One of the most common responses I get when I tell people about Hub City Bites is, “Tell me about a restaurant I don’t know about…what do I need to try?”
And that is one of the things I try to accomplish with this blog – bringing to light some of the places that you might not know about. If you are one of the lucky ones that knows about this one, then kudos! But for those that don’t…
If you’re like me, sometimes you just get the craving for a Philly Cheese Steak. If you’re truly like me, it’s all the time… But listen, if you get one of those cravings, run, don’t walk, to The Real Deal! It’s tucked back on the end of a small shopping strip on Asheville Highway, and you could easily pass it the first time.
There are a few seats inside the shop, and I typically take my sandwich to-go, so take your pick! It truly is a sandwich shop with a straight forward menu. My choice is nearly always a traditional Philly Cheese Steak with grilled mushrooms, onions and jalapenos.
The last time I was in there, I was in line with a man who is originally from Philadelphia but has been in Spartanburg for over two decades. He’d just recently discovered The Real Deal two weeks prior and had been in nearly every other day since! He claims that what makes these sandwiches so authentic is the bread, and while I’ve never has the chance to go to Philadelphia, I agree that the bread is absolutely perfection. Crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside, and absorbs all the yummy juices from the meat, cheese and veggies. Also, unlike up north where you’ll find piles of cooked steak ready to be warmed for your sandwich, The Real Deal cooks each sandwich to order.
What makes The Real Deal so unique is its simplicity. From the no-frills shop to the brown paper bag-wrapped sandwiches, they keep it real. I hope you have a chance to check it out soon!
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Spartanburg's first mobile eatery is hitting the streets and making quite a name for itself! Chef Steph uses the highest quality ingredients to create unique takes on comfort food like Duck Wings in a ginger garlic sauce or the Bacon Brussel Sprout Taco with pickled red onion and a balsamic reduction.
Most Mondays and Wednesdays you can find them parked at North Grove Medical Park from 11am - 1pm. Otherwise, be sure to follow them on Facebook for when they pop up downtown or other places around town like Club South 29.
I was able to try it for the first time on a day they were parked next to the Denny's Building in downtown Spartanburg, and boy was it a beautiful day to enjoy lunch outside. Have you seen this stunning installation? It's part of the Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light exhibit throughout Spartanburg and worth checking out!
I'd heard that the Shrimp Nachos are a favorite of the "Streat Gang", so I had to try them even though the Queso Philly Cheesesteak was calling my name...next time! The nachos featured crispy fried shrimp on top of fresh tortilla chips covered with a crunchy corn salsa, spicy sriracha and a cool cilantro cream to balance the spice. It was a great portion for lunch, and easy to eat on the go. I found a sunny bench tucked in the Denny's Plaza and took in the fresh air. Nothing like it!
Streatery also does catering and events so keep them in mind for your next party or work event! If you haven't tried them yet, you've got to track them down ASAP. We are so lucky to have the Streatery team in Spartanburg with our first local food truck! And if you want more Spartanburg Restaurant Reviews, look no further!
Cribb's Kitchen started out as a small sandwich shop on Spring Street that quickly became one of the most popular lunch spots downtown. It evolved into Cribb's Kitchen, which is known throughout Spartanburg to provide excellent meals for lunch and dinner. They have won several local awards, most recently the 2016 James B. Thompson Small Business of the Year Award, and they are known for the Annual Burger Cook Off! The winning burger is featured on their menu for one year after winning the competition.
Because of all of these accolades, you will most likely find the restaurant quite busy if you arrive during peak hours, but there are lots of tables. When the weather cools down, get there early to snag a table on the patio! The decor is funky with graffiti art and produce signs, and definitely check out the sweet background behind the beer taps - its the Spartanburg skyline! If you remember when this was the Salvation Army building, you know how impressive the space is.
If you're there for dinner, it's a great place to bring the family or out-of-town guests, or even go for date night! Occasionally they have live music, so check out their facebook page for special events. This particular day we were aiming for a workday lunch, which is a very popular thing to do. I'm not sure what is typical, but we did end up waiting a decent amount of time for our food (45+ minutes), so if you only have an hour for lunch, try to go a little early or a little late...i.e. not right at noon. They made up for it by offering a free app and dessert for our next visit!!
There are a lot of great options for lunch, but I'm not sure it gets better than the burgers. I went for something I hadn't tried yet: the Barnyard which was the 2015 winner of the Annual Burger Cook Off! Aptly named because the patty is made with lamb, beef, and bacon, and it's topped with a fried egg, goat cheese, jalapenos, horseradish creme, shaved cabbage and tomato. While quite messy to eat, it was delicious. Tons of flavor to the burger, plus the tangy goat cheese cut by the spicy peppers, and you can't go wrong with an egg yolk running throughout. Pictured here with the side of cold cucumbers & onions with dill - a great fresh side for these hot summer days.
The hubs went with one of the most popular burgers, a Cribbs creation: the Fried Green. As the name would suggest, this is a burger topped with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, bacon, chipotle ranch, lettuce, tomato and mayo. There's a reason it is popular y'all. That crispy fried green tomato is a genius burger topping, and of course is paired perfectly with the pimento cheese. Pictured here with the side of parmesan fries - a classic that won't do you wrong.
Other notable menu items: the Moroccan burger (my ususal), the Pear salad (tarragon vinaigrette is out of this world), and the Squirrel Nuts (peanuts boiled in RJ Rockers beer!!).
Cribbs is great for lunch and dinner, an after-work drink or check out their weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. And always check the facebook page before you go for the creative food specials they are coming up with on a daily basis!! And if you can't get away from home but want an awesome meal, you can get Cribbs Kitchen delivered with Hub City Delivery! And if you want more Spartanburg Restaurant Reviews, look no further!
Taco Dog has been around for a very long time and is a local favorite for a quick and delicious lunch or dinner on the east side! As the name suggests, you can find both tacos (and other mexican options) as well as hot dogs with a variety of toppings.
The line does tend to get long due to the popularity of this spot, so I'd advise getting there early for lunch. Hop right in line and order your meal at the buffet-style counter, where you can see your grilled meat and fresh topping choices! Tip: they have cilantro in the fridge, you just have to ask for it ;) They'll give you a cup to make your own drink, and word on the street is that they have one of those fancy new touch screen soda machines since I've visited!!
Of the many, many times I've been to Taco Dog, this was the first time that I'd gotten hot dogs, and I was impressed! They always grill them, never steam. On the left is the "The Grill", which I'd equate to cheesesteak toppings on a hot dog: grilled peppers and onions, mustard, and melted cheese. And then of course I had to try the "Taco Dog", which comes topped with mustard, slaw, chipotle sauce, and hot pepper relish. Personally, I favored "The Grill", but both dogs were grilled to perfection and served with fresh, hot fries. My husband also favors their corn dog!
Most of the time, I head to Taco Dog for a mexican option like a burrito, tacos, or like this day, nachos. Clearly they do not skimp on the toppings! With any of the mexican dishes, you get the choice of rice and/or beans, plus their meat options are steak, chicken or ground beef. Finish it off with a wide array of other topping choices like lettuce, cheese, fresh salsa, olives, guacamole, sour cream, etc. Dishes aside from nachos are served with chips on the side. Add some queso!!
There are a few tables outside which fill up quickly on nice days! This is a great family-friendly restaurant that isn't going anywhere, so try it out today!! And if you want more Spartanburg Restaurant Reviews, look no further!
1011 Union Street
what they are known for.
hot dogs and spicy chili
Andrew's Atomic Dogs is the newest "dog" spot in Spartanburg, and it is one worth trying! You can find it on Union Street, across from Duncan Park - look for the red awning.
Inside, the space is small and the line was nearly out the door when we arrived! Be aware at the height of lunch hour that it might be difficult to get a table. Also, full disclosure, either the air conditioner was broken or they don't have it hooked up yet. It was quite warm inside, but not unbearable. The menu was printed and passed down the line as folks ordered, and it took about 10-15 minutes for the food to come out. They did a great job with the space, which has a quaint diner feel.
The menu is simple, with 4 dog choices - house dog, atomic dog, turkey dog and sausage dog. Choose one, and add your own toppings. A must-try is the atomic chili for sure! It is a great combination of sweet and spicy. The house chili is very similar, just without the spice, so it tends to be on the sweeter side. Also on the sweeter side, the sweet tea - like syrupy sweet!
I tried the atomic dog (I love spice!) with cheese and the turkey dog with house chili, while the hubs got two house dogs with house chili, one with cheese and one with onions. Add fries and onion rings and you have way too much for lunch, but it was all good. The Facebook page advertises "fresh dipped and battered onion rings", but the ones I got looked a bit different. Fries were pretty standard.
The food came out piping hot, and I love how loaded the dogs were with the toppings. Great ratio of dog:bun:toppings. The turkey dog was great too if you are looking for a lighter option!
Hot dogs can be a personal preference, just like burgers, so try Andrew's Atomic Dogs for yourself and let us know what you think!
Happy National Hot Dog Day! And if you want more Spartanburg Restaurant Reviews, look no further!