful Farmer’s Table that we know and love, but that should not deter you. From the chalkboard at the front highlighting the local farmer’s whose ingredients grace the dishes to the adorable “house” along the back wall, complete with a windows and bright flower boxes, they are bringing a feeling of home to the restaurant. And not in the way that you feel like you are eating at home, trust me on that one. Take one look at this bar:
Right?! Who doesn’t want to grab a Screen Door Margarita + appetizer here after work? And word on the street is that even the virgin Blue Mule is delish ;) As far as appetizers, the Pork Belly and Brussels and the Fried Green Tomatoes are tasty. A bite of sprout with pork belly and goat cheese is so creamy and smoky. Meanwhile the fried green tomatoes are crispy and smothered in melty pimento cheese. Highly recommend both.
As for the entrees, you’ll find more elevated options like Seared Duck Breast and Steak Coulotte among more traditional items like Shrimp and Grits and Chicken Pot Pie. The chef suggests ordering the duck breast medium rare, and it comes with with pearled farro, a veggie medley, and a blackberry jus. The Steak Coulotte, which is an unusually tender piece of meat, is served to your liking with smashed potatoes, wild mushrooms, brussels sprouts, and peppercorn gravy.
While Shrimp and Grits is a traditional menu item, the Sansburys have added some kick to their dish with chicken andouille and charred tomatoes. And the Chicken Pot Pie is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. All the goodness of the veggies and gravy was nestled into a puffy bread bowl, while the chicken was fried and displayed right on top. The crispy breading on the chicken was a welcome addition to a typically one-textured dish.
For dessert we had two dishes that you can also order for breakfast, because why not. The Vanilla Buttermilk Waffles are just as described and delicious with fruit, whipped cream, and cinnamon syrup. But the Banana Bread French Toast? With Salted Caramel?? Just stop right now. I cannot wait to go back and treat myself to that again.
If you loved The Farmer’s Table before, the new vibe might catch you off guard, but the people and the food will be highly familiar to you! Plus the new place offers so much more – more space, great location, fabulous bar, and a chance to try out some new dishes on the Spartanburg community. I couldn’t be more thrilled for Joel, Lenora and their family for this wonderful move, and I wish them all great success!
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Be sure to keep an eye out for the next RJ Rockers beer dinner because these are events that you Spartanburg foodies do not want to miss! This collaboration with HenHouse Brunch was the third dinner in the series, the first two being with Southside Smokehouse and The Farmer’s Table. How I wish I’d been at those! Included in your ticket price is a pint of beer to enjoy while you wait for the first course to be served, so be sure to get there early to enjoy your pint.
The 5-course dinner featured dishes from HenHouse Brunch paired with delicious local brews from RJ Rockers. Kate White, Public Relations Manager with Rockers, said they bring the restaurant staff in to taste the beers which they then create dishes to match. Rockers also created a special beer just for this dinner, one that I’ve already petitioned for them to recreate!
The first course was a trio of deviled eggs – Avocado Lime, Grandmama Style, and Bacon Jalapeno. The avocado lime egg was super creamy with a slight hint of lime and a bit of spice, while the Grandmama style was on the sweeter side. I’m a sucker for spice so I saved the bacon jalapeno for last – I could have taken a lot more spice, but there’s nothing like a good egg/bacon combo. The beer paired with this course was the bestselling Son of a Peach, and those sweet, peachy flavors tied in nicely, especially with the bacon.
The second course was a hefty slice of brioche toast topped with a creamy spread cheese and avocado, bacon, tomatoes, arugula, a perfectly cooked duck egg, and lots of honey balsamic drizzle. There’s nothing better than a runny yolk, folks. The beer paired with this course was the special release, only for this event, and it blew my socks off: a Basil and Blood Orange Saison. If you’re not familiar with this type of beer, it tends to be tart and citrusy with more carbonation. This one had a heavy note of orange with a slight hint of basil, and I’d love to have it in a bottle by the pool this summer *wink wink*.
The third course was a Shrimp Panzanella Salad, loaded with chunks of bread that soaked up the juices of the dressing, tomatoes and grapefruit. It had a spice that lingered in a good way and was cut nicely with the crisp Palmetto Trail Pale Ale which has notes of grapefruit. Note: proceeds from the sale of this beer support the Palmetto Conservation Foundation’s “mountains to the sea” trail in South Carolina.
The fourth and main course was a garlicky brisket and sweet potato hash. The brisket was braised in RJ Rocker beer adding a nice depth of flavor, which was balanced by scooping a few of the pickled mustard seeds into each bite. You could tell they made this for the smooth, dark Brown Eyed Squirrel Ale with its smoky finish.
Last, and best course in my opinion, was the Espresso S’more Brownie paired with the Half Calf Coffee Milk Stout. The toasted marshmallow truly smelled and tasted like it had been over a campfire! The brownie was dense and fudgy with the espresso bringing out the coffee notes in the beer, which is brewed with Spartanburg’s own Little River Roasting coffee. Served alongside a light and simple vanilla gelato, this brownie was the perfect way to end the meal.
Be sure you are following RJ Rockers on Facebook to get notified of the next beer dinner and buy your tickets quickly! It’s such a treat to get to enjoy a meal in one of our local breweries. RJ Rockers is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3pm-8pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm-9pm, and Saturdays from 12pm-8pm. And of course head on over to Wall Street to try HenHouse Brunch from 7:30am - 3pm, Monday-Friday. They know how to do a beer dinner right - from the table setting to the presentations of the beers and food – many kudos to the staff at Rockers and HenHouse Brunch for a fun evening!
Full disclosure: I was offered free tickets to this event to cover it on the blog. Giving me free food and drinks – while always appreciated – does not guarantee a positive review. All opinions are my own.
137 W Main Street
Mon-Thurs 8am-3pm; Fri 8am-2pm, 5pm-9pm; Sat 8am-2pm; Sun Closed
what they are known for.
sweet and savory crepes, fresh sides
The Crepe Factory stepped onto the scene in 2016 to an enormous response from the Spartanburg community. We were craving new and unique restaurants downtown, and boy did they deliver. From the chalkboard menus on the wall to the wood floors and metal chairs, they created the space to feel warm, cozy and a little bit Parisian.
The menu features crepes of all styles including breakfast, savory and sweet, all named for streets in Spartanburg. Like the Spring St. crepe with chunky chicken, mushrooms and spinach lathered in a rich tarragon gravy. Or try a breakfast crepe, which are served all day, like the St. John St. filled with scrambled eggs and topped with spicy chorizo sausage, creamy queso fresco, and fresh salsa.
All crepes come with your choice of side, and my favorite is the Signature Roasted Brussels Sprout Hash Browns. The smoky brussels sprouts pair perfectly with chunky roasted potatoes, complimenting your meal whether it is breakfast or lunch.
And lastly the dessert crepe, the queen of the crepes, to finish off your meal. After a full meal, I’d recommend something like the Grove St. crepe with a tangy Lemon Crème Anglaise and sweet French Lavender Infused Syrup. It’s just light enough to satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you ready to take a nap. If you’re looking to grab a 3pm pick-me-up, pair a latte with the Magnolia St. crepe (can you say bananas foster?!) for a satisfyingly sweet treat.
1735 John B White Blvd, #12
what they are known for.
homemade baked goods, sandwiches and other foods
events for large groups after 4pm
Tucked away in a shopping center on the West Side of Spartanburg, Ice Creams and Coffee Beans has been in the game since 1987. If you are from Spartanburg, you may remember that there was a second location where Converse Deli is now, but this west side location has been open for quite a while. It came under new ownership about 5 years ago when the new owner, Abigail, couldn't bear to live without the well-known strawberry tea!
As the name suggests, they have ice cream and coffee...but y'all, it is so much more!!
Aside from strawberry tea, you'll find many homemade salads: chicken, tuna, egg, potato, pasta, you name it. I'd heard about the chicken salad, so I knew I had to try that one for myself. It's made with...wait for it...pineapple! I'm not usually a fan of fruit in my chicken salad (lookin' at you, grapes) but the pineapple was pretty amazing. You can choose your bread, so I went with a toasted croissant, plus some melty cheese. It turned out to be quite decadent! For my side, I tried the pasta salad which was your classic tri-color rotini with an italian-style dressing.
The richness of the sandwich balanced nicely with my other order which was a cup of the made-that-morning vegetable soup. It was a thin tomato broth with chunks of potato, peas, carrots, and corn, well seasoned, and served with a lovely corn muffin that had an amazing crunch on the outside.
I was fortunate to get to try some of the other salads as well! My favorite (aside from the chicken salad of course) was the egg salad which had a great texture - not like the stuff that is so blended you can't tell it's egg salad - and had a great hit of black pepper to it. The tuna salad was good too, not to mayonnaise-y. I also really enjoyed the potato salad which was more on the mustard side with some interesting spice to it. And be aware that the "fruit cup" is not the usual - it's bananas topped with delicious granola!
Ice Creams and Coffee Beans is a hidden gem in Spartanburg. I saw several folks coming in to pick up lunch orders for the office, plus you can get pints and half pints of many of the dishes, gallons of strawberry tea, and baked goods for your next family gathering or holiday party. Speaking of baked goods, I tried the strawberry cake (light and fluffy with a strawberry cream cheese frosting) and the pound cake (super dense with a hint of lemon, a classic). And don't forget the coffee and icecream to top it off!
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8881 Warren H Abernathy Highway
what they are known for.
french, thai and southern cooking
Le Spice is new on the scene on the West Side of Spartanburg, and it has quickly become one of my favorites in town! You can tell with each bite that the owners, Nick and Amonrat Dhers, have truly put their hearts into this quaint restaurant and bakery with french and thai influences.
The location is wonderful, tucked back into the woods where you'd never know you're right off of a busy highway. In the spring and fall, there is an amazing patio where you can enjoy your meal and the surrounding forest. When the weather is not so nice, the inside of what seems like a former residence is warm and cozy. It is also a great place for a wedding/baby shower, work party, family gathering, etc.
When you arrive, find the pastry case immediately - you'll probably want to get one of these.
The Almond Croissant is one of the most popular for a reason: very light and crispy outside, and an almost decadent inside with almond cream, all topped with toasted almonds and powdered sugar. Paired with a cup of coffee - the perfect breakfast for one. OR share with some friends as an appetizer for a larger meal...
After you've chosen your pastry from the case, you'll find the regular menu on the wall in front of you. Choose from crepes, sandwiches, quiche, benedicts, soups, salads, pastas, small plates, or create your own! Order at the counter, then drinks, silverware, etc. are self service. Plenty of seating inside, including a great sunroom for a great view.
For brunch, try this cheesesteak crepe: huge chunks of high quality rib-eye smothered with swiss cheese, onions and mushrooms, tucked into a perfectly thin crepe. Also delicious is the Cuban Chicken crepe which has a creamy mustard sauce that is to die for.
For lunch, a cup of soup with a sandwich might be the ticket. Pair the steaming French Onion Soup with the popular Chicken Pesto Sandwich that features goat cheese, arugula and a balsamic glaze. The fresh, chunky bread is perfectly toasted to compliment the layers of goodness inside.
And of course you can't go to a french bakery without dessert. Choose from the pastry case or find a basket next to the register full of goodies: mini versions of the chocolate croissants, macaroons, and these Bacon Cookies with huge chocolate chunks.
There aren't many local (non-chain) restaurants on the West Side of Spartanburg (or are there?? Let me know by tagging #hubcitybites!), but this is one that you MUST TRY. After my first visit, I couldn't wait to make the drive back.
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