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See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

TOWNBUZZ 45 Artist Charles Pate, Jr., hunger

games, custom knives from David White Knife Co., and more.

BUNK 50 TOP Find elegant respite during the

holidays at The Willcox hotel in Aiken, SC.

CENTRAL 63 STYLE Upgrade your morning java, a curated

preview of Indie Craft Parade’s Holiday Fair, and spruced up greenery for the holidays.

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Artisanal takes on comfort and fast-food staples prove there’s no need to settle for drive-thru convenience.

// by Kathryn Davé & Steven Tingle // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Gourmet goes mobile with Greenville’s burgeoning food truck scene.

// by Jac Chebatoris // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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HOLDER 79 PLACE Vignettes of of Christmases past by Scott Gould.


Satisfy your craving for sweets with artisanal chocolates or Persian pastries, homemade cocktails, and an herbal remedy for it all.

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Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart cut out a place for themselves.

THIS PAGE: Empanada from ASADA with onion and cilantro. For more, see “Road Show,” page 96. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey. COVER: A bar of “Mornin’ Y’all” by chocolatier Sweeteeth, made with dark chocolate, coffee, and lemon. For more, see “Velvet Underground,” page 112. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey.

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n December, we focus on food. It’s only natural. During the holidays, food takes on symbolic meaning—marking time with family and friends as much as our tablecloths. Standing for abundance as much as our full houses. People gather for food. It is prized as much as our holiday traditions. Food is a holiday tradition. And in the South, we’re defined as much by our cuisine as by our manners. Studding our year-end issue are stories starring chocolate, Persian pastries, homemade cocktails (and the return of bar carts), coffee culture, and more— including knife-maker David White, who could perhaps lend something to saber that bubbly. But our features are an homage to mouthwatering food that’s comforting and fast. What’s better, really? Particularly this time of year when we put ourselves in overdrive, hoping that January will cool our road-weary heels. The road is an apt analogy, as it’s the crux of the new darling of American cuisine, the food truck (“Road Show,” page 96). The concept of food on wheels is nothing new, but the high-craft element of these trucks—mobile restaurants, basically—makes this a timely phenomenon. Our demand for local, artisanal, creative, and accessible is clearly and deliciously served via these four-wheeled kitchens that remind of a souped-up milkman’s ride. Continuing the road focus is a nod to fast food. But not your typical neighborhood drive-thru. Our area has plenty of local restaurants that offer home-style, upscale, or just plain better versions of the stuff you wait five minutes for. We like to think of it as unpretentious food with an artisanal touch (“Fast Food Finesse,” page 84). Sate your after-shopping hunger, or your hungry crowd, while keeping free of the kitchen . . . for a night. Because, really, where do we most congregate, especially during this season? The kitchen is our true hearth, the soul of the home. Maybe that’s another reason food is an accompaniment to these reflective times. We prepare the most pleasurable, heart-stopping, sugar-coma-inducing dishes to remind of the richness of life and its innumerable pleasures. For, though our days aren’t without struggle, we have plenty of sweet to balance the salt. And there’s the rub (preferably spicy).

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THE WIZARD OF OZ Follow the yellow brick road through this whirlwind adventure with some of pop culture’s most beloved characters. Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and even the Wicked Witch herself get a facelift in this new adaptation, featuring new songs by musical geniuses Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Bring the whole family to the land of the munchkins, take on the winged monkeys, and make a date with Oz the Great and Powerful. Just try to avoid the whole house-dropping thing.

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There’s no Christmas like Christmas in the mountains: the snowflakes fall a little heavier, the fires burn brighter, and that piney smell is right outside your door. Now, Grammy Award–winning violinist Mark O’Connor and his band of merry revelers are bringing the holidays home. The spirited sextet embodies traditional Noel nostalgia with a mix of bluegrass styles from pickin’ to fiddlin’, spinning tales of Christmases past and the many yarns that join a family. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, Dec 10, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org



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Greenville’s beloved Indie Craft Parade dons a Santa suit at this annual event, showcasing more than 30 previous participants. Make headway on your list or knock it out altogether with wares ranging from 2-D and 3-D art to jewelry, clothing, food, and more. This year, the event will be in The Village, the city’s burgeoning arts district, complete with food trucks, open studios, and neighborhood charm. Santa’s never looked so hip. Midtown Artery, 1241 Pendleton St, Greenville. Dec 7; Sat, 10am–6pm. $1 suggested donation; children 12 and under, free. indiecraftparade.com

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If you can sit through this classic screen-to-stage performance without tearing up, you may have a heart three sizes too small. After losing his company and putting the finances of an entire town in jeopardy, businessman George Bailey is at his wit’s end. Peering over a New York bridge, he contemplates suicide. With the help of angel-to-be Clarence, George soon realizes that the biggest gift of all is life itself. Every time a bell rings . . . Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Dec 6–8, 12–15; Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $26; children, $18. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org

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Just because you’re a pirate with an eye patch doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday cheer. Sail the seven seas with miniature pirate Jeremy Jacobs as he boards Captain Braid Beard’s ship yet again in the hopes of seeking out the mysterious Christmas snow. Based on the story by Upstate author Melinda Long of the bestselling How I Became a Pirate series, the musical features great singalong tunes like “Yo Ho Who Knows.” Guaranteed to warm even the iciest buccaneer hearts. The Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Dec 6–8, 13–15; Fri, 7pm; Sat–Sun, 1:30pm. Adults, $26; juniors, $17. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Your skating skills may not be worthy of Tonya Harding’s wrath, but you can still have a gliding good time on the Road Warriors’ ice. Open for all ages, the massive arena is the ideal setting to bundle up in all your winter gear and spend the day trying not to connect bum to ice. The largest in the Upstate, the rink is just right for warming up the long winter days—and getting your kids out of the house on the second week of holiday break. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Dec 14–15, 21–23, 26, 31; 1–5pm. Adults, $7; juniors, $5; rentals, $3. (864) 674-7825, bonsecoursarena.com

If Big Bird and the gang tackled issues like sexuality and binge-drinking instead of what starts with the letter “A,” the world might be a different place. A recent college grad, Princeton struggles to find meaning in his new life. When he moves to an outer-outer neighborhood of the city, he meets a band of eccentric, oddball characters who turn the world he knows upside down. The awardwinning show is one of Broadway’s longestrunning and has spawned hit songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Money Song,” and “The Internet Is for Porn.” The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Dec 6–21; Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. (864) 2356948, warehousetheatre.com

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zThere’s just something magical about Christmas trees: maybe it’s the crisp green smell, the countless light strands, or the treasure trove of mysterious gifts underneath. Whatever your reasons, the St. Francis Foundation invites you to take in all the wonder at their annual holiday event. Dozens of brightly decorated trees will be on display at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, the Courtyard Greenville Downtown, and the Hampton Inn & Suites RiverPlace, with local businesses, schools, and organizations vying for the title of Best Tree. Proceeds will benefit the Mack Pazdan Neonatal Care Center. Locations vary. Thru Jan 1; times vary. Free. (864) 255-1199, stfrancisfoundation.com

A CHRISTMAS STORY zWhile this film may be the reason that BB-gun sales crashed during the ’80s (surprisingly, not many parents want one-eyed kids), it has certainly become a classic holiday tale. Join our young hero Ralphie as he battles for the perfect Christmas gift in the wake of creepy Santas, ceaseless bullies, and the most memorable f-bomb of all time. Kids can relate to the “I’ll-die-without-the-Barbie-DreamHouse” mentality, while parents will feel the pain of trying to plan a family Christmas without any pouting, crying, or lost eyes. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock. Dec 4–22; Wed–Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Wed–Sat, 8pm. $35. (866) 732-8008, flatrockplayhouse.org

SLOW FOOD UPSTATE HOLIDAY MARKET zFill your holiday table with all-local fare from this market of seasonal goods. Enjoy the finest cuts of beef courtesy of Gibson Farms, fresh produce from Appalachian Organics, sweet honey products from Carolina Honeybees, and more, including gifts for the foodies in your life. Produce is brought in from regional farms, and the ingredients are only those that nature itself provides. NoMa Square, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, Dec 14, 10am–1pm. Free. slowfoodupstate.com

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The Nutcracker It’s that time of year again. Drawing in renowned talent from around the globe, the International Ballet Academy presents The Nutcracker, a seasonal tradition for many. The Orlando Ballet’s Lamin Pereira and Melissa Gelfin will take the spotlight again as principal dancers, while Telmo Moreira and Stephen Nakagawa will be featured as guest performers. The story is a favorite for hearts young and old, making this one fairy tale that never loses its magic. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Dec 13–15; Fri, 10am (school performance); Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. School performance, $9; public performances, $15-$45. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Woofstock October 5, 2013 Four-legged revelers nearly outnumbered their 1,000 two-legged best friends at this festival of brews, bands, and barks. Close to $54,000 was raised for the Greenville Humane Society at this canine celebration. The perfect day outdoors featured cool doggie pools, games, and scrumptious treats from Camp Bow Wow. There were also plenty of goodies for the owners: regional drafts like RJ Rockers and Sweetwater were served fresh from the tap while tantalizing hand-helds came hot off the food trucks. Photography by Chelsey Ashford

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First Look at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena October 22, 2013 As phase one of the $14.5 million renovation to the former BI-LO Center came to an end, more than 200 guests were invited to take a peek inside the new Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The arena’s facelift includes a new high-definition scoreboard, suite upgrades, and digital menu boards, with more changes set to come. Guests toasted Bon Secours Wellness Arena’s future with fabulous cocktails, tasty eats, and live entertainment from dueling pianos. Photography by Chelsey Ashford

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Carolina Ballet Theatre’s Arabian Nights Gala October 26, 2013 Larkin’s Shirley Roe Cabaret Room was transformed into a sultry den of Persian delights, as the Carolina Ballet Theatre celebrated the debut performance of Hernan Justo’s Arabian Nights. More than 130 guests attended the Moroccan soiree, munching on Middle Eastern dishes like tabouli and chicken skewers, lamb, and pitas with hummus, washed down with pomegranate mojitos and Persian-spiked cider. Live belly dancing, sword-balancing, and lute performances heated up the alreadysizzling evening, which raised more than $10,000 for Greenville’s only resident professional dance company. Photography by TJ Grandy Kay & Ken Betsch

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Metropolitan Arts Council’s Open Studios Reception October 25, 2013 For the past 12 years, Metropolitan Arts Council’s Open Studios weekend has been a gateway for Upstate artists, exposing the talent of the area. The three-day art extravaganza started off with a bang at the opening party, an annual meeting of Greenville’s artists, patrons, and art enthusiasts. The chilly-evening festivities were offset by a slew of delectable appetizers and a musical set by DJ Randy Coleman. Photography by TJ Grandy

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Hincapie Gran Fondo October 26, 2013 The roads of Greenville became a virtual melting pot on two tires, as riders from Colombia, Switzerland, Japan, and the States took to the Blue Ridge Foothills in support of Meals On Wheels. With three courses ranging from 15 to 80 miles, cyclists met the challenge while surrounded by the sprawling hills and rich scenery that we call home. Produced last year as the retirement ride for George Hincapie, the event has since swelled to more than 1,200 participants, including a special team of 27 Wounded Warriors. The brothers Hincapie hosted a celebration for participants and friends at Hotel Domestique, their new boutique hotel.

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Marchant Real Estate 20th Anniversary Celebration October 24, 2013 The Marchant Company and Marchant Property Management welcomed more than 250 clients, friends, and family to commemorate 20 years in the Upstate. The celebration was held at Devereaux’s and featured a Table 301 menu consisting of Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls, truffle tater tots, and shrimp and pork firecrackers in addition to savory cocktails. Not a bad way to kick off the next 20 years.

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Emily Ayer & Ben Olson October 12, 2013 Sometimes, the people who know us best are the perfect matchmakers. For Ben and Emily, that matchmaker was Emily’s cousin and Ben’s friend. Despite constant urging from this mutual friend, it took over a year for the couple to meet. But after they started dating, it only took 6 months for Ben to propose. For the big day, Ben planned to take Emily on a historic tour of downtown filled with reminiscences of their relationship. As the tour wound down at the Peace Center’s amphitheatre, Emily noticed giant paper boats with neon flags floating in the water. The flags showed the important question: “Emily, will you marry me?” The couple was married at Greenville’s historic Downtown Baptist Church. PHOTOGRAPH BY CARTER TIPPINS // CARTER TIPPINS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Molly Garrison & Jonathan Stauning September 7, 2013 Molly and Jonathan didn’t adhere to the script as far as Furman University lore goes. Although the two met during orientation week as freshmen, they didn’t begin dating until after they graduated. For five years, the two dated long distance across multiple cities until a fall evening in Manhattan. After dinner at a little French restaurant, Molly and Jonathan walked home along the Hudson River before heading to a neighborhood park where Jonathan got on one knee and proposed. The two were married at Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman and now live in Charlotte. PHOTOGRAPH BY LINDSEY & CRAIG MAHAFFEY // SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Ryan made sure to take Stacy’s breath away on a Christmas trip to Las Vegas. First, Ryan chartered a special helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon—in and of itself a breathtaking experience. But instead of flying away at the end of the tour, the helicopter landed at the bottom of the canyon. There, with a picnic and Champagne waiting, Ryan popped the question. Stacy and Ryan, who met 13 years ago as students at the University of South Carolina, had begun dating after reconnecting three years ago. Their ceremony and reception were held at Zen, and they now live in Des Moines, Iowa. PHOTOGRAPH BY CRYSTAL HEART & KEITH CARSON // RED APPLE TREE PHOTOGRAPHY

Allison Strong & Zach Brown October 5, 2013 Sometimes, you get exactly what you ask for, and, in the case of Allison and Zach, that turned out to be a good thing. The couple was in Savannah for Allison’s birthday weekend. While on the beach at Tybee Island, Allison spoke her mind. “Why are you being weird? Are you going to propose or something?” Although Zach hadn’t planned on proposing at that very moment, the cat was already out of the bag. The two Clemson graduates were married at Triple Tree Aerodrome in Woodruff, with Zach arriving to the ceremony by plane. They now live in Alvarado, Texas. PHOTOGRAPH BY JANA CANDLER // JANA CANDLER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Cut Loose: David White, a member of Greenville’s Metropolitan Arts Council, crafts his knives in his Travelers Rest studio. David White Knife Co. (706) 436-7879, davidwhiteknifeco.com. By appointment only.

Blades of Glory David White has a sharp talent for making custom knives / by Ruta Fox

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is dad gave him an old pocketknife with the edges intentionally dulled when he was 5, and David White turned his fascination with the iconic gift into a thriving business. “I’ve loved knives my whole life. Dad’s knife was engraved with a detailed hunting scene, and ever since my childhood, I have been obsessed with the artistry of knives,” he says. By 14, collecting had become an expensive habit, so he begged his family to shuttle him all over the Southeast to gun, knife, craft, and outdoor shows to exhibit and sell. By experimenting with some old rasp files originally used to trim horses’ hooves, he slowly began shaping metal and fashioning his own custom knives. With training from the illustrious George Herron, who resides in the Cutlery Hall of Fame, he was on his way.

Now, White estimates he’ll sell almost 100 completely custom-designed, entirely hand-made knives this year, and customers have a six-month wait. But they are worth it—featuring handles of exotic woods from Central and South America, such as cocobolo and desert ironwood, mother of pearl, abalone, responsibly-sourced mammoth, pre-embargo elephant ivory, and deer-antler sheds from hunters. All are attached to blades of the finest-quality stainless steel. The sheaths are each custom to the knife, as well: hand-tooled, stitched, and embossed leather. Joseph Teti, star of Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival, has just collaborated with White on designing survival knives featuring sturdy, double-edged, serrated blades with removable handles under the label Griffin. White’s hunting knives are created with the precise angle for cutting meat, and the gentlemen’s pocketknives are meant to be heirlooms, elegantly engraved. His kitchen utility knives can also just cut a tomato. The 27-year-old has been passionately at it for more than 13 years. His knives sell from $50 to $1,000 depending on the time he spends on each and on the materials chosen by the client. His ultimate fantasy is to make a gentlemen’s knife encrusted with pearls, rubies, and other precious gems, just for the fun of it—without worrying that it had to be sold. Meanwhile, White continues to hone his skills as much as his blades. The work isn’t without its hazards—he just had sutures removed from an injury while crafting. But that’s the essence of his refined work—it cuts both ways.



Hunger Games Empowering children to help each other through an app


hat if there was a way that playing video games in a virtual world actually helped children to do some good in the real world? Far-fetched concept? Not to Dodd Caldwell and Bryan Martin. That revolutionary idea has hatched a soon-to-belaunched video game called Hunger Crunch. Greenville guys Caldwell (producer) and Martin (design director) are two visionaries hoping to tackle the huge problem of global childhood hunger with a couple of mouse clicks. “We felt that today so many entertainment options are available to kids, but so few things are available where they can impact the world. We wanted to put the fun in fundraising, so we created a video game that is accessible to all kids with a computer or mobile device. It enables them to fight world hunger in an enjoyable way,” says Martin. Hunger Crunch is a one-button, side-scrolling action game with 12 levels. A fantasy world of zany, whimsical graphics and fantastical monsters and minions, the object is to pounce on evil characters

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that represent world hunger. The game is free to play but players can buy “candy coins” for $.99 to $19.99 that translate into the actual purchase of real food for children in the most impoverished locales on the globe. Through their partner Rice Bowls, a worldwide charity organization that concentrates on orphaned children, kids are promised a full tummy along with a brighter future. Rice Bowls and Hunger Crunch support and work exclusively with 52 orphanages in critically-desperate places such as India, Rwanda, South Africa, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Honduras. Currently, Rice Bowls is serving 1.8 million meals a year globally. By funding food for kids overseas, the game hopes to inspire kids here in the United States to think globally, not only locally, and empower them to make a huge difference. HungerCrunch.com and RiceBowls.org help explain to children how their real world dollars helps other children in need. For more, visit ricebowls.org and hungercrunch.com.

Button Mashers: Dodd Caldwell (left) and Bryan Martin (right) have teamed up to create Hunger Crunch. The sidescrolling video game is free to play but features in-game purchases with real-world benefits.

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Top of the Field Take a breather during the holidays at The Willcox in Aiken / by M. Linda Lee


tanding like a refined Southern belle with its tall, white columns and white wooden rockers beckoning from the front porch, The Willcox hotel greets visitors as it has since British caterer Frederick Willcox opened the doors to the public in 1900. To step into the wood-paneled lobby is to lose yourself to another time, especially in winter, when fragrant wood fires light up the two stone fireplaces. It’s a feeling that one guest likened to having someone wrap a warm shawl around her shoulders, and one that owners Geoff and Shannon Ellis foster. “We strive to be the living room of the community,” says Geoff. Restaurateurs in New Zealand, the Ellises moved to Aiken (where Geoff grew up) in autumn 2009 to manage the restaurant at The Willcox. Soon after they arrived, they discovered that the former owner wanted to sell the hotel by the end of the year. They quickly cobbled together a deal, and by midnight on New Year’s Eve 2009, they were the proud new owners of the hotel. “The Willcox has an inherited significance of being special,” observes Shannon Ellis, referring to its long and storied history. In the 1920s and ’30s, the property hosted the likes of Winston Churchill, Harold Vanderbilt, W.R. Grace, and Franklin D. Roosevelt (for whom the hotel’s largest and most sumptuous accommodation, the Roosevelt Suite, is named) who came to frolic in “the Newport of the South,” as Aiken was known at the time.

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Today The Willcox retains what Geoff calls its “comfortable elegance,” with rooms individually furnished with period antiques in different layouts and color schemes. All 22 accommodations cosset guests with four-poster featherbeds, down pillows, and cozy robes. Fluffy as a marshmallow, a down comforter tops each bed. In many of the rooms, you’ll find romantic accoutrements such as a gas fireplace and a marble soaking tub. Downstairs, there’s a small spa, a workout room, and The Restaurant. In this stylish gastropub, Executive Chef Regan Browell (also from New Zealand) conjures up delicious fare such as the house-made chicken-liver pâté and loaded-bakedpotato tater tots to start. Though seasonal entrées lean toward the sophisticated (braised pork shoulder with ricotta gnocchi), the menu also lists a bleu cheese and bacon burger. For food on the move, The Restaurant’s new food truck brings lamb burgers, warm crab rolls, spicy fish burritos, and more to polo matches, parks, and, every Friday at lunchtime, to the UPS Corporate office on Centennial Avenue. In December, The Willcox dons its best holiday finery: giant wreaths and red ribbons festoon the façade, while ropes of greenery garland the upper balcony (which belongs to the Roosevelt Suite). Carols are sung at the piano in the lobby, and folks sip hot chocolate in front of the crackling fires. It’s a Dickensian scene, set against the backdrop of a glittering Christmas tree. If you listen closely, perhaps you’ll hear the whispers of the illustrious guests of Christmases past who have celebrated here before you. The Willcox 100 Colleton Ave, Aiken, SC (803) 648-1898, thewillcox.com Rates range from $189 (King Superior room) to $425 (for the Roosevelt Suite)

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Yuletide Getaway: (this page, from left) The spa at The Willcox; one of two stone fireplaces in the lobby; The Restaurant’s bleu cheese and bacon burger and fries; The Willcox’s food truck; (opposite page) the wood-paneled lobby’s holiday decorations

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The North Main district’s Holiday Homes Tour is a window to past lives / by Jac Chebator is


f these walls could talk” could be the tagline for the homes featured in the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes, hosted by the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District Association. And though anthropomorphized objects are more the realm of Disney movies, perhaps talking walls aren’t such a farfetched notion, considering one supernatural sighting in the Historic District. “He’s the only ghost we’ve ever seen,” Rita Stone says as casually as if she were telling her family that dinner was ready. “Well, I haven’t seen him,” she continues, “but my daughter and her best friend did.” Stone is talking about her husband Chuck Stone’s uncle, William Butler Stone, who died in 1912 and apparently made an unexpected visit when the Stones’ daughter Jessie was in high school. At least they think it was. This paranormal visitor is just one thread woven into a rich family history that began with a beautiful home at 310 West Earle Street. Whitehall, as it is known, is the oldest documented home in the City of Greenville. It began as a summer escape for Charlestonian Henry Middleton, a former South Carolina governor and son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Middleton bought the land from one of Greenville’s founding fathers Colonel Elias Earle in 1813 and used the home until 1820 when he sold it to George Washington Earle. Earle’s daughter Eugenia married Dr. Charles Benjamin Stone, and the house has since stayed in the family.

Breeze Through: Whitehall’s shady, wraparound galleries were added in 1850, a luxurious addition to the former summer home. The Holiday Tour of Historic Homes will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 10am–6pm. Advance tickets are available for $20 at Horizon Records, Foxfire, Mast General Store, and The Emporium. Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour for $25 at each house. For more information, visit ceehda.com

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Despite the historic nature of Whitehall, it’s not fussy, staid, or lost in time. Instead, it feels like an inviting, handsomely-appointed modern home—one that just happens to have original copies of Harpers Magazine dated 1854 alongside a custom-built, screening-room-sized television. Each generation has added its own touches, such as the wraparound porches that were added in 1850. “Remember,” Rita says, “it was just a summer home when it was built, and it was a very plain house.” Whitehall’s 200-year history makes it the cornerstone of this tour, which features a total of five architecturally-distinct homes. The Cooley residence at 800 North Main Street, built in 1910, is a rare Southern example of prairie-style architecture designed by Greenville architect Joseph T. Lawrence. The two-story clapboard home at 201 East Earle Street is next in seniority, and though the 3,000-square-foot structure has been renovated, it retains period-specific coffered ceilings and wainscot paneling in the dining room. Moving past Whitehall at 328 West Earle Street is a classic Craftsman home built in 1925 by a member of the Stone family. Russell and Dianne Farr, the current owners, have taken pains to restore the original woodwork, hardware, and cabinetry, as well as furnishing the home with vintage Craftsman pieces. The western bookend of the tour is 106 James Street, built in 1927 for the Poe family. Doric columns and a monumental portico front the Colonial Revival home, while the interior retains the original chandeliers and fireplaces in every room. Although every featured home cannot claim an unannounced ghost of Christmas past, the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes ensures that you don’t have to be a spirit to view what’s inside.

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Family Portrait Charles Pate, Jr., finds art-making in his DNA


ho is to say whether art is born of nature or nurture? Some argue that natural talents exist, perhaps in a genetic trait passed down through a family line; others argue that artistic skills can be learned through study and practice. Take Charles Pate, Jr., for instance, the son of renowned artist Charlie Pate, who is known for his classical portraits and lush cotton-field landscapes. Pate, Jr., has continued the artistic tradition, becoming a fine arts painter and sculptor himself. But the artistic gene doesn’t stop there. Pate’s uncles, aunt, great-grandparents, grandparents, sister, and cousins all share ties to the art world. “My dad never sat me down and taught me how to draw or paint,” recalls Pate. “Just living with him, being around him, I was constantly exposed. I didn’t have to ask my parents for crayons. There were always oils and other painting supplies within reach.” His parents and teachers discovered Pate’s talents before he did. While other children were scribbling, Pate was sketching detailed drawings of pirates (one that his mother framed for him is in his studio). Fast forward several years, and Pate found himself three months out from graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a time when the reality, and anxiety, of being a full-time artist sunk in. “Luckily, my dad invited me into his gallery after graduation as an assistant on a veteran’s monument,” says Pate. “After a while, however, I ended up contributing more to the project. This gave me a giant career-building piece in my portfolio that a lot of people don’t get for a long time. And I have my dad to thank for that.” The large, bronze veteran’s monument, located in Hartsville, South Carolina, honors the South Carolina veterans who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars. A photographic exhibition of the sculpture is on display at the Pentagon through 2014. Pate’s bronze sculpture Regenesis, in which a sculptor carves himself out of a tree trunk, stands in front of the Nachman Norwood & 54 TOWN / towncarolina.com

Block of Color: Pate will officially open his fine art gallery, located at 403 Augusta Street, to the public in 2014. For information on his gallery and to view sample works, visit cpatejr.com. Keep up with the artist via his blog at cpatejr.blogspot.com.

Parrott offices on the corner of South Main Street and Perry Avenue in downtown Greenville. The sculpture pays homage to Greenville’s preservation of its history during its transformation into a cultural epicenter. While he’s received acclaim for these sculptures, Pate’s career has been underscored primarily by his fine oil paintings. His painting Garibaldi’s (page 45) won him favor at Artisphere, receiving the top “likes” in the Greenville Journal–sponsored Facebook contest. His painting Big Rob was selected for the ArtFields festival in Lake City, South Carolina, where Pate also advanced to the final rounds in the portrait contest. As for his paintings, Pate’s signature aesthetic is the way he captures light, even when painting a darker subject. “One painting I did was of a pool hall, not a typical thing associated with beauty. You can make a beautiful painting by discerning the beautiful parts within it—the colors, lines, and lighting. Lighting, and the contrast of darkness and light, permeates my work,” says Pate. While Pate appreciates art with an underlying message and often endeavors to convey meaning, he also believes there’s a place for art merely for art’s sake. “I don’t think there’s any problem with painting something just because it’s inherently beautiful. I disagree with having to absolutely have an underlying message. When you put that parameter on it, aren’t you going against what art is supposed to be?”

Portrait by Paul Mehaffey; artwork courtesy of the artist

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fternoon tea, debutante parties, special-event dinners. A typical week for Emile Labrousse, executive chef at Greenville’s venerable Poinsett Club, can entail planning and preparing literally thousands of meals. So how’s a guy to relax? When this chef has a day off, he heads for the Green River near Saluda to indulge his other passion: fly fishing. A day spent fly fishing is, he says, “a Zen moment that lasts seven days.” Labrousse started to fish—and to cook—as a young boy in Périgueux, in southwestern France. “Growing up, my living room was the outdoors,” recalls the chef. “I would forage for mushrooms in the woods and ride 30 miles outside town on my little red bike to fish in the Dordogne River.” After high school, Labrousse attended culinary school

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Silver Spoons Lighten up a room with a whimsical fixture



he fine folks of CAKE Vintage Table & Home have been lifting antique spoons. Forty spoons at a time, to be accurate. However, the Nashville-based company is far from a band of silver thieves. Each vintage, silver-plated spoon is carefully sourced and even more carefully repurposed to make a lighting pendant that’s a bit irreverent and a bit sophisticated—in a quirky-meets-Grandma’ssilver kind of way. Hand-crafted and made to order, this brass-finished, 40-spoon pendant is sure to add glamorous whimsy to any room.They say art is the everyday, elevated. By that definition, CAKE’s silver spoon pendant is a masterpiece. —Kathryn Davé 8” Spoon Pendant, $435. Mayme Baker Studio, 93 Cleveland St, Greenville. (864) 467-1930, maymebakerstudio.com

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Ritual Grind Take pleasure in your morning cup


/ by Laura Linen // photograph by Paul Mehaffey Made of heatresistant glass, with a wooden center for easy handling, the Chemex coffeemaker was invented in 1941 to produce the purest cup of brewed coffee. The coffeemaker itself is a work of art, on display at MoMA in New York City and other museums.






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Green Screen Boost your holiday décor with expert tips / by Laura Linen


he thought of decorating for the holidays has me running the other direction. With a BB gun. That’s because, as a child, our seasonal greens consisted of mistletoe. And “decorating” consisted of taping the sprigs in the doorways of our house. Now that I think about it, there should have been a lot more kissing going on. But that’s a story for another time. Roots, the urban- gardening store on Augusta Street in Greenville, has come to my aid this year with tips for holiday greening—hopefully you also can apply these to your festive flummery, mistletoe included. Welsey Turner, owner of Roots, suggests using fresh - cut greens of all kinds. Boxwood wreaths and garlands are also on the top of the list. Roots can make a wreath for you out of a mix of fraser fir, boxwood, pine, cedar, and cypress. And don’t forget the magnolia. Roots also offers a Holiday Wreath Wine and Design class. Get the wreath you want and leave the mess with them, Turner urges. He also suggests including mini-poinsettias in your holiday mix. They will add a “big punch of color” to your green arrangements. A shot of class, BB gun unnecessary. Roots, 2249 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 241-0100, rootsofgreenville.com

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f there was ever a tempting time to dip deep into the well of pharmaceuticals, it is surely the holiday season. I’m talking specifically about the 62 days beginning the morning of November 1, when retailers try to convince us Christmas is mere hours away, to the afternoon of January 1, when we awaken redeyed and groggy, a little heavier, a little older, and full of promises to make better decisions in the coming year. It’s a two-month whirlwind of shopping, cooking, eating, drinking, and maddening attempts to tolerate children and relatives. And though the general sentiment of the season is supposed to be “Good will toward all,” the underlying feeling is more “Where’s the Valium?” But through years of trial and error, your Man About Town has devised five rules for surviving the holidays. I can’t promise they will alleviate all of the season’s anxieties, but they’ve helped me retain a modest amount of sanity without having to visit my pharmacist. Rule 1: Moderation. You may think it strange for someone who generally imbibes with the enthusiasm of a sailor on leave to preach moderation, but during the holiday season a level head is crucial. While that fourth bourbon or fifth glass of wine may improve the taste of your sister-in-law’s vegan kale casserole or pull you through yet another secret Santa office party, it is a very slippery slope. And with everyone now carrying a full photo production and distribution facility in their pocket, i.e., a smartphone, being over-served could result in a viral-spreading office-party image of you with a lampshade on your head and 70 TOWN / towncarolina.com

Barbara from accounting on your lap. Remember, on Facebook no one can hear you scream. Rule 2: Simplify Gift Giving. Each year I select one item, perhaps a hand-blown vase or artisanal wooden bowl, and give it to everyone on my gift list. I think of it as the year’s “signature gift.” My holiday shopping takes approximately twenty minutes. Rule 3: No Room at the Inn. Guest rooms are for out-of-town friends. Hotels are for out-of-town relatives. Rule 4: It’s the Thought That Counts. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you will invariably end up with gifts you don’t want. I shamelessly return them and buy what I wanted in the first place, like a new driver or bottle of 25-year-old Scotch. I mean, really, what do you need with a hand-blown vase or artisanal wooden bowl? Rule 5: A Quiet New Year’s Eve. Despite my affinity for Champagne, tuxedos, and intoxicated merriment, I always stay home on New Year’s Eve. I light a fire, put some Coltrane on the stereo, and toast the beautiful blonde who inexplicably enjoys my company with the most expensive bottle of wine I can find. We rarely make it to midnight—wink, wink, nudge, nudge. That’s how you ring in the New Year! But however you choose to spend this holiday season, your Man About Town wishes you health, joy, and most of all sanity. And, honestly, isn’t that all we really want for Christmas? ))) Catch up on the Man at towncarolina.com/blog

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Ghosts of Christmas (Meals) Past Author and Greenville resident Scott Gould shares five vignettes of December 25 / by Scot t Gould // illustrations by Alice Rat terree

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randma Elvie’s table drowns in food. Platters of chicken and sliced ham and fried livers. China bowls of green beans and okra and baby limas—vegetables she grabbed from the pantry where summer is preserved in Mason jars. Three kinds of potatoes. More rolls than we can possibly eat. A red-and-green runner spans the length of the table, but it’s buried in dishes. We’re starving. My cousins and I have been down the hill playing football all afternoon, and we smell like grass. My grandfather asks Uncle Greg from Texas to say grace. Uncle Greg is not a religious man, but he doesn’t refuse the request. Instead, he launches into a prayer that lasts a solid five minutes. He blesses everything he can think of. He blesses each of my grandfather’s fox hounds by name. He blesses my grandmother’s Ford Fairlane. He blesses Hydrox cookies and homemade ice cream. He blesses Democrats. He blesses each of us cousins, each of his shotguns, all of his cowboy boots. He blesses Bear Bryant. Our eyes are open by now, so we see my grandfather finally hold up his hand. Uncle Greg smiles and stops, but he is never again asked to pray. And the food somehow stays warm through the long grace. (continued on page 80) DECEMBER 2013 / 79



Dec. 25, 1982 // I-75, outside Atlanta I am heading somewhere in my dinged-up, white, ’68 Mustang with the bad suspension, squeaking my way across Georgia. I am trying to catch up with family or a girlfriend or both. I stayed behind to grade essays because I’m in graduate school, and graduate school can make you do silly things on holidays. I stop at the Waffle House near the Ringgold exit. It is the only place I can find open. One waitress and one cook inside, a bored pair exiled to work on Christmas Day. Without saying so, we feel sorry for each other. I can tell that we wonder who’s the most pitiful—the ones who work on Christmas or the ones who drive right through it. I put all my quarters in the juke box and order a patty melt and hash browns, smothered and covered. The waitress calls me “honey” a lot, and she asks if Santa has been good to me. I mop the last of the potatoes with a crust of bread. When she hands me the check, I see that she hasn’t charged me for the sweet tea. She’s written Merry Xmas on the tab in a big loopy, eighth-grade handwriting. Three exclamation points, one for each of us. Dec. 25, 1993 // Morningdale Dr, Greenville, SC My daughter doesn’t understand the concept of brunch. She is six years old, and the idea that you can combine two words—or combine two meals—is alien to her. She occupies the literal age, where the world is still black and white, and brunch lives in some gray area she can’t yet see. Her younger sister doesn’t seem to care. She just wants to eat, no matter what it’s called. They have both worked up an appetite ripping paper off presents and chasing a couple of new kittens around the house. This brunch is mobile, meant to be carried to other rooms. It begins on the kitchen counter: two sausage-and-egg casseroles still bubbling in Pyrex dishes. A deep bowl of fruit that looks a little lean in the winter. Pitchers of orange juice and iced tea. The six-year-old says this isn’t any big deal. This is just breakfast. I try to explain that it’s all about when you eat, not what. She snarls at me, balancing a square of casserole on a paper plate, waddling among the Christmas debris, looking for a place where she can sit and eat breakfast or lunch or brunch.

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Dec. 24, 2004 // Main St, Greenville, SC I make a decision not to cook on Christmas Eve. That’s when I’m with my daughters this year, just Christmas Eve. I’ve been divorced long enough to know that you shouldn’t try to duplicate the holiday meals you used to eat as a family. That’s impossible. Recipe for disaster. Plus, my culinary repertoire is somewhat limited, especially during the holidays, so I take a hint from A Christmas Story (the one on the TBS marathon, not the one in the Bible) and head downtown looking for an open restaurant. Just like in A Christmas Story, the Chinese place on Main Street is lit up with its usual neon. We are the only people eating Chinese tonight. We point out the best of the grammatical errors on the menu. We decide to order several things and share. Sesame chicken, beef with broccoli, lo mein. I put too much hot mustard on my egg roll, and what hair I have left starts to sweat, which makes both of my daughters laugh, especially when I mop my head with a cloth napkin. When he sees us laughing, the waiter decides to become an impromptu stand-up comic. He tells us Chinese knock-knock jokes with punch lines we can’t understand, but we laugh anyway. We laugh a lot that night. Because it feels good. Because it’s Christmas. Dec. 25, 2012 // Lake Murray, SC The first Christmas since my mother died. My sister and I pack my father’s house with grandkids and animals, trying to make enough noise to distract him from his new loneliness. She cooks in the kitchen that belonged to our mother—basting a turkey, checking the potatoes, pushing a finger onto a pie crust. She wants to tent the rolls with aluminum foil, but she can’t find any. Dad has to show her which drawer. I slide the extra leaf into the table because there are seven of us for dinner tonight. Dad offers to set the table. Good sign, we think. He’s pitching in. He’s helping. My sister deals out trivets like playing cards and fills the table with hot dishes. My daughters pour the tea. Not until we sit do we notice my father has laid out eight place settings. There’s an empty plate with its knife and fork and spoon where my mother used to sit. Suddenly, the noise in the house ceases—no talking, no dogs scurrying on the hardwoods. Just a heavy silence for a moment. Then, without a word, we begin to eat Christmas dinner.

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FAST FOOD FINESSE The holidays are a frantic time, but food shouldn’t be compromised. Though swinging by your neighborhood drive-thru might be tempting, we urge you to consider these local options that offer speed but style—and satisfying eats that beat the speaker box. by Kathryn Davé & Steven Tingle

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ost $4 burgers are regrettable ones. But not the pimiento cheeseburger at Greenville’s famous Northgate Soda Shop. It’s hard to say which is more famous— the sandwich or the shop that serves it up—but either way, the word has spread. Northgate Soda Shop is a fantastic place to be a regular, but you’ll feel just as welcome if you grab a solo stool at the bar, worn smooth over the years. Northgate Soda Shop first opened its doors in 1947, and has continued to do so for six decades. The shop, a visual feast of its own, pays homage to the passing of time with its friendly (and certainly not curated) mishmash of vintage ads and ephemera. The pimiento cheeseburger arrives hot, next to a heaping pile of crisp fries (should you choose to order the plate—and why wouldn’t you?). Its soft, sesame-seed bun is skewered through with a classic “fancy toothpick,” the cellophane-topped kind reserved for cocktail parties and diners. In fact, diner may be the best word to describe both Northgate Soda Shop and the style of its renowned burger. Unassuming and unchanged through years, the pimiento cheeseburger tastes like another time, satisfying even the sharpest craving for seasons past.—KD Northgate Soda Shop, 918 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 235-6770, northgatesodashop.com

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WHOLE FOODS MARKET The road to a guilt-free burger ends at Whole Foods. Featuring sustainably-raised beef and a baked-fromscratch bun, the Old School burger is juicy, made-toorder, and, yes, wholly gratifying. Whole Foods Market, 1140 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. (864) 335-2300, wholefoodsmarket.com/ stores/greenville


THE BEACON If you’re going all out, there’s only one way to go—The Beacon’s famous Chili Cheese Burger. Order it “aplenty” and the chilismothered patty will come topped with a bun and then buried under a mound of golden fries and onion rings. The Beacon, 255 John B. White, Sr. Blvd, Spartanburg. (864) 535-9387, beacondrivein.com

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Southern Comfort: The famed pimiento cheese burger at Greenvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northgate Soda Shop has as much nostalgia as flavor. Wash it down with a Cherry Pepsi.

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Batter Up: British-style pub The Velo Fellow has a knack for turning an assortment of foods— green tomatoes, pickles, mushrooms, and more—into crispy, battered-just-right goodness. HOUSE SCHWABEN

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here is no steaming or slow-roasting in fast food. But there is frying. Blessed, transformative frying, turning respectable proteins and vegetables into a sinful marriage of flavor and crunch. At least, that’s the experience of the remarkable fried fare at the Velo Fellow. Modeled after British publick houses, this cozy Greenville pub located in the West End first opened its doors in 2011. Moody and dark and welcoming at the same time, the Velo Fellow has come to be known for its laidback vibe and smart array of craft beer, wines, and spirits. The kitchen’s mission is to comfort—and comfort it does with a standout lineup of pub staples that are both familiar and surprising. However, it’s the fried dishes—the fried green tomatoes, fried pickles, tater tots bowl, fish & chips—that satisfy in the way only true indulgences can. Each dish is upgraded with a sophisticated breading or unusual pairing: think garlic pimiento cheese with fried green tomatoes, buttermilk breading on the fried pickle spears, Belgian wheat-beer batter for the fish. And, of course, each crisp bite is made only better by a tall glass of beer on tap. The Velo Fellow is exactly the sort of place to duck in for a quick break from the madness of the holidays. Consider it a gift to yourself.—KD

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ade Hampton Boulevard has long been the domain of traditional American fast food: pizzas, subs, burgers, and fries. But if you’re in the market for something a little more adventurous, healthier, and with a little more kick, Mekong Vietnamese restaurant offers a ramped-up change. Many not familiar with Vietnamese food are often surprised by the strong French influence of the cuisine. The French colonization of Vietnam began in the mideighteenth century and lasted until the 1950s, resulting in some interesting culinary mashups. For instance, Mekong’s banh mi, traditional Vietnamese sandwiches, are served on crusty French bread and filled with chicken, pork, or meatballs and topped with cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon, and jalapeño. Mekong’s beef and carrot stew as well as the restaurant’s selection of beef broth pho (Vietnamese noodle soup pronounced “fuh”) are also based on French culinary traditions. But for a quick lunch on the run, try the Bánh Mì Nem Nuong (don’t worry you can order by number), a grilled lemongrass and pork sausage sandwich, or the Bánh Bao Vit, braised duck meat, lettuce, pickled carrots, daikon, and cucumber on a steamed bun. It’s authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the most unlikely of locations.—ST Mekong Restaurant, 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, mekongrestaurantsc.com



Come for the empanadas, stay for the picadas: plates of skirt steak, pork tips, bacon, sausage, yucca, and baby potatoes served with patacones and fried arepas. For a quick lunch, try Sacha’s Hot Dog, topped with bacon, pineapple coleslaw, sweet relish, crushed potato chips, and Swiss cheese. Sacha’s Café, 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-3232 sachascafe.com


Located next to Super Mercado La Unica on White Horse Road, Las Meras Tortas is as authentic as it gets. The $1.85 tacos are made to order with slow-cooked pork, chorizo, chicken, and steak, and the California burritos are enormous and filled with rice, beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and your choice of meat. Las Meras Tortas, 6119 White Horse Rd, Greenville. (864) 220-5355

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Duck and Run: Mekong Restaurant specializes in authentic Vietnamese cuisine, including this ethereal selection of braised duck meat, lettuce, pickled carrots, daikon, and cucumber on a steamed bun.

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he doorway of Vic’s Pizza on Coffee Street is like a transporter. Step through, and you immediately feel as though you’ve been whisked 700 miles north to a tiny pizza shop in Brooklyn where oversized slices of thin-crust pizza hang over the edges of oil-soaked paper plates. And is it ever worth the trip. Owned and operated by Frank Russo, Vic’s is one of downtown Greenville’s hidden gems. The pizza is authentic Brooklyn-style, thin-crust bread dough layered with sauce and Grande cheese. The toppings range from the traditional—pepperoni, sausage, green peppers— to the unexpected; buffalo chicken, bleu cheese, and Frank’s hot sauce. But if you want the house specialty, ignore your cardiologist and order the “Russo,” a 16” pie loaded with pepperoni, sausage, beef, and bacon. Or try Rosemary’s Pie, a monochromatic stunner with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, and olive oil. Besides pizza, Vic’s also offers calzones, stromboli, subs, wings, and highly addictive garlic knots. But it’s the pizza that sets Vic’s apart from the crowd. And with prices starting at just $2 a slice, it’s a delicious downtown deal.—ST Vic’s Pizza, 12 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 232-9191, vics-pizza.com

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he ground shakes and rumbles with the thundering of a thousand hooves pounding across the expanse of the plains. Muscles ripple under the skin of the livestock as the herd travels for miles and miles, day after day. It’s the 1860s, and the Western Expansion is happening. It’s happening through the efforts of hard-working cowboys. The only thing more rumbling than the cattle is the stomachs of the men driving them onward. These cowboys need to eat, and their dusty saddlebags, maybe with some dried beef jerky and stale crumbles of biscuits, could only fortify them so much. It was the chuck wagon, that traveling kitchen on wheels, that was there to refuel them, with hot, black coffee to revive them. Hefty cast iron that offered baked beans and beef stew, swallowed down gratefully as the coyote’s call in the night trailed like an ancient echo. How, then, did something that began 150 years ago come around again to be so trendy? But so it is that food trucks—a.k.a. the chuck wagons of yore—have become food culture’s current phenomenon, stemming from something as simple as the place the cowboys went when they heard that clanging dinner bell. Los Angeles is credited mainly with starting this present-day revolution with the Kogi Korean BBQ truck that launched in 2008. (You’ll want to book your ticket west after looking at Kogi’s Web site.) Kogi’s now-famous short rib tacos sparked a giant hunger pang in the industry, and, soon after, New York City had the

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Rickshaw Dumpling Truck serving dumplings from recipes that were created by renowned Michelin star–rated chef Anita Lo. Soon the streets of Austin (which is reported to have 1,000 foodtruck vendors now) and Boston, to Durham, North Carolina, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where GQ magazine named Streetza, a pizza food truck, one of the best in the country, were all getting traction with this street-food movement. The love affair with truck food has spawned two television shows: The Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race and the Cooking Channel’s Food Truck Revolution, and at least one show online: “Foodtruckshow.com,” hosted by Italian chef Gabriele Corcos. The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels, a book by John T. Edge, came out last year. What was just a food-truck craze is now a food-truck fixture. Thank goodness. From duck tacos to schnitzel, donuts to kimchi, there’s a food truck to fit every taste and town. Greenville is no exception. (Thank goodness for that, too.) Since the ASADA food truck first fired up “Lola” (what owners Gina Petti and Roberto Cortez call their truck) in the West End in August 2012, with Neue Southern rolling a few weeks later, the food-truck phenomenon in Greenville has reached full boil: there are at least five now, as well as the Chocolate Moose’s own traveling cupcake truck. Kira McKeown of Greenville can be found with her husband and two daughters at least once a week having what she says is “the best food in Greenville.” The price is right, too. “The Brussels

Window Dressing: (Clockwise from opposite left) Roberto Cortez of ASADA serves customers; the famed meatloaf sandwich from ThoroughFARE; Neil Barley puts the finishing touch on a dish at ThoroughFARE; taco and chips from ASADA; Graham Foster rests in the door of his Neue Southern Food Truck; assistants in the ASADA truck keep orders moving; grilled poblano peppers lace ASADA’s dishes; fresh vegetables for ThoroughFARE’s salad options; Jessica Barley poses in the window of her ThoroughFARE truck.

sprouts at Neue Southern are the best, and they’re only $2.” The truck dishes out cartons of (compostable) containers of the Brussels sprouts and falafel at one of its home bases, the parking lot in front of the Community Tap on Wade Hampton Boulevard, which makes a perfect combination: get your food from the truck, then take it in to pair with craft beer or a glass of wine. The food trucks generally take Sundays and Mondays off and rotate locations. Facebook and Twitter have been as indispensable as gasoline for these trucks to have followers who track their locations like hungry fans who like the novelty as much as the culinary goodness (Neue’s— pronounced “noy-ah”—chefs both went to culinary school and got their kitchen chops in New York City). These aren’t the “lunch trucks” of the recent past with wilted iceberg lettuce and dried-out hotdogs, oh no. Step right up to the window and feast on sustainably-harvested fish, grass-fed beef, local lamb, and free-range chicken. While the start-up cost can be a bit staggering—estimated at between $50,000 to nearly $200,000 to get a truck retrofitted and up and running (including expenses such as the City of Greenville’s $500 annual fee, plus a $250 annual city business license, as well as gasoline costs to run the generator). As Henry’s Hog Hauler (the mobile Henry’s BBQ truck) Bo Wilder explains, “to be in the city of Greenville, it’s about $1,000 a year.” To be in the city did not come easily, it appeared, as there was an initial resistance to the local foodtruck movement, and it was not until last June that Greenville City Council passed an ordinace allowing the trucks in downtown. They

can now park in designated spaces (such as Spring Street, and at the intersection of Falls and Camperdown, and other spots) but still they cannot set up within 250 feet of an established restaurant without written permission from the management. That the food-truck presence is making the brick-and-mortar nervous is maybe the most ringing endorsement of just how good this food is. So is this: an industry survey reported on Forbes.com placed annual revenue from food trucks around $1.2 billion in 2009. That’s a whole lot of Brussels sprouts. Or dumplings. And that’s without someone ringing a big ol’ cowbell screaming, “Come and get it!” ASADA It’s a Thursday night at Quest Brewery, and because it is fall break for schoolchildren, they are out past their bedtime, whooping it up with glow-in-the-dark hula hoops and loud music, while their parents wait patiently in line for the mission-style tacos and burritos at the ASADA food truck. Owners Gina Petti and Roberto Cortez (who are from San Diego, California, and Nicaragua, respectively, met in San Francisco and have lived in Greenville for the past six years) were the first to open a food truck in Greenville, and their smiles—even after nearing the end of a 12-hour day—are constant. The tacos with fresh pico de gallo are delicious, and if you want the special, get in line first, as they sell out quickly. A craft beer from Quest while you wait takes the edge off of that hunger pang. The fish tacos, as well as grilled chicken, pork, and steak (for $3 and up) will soon be available DECEMBER 2013 / 99



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at ASADA’s new brick-and-mortar location—inside of Mac Arnold’s new venue, in the Village of West Greenville. This fun, festive food truck with its Latin street food done right is one to catch, amigos. asadarestaurant.com/index.php NEUE SOUTHERN When Lauren Zanardelli, 32, and Graham Foster, 28, launched their can’t-miss-’em, bright-orange Neue Southern truck in 2012, they first described it as “European cuisine inspired by Southern tradition,” but this has evolved to more of a global take—thanks mainly to the couple’s shared love of Asian food, which after a two-month research trip last winter to Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Japan, they have deftly incorporated into the menu, including the delicious Vietnamese banh mi sandwich (pork, pickled carrot, sriracha, and cilantro on a baguette). They use locallysourced ingredients and change up their specials including desserts, like the seasonal pumpkin whoopie pie Zanardelli made and sold out of only one hour after they opened on a Tuesday night while parked at the Community Tap. neuesouthernfoodtruck.com

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THOROUGHFARE There is meatloaf like you had as a kid, and then there is meatloaf that Jessica and Neil Barley will make you via their ThoroughFARE truck, one of the newest in Greenville, that launched in September, and which Jessica describes as offering “different flavor pairings to those approachable, familiar dishes.” Like the meatloaf sandwich, one of the most popular picks from the truck (which Neil found on eBay and drove back from Rhode Island, then took to North Carolina to be gutted and retrofitted) that has balsamic ketchup and bleu-cheese cream with 100-percent grass-fed, local beef. Or the chicken salad sandwich, with a goatcheese spread roasted with rosemary and garlic, served with a side of house-made shoestring potatoes. Neil is a graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and worked as a chef at resort in Georgia for 12 years before he and Jessica moved to Greenville in April to open ThouroughFARE. “It’s the intimacy of the whole thing,” Neil says. “A client comes to the window. I’m preparing the food. My wife is taking the orders. There’s conversation and relationships.” And one more happy belly in the Upstate. thoroughfarefoodtruck.com

Drive-By Truckers: (Clockwise from opposite left) Fried fish for ASADA’s tacos; Roberto Cortez of ASADA; chorizo and gigandes beans from Neue Southern; Gina Petti of ASADA; Neil and Jessica Barley of ThoroughFARE during a moment of calm; a customer walks up to ThoroughFARE’s window; Lauren Zanardelli and the signature orange Neue Southern; Neue Southern’s acclaimed Brussels sprouts; Stone’s Point on Wade Hampton Blvd serves as a home base for Greenville’s trucks.






On a brisk fall day in Tryon, North Carolina, the Overmountain Winery was celebrating the end of the harvest season with an evening of wine, music, fun, and food. The food was from the Dark Corner Diner food truck, which Virginia Maclure started in October 2012. Based out of Landrum and Greer, Maclure has added Greenville to her rotating stops with her cherry-red, 8-by-10 foot trailer that churns out unique takes on the usual suspects. So her made-from-scratch soups, salads, and sandwiches (and dessert, natch) are all “gourmet,” but not in the way that would make the hamburger and hot dog set roll their eyes. It’s approachable gourmet, so the roast beef looks more like this: on a ciabatta roll with radish slaw, greens, black-pepper mayo, and grilled red onion. Or try one of her multitudes of salads (yes !) including white bean and feta or curried artichoke and rice—perhaps with a side of garlicgouda cornbread. darkcornerdiner.com

Henry’s Hog Hauler (its former incarnation was as a Lance cracker truck) serves the exact same menu as the Henry’s BBQ that has been in business for 22 years. The four giant aluminum pots on the stove attest to that, full of green beans, rice, hash, and baked beans. The window, which co-owner Bo Wilder works with Angie O’Rourke, stays consistently busy with heaving Styrofoam containers that are passed out to hungry customers, lining up to receive brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. The Hauler is kitschy in a great way, and if you can’t follow them on Facebook, follow your nose instead: that unmistakable Southern smell fills the streets—luring even the chefs from nearby downtown restaurants. facebook.com/ henryssmokehousefoodtruck

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hocoholics: You know who you are. Those of us who are sweet on chocolate credit the processed seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree with a litany of feel-good properties, from stimulant to aphrodisiac. How many of these properties are real remains for science to decide, but the fact that chocolate makes us feel good is indisputable. People have been consuming Theobroma cacao, which fittingly translates as “food of the gods,” as far back as 500 A.D., when the Mayans concocted a bitter-tasting beverage out of cacao beans. Christopher Columbus first laid eyes on football-shaped cacao pods during his final voyage to the Americas in 1502. He soon discovered that the pods were used as local currency—proof that, contrary to what your parents may have told you, money did once grow on trees. In 1585, Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez took the first shipment of cacao beans across the Atlantic from Mexico. The Europeans adapted the drink to their taste buds, adding cane sugar to sweeten the bitter brew. Chocolate quickly became a favorite drink among European nobility, the only ones who could afford this luxury. As chocolate’s popularity spread, cacao became more widely grown and thus more widely available. In 1828, Dutch chocolate maker Conrad van Houten patented a hydraulic press to remove the cocoa butter, a natural fat, from roasted cacao beans. This resulted in a dried block of chocolate that could be pulverized into fine cocoa powder and easily mixed with milk or water. Van Houten also added alkali to remove the bitter taste—an operation still known as “Dutch process.” In 1847, English entrepreneur Joseph Fry added the cocoa butter back into powdered chocolate, creating a malleable paste that he molded into solid pieces of chocolate. Daniel Peter, working with Henri Nestlé in 1876, concocted the first commercial recipe for milk chocolate. These two milestones paved the way for Milton Hershey, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to introduce milk chocolate candy to the American public in 1900. Hershey bars were an overnight sensation, and Hershey now ranks as the nation’s oldest and largest chocolate company. More recently, there has been a crop of artisanal chocolatiers to introduce their gourmet-style truffles and bars to American palates. These three regional producers stand out for quality, presentation, and—of course—taste.

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The filling’s the thing for Johnny Battles. At his Sweeteeth studio in North Charleston, Battles dabbles in unexpected combinations, such as peanut butter and chipotle, cinnamon apple and pecan, pop rocks and ginger. The tattooed chocolatier from Alabama got his start working with Matt McIntosh as sous-chef at EVO pizzeria in North Charleston. He would go to the restaurant on weekends to make chocolates to put on the menu. It wasn’t long before diners started asking him for custom orders, and in 2008, Battles struck out on his own. Battles, who describes himself as “a pastry cook who uses chocolate as my only medium,” doesn’t make bean-to-bar chocolate. Instead, he starts with slabs of Colombian single-origin chocolate and transforms it into his own bars. “I use chocolate as a vehicle for my flavors,” notes Battles, who also turns out truffles such as pineapple jalapeño, lavender, and seasonal fruit cobbler. Battles’ bars are hand-wrapped in striking papers designed by the Charleston firm Fuzzco. Each wrapper bears a themed collage (by subject and color) keyed to each flavor. Sea creatures swim across the wrappers for sea-salt caramel bars (the biggest seller), while dinosaurs roam over the wrappers of the pop rocks and ginger bars.


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The trend today is toward artisancrafted, small-batch chocolate, a movement that Jael and Dan Rattigan wholeheartedly support at their chocolate factory in Asheville. Before they were married, the couple went to Costa Rica and opened a café called Bread and Chocolate. That was the beginning of what Jael calls “the deep sense of connection we form to the places where our beans are grown.” These days they source organically-grown cacao beans directly from small farms in Panama, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Many of the steps in chocolate production are performed by hand, beginning with cutting the ripe pods off the trunks of cacao trees. Once split open, the pods reveal a mosaic of white fruit covering the seeds, or beans, within. Pods are fermented with their fruit for three to seven days before the beans are removed by hand and packaged. The Rattigans hand-sort their beans and roast them in the rooftop solar-powered roaster that Dan designed. The beans are then cracked in a roller mill and classified by size. Nibs are separated from shells in a winnowing machine—another of Dan’s designs—before being ground with sugar (and cocoa butter for milk chocolate). That mixture is conched (rolled from side to side in a stone vessel), a process invented by Swiss chocolate manufacturer Rudolphe Lindt in 1879, to smooth out the chocolate’s texture. Finally, the chocolate is tempered to make it shiny and give it that snap you get when you break off a piece. After being molded, each bar is wrapped by hand. French Broad’s full line of nine bars, ranging from Riverbend Malted Milk to bittersweet Palo Blanco Chulucanas from Peru, is complemented by a delectable selection of hand-made truffles at the couple’s French Broad Chocolate Lounge on Lexington Avenue. Over the holidays, look for festive flavors including mulled wine, gingerbread, and orange cardamom caramel.

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Sandwiched into a tiny space in their Simpsonville home, Makesha and Dave Duncan’s chocolatemaking operation may not be large, but it turns out some tasty results. A graduate of Johnson & Wales who majored in baking and pastry arts, Makesha was hooked from the moment she set foot in her first chocolate class. “I just love chocolate!” she exclaims. “It’s such a great medium to work with.” Though Duncan started out in 2010 buying chocolate and making truffles, she and her husband soon began making their own bars from fair-trade, organic, single-origin beans from Belize. Exhibiting some 300 different flavor profiles and 400 separate aromas, cacao beans are now grown in regions from Colombia to Cameroon. Makesha says she and Dave can taste the nuances between earthy Costa Rican chocolate; light, raisiny Peruvian chocolate; and the fruity, red berry notes of chocolate from Africa. The Duncans sort, roast, winnow, and grind the beans themselves, before tempering the chocolate and forming it into four varieties of bars: Belize Single Origin, Maple Pecan, Salted Sunflower, and the Celebration Bar, dusted with allnatural multicolored sprinkles.


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NIGHT OWL CHOCOLATE Simpsonville residents Makesha Duncan and her husband Dave make their own bars from fair-trade, organic, single-origin beans from Belize. Night Owl bars are available at many Greenville locations; find more online at nightowlchocolate.com

FRENCH BROAD CHOCOLATES Asheville-based French Broad Chocolates embody the beans of Panama, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Jael and Dan Rattigan roast them in a solar-powered unit that Dan created. The results are craft bars and truffles that you can sample at their Asheville café, or take home in quaint boxes. Available locally at Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery. frenchbroadchocolates.com

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On the House Elevate your home bar this season with smart cocktails and carts / by Kathr yn Davé


hether you need to revive your spirits after a long battle with your aunt’s pie crust or simply drown your sorrows after two hours in the mall, this holiday refresher is just the trick. It does not require a bartender’s touch or obscure liqueurs. It doesn’t need to be wrapped, baked, or lipsticked. It does not ask any more of you than what’s on your bar cart. (continued on page 118)

MISTLEGLOW INGREDIENTS: 2 oz sweet vermouth 2 oz dry vermouth Lemon twist Maraschino cherry

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METHODOLOGY: Stir vermouth together in a mixing glass. Pour over a single large ice cube in a lowball glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and maraschino cherry.

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he home bar at its best is quickly depleted as you mix drinks right and left for your friends. This holiday crowd-pleaser is bound to get things humming—and while it’s dressed up enough to make quite the impression, it’s simple enough to serve at a party of any size.

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METHODOLOGY: Muddle basil leaves and gin in tall rocks glass. Add lemon juice and stir. Top with soda water; garnish with a couple of fresh basil leaves.

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BAKLAVA > Bakers at Pita House drizzle layers of phyllo with a syrup of rosewater, honey, and sugar to distinguish their version of this popular Middle Eastern classic.

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BURMA < Arabian Burma pastries wrap crunchy, shredded phyllo dough around a nest of pistachios bound with honey and butter.


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ike the proverbial three Wise Men that traveled a long distance bearing gifts, three brothers from Israel traveled to Greenville in 1989 and opened a Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery.“It wasn’t easy, at first,” says Ziad Namouz, the youngest of the brothers, of their restaurant that tucks almost invisibly off South Pleasantburg Drive.“We had to introduce the people in Greenville to Middle Eastern cuisine.” Locals must have appreciated their gifts of fresh, homemade, affordable food, because 25 years later, Pita House is still going strong. Regulars drop in to dine on such traditional Middle Eastern specialties as chicken Shawarma, stuffed grape leaves, and kafta, a Jerusalem kebab made with ground beef and lamb and a proprietary blend of seasonings. The kitchen staff arrives at 6 o’clock each morning to make everything from scratch, beginning with the dough for the pita bread.

Pita House is a family affair, and each of the three brothers claims their own niche in the business. Zuhair manages the restaurant and does the buying; Nazih, who always had a flair for cooking, oversees the kitchen; and Ziad employs his people skills in the front of the house. Adjoining the restaurant space, shelves teem with products that range from a rainbow of dried lentils to jars of ghee and pickled lemons. In the refrigerator case, you’ll find the addictive house-made hummus and a cheese selection that includes Halloumi from Cyprus and Kasseri and Feta from Greece. The first thing that catches your eye when you walk in the door, however, is the glass case arranged with neat rows of pastries and candies: dainty pistachio-filled bird nests, round date-stuffed ma’moul, mini phyllo roses enclosing chopped pine nuts, Turkish delight, and more. Glittering with green pistachios, golden sesame seeds, and snowy powdered sugar, these edible Middle Eastern gems will add sparkle to any holiday table. Although you can select your own array of pastries to take home, Pita House makes it even easier over the holidays by offering pre-packaged boxes of 24 assorted pastries (four each of six different types). “Our pastries make a unique gift to bring to friends or family for the holidays,” says Ziad. And these treats are so popular during the holiday season that Pita House sells 60 percent of their sweets for the year between November and New Year’s Day. “The family from Galilee,” as Ziad refers to himself and his kin, consider themselves truly blessed with their business in Greenville. “I wouldn’t ask for anything more,” he says. Pita House, 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 271-9895, pitahousesc.com

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“Ginger helps relieve digestive distress, whether that be vomiting, overeating, or nausea,” says Fuller. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an effective counter for headaches, cramps, and motion sickness. Coughing and sinus problems top off the laundry list of seasonal ailments ginger can alleviate. “It’s good for clearing the lungs and chest when there’s a respiratory challenge,” says Fuller. In essence, ginger is tailor-made for the season. So, if you’ve treated yourself too well at the dinner table, or if the in-laws have made themselves too much at home, or if driving over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house has got you feeling out of sorts, chances are ginger can help set things right.

))) Crystallized ginger candies, chews, powder, wafers, and the root itself are all available at Garner’s Natural Life, 27 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 242-4856, garnersnaturallife.com

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un! Run! As fast as you can! To the local herbalist! The holidays bring cheer and mirth, but also close proximity to feasts and extended family. With sniffling children running about and plenty of opportunities for gluttony, it’s no wonder we may not feel our best. But instead of reaching for the medicine cabinet, try an all-natural remedy: the ginger root. Ginger snaps, gingerbread houses, and ginger ale are more than enough to demonstrate the popularity of this holiday spice. But the knobby, golden-brown root does more than add flavor. “We’ve always used the root for its medicinal properties,” says Julia Fuller, senior education director at Garner’s Natural Life. Ginger’s medicinal uses are multifold. Gari, or pickled ginger, is commonly served with sushi for its antiseptic effects. Gingerol, an active constituent of the root, has also proven to be an effective anticoagulant. However, for the holiday season, some uses are more applicable than others.




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Guide regional, and national produce. The fried rabbit livers make a decadent starter. For an entrée, the potatocrusted Sunburst trout or the braised beef tongue are standout options. Finish with the dark chocolate parfait. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday


Addy’s fosters a comfortable, intimate atmosphere of uniquely European charm. At the bar, choose from an eclectic selection of small plates: assorted cheese platter, sate (glazed, spicy chicken kabobs), Swedish meatballs, and more. Or head upstairs to dine on Dutch entrées with an Indonesian tinge.

& Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, americangr.com


American Roadside pays homage to the open road with its location in a former service station. The burgers (made with Sterling Silver premium beef) and the fixings (like house-made slaw, mac & cheese, and onion rings) reek of old-school quality, while the joint itself has a thoroughly modern sensibility: sustainable bamboo floors and recycled paper countertops outfit this repurposed building. $, L, D.

$$-$$$, D. Closed Monday. 17 E Coffee St. (864) 232-2339

301 E McBee Ave. (864) 509-0088, americanroadside.com



American Grocery offers refined American cuisine (and a frequentlychanging menu) that emphasizes the highest-quality ingredients from local,

Five generations of Sicilian heritage are on flavorful display at Antonino Bertolo’s restaurant. Order a calzone or pizza, and taste quality at first

bite: the sauce, a fine balance of tomatoes and spices; the dough, with pure olive oil and a hint of honey; both stuffed or topped with fresh mozzarella. The restaurant also offers hot subs and classic Italian pasta dishes (try the stuffed shells or the ravioli al formaggio). $-$$, L

(Thurs–Sun), D (Mon–Wed); latenight window open until 2:30am (Fri–Sat). 200 N Main St, (864) 4679555, antoninobertolospizza.com AUGUSTA GRILL

The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate private dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as grilled swordfish with lobster cream and veal picatta with herb pasta. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta Rd. (864) 242-0316, augustagrill.com BARLEY’S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA

Pizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another

31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a list as long as your arm of selections by the bottle. Try your luck upstairs at the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St. (864) 232-3706, barleystaproom.com/greenville BELLACINO’S PIZZA & GRINDERS

Bellacino’s, in the former historic Carpenter Brother’s Drugstore, specializes in hot, savory sandwiches. Order an Italian Grinder with ham, sausage, salami, onions, and mushrooms piled high atop a toasted sub roll. If you’re not looking for a sandwich, that’s okay too. Pizzas and calzones round out the menu. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 123 S Main St. (864) 2426009, bellacinosupstate.com


Don’t let the dark interior throw you: The Blockhouse’s handprepared food shines. Seafood and oysters are fresh from the coast, steaks are grilled over hickory-wood fires, and burgers are hand-patted to plump perfection. Make sure you get a bite of Ms. Deborah’s Apple Cobbler for a satisfying treat. $-$$$, L, D. 1619 Augusta Rd. (864) 2324280, blockhouse.net BLUEBERRY FROG

The frozen yogurt artisans on South Main Street pride themselves on being the first and best fro-yo establishment in South Carolina. Pop into the bright, sleek storefront to sample some of their fresh yogurt, prepared daily. Make sure you enhance your cold treat with a plethora of toppings: fresh fruit, nuts, chocolate and caramel chips, chewy mochi, and more. $, L, D.

624 S Main St. (864) 517-7971, blueberryfrog.com


Inspired by brew pubs in the Pacific Northwest, the Blue Ridge Brewing Company caters to Upstate connoisseurs. Pair a Colonel Paris Pale Ale, Kurli Blonde Ale, Total Eclipse Stout, or seasonal offering with a slow-roasted cut of beef, pork, or chicken. Or for the adventurous, choose selections from the Wild Game Sampler. $$-

$$$, L, D, SBR. 217 N Main St. (864) 232-4677, blueridgebrewing.com

PASSERELLE BISTRO Chic meets comfort at this hotspot, where you can gaze at lush Falls Park scenery while digging into Frenchinspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the berries and beets salad with bleu cheese, blueberries, and pickled beets, or hot sandwiches such as the traditional croque monsieur, made with Gruyere cheese and Mornay sauce on sourdough. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with herb-grilled lamb or the dayboat scallops with fennel, green lentils, and hazelnut oil. $$$, L (Mon–Fri), D, SBR. 601 S Main St. (864) 271-9700, passerelleinthepark.com


Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge

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BARS, CAFÉS, & RESTAURANTS your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D,

SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com BREAKWATER RESTAURANT

Breakwater is one of those places that makes Greenville shine: an unpretentious hotspot that serves exquisite food (blue crab marinated in olive oil and lemon atop a farro salad) and creative drinks in a New York City-meets-Lowcountry vibe. A game changer for the ever-evolving West End. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 2710046, breakwatersc.com


The best things for a chilly day are hot coffee and woolen items, which makes Brew and Ewe the perfect stop. One side of the store serves up a variety of hot coffee from Counter Culture Coffee. Pair a hot drink with a bagel and set off to the other side of the shop: a boutique specializing in woolens and home goods. $, L, D (Mon–Sun), B (MonSat). 108 W Broad St. (864) 3702739, brewandewe.com


You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay, serving the comforts of home. But do save room for dessert. Madefrom-scratch sweets like the “24 Karrot” cake, peanut butter cake, and sweet potato pie are hard to resist (desserts are available for special-order, too). $$-$$$, L, D

(Thurs–Sat). Closed Sunday. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111, brickstreetcafe.com CAFÉ AND THEN SOME

Politics, satire, and good food mix extremely well at Café and Then Some. Diners are treated to menu items like duck burritos, Carolina jumbalaya, and chicken roulade. But the best part is the show that comes after dinner. Proprietors Bill and Susan Smith get on stage to entertain with folksy music and satire—a one-stop-shop for your night’s entertainment. $$-$$$,

D (Wed–Sat). 101 College St. (864) 232-2287, cafeats.com CAROLINA ALE HOUSE

Regional chain Carolina Ale House serves up all-American bar fare of gooey cheese fries, thick Angusbeef burgers, finger-lickin’ ribs, and specialty desserts like the Dessert Nachos and Ale House Mud Pie. This joint satisfies both foodie and fan alike. Enjoy its open-air bar upstairs to the tune of your favorite team stomping the competition. $-$$$, L, D. 113 S Main St. (864) 351-0521, carolinaalehouse.com


For a unique dining experience, try the Cazbah. Linger over a light dinner, or create a sumptuous meal of the menu’s tapas, such as the lobster cigars or sesame-seared tuna. While you won’t find sweet tea, an extensive wine selection will delight those looking for a more sophisticated evening. There is a sister location in Greer. $, D.

16 W McBee Ave. (864) 241-9909, thecazbah.com CHARLIE’S STEAKHOUSE

A Greenville staple since 1921, Charlie’s offers old-school style. The beef is rated USDA Choice or higher and is dry-aged at least 21 days before being hand-cut inhouse. Try a 9-ounce filet so tender it’s held together by toothpicks. $$$-$$$$, D, Closed Sunday. 18 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9541, charliessteakhouseonline.com CHEF MANIGAULT’S LA VIEILLE MAISON

A brick fence hides this charming turn-of-the-century restaurant but sets the perfect atmosphere for a romantic dinner or private party. The etouffée and rack of lamb are dinnertime favorites, and the homemade banana pudding adds a perfect touch of sweetness to cap off a meal. Reservations are required for dinner. $$$-

$$$, L (Tues–Fri), D (Wed–Fri), SBR. 28 Howe St. (864) 483-3942, chefmanigault.net THE CHOCOLATE MOOSE

Try and say no to this bakery’s delightfully playful cupcakes. Dessert hounds can find a tastebud-boggling assortment of freshbaked goods every day. Nine daily cupcake flavors, cake pops, Choco Moose pies, Tira-Moose Sue, and more mean your sweet tooth will never get bored. $, L, D, B (Mon–

Sat). 120 N Main St. (864) 232-2121, chocomoosebakery.com CHICORA ALLEY

Chicora Alley’s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mountain-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. With a Falls Park view or patio seat, you won’t leave unsatisfied. $-$$$, L, D. Closed

Sunday. 608-B S Main St. (864) 2324100, chicoraalley.com


This quaint spot has a focus on local products and healthy options. Start your day with a signature breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll. Lunch shines with a chicken or tuna salad sandwich on housebaked bread. For dessert, try a slice of cake from the rotating counter

selection. Gluten-free options abound. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday.

1 Augusta St, Ste 101. (864) 3739836, coffeetoatea.com COFFEE UNDERGROUND

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and adult libations. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfastanytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts. And don’t miss Sunday brunch in the Red Room. $$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St. (864) 298-0494, coffeeunderground.biz


This Mexican grill and cantina in the West End is a good spot to grab a bite and a margarita before a Drive game. Tried-and-true combinations of chalupas, burritos, tacos, and chile rellenos don’t disappoint, but authentic Mexican accents spark dishes such as a ribeye with cactus (nopales) and camarones a la mojo de ajo (grilled shrimp in a garlic-laced marinade). $, L,

D. 929 S Main St. (864) 282-8945, compadresmex.com DAVANI’S RESTAURANT

Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites make Davani’s a Greenville favorite. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and sundried cherries, or the veal Oscar, topped with crabmeat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-

$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A. (864) 3739013, davanisrestaurant.com FORD’S OYSTER HOUSE

Ford’s—a nod to Greenville’s first Ford dealership of 1918 in the same building—combines fresh seafood with Cajun flavor straight from New Orleans. The gumbo or shrimpjalapeño beignets are satisfying starters. Try the BLT po’boy, with thick-cut, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and Creole mayo, stuffed in a soft sub roll. The double chocolate bread pudding will make your dancin’ legs wobbly. $-$$, L, D, SBR. Ford’s Oyster House & Cajun Kitchen, 631 S Main St. (864) 2236009, fordsoysterhouse.com


You don’t have to wait until fair season to indulge in a few guilty culinary pleasures. Fried desserts like Oreo balls and funnel cake are this Augusta Rd eatery’s specialty. If you’re looking for something savory, Funnelicious can fill you up with hot soup, fried mac and cheese balls, hot dogs, and sandwiches. $, L, D. 155 Augusta Rd. (864) 6311527, funnelicious.com


While we all wish that the Greek Festival were year-round, the Kourlas’ family menu is packed with authentic fare like dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with ground meat and rice) and creamy tzatziki yogurt dip served with toasted pita wedges. For a more filling dish, try the mousaka, a baked eggplant, meat, and potato casserole served with Greek green beans. And yes, there’s baklava. $, L, D. Closed Sunday.

400 E McBee Ave, Ste 101. (864) 233-5505, greektown-grille.net GREEN LETTUCE

Rough-hewn, knotty wood planks and an airy, sunlit interior give Green Lettuce a Mediterranean vibe fully matched by its menu of hearty salads. Fresh lettuce forms a base upon which buttery avocado, feta, and other flourishes rest. Make sure to sample some of the fragrant pita bread seasoned with fresh garlic and olive oil. $, L. 19 Augusta St.

(864) 250-9650


Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Start your day with eggs Benedict or down a Lil’ Piggy pork sandwich with sweet potato fries for lunch. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St. (864) 335-8222, thegreenroomupstate.com


The average burger gets a makeover at Grille 33. Try the Stone, which is topped with cheddar and sandwiched between a glazed donut, or add a little breakfast flavor with the Southern Connector’s waffle, bacon, eggs, and syrup. This restaurant funds the Channel, an all-ages community space and music venue. $-$$, L, D, SBR.

221 N Main St. (864) 552-1970, thechannelonline.org/grille-33 GRILL MARKS

Grill MARKS marries old-school charm with creative twists for a modern burger joint. Brioche buns sourced from a local baker and 100-percent-certified Angus beef form the base of succulent gourmet burgers. Grab a milkshake for the full experience. If you want to experiment, there are also ShakeTails, adult versions of those creamy delights. $$, L, D.

209 S Main St. (864) 233-5825, marksburgers.com GUADALAJARA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

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while you people-watch Main Street. You’ll also find all your favorite Mexican staples: fajitas, quesadillas, and enchiladas. $, L, D. 109 N Main

St. (864) 250-9991


At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with plentiful choices that change daily. From the menu, try the Handi Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, condiments, and dessert.

$$-$$$, L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 2417999, handiindiancuisine.com HIGH COTTON

Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook picturesque Falls Park for an airy and relaxed dining room. The menu, steeped in locally-sourced ingredients, features fish, game, and steaks prepared with a Southern flair. Staples include the broiled Duroc pork chop (paired with Timms Mill yellow grits and bacon-roasted Brussels sprouts) and the Maverick Shrimp & Grits. The bar also features the restaurant’s own private label spirits. $$$-$$$$. L (Mon–Sat), D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, highcottongreenville.com

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Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pregame watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of the nearly 50 brews on tap. $-$$$, L,

D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 7707777, libertytaproom.com LUNA ROSA GELATO CAFÉ

From the cobbled streets of Italy and the hustle-bustle of New York, gelato has found a home in Greenville. Indulge in this creamier, healthier version of ice cream, in a selection of satisfying flavors made fresh daily. Don’t forget to save room for lunch or a snack, such as the homemade roasted eggplant and tomato soup. $-$$, L. 9 W Washington St. (864) 241-4040, lunarosagelato.com MAC’S SPEED SHOP

Taking up residence in the former home of the Brown Street Club, Greenville’s only dueling entertainment bar pits two pianos against each other in a battle of the ivories. Of course, it comes with a lively menu to match, featuring specialty cocktails like the John Cougar Melon and the Fresh Peach of Bel-Air. As for eats, the menu showcases a signature peanut butter burger (it’s exactly as it sounds), chicken salad wrap with fresh cranberries and pecans, and freshlyfried mozzarella sticks. $$, D. 115 N

Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family-friendly for both the Harley-set as well as the postDrive-baseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. “Start your engine” with a plate of Tabasco fried pickles, washed down (quickly, no doubt) with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St,


Located fortuitously between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with she-crab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. $$$-$$$$,



Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon fillets.

L, D. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, larkinsontheriver.com

$$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave. (864) 242-2535, marybethsatmcbee.com



The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, featuring such unusual pairings as trout spanikopita and grilled calamari. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar. $$-

Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers lunch and brunch. The comfort-heavy menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and Chicken Salad Croissant, as well as Southern-comfort favorites such as the black-eyed-pea salad and Mary’s Pimiento Cheese.

$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299, thelazygoat.com LEMONGRASS

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$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 106 N Main St. (864) 241-9988, lemongrassthai.net


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marinated chicken breast with chunks of pineapple, carrots, bell pepper, cashew nuts, and mushrooms) and Prik King (chicken or pork sautéed in spicy chili sauce), while the chef’s specialties offer even more choices.

Lemongrass Thai brings flavor to please. Choose from curry, noodles, and fried rice, or vegetarian dishes. The Bangkok Street Cuisine menu includes Siam Chicken (grilled,

$–$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St. (864) 298-0005, fallscottage.com MELLOW MUSHROOM

Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the Kosmic Karma with sundried

tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the House Special, stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese. Wash it all down with one of the artisanal brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D. 1

Augusta St, Ste 101. (864) 233-9020, mellowmushroom.com/greenville


Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu, grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chefdesigned specialties. Try the bluecrab hushpuppies with a drink at the elegant bar, pre– or post–Peace Center performance. $$-$$$$, D,

SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 546-3535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com NEVER ON SUNDAY

It doesn’t matter if you’re not Greek. Coming to this little restaurant will feel like going to your (Greek) grandparents’ house. Never on Sunday is run by a husband and wife team: he cooks, she attends to guests. Comforting homecooked meals come straight from the kitchen, and family portraits and Greek memorabilia add to the homey atmosphere. $$, L, D. Closed

Monday. 210 E Coffee St. (864) 232-2252


Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the thousands for sale, open it for a corkage fee, and enjoy it with a selection of cheese. Then venture to the dining area for dinner from an ever-changing menu that typically includes seafood, beef, and wild game. Enjoy lunch on Saturdays.

$$-$$$$, L (Sat only), D. Closed Sunday. 211-A E Broad St. (864) 2713919, northamptonwines.com NOSE DIVE

The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer (local, domestic, international), wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S

Main St, Greenville. (864) 373-7300, thenosedive.com O-CHA TEA BAR

Bored with your English Breakfast tea? A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea (flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls) but also offers a large assortment of loose-leaf teas, cold drinks, and snacks. $, L, D. 300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 283-6702, ochateabaronline.com


Here, you’ll find the standards, along with house specialties (whole steamed flounder or a Triple Gourmet Bird Nest, a “nest” of lo mein noodles filled with a mix of meat and veggies), and hibachi dinner entrées that come with rice, vegetables, soup, and salad. From kung pao shrimp to chicken coconut curry to tofu, there’s

something for everyone. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 4 S Main St. (864) 787-6241 POMEGRANATE ON MAIN

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Also try the martini menu. $$-$$$, L, D. 618 S Main St. (864) 241-3012, pomegranateonmain.com


A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asianfusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit—go for the specials, offered at lunch and dinner. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahimahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and worth the wait. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 933 S Main St. (864) 232-3255 RAINER’S

Across from Falls Park, gallerist Betty Bercowski opened this cute café named for her son 103-A Augusta Street • Greenville, SC Rainer (pronounced RHY-nûr), (864) 239-0788 • www.monkeesofthewestend.com where everything—including the furniture—is for sale. Homemade salads, soups, and sandwiches are delightful options, but the homemade desserts are the pièce de résistance, Monkees 4thS wallets Town Dec13.indd 1 11/5/13 including a mile-high chocolate torte and sinfully good New York cheesecake. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 610-A S Main St. (864) 232-1753, talldudecafe.com


Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimi-grade tuna and Chilean sea bass, to certified Angus beef. À la cârte sides round out any entrée. $$-

$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, rickerwins.com RICK’S DELI AND MARKET

One suspects the chalkboard menu of gourmet deli options are just pretense for Michelin-rated chef Emmanuel Hodencq’s true love: pastries. A gauntlet of colorful macarons (rose, pistachio, salted caramel, and more), flaky croissants, and delicate choux bedeck glass cases. For something more hearty, stick around for dinner. Chopped steak, homemade lasagana, and more make the cut. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 W Camperdown Way, Greenville. (864) 312-9060, rickerwinsdeli.com RISTORANTE BERGAMO

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mussels in light saffron broth, hearty meat such as veal, and pasta creations such as fettuccini with shrimp and arugula. It takes full advantage of high ceilings to showcase its extensive wine selection. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667, ristorantebergamo.com


This latest nod to the enterprising farm-to-table trend lends a modern, tasty addition to North Main. Executive Chef Trevor Higgins brings old-fashioned Southern favorites into the twenty-first century. $-$$$, B, L, D,

& Monday. 103 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 235-5670, sassafrasbistro.com SMILEY’S ACOUSTIC CAFÉ

Smiley’s Acoustic Café keeps the music on the forefront, but much of the menu is still music to foodies’ ears. Items range from casual appetizers like panko-battered Folly Beach Shrimp and Hot-yaki chicken wings (the recipe is secret, so don’t ask) to more upscale options like bourbon-brined stuffed pork chops served with grilled apple and onion relish or baked acorn squash with apricot-plum chutney. $$,

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Saffron’s Sidewalk Café offers a large selection of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more. Eat inside or in the sun at one of the sidewalk tables. On- and off-site catering is also available. $-$$, L. 31 Augusta St.

Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and outdoor tables great for sunny days. Choose something from the smoker (Beer-Butt Chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Smoke ’n’ sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole. $-$$$, L, D. 1

(864) 241-0401, saffronscafe.com SASSAFRAS SOUTHERN BISTRO

Sassafras Southern Bistro offers traditional Lowcountry cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Meet friends at the large bar area or take a seat outside for Southern culinary creations ranging from rainbow trout to quail. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday

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Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade,

and meatloaf with maple Creole mustard glaze. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. For breakfast and lunch (think soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts), check out Soby’s on the Side, right around the corner. $$$-$$$$, D,

SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com SPILL THE BEANS

This Falls Park institution has been providing gourmet custom-blended ice cream and coffee to Main Street Greenville for years. A long list of ingredients ensures that it’ll be a time before you’ll taste the same combination twice. $, B (Mon–Sat),

Off the lobby of the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, Spoonbread serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner in true Southern style. Sunday brunch offers elegant buffet service and à la cârte options. $-$$$, B, L, SBR. 120 S Main

Elegant tapas and an extensive wine list (including beer) punctuate this intimate second-story space. Try the Seared Diver Scallops or the Pork Tenderloin Wellington. Finish off


When considering the ingredients for the perfect sandwich, steam typically doesn’t come to mind. But for Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients including cold cuts, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s stacks up steamed bagel sandwiches served piping hot. There are countless combinations, so plan on more than one visit to turn up the heat. $, B, L,




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Sushi Koji flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States. $-$$, L,

D. Closed Monday. 217 N Main St. (864) 631-1145 SUSHI MURASAKI

Hip décor meets ancient culinary art at Sushi Murasaki. The sleek interior and expansive street-level windows may seem anything but Japanese, but

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then again, the sushi doesn’t need a visual crutch. The tempura is light and crisp, the sushi expertly prepared and presented. Locals will appreciate the Clemson– and USC–themed rolls, in addition to standards such as tuna and yellowtail. $$-$$$, L, D. 2 S Main St. (864) 271-2452, sushimurasaki.net TAKOSUSHI

Good for a group, especially if you’re in the mood for sushi and your friends are craving burritos. You can start with shumai; your pals with nachos. Then you’ll have to pare down the long list of makimono rolls while the rest of the table decides between tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 34 S Main St. (864) 2715055, tako-sushi.com


A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Mussels come in six different preparations, served with crispy homemade frites. Other Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). $$, L, D.

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Exposed brick and an adjoining garden patio give Trattoria Giorgio an intimate atmosphere. Chef Giorgio Todisco insists on preparing all of his pastas on-site. His dedication to dining excellence shows in the Pappardelle Bolognese, a favorite of restaurant regulars. Reservations are highly recommended. $$-$$$,

At Tupelo Honey, Southern charm is served with a steaming hot biscuit. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried BLT with maple-peppered bacon or a stacked grilled cheese with the tomato soup. Skillet catfish is topped with salsa and served over goat cheese grits, while the Not Your Mama’s meatloaf dish is blended with bacon and doused with tomato shallot gravy and a side of mac ‘n cheese. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St,

D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 121 S Main St. (864) 271-9166, trattoriagiorgio.net TRIO: A BRICK OVEN CAFÉ

Trio is full of rustic details: exposed brick walls, hand-crafted gas lanterns, and wood-fired pizza ovens. The menu caters to all tastes. Diners can enjoy gourmet pizzas with fresh-made sauces, homemade pasta dishes, as well as wraps and sandwiches. Sidewalk tables are also available for airy nighttime dining. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 22 N Main St. (864) 467-1000, triocafe.com TSUNAMI

Come here for fresh fish, sure, but if you’re in the mood for something hot, try one of the many hibachi selections, including filet mignon, or the teriyakis, stirfries, and soups— steaming bowls of fresh udon or soba noodles. Perfect for slurping. $-$$, L (Mon–Fri), D. 106 E North St. (864) 467-1055, tsunamigreenville.com

Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com TWO CHEFS DELI & MARKET

Count on this deli for fast, highquality food. Hot and cold lunch fare is available, ranging from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. If you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go. For Eastsiders, there’s another location at the intersection of Pelham Road and Route 14. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed

Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St. (864) 370-9336, twochefsdeli.com THE VELO FELLOW

Cozy in a funky way, the Velo Fellow is a hip British-style pub,

with live music and a DJ. Burgers and sandwiches form the core of the menu, which includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and—in a twist— tofu Marsala. In addition to the craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silver-plated brouilleur. $-$$$,

L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126. (864) 242-9296, thevelofellow.com VIC’S PIZZA

The sign that says “Brooklyn, SC” at this walk-up/take-out joint makes sense when you see what you’re getting: piping hot New York-style pizza, served on paper plates. Purchase by the (rather large) slice, or have entire pies delivered (as long as your home or business is within 2 miles). The best part? Vic’s is open until midnight, which makes it a no-brainer for a late-night stop. $, L,

D. Closed Sunday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-91

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No one embodies the spirit of seasonal despair quite like Ebenezer Scrooge, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give this updated adaptation a chance. With a cast consisting of only five actors playing the various roles, this Carol opens up the Dickens classic to the modern era. The spotlight shines greater on the intrinsic relationship between each character, but remains true to the essence of the tale: that each and every one of us is blessed with gifts money can never buy. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$30. (864) 2336733, centrestage.org

The pop-up books of yore showcased the likes of dancing farm animals and girls in pigtails running with hoops disguised as something fun. Now, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart are breathing new life into the celebrated world of children’s books, crafting classic tales with a modern edge. Iconic characters like the Little Mermaid, Transformers, and countless other creatures pop (literally) from the pages of the authors’ stories and handmade notecards in this unique and colorful exhibition. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570, gcma.org

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Sure, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, but then the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights must

run a close second. For 22 years, thousands of Upstate families have been piling into the wonderland of glittering lights, marching soldiers, Santa on his sleigh, and playful teddy bears tossing snowballs. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, proceeds from the event go toward the science center and local youth organizations. Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Mon–Sun, 6–10pm. $10-$50. (864) 355-8900, ropermountainholidaylights.com

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During the violence and tragedy of World War II, the only thing more dangerous than being Jewish in Poland was being a friend to the Jewish in Poland. But for Irena Gut, doing the right thing for an innocent people was the only choice. As part of the Year of Altruism, this play follows the true story of the nurse, who saved 12 Jews during the German occupation by hiding them in her employer’s home. Both riveting and suspenseful, Irena’s Vow captures the soul of what it means to be brave. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues, 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org



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Writer Virginia Postrel has her roots in Greenville, but her work has taken her to national publications like Time Magazine and Bloomberg. Now, she returns home to read passages from her most recent book, The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion and discuss the fundamentals of culture and commerce in society. The reading is sponsored by the Emrys Foundation, which promotes writing, creative thinking, and the literary arts. Innovate Building Conference Room, 148 River St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. Free. (864) 409-3679, emrys.org

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Some of you may have started your holiday decorating long before Halloween candy went on discount, but if you’re still missing a life-size animatronic nativity scene complete with crying baby Jesus, this is the fair for you. Snap up everything holiday—from ornaments to cocoa mix and wreaths to crochet vests—all in one place. It’s not exactly the North Pole, but this wonderland workshop definitely gives the elves a run for their money. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Thurs– Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat, 10am–6pm. Adults, $6; juniors, free. (864) 2332562, tdconventioncenter.com

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Just because you’re a pirate with an eye patch doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday cheer. Sail the seven seas with miniature pirate Jeremy Jacobs as he boards Captain Braid Beard’s ship yet again in the hopes of seeking out the mysterious Christmas snow. Based on the story by Upstate author Melinda Long of the bestselling How I Became a Pirate series, the musical features great singalong tunes like “Zee Perfect Christmas Cookie” and “Yo Ho Who Knows,” that are guaranteed to warm even the iciest buccaneer hearts. The Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat–Sun, 1:30pm. Adults, $26; juniors, $17. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org



If you can sit through this classic screen-to-stage performance without tearing up, you may have a heart three sizes too small. After losing the company his father struggled to build and putting the finances of an entire town in jeopardy, businessman George Bailey is at his wit’s end. Peering over a New York bridge, he contemplates suicide, believing that his nonexistence is more valuable than his entire life. With the help of angel-to-be Clarence, George soon realizes that the biggest gift of all is life itself.

If Big Bird and the gang tackled issues like sexuality and binge-drinking instead of what starts with the letter “A,” the world might be a different place. A recent college grad, Princeton struggles to find meaning in his new life. When he moves to an outer-outer neighborhood of the city, he meets a band of eccentric, oddball characters who turn the world he knows upside down. The award-winning hit is one of Broadway’s longest-running and has spawned hit songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Money Song,” and “The Internet is for Porn.” The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. (864) 2356948, warehousetheatre.com

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GREENVILLE POINSETTIA CHRISTMAS PARADE A holiday staple for more than two decades, the Poinsettia Parade is famous for its numerous floats decorated with all the trimmings by local businesses, clubs, and organizations. The annual event changes themes each year, jingling all the way through downtown Greenville with dozens of carolers, dancers, and holiday cheermeisters. And what parade would be complete without ol’ Kris Kringle himself? Downtown Greenville. Sat, 6–7:30pm. Free. (864) 467-4484, greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_ Events/ChristmasParade.aspx

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Tying bells to your laces may seem seasonally appropriate, but the three-mile run may prompt some runners to strangle you with all that jingling cheer. Instead, don a sassy pair of antlers or a hand-stitched holiday vest and support the cause to fight arthritis. This year’s goal is to raise $30,000 for the Arthritis Foundation, and whether you run solo or part of a team, you can battle the joint disorder in full force. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, top runners, and money raisers, plus there will be a Reindeer Dash for the youngsters. CU-ICAR Millenium Campus, 5 Research Dr, Greenville. Sat, 12–3pm. $10-$25. (704) 705-1799, jinglebellrunupstate.kintera.org A great many of us grew up with more stuffed animals than we had bedspace, but for some, a new teddy bear is the perfect friend to spend the holidays with. Kids and parents can enjoy a special brunch together with their furry companions before taking in a yuletide play performed by the Wade Hampton High School drama class. All-new stuffed animals will be donated to needy children and proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Festival of Trees causes. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, 11am–

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A loud, brassy six-piece band could easily overpower the likes of two female singers. But with enough talent to heat up Jack Frost, songstresses Jean Calvert and Whitney Walters can certainly run with the best of them. Although both women are former fronts for other local groups, they have found the best harmonies when they perform together. Selecting pieces from a songbook of American standards, the duo (along with their band) belts out the blues with ease, so treat your ears to an evening of smooth jazz tunes. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Sun, 8pm. $25. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com

with a live performance of their latest album. The spirited sextet embodies traditional Noel nostalgia with a mix of bluegrass styles from pickin’ to fiddlin’, spinning tales of Christmases past and the many yarns that join a family. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org



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Though there’s always time for the Nativity Story, there’s certainly nothing wrong with putting a twenty-first-century spin on the holiday standard. In this adaptation, the tale we all know and love is told through a collection of timeless yuletide musical pieces. The gospels of Luke and Matthew are given new voice through the instrumentals of a live band and vocals courtesy of four standout singers backed by a rafter-shaking choir. Loaded with every carol and song to make the season bright, this may not be the Christmas spectacular that you remember, but it will certainly be one you won’t forget. Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S Main St, Hendersonville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Thurs, Sat– Sun, 2pm. $35. (866) 732-8008, flatrockplayhouse.org



alternative offers some real-world kid fun starring characters without absurdly long arms. Your favorite singing, dancing group of friends jumps straight from TV screen to stage to teach Upstate tots about the importance of music in their everyday lives. Watch as Twist, Kiki, Shout, and Marina take on important preschool issues through musicality and self-expression. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Wed, 6:30pm. $30-$40. (864) 674-7825, bonsecoursarena.com


It’s that time of year again. Drawing in renowned talent from around the globe, the International Ballet Academy presents The Nutcracker, a seasonal tradition for many. The Orlando Ballet’s Lamin Pereira and Melissa Gelfin will take the spotlight again as principal dancers, while Telmo Moreira and Stephen Nakagawa will be featured as guest

There’s just something about Christmas in the mountains: the snowflakes fall a little heavier, the fires burn brighter, and that piney smell is right outside your door. Now, Grammy Award– winning violinist Mark O’Connor and his band of merry revelers are bringing the holidays home

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performers. The story is a favorite for hearts young and old, making this one fairy tale that never loses its magic. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 10am (school performance); Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. School performance, $9; public performances, $15-$45. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Fill your holiday table with all-local fare from this market of seasonal goods. Enjoy the finest cuts of beef courtesy of Gibson Farms, fresh produce from Appalachian Organics, sweet honey products from Carolina Honeybees, and more, including gifts for the foodies in your life. Produce is brought in from regional farms, and the ingredients are only those that nature itself provides. NoMa Square, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, 10am–1pm. Free. slowfoodupstate.com

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Your skating skills may not be worthy of Tonya Harding’s wrath, but you can still have a gliding good time on the Road Warriors’ ice. Open for all ages, the massive arena is the ideal setting to bundle up and spend the day trying not to connect bum to ice. The largest in the Upstate, the rink is just right for warming the long winter days—and getting your kids out of the house on the second week of holiday break. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. 1–5pm. Adults, $7; juniors, $5; rentals, $3. (864) 674-7825, bonsecoursarena.com


Since its Rockefeller Center debut in 1951, Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera has become a holiday icon. Performed in only one act, the GLOW production follows the plight of Amahl, a young crippled boy who lives a poor life with his mother near the holy town of Bethlehem. Amahl and his mother are visited by the Three Kings, who are on their way to visit the Christ Child, bearing many wondrous gifts that the mother and son have only dreamed of. Through song, Amahl learns the power of grace and the blessing that comes from giving. Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. 7:30pm. Adults, $25; juniors, $15. (864) 409-1050, yountscenter.org


If music is a universal language, than the women of Irish supergroup Celtic Woman are internationally fluent. Immerse yourself in a world of beauty and unconventional tradition during the quartet’s Symphony Tour, featuring modern and classic standards accompanied by a full orchestra. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Between all the gift-wrapping, tree-trimming, and attempts to get those outdoor lights to glow at the same time (if Clark Griswold can do it, why can’t you?), the holidays can get a little chaotic. Take a load off at this signature Greenville event, combining the musical talents of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra along with footwork of the International Ballet Company. This year’s merry and bright performance includes philharmonic standout Doug LaBrecque along with the soulful vocal stylings of American Idol season-six runner-up LaKisha Jones. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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The weather outside may be frightful, but this fundraising concert jam session is all about delightful. This annual event has a reputation for two things: selling out and great music. Cravin’ Melon, Daniel Hutchins, and the Jeff Sipe Trio have already joined the performance bill alongside the funktastic title band. Every jam devotes itself to an Upstate charity in need, and this year’s lucky recipient is Meals On Wheels. You’ll have the hap-hap-happiest holiday since . . . well, you know. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $17 advance; $20 day of show. (864) 233-6173, theworkxmasjam.com

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CHAMPAGNE RUN End 2013 on the right note and kickstart your 2014 health resolutions with the Greenville Track ClubELITE. Sure, there’s a 5K race in the mix, but don’t let your competitive spirit interfere with your fun. There

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Follow the yellow-brick road through this whirlwind adventure with some of pop culture’s most beloved characters. Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and even the Wicked Witch herself get a facelift in this new adaptation, featuring new songs by musical geniuses Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Bring the whole family to the land of the munchkins, take on the winged monkeys, and make a date with Oz the Great and Powerful. Just try to avoid the whole house-dropping thing. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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will be prizes for best costumes, and if you can round up 7 other friends, you can register as a centipede team: 8 runners connected and running together. Best of all, there’s a New Year’s Eve party afterwards, complete with Champagne, a dance competition, and a midnight countdown. CU-ICAR Campus, 5 Research Dr, Greenville. Tues–Wed; race, 8:58pm; party, 10pm–12:15am. Individuals, $50-$60; families, $130$215. nyechampagnerun.com

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ome might say our appetites for immersive movies, reality TV, and video games have stymied the need for our imaginations. Indeed, the effort of creating paper worlds seems wasteful and unnecessary in the face of electronic invention. But paper engineers Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart remind us of bookbinding magic. The artists have collaborated on award-winning picture and pop-up books covering a gamut of topics, from prehistoric animals to Star Wars. And though an uncolored pirate ship lacks both text and digital extravagance, it perhaps is the perfect bridge to kick-start our imaginations.—Andrew Huang The Greenville County Museum of Art is exhibiting Wizards of Pop: Sabuda and Rienhart thru December 29. The museum, located at 420 College St, Greenville, is open Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm, and Sun, 1–5pm. Admission is free.

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