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EDITOR’S LETTER THE LIST
See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.
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Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.
French abstract artist Nadia Barbotin is a lover of light; for lifestyle medicine physician Dr. Beth Motley, plant-based eating comes naturally; settle into suspended bliss at Drift Float & Spa; Army vet and businessman Doug Greenlaw keeps climbing.
THIS PAGE: An ammonite fossil ring from Cornerstone Minerals & Natural History. For more see “Circular Logic,” page 67. Cover photograph by Paul Mehaffey
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A unique historical hertiage paired with new cuisine and wildlife wonders make Amelia Island an excellent seaside escape.
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ESSAY 76 TOWN One self-care skeptic discovers the benefit of float therapy.
EAT & DRINK
Elite ski gear guarantees a good time on the slopes; one Upstate veterinarian braved the Alaskan wilderness to become the first South Carolinian to run the Iditarod.
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Cornerstone Mineral’s ancient crystals and fossil finds make for one-of-a-kind décor; and find healthy bliss with CBD oil.
72 MS. BEA WRIGHT
Sometimes, relying on the strength of others is the cure to unnecessary anxiety.
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To impress the ladies, the Man suits up for the gridiron.
Fight that seasonal sickness with this miracle tea; Chef Katie Button unveils her latest culinary brainchild Button & Co. Bagels; Southern Pressed Juicery’s adaptogen blends counter the effects of stress; a sheet pan dinner to entertain with.
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Theresa Gooby explores women’s roles and the weight of the past through her exhibit NOstalgia at the GCCA.
OVER THE EDGE
Champion ultra-runner Dan Waldschmidt nearly ran his overworked life over the cliff. Now this Greenvillebased corporate coach focuses on the human element to help milliondollar businesses thrive. / by Steven Tingle // photography by Paul Mehaffey
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Letter January Highlights Plant Power
Get nutritious with local lifestyle medicine physician Dr. Beth Motley: page 48
Man of Heart
Media man and Vietnam vet Doug Greenlaw conquers mountains: page 52
Serenity by the Sea
Take a break from winter weather along Amelia Island’s sunny shores: page 56
The ABCs of CBD
Photograph by Chelsey A shford
A nonpsychoactive oil extracted from hemp is causing a wellness splash: page 70
Sink or Swim
A writer dips her foot into the waters of selfcare during a float therapy session: page 76
Over the Edge
Dan Waldschmidt is a champion ultra-runner, but his endless drive also helps big businesses keep charging: page 78
Southern Pressed Juicery’s Wildcrafted adaptogen blends are made to make your life less stressful: page 90
he mind is a powerful muscle, and we hold both the lock and the key to our limitless potential. The mode of January is reflection, reset, and resolution. In our Wellness Issue, we present stories of individuals who seem to possess an extra bit of chutzpah. They are on the offense, going after life instead of waiting for the hit. Such examples inspire us, but ultimately we learn best by doing: by exploring the road less traveled, by pushing forward in the face of fear. Fear is the screen between where we stand and our greatest goals, dreams, and desires. We hold ourselves back because control feels comfortable. But life is not about maintaining comfort. It is about growth, change, and awakening. Finding the drive to push beyond what the mind says you cannot do—because of its inherent need for control—requires effort. Just like hitting the gym or gunning for that extra mile, your mind responds to, and remembers, what has come before. The more you use it, the better it functions. Train it to be open, and it will. Keep it locked in comfort, and there it’ll stay. Challenge it to create and expand, and see how your life changes. Keep it in a small, static, well-worn place, and life will feel like a continuous Netflix binge. Our choices are like game pieces that make up the grand scheme of our lives. Like pixel points, they create the view in front of us. If we choose to live in focus—sharply, boldly, and intentionally—our frame glows like an HD screen. But if we choose the opposite, we can blur the image, dull the quality, and dilute the experience. During this liminal month, between what has come and what is next, there is no better time to harness the power of your mind. The difference between what you can achieve and where you are is the blink of a single thought.
Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief
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WHAT WORD WILL DEFINE YOU IN 2019, AND WHY?
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Audacious. Intrepid. Bold. Brave.
Paul Mehaffey ART DIRECTOR Laura Linen STYLE EDITOR
Expansion—pushing into higher realms of thought, creativity, and experience.
ABBY MOORE KEITH ASSISTANT EDITOR CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Kathryn Davé Ruta Fox M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Stephanie Trotter Jac Valitchka
Innovative— creating new work and finding new ways to make my work available.
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, JOHN JETER, Kathleen Nalley & ZOE NICHOLSON CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS, ILLUSTRATORS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, TIMOTHY BANKS, Robin Batina-Lewis, David & Sarah Bonner, Jack Connolly, Jivan Davé, Whitney Fincannon, Joel German, Jason & Tara Massey & Eli Warren ANDREW HUANG EDITOR-AT-L ARGE
Urgency. I spent the last half of 2018 seeking out more experiences than I normally would have, and while it’s been nuts, I also realize the capacity I have for more in my life. So urgency, for seeking and doing more.
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Fearlessness. 2019 will bring graduation and a job hunt, so I’m going to need all the fearlessness I can muster!
Uncomfortable— because growth is always uncomfortable.
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MISS SAIGON When American GI Chris meets Kim in the ravaged city of Saigon during the Vietnam War, the two quickly fall in love and make plans for a lifetime together. However, the city’s fall spurs the soldier’s quick departure home, leaving a pregnant Kim to merely dream of his eventual return. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards and full of classic songs, Miss Saigon shows the transcendence of romance in the harshest of circumstances, as well as the power of hope in the eyes of darkness. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Jan 15–20, Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $40-$115. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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You might know him as the stone-faced Huell Babineaux of Breaking Bad fame, but comedian Lavell Crawford has been a staple of the late-night stand-up scene since the 1990s. The Last Comic Standing runner-up has been featured in a number of television specials and festivals—in addition to frequent drop-ins as a guest commentator for other famously funny stars like Chelsea Handler, Daniel Tosh, and Steve Harvey. The Comedy Zone Greenville, 221 N Main St, Greenville. Jan 11–13, Fri–Sat, 7pm & 9pm; Sun, 8pm. $25-$30. (864) 603-1583, greenvillecomedyzone.com
You’ve waited all year—and now it’s finally back! Centre Stage kicks off another year of artistic fabulousness with their annual live rock show. Get ready to tune in and groove out to all of the hits that made the 50s and 60s a golden age for musical stars like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Angels, the Supremes, and other bebop giants of the era. Shaboom, shaboom, indeed. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Jan 17–Feb 10. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $27-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
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Light on bread but big on appetite? Good news! Designed with the foodie in mind, Restaurant Week takes place across South Carolina, offering affordable deals on fullcourse meals specially coordinated by awardwinning chefs. Dine on hand-picked menus from all your favorite eateries, filling both your belly and your desire for culinary adventure.
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RESTAURANT WEEK SOUTH CAROLINA
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AN EVENING OF ORIGINAL MUSIC As part of the Peace Center’s Songwriters Workshop Series, this special showcase will highlight the songwriting and instrumental talents of some of the industry’s most gifted musicians. The Upstate’s own Edwin McCain is set to take the stage along with country and pop music collaborator and singer Maia Sharp, and Gabe Dixon, a virtuoso keyboardist and singer who has toured with the likes of O.A.R. and Paul McCartney.
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Genevieve’s Theater Lounge at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, Jan 25, 7:30pm. $75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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Crafted by storytelling genius Tennessee Williams as a semi-autobiography in 1944, this memory play is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield, a struggling writer who yearns to escape from his tedious life and onerous family. Urged by his mother to find his disabled sister a reasonable suitor, Tom invites a supposedly bachelor coworker over for supper, setting a chain of events in motion that eventually lead to his permanent departure from his home and his familial obligations.
ARABIAN NIGHTS & WINTER DREAMS Are you bundled up against the chilly January weather or cruising the sands on a magic carpet in the Middle East? It will be hard to tell the difference once Edvard Tchivzhel strikes up the band. Enjoy a dual-personality performance as the Greenville Symphony Orchestra takes on Tchaikovsky’s famous Symphony No. 1 (Winter Daydreams) and Scheherazade, a symphonic suite written by Russian composer Nikolai RimskyKorsakov and based upon the One Thousand and One Nights collection of Middle Eastern folk tales. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Jan 26–27. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $19-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Jan 25–Feb 10. Times vary. $35. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com
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z When your first Top 20 album is called Morning Wood, you’re bound to have at least a little success as a comedian. The Texas native is known for the distinct, country-fried brand of humor he brings to the comedy genre; he’s dropped ten albums over the last 20 years, including studio recordings, a Christmas CD and greatest-hits compilation. Check out his Netflix special, Here Comes the Truth to get a sneak peek of all the laughs to come. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Jan 10, 8pm. $35-$55. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
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z Things are going Greek in this Stephen Sondheim/Larry Gelbart musical comedy of errors, which follows the bumbling life of Pseudolus as he tries to win his freedom from the chains of Roman slavery. In an effort to be released, Pseudolus promises the love of Philia to his young master Hero, setting off a sequence of events that are both heartwarming and hilarious in their realism. Witty, clever, and loaded with sing-along tracks, Forum is an ageless tale of love, mistaken identity, and happy endings—for most of the characters anyway. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Jan 11–20. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$30. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.com
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z Exceptional wines, dinner pairings, and one-of-a-kind auction items for a great cause? Count us (v)in. Vintners and proprietors from across the nation will gather in Greenville at this extravagant affair to pour personal varietals from their estates, donating time and talent to benefit the American Red Cross. Guests can expect a variety of blends, complemented by a seated dinner, and then try their luck at the live auction. Oh, and there will be a band. And dancing. Hyatt Regency, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, Jan 19, 6pm. $250. redcross.org/sc
z For the kids who can’t even hit the ball when it’s placed on a stationary tee, the astonishing athletics of the Harlem Globetrotters is somewhat of a slap to the face. With over 25,000 exhibition games under their sneakers, the Globetrotters have won fans over with their courtside comedy, killer trick shots, and family-style brand of entertainment. Cheer on America’s favorite team as they dribble, backflip, jump, and soar to the hoop. Time to start working on those free throws. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, Jan 12, 2pm & 7pm. $29.50-$113.50. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
Lake Street Dive The Boston-based quintet has become something of a legend for its genre-bending style, drawing upon twinges of blues, soul, folk, indie, and Southern rock to form songs that are as evocative as they are catchy. Last May, the band released Free Yourself Up, a funk-meets-pop zinger that debuted at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Tues, Jan 8, 8pm. $30-$38. (828) 398-1837, theorangepeel.net
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
z Question: how many penguins does a household need? Well, for the Popper clan, the limit does not exist. Based on the popular children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, this musical adaptation spins the tale of Mr. Popper, whose wellintentioned fan letter to an Arctic-exploring Admiral lands him a waddling, flapping housepet they christen Captain Cook. But that’s just the beginning of the story for Mr. Popper’s wild and crazy new life—or as the penguins say, the tip of the iceberg. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Jan 26–Feb 3. Thurs, 9:45am & 11:45am; Fri, 7pm; Sat, 10am & 1:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm & 5:30pm. $19-$28. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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A little rain couldn’t keep folks away from a special unveiling of downtown’s newest sculpture. In honor of former South Carolina governor and U.S. secretary of education Richard Riley, the City of Greenville erected his sculpture, designed by Zan Wells, in Graham Plaza, located in front of the Peace Center. After the unveiling, guests enjoyed a reception at Genevieve’s, where Riley shared a few words of thanks. By Fourth Dimension Photography
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As a benefit to Synnex’s annual Share the Magic fundraising event, Hale’s Jewelers hosted a sparkling affair at their store on Haywood Road. With glasses in hand, guests browsed some of the jeweler’s finest pieces, showcased to help raise support for children in the Upstate through programs like Clement’s Kindness, Pendleton Place, A Child’s Haven, and Make-A-Wish South Carolina. By Dove Light Photography
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After-Party for the Greenville Premiere of Tinker’ November 10, 2018
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Writers, producers, actors, and film enthusiasts gathered at Zen in downtown Greenville to celebrate the Greenville premiere of family drama Tinker’, produced by Greenville’s own Nick Stathakis and written and directed by Sonny Marler. The movie was partially filmed in the Upstate, and previewed at Camelot Cinemas. Part of the proceeds from the evening benefited Greenville County Schools.
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Abby Kissenberth & Zach Riggs April 14, 2018
bby Kissenberth and Zach Riggs are high school sweethearts, but only by minutes. The two may have met in fifth grade, and may have been best friends during senior year at J.L. Mann, but it took the final hours of their high school career for the pals to officially become an item. Four years of dating later, Zach knew their teenage romance was made for more, and he asked Abbyâ€™s parents for their blessing. A family trip to
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Young Hearts: Abby Kissenberth married her high school sweetheart Zach Riggs at Grace Church Downtown in an Anne Barge Langham gown purchased at bridal boutique White on Daniel Island.
of local vendors convened to accent the big day, including a cake by Tessa Pinner, florals by Fern Studio, and reception jams by Steel Toe Stiletto. The happy couple lives in Greenville. Zach works in the family business at Hot Springs Pools and Spa, and Abby is employed with Interim Healthcare of Greenville. OLIVIA GRIFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY
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Weddings Nora Sampson & Jeffrey VanWingerden June 30, 2018 Good beer is a communal experience. For Nora Sampson and Jeffrey VanWingerden, it led to love. After meeting through a dating app, the hop-lovers had their first date at Sierra Nevada Brewery, where their instant chemistry led to an hours-long dinner. The couple dated for a little over a year before Jeffrey decided to propose. One of the couple’s favorite Jimmy Eat World songs, “12.23.95,” served as Jeffrey’s inspiration for the monumental evening. On December 23, Jeffrey got down on one knee and asked Nora to marry him. After a tearful acceptance, the couple celebrated at their favorite breweries. The ceremony and reception took place at Bold Rock Hard Cider, the beer lovers sharing their new forever with family and friends at one of their favorite hangouts. True to their fun spirit, the newlyweds wore gold light-up sneakers for the first dance and gave out a mixtape as a party favor. The couple now lives in Mills River, North Carolina, where Nora is a pediatric dental assistant, and Jeffrey works in sales. BY JACK ROBERT PHOTOGRAPHY
Justin Ervin & Sara Pendergast September 1, 2018 Sometimes in love, you just get lucky. For Justin Ervin, his luck began one September night in 2010, when he stepped onto the field for his kickball game and locked eyes with Sara Pendergast. He knew in that moment she was the one for him. Thankfully his luck continued after the game as Sara, a nursing student, needed a math tutor. Being a math whiz, Justin was the man for the job. The two soon began dating, and seven years of good fortune later, Justin was ready to propose. On another September day, Justin asked Sara to be his wife. She accepted, and Justin slipped her grandmother’s wedding ring on her finger, a symbol of everlasting love that would usher in the couple’s marriage. The ceremony and reception were held at Old Cigar Warehouse, where the newlyweds welcomed friends and family from out of state. Sara said her “I dos” in a Morilee dress from Poffie Girls in Gastonia, North Carolina, and Brick Street Café provided the wedding cake. The couple resides in Greenville, where Sara works as a dental assistant, and Justin is a project engineer at Michelin. BY RED APPLE TREE PHOTOGRAPHY
Haley Ellis & Mitchell Appleby June 16, 2018 When Haley Ellis got the chance of a lifetime to intern in California, there was one person she couldn’t say goodbye to. Haley and Mitchell Appleby had started dating their senior year at Clemson University and quickly found themselves in love. After graduation, Haley left for California and Mitchell to Columbia at the University of South Carolina for law school. Though separated by many miles, the two grew closer during the next three years. While reconnecting in Greenville one weekend, Mitchell knew it was time to make Haley his forever, and after a romantic proposal on his family’s farm, Haley accepted. The ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church where the bride’s parents were married years before. The groom wore a Brackish bow tie to complement Haley’s feathered Pronovias dress. The Westin Poinsett hosted the reception where Haley’s father toasted the newlyweds with a handpicked wine from the O’Brien Estate in Napa Valley. Haley and Mitchell started their life together in downtown Greenville; Mitchell is an attorney at Davis, Snyder, Williford, & Lehn, P.A., and Haley is a lecturer at the couple’s alma mater, Clemson University. BY SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Weddings, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, or e-mail email@example.com. Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 42 TOWN / towncarolina.com
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Rainbow Road: Nadia Barbotin explores translucency and light through abstract works.
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Everything Is Illuminated French artist Nadia Barbotin distills emotion and light into her abstract paintings / by M. Linda Lee // photography by Eli Warren
sk artist Nadia Barbotin what defines her abstract paintings, and she’ll tell you she is obsessed with transparencies and light. Like the Impressionists of the nineteenth century, Barbotin manages to capture that ethereal element, and light permeates her paintings, whether on canvas, paper, or Plexiglas. Emotion, color, and light are the muses of this artist, who was born in Brest, France. Sometimes Barbotin begins a painting with a specific idea in mind; other times she faces off with a blank canvas and lets the image arise spontaneously. “I get inspiration from everything around me,” Nadia notes.
“It could be from a piece of music, an emotion, the light in a particular moment.” Because she has been singing for 20 years, music informs the rhythm of many of her works, nearly all of which display a marked verticality. Though her work stems from emotion, she acknowledges that some viewers might see a more representational aspect to her paintings. “I have one foot in abstraction, and one foot in figuration,” the artist says. “I want you to connect with my paintings and feel the vibrations.”
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The translucent light and vibrant colors on her canvases match her personality. Enthusiasm flashes across her face as she describes the many types of media she tackles: ink, oils, acrylics, charcoal, chalk, clay. There is seemingly no limit to what she will try. “I am like this,” she declares, spreading her arms wide to describe the breadth of her creativity. At age 39, Barbotin asked her parents, art lovers themselves, for painting supplies at Christmas and taught herself to paint in her spare time. The business school graduate was working for GE in France in 2014, when she decided to leave her demanding job and pursue her love of painting. To that end, she enrolled in classes at the School of Fine Arts in Nantes. She was living in Nantes when, in 2017, her husband’s job brought the family to Greenville. A self-proclaimed “emerging artist,” Nadia thrives on challenging herself. Case in point is her series of paintings entitled Quand le hasard fait bien les choses (“When chance makes things go well”). The title stems from an experience she had after completing one painting and daring herself to create a series of small works using only the paint that was left on her palette—with lovely results. In order to achieve the quality of craftsmanship that she demands of her work, Barbotin insists on stretching her own canvases using a linen/ cotton blend of fabric from France, and mixes her own colors from powdered pigments.
Layer by Layer: A self-taught painter, Nadia Barbotin pulls from emotion, light, and music to craft her bright, ethereal pieces. Though she typically paints on self-stretched canvases, Barbotin is currently experimenting on Plexiglas.
The mother of two teens is currently experimenting with a series of paintings on Plexiglas, which catch the light from every angle, changing the colors depending on the how the light shines through the surfaces. She describes these Plexiglas pieces as “paintings-objects” that can be manipulated in all directions. Her work, which reflects the shimmering light of the Impressionists, the spontaneous emotional language of the Abstract Expressionists, and the energy of the Action painters, is nothing short of illuminating. View Nadia’s work on Instagram at @nadia.barbotin.gallery.
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One of Greenville’s first, board-certified lifestyle-medicine physicians promotes the healing benefits of food / by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Eli Warren
rowing up outside Boston, spaghetti night was a favorite night for Dr. Beth Motley. She and her four siblings would promptly gather around the table at 5:30 to share a meal and tales of the day’s adventures. Dinnertime nowadays includes her husband, Dr. Jay Motley, and 5-yearold daughter, Lilla. The menu features plant-based fare, which Beth advocates with patients at Greenville Family Medicine. As one of the first, board-certified lifestyle medicine physicians in town, she also instructs students on prevention and reversal of disease through healthy nutrition at the USC School of Medicine Greenville. The former competitive figure skater was sliding into sports medicine before discovering this growing medical specialty that’s successfully battling disease and extending lives. The plant-based diet is billed as one of the hottest health trends of 2018. Has it taken hold in Greenville? >> It’s not a trend. It’s a movement! People are tired of the current healthcare system, tired of being prescribed yet another medication. People are looking to take back their health, and that starts with lifestyle. Plant-based eating is absolutely on the rise in Greenville.
What are the benefits? >> Enormous! A lot of people equate health with weight. There are many ways to lose weight that include fad diets, even drugs. What sets a plant-based diet apart is its ability to prevent and reverse our most common chronic diseases, like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. A plant-based diet puts you on the trajectory for health and longevity. What advice do you have for someone wanting to try plant-based eating? >> Educate yourself. If you don’t understand the science behind plant-based eating, you won’t be motivated to stick with it. Start by watching the Forks Over Knives documentary with your family. Change is easiest when everyone is on board. I also highly recommend the book How Not to Die.
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Food 911: As a lifestyle medicine physician at Greenville Family Medicine, Dr. Beth Motley prescribes healthy nutrition to prevent and fight illness. A proponent of whole foods plant-based eating, Motley says, “Other than a little B12, and perhaps a prenatal vitamin for young ladies, we shouldn’t need supplements if we eat proper food.”
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Should you ease into it, or go whole hog (pun intended)? >> You need to know who you are personality-wise. I’m a Band-Aid ripper. I do things full force, all the way, 100 percent. Patients who are like that tend to be successful. The problem with wading into the water is that, sometimes, people never get all the way in. Or, they make such slight changes, they are never going to see an effect, and get positively reinforced to continue. If people are a wade-in-the-water type, I recommend setting a start date and do six weeks of 100 percent, and then recheck your lipid panel. What’s the difference between plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian? >> That’s a common question. I don’t like the terms “vegan” and “vegetarian” because they describe what you don’t eat. There’s lots of vegan junk food out there—cupcakes, donuts, fake meats, etc. Those terms also tend to be tied to ethical matters. “Plant-based,” or “whole foods plant-based,” describes what you do eat: single-ingredient foods, unprocessed, as they exist in nature, and based in plants that include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. What are your favorite local food sources? >> I have so many favorites! I love Mother Earth Produce. Their weekly harvest delivery is a great deal. Some of our favorite restaurants are Mekong, Pita House, Asada, SWAD, Sun Belly Cafe, and anywhere with veggie sushi. Tacos are an easy go-to. Check out White Duck Taco Shop at Hampton Station. And Table 301 restaurants will make a great “plant-based plate” if you ask for it. What about meal-delivery companies? >> Purple Carrot and Plated are popular options. If these help you learn to cook, or help meet your goals, then I think they are great. Home cooking tends to be healthier than eating out. Plated only offers a vegetarian meal, but cheese and butter can easily be eliminated. Tell us more about the subspecialty of lifestyle medicine, and when patients should consider it. >> We’re recognized in Greenville as national leaders in the field. Lifestyle medicine stands apart from other holistic approaches in that all of our recommendations are evidence-based. This means we have the medical research to back up our advice. Rarely do we order more than the standard lab tests; most of the information we need can be gathered from interviewing the individual about their lifestyle habits. My personal focus is on nutrition, as I believe this is where most of the confusion lies. You can follow Dr. Motley on Facebook at Food Is Medicine Greenville.
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Water Mark: An extended period of time in one of Drift’s saltwater pods (left) can do more than quiet the noise. Owner Kellly Caldwell is a staunch proponent of its healing benefits, along with those of the spa’s infrared sauna (above) and its other wellness opportunities.
Lighten Up From float tanks to infrared saunas and Lucia Lights, Drift Float & Spa provides a path to wellness / by Jac Valitchka // photography by Eli Warren
THE FLOAT TANK // Twelve hundred pounds of Epsom salt–saturated water sparkles with calming lights in the soundproof orb in your private float suite. After a quick shower, cover any cuts on your skin with petroleum jelly, insert earplugs, step into the tank, and close the giant lid—ostensibly all the way down with just a sliver of an opening (or more if you need the space). Music and lights usher you into relaxation, then fade 10 minutes in. For the next 60 or 90 minutes, you’ll float in two feet of salt water and just be. Songs, thoughts, ideas, even random phrases like “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man” zigzag through your brain until you give into the suspension, to the nothingness of space, to calm and weightlessness, while your brain and body restore and reset. INFR ARED SAUNA //
elly Caldwell needed a break—from pretty much everything. Her job in advertising, her fight against depression, and, especially, her effort to overcome PTSD from surviving sexual assault. She had to choose to either sink or . . . float. She chose the latter, and things have been looking up ever since—especially when Caldwell herself takes a float inside one of the three “pods” at Drift. Caldwell, who opened Drift one year ago with her mother, Robin, explains that floating has been around since the 1950s, and if you’re one of those who can’t put the phone down, quiet your brain, or lie still for an hour, this is the thing you probably need the most. The benefits of a reduced sensory experience, as these giant egg-shaped, salt-water tanks provide, include pain relief from ailments like arthritis, decreased blood pressure, and increased endorphins. “I’m not one to sit for five minutes,” says Justine Liptec after her first float. “But I’m glad I did 90 minutes. It took me a few minutes to settle in and figure out how my body’s reacting to this water thing and to shut my brain down. Now, I feel wonderful.” These days, Caldwell does, too. “Floating was a huge part of my recovery,” she says, “and I have real drive to help people and provide tools for healing. My job is to provide spaces where people can do their own work.” Along with its pods, Drift offers infrared sauna services, an oxygen bar, and a Lucia Light experience.
Before floating, after exercise, or just to get that glorious feeling of elevated wellbeing from sweating out toxins, try the infrared sauna (and catch up on your favorite Netflix show on the screen inside). Sweating has many beneficial effects, and this sauna provides three various wavelengths—near, mid, and far—which means each provides different and deeper effects. Caldwell also offers what might be the best package membership in town—30 minutes of unlimited sauna use for $100. (To compare, one session is $25.) For an increased “zen-sational” feeling, visit the oxygen bar in the lounge and breathe deeply with an oxygen session. A single-time use, disposable cannula goes into your nose, and scented or unscented oxygen will give a fresh boost to your whole system, which purportedly helps with sleep, headaches, focus, and even hangovers.
LUCIA LIGHT // You probably don’t think much about your pineal gland, but it’s there, right in the center of your brain, and it’s kind of a big deal. The Lucia Light, created by a neurologist and a psychologist, combines solid and flickering white lights that stimulate the pineal gland to produce mindactivating hormones. The lights can usher you quickly into a state akin to deep meditation, which translates into reported benefits such as abject joy, bliss, increased creativity, and peace. This is a deeply unique experience for how it reaches the consciousness of each individual. Caveat: the Lucia Light is not intended for anyone with light-sensitive epilepsy. Drift Float & Spa, 644 N Main St, Greenville. driftgreenville.com, (864) 414-2388
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Man of Heart Army vet, businessman, and national commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Doug Greenlaw pushes himself to the ultimate peak / by Steven Tingle // photograph by Paul Mehaffey
he Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho once said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.” Doug Greenlaw lives by this mantra. He’s planning on climbing Mount Everest this spring and is scheduled to cross-country ski from Norway to the North Pole in 2020. The year after that, he will explore some of the most isolated and dangerous parts of Honduras. And in the meantime, he will continue to serve as national commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. At 74, Doug Greenlaw’s life is anything but routine. As a kid growing up on the east side of Chicago, Doug could have followed the herd and spent his life working in one of the area’s many steel mills. But Doug’s mother had other plans. “She decided that I needed to go to college and not go to the mills,” Doug says. “I went to Indiana University and did poorly for two years. So I quit college and joined the Army, and that’s the best thing I ever did.” The military gave Doug the structure and discipline he needed. It also sent him to Vietnam at the height of the war. “I was an old man at 23,” he says. “I was
a first lieutenant company commander in charge of 158 men. The guys in my company were 18 and 19 years old. If they were not grown men when they got there, they were grown men when they got home, if they got home. I was wounded gravely in April of ’68. It was going to be an ambush in an ancient bamboo forest, and the point man tripped a trip wire. I had my throat slit, a compound fracture in my right leg, lost my left kneecap, and a piece of bamboo nailed my left arm to my chest. I was thrown onto a resupply helicopter, which saved my life because I would have bled out in that forest.” Doug was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts for his service. Back in the States, Doug finished college and took a job as an ad salesmen for a rock radio station in Indianapolis. Then he moved from radio to television and from Indianapolis to New York, where he became president of sales and promotional marketing for MTV Networks. “I rode the cable wave,” he says. “MTV started in ’81. I got there in ’85 and stayed until ’92. Then in ’94, I was recruited to be president of Multimedia, which was a company in Greenville.” In ’96 Gannet purchased Multimedia for $2.1 billion. After that, Doug served as CEO of Switchboard, Inc., an Internet-based merchant network, where he took the
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“I’ve been very fortunate in my career. The Army taught me how to be a good businessman.” —Doug Greenlaw
Battle of Will: As a combat-wounded veteran of the Vietnam War, Doug Greenlaw understands what it means to overcome hardship. The successful media mogul and national commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart started climbing mountains in his sixties, and plans to climb Mount Everest this spring.
stock price from $1 per share to $7.25. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career,” he says. “The Army taught me how to be a good businessman.” Doug is now using his business experience to reorganize the Purple Heart Foundation, the money-raising arm of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The organization helps combatwounded veterans through a framework of local chapters. “All combat-wounded veterans have PTSD to some degree,” Doug says. “I’ve got a little bit, but some vets have so much they can’t even live a life. One hundred percent of the money we raise goes to helping these vets any way we can.” The position of national commander requires a lot of attention and a lot of stamina, something Doug seems to possess in spades. “It’s good to be in shape,” Doug says. “I work out five days a week, and I actually give talks about embracing life and aging healthy. I started climbing mountains in my sixties because it’s something older people can do. I began with Kilimanjaro and then climbed Aconcagua in Argentina. When I climb Everest, I’ll be 75, which will make me the oldest man in U.S. history to climb that mountain.” When asked about the risks of such expeditions Doug insists he will be fine. “It’s like when I was wounded in Vietnam,” he says. “I knew I wasn’t going to die. I was 23. I was an iron man.” Fifty years later, he still is.
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Here Comes the Sun: Fernandina Beach on Floridaâ€™s Amelia Island boasts both a storied history and a host of natural wonders. For more, turn to page 56.
New Horizons Experience seaside serenity on Amelia Island
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Coastal Wonders: Named for the daughter of England’s King George II, Amelia Island boasts pristine beaches and salt marshes as well as historical treasures such as (from left) the 1891 Fernandina Beach Courthouse; Fort Clinch, established in the 1840s to protect Cumberland Sound; and the 1885 Fairbanks House, now a B&B.
W Serenity by the Sea Amelia Island, Florida, beckons with pristine, natural beauty and a vibrant culinary scene / by Ruta Fox
hat can you say about a picturesque seaside town that celebrates its scandalous past with pride and boasts a mayor who tends bar? The city of Fernandina Beach on Florida’s Amelia Island has a cheeky sense of humor to complement the island’s natural beauty. Amelia Island, the southernmost barrier island of the Sea Island chain, was a Native American settlement of the Timucuan tribe. In 1562, the first European settlers arrived, and the island began its raucous journey as the only place in America where eight successive flags were flown: French, Spanish, British, Patriots, Green Cross, Mexican Rebel, Confederate, and America’s Old Glory. Amelia Island’s waters are still home to sunken Spanish galleons, buried gold doubloons, and treasures lost at sea, as Blackbeard and his ilk plundered sailing ships off the coast.
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Photograph (below far right) courtesy of Fall for Amelia
Throughout its storied history, Amelia Island’s natural wonders have remained constant and provide a welcome retreat for visitors during any time of year. Begin the relaxing journey at the top of Centre Street, next to the huge carved wooden statue of the legendary pirate Peg Leg Pete, in the restored former railroad depot that is the Fernandina Beach Welcome Center. Here, modern touchscreen technology and a helpful staff clue vacationers in on the hundreds of yearround activities, special cultural events, excursions, and ways to enjoy nature’s splendor. The 50-block historic district with Centre Street at its core is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, so a leisurely walk is the perfect way to see sprawling Live Oak trees, well-preserved Victorian homes, renovated shops, and restaurants, as well as six unique, turn-of-the-century bed and breakfasts. Fernandina Beach offers a nostalgic dose of Old Florida with its easy-going attitude, coupled with standout culinary offerings. Wander around to discover courts for the ancient French sport of pétanque, a year-round farmers’ market held on Saturdays, sophisticated home décor at Hudson & Perry, and plenty of stylish resort wear for men and women at
boutiques like Pearl, Lori & Lulu, and JJ Cooper. Much of the island lends itself to the healthful benefits of being near the water. Choose from kayaking, camping, stand-up paddle boarding, jetskiing, sunset river-cruising, fishing, horseback-riding on the sand, sailing, beachcombing, and bird-watching along the 13 miles of pristine quartz sand. One million dollars a year is allotted to beach renourishment to avoid sand erosion of the island, where the environmentally conscious rule “leave no trace” is strictly enforced. A short boat trip over to Cumberland Island, Georgia, is a must to see the 160 feral horses that exist completely alone in nature and are never touched, but are counted once a year by volunteers from all across the country. Amelia Island’s food scene is bright with an eclectic, local bent. The toprated Ritz-Carlton has an excellent dining option in Salt, where more than 40 salts from around the world are used to add flavor to the cuisine. The Omni Plantation Resort offers The Sprouting Project dinners, harvesting items from their aquaponic greenhouse, organic garden, and apiary. Veterans of these kitchens have branched out to open eateries all over town, so there’s a true JANUARY 2019 / 57
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Sea Dream: Amelia Island’s natural beauty has provided sanctuary for wanderers for hundreds of years. Guests can experience the seaside’s environmental wonders like the anhinga bird (right) or enjoy fresh seafood at places like Café Karibo (left).
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro A superb wine selection with creative lamb, seafood, beef, and duck entrées. joesbistro.com
Lagniappe Brunch to late-night, Creole specialties in a sophisticated, modern environment.
camaraderie amongst chefs. Notable restaurants are Lagniappe, where French Creole culture and the flavors of New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah meld creatively, and Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro where chef/owner Ricky Pigg serves up an impeccable seafood bouillabaisse. Try the casual Salty Pelican for conch fritters and a relaxing view overlooking the marshes, or the kitschy Surf Restaurant and Beach Motel for freshly caught grilled shrimp tacos. Leave room in the luggage for a bottle of Bearing Vanilla Bean Espresso Rum from Marlin & Barrel. The distillery uses no artificial ingredients in their handmade, hand-bottled vodkas, whiskeys, rums, gins, orangecello, and grapefruitcello that they make on-site. Grab a late-night drink at the Palace Saloon, the oldest and longest-running bar in Florida, where the mayor bartends, or swing by The Decantery, the town’s gorgeous premier wine, craft beer, and cocktail lounge known for indulgent desserts. Afterwards, go for a stroll amidst twinkling lights illuminating the trees or opt for a nighttime horse-and-carriage ride to provide a romantic finale. For couples or a solo weekend getaway, Amelia Island entertains everyone effortlessly year-round.
The Patio Quaint small bistro, wine bar, and crêperie. patioplacebistro.com
PLAY Fort Clinch State Park Immerse yourself in this maritime forest, or tour the well-preserved nineteenthcentury fort. The 1,400-acre park features beach and woodland campsites. floridastateparks.org/ fortclinch
Kayak Amelia Eco-tours by kayak, paddleboard, or bike. kayakamelia.com
Maritime Museum of Amelia Island Discover the island’s pirate past.
STAY Ritz-Carlton and The Omni Amelia Island Plantation The Ritz-Carlton and The Omni Amelia Island Plantation offer luxury resort experiences with full spa services.
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The Fairbanks House This 1885 Italianate villa in historic Fernandina Beach promises a dedacent gourmet breakfast each morning. fairbankshouse.com
Seaside Amelia Inn Beachfront boutique hotel with scenic rooftop. seasideameliainn.com
Photograph (above left) courtesy of Café Karibo; (above center) courtesy of Fall for Amelia
EAT Café Karibo Eat in the patio garden under the shade trees. Devour chili prawns or dine on filet mignon.
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“Patients come to me for many reasons,” says Dr. Katherine Birchenough, physician and director of wellness at OptimalSelf MD. “I like to know the top three things that brought them to me, and weight is very commonly one of the top three.” Fat metabolism is extremely complicated, she says, and she often finds that the number one reason people are resistant to weight loss efforts is stress. “High cortisol, which is the fight or flight hormone, promotes fat storage when chronically elevated,” she says. Therefore, it might not be lack of self control that is hindering weight loss progress for many people, but a busy, stressful lifestyle that is causing their body to store and hold onto fat. The good news is, people can attack the fat by making simple changes to their lifestyle. However, the guidance of a medical professional that sees health through a different lens can be invaluable, because when it comes to optimal health, “one size does not fit all,” says Birchenough, just the fourth doctor in South Carolina to be certified by the
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f tearing down a black diamond is how you get your winter thrills, then owning a good set of skis can go a long way. While most resorts offer rentals, a customized pair can give you the edge needed to soar down the slopes in expert style. For a myriad of snow gear options, head to Alpine Ski Center. From boots to bindings, goggles to garments, the shop carries top brands. If you’re unsure where to start, the staff are experts when it comes to snow sports, and will have you zipping down the mountain in no time.
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Leading the Pack South Carolinaâ€™s first Iditarod musher reflects on racing across the Last Frontier / by Stephanie Trot ter // illustration by Timothy Banks
ore than two decades have passed since Spartanburg veterinarian Sonny King attacked the Last Great Race on Earth, yet he can still feel the arctic air blast his cheeks, as his beloved huskies yelp to hit the trail. In 1997, King became the first South Carolinian to mush the Iditarod, a grueling 1,049-mile journey, pitting man and dog against an unforgiving Alaskan wilderness and Mother Nature. Not only did King complete the race under the burled arch in Nome, he returned five more times, eventually finishing in the top 10. This yearâ€™s Iditarod starts March 2. Do you miss it? >> I miss the comraderie with my dogs. The native Alaskans. They had so much respect for somebody like me coming up there and wanting to be a part of their culture.
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What drew you to the race? >> I always grew up with dogs. My parents insisted that you read, and I started with Call of the Wild and books of that nature. The next thing you know, you’re following the Iditarod, and then volunteering on the trail as a vet, and then you want to know what goes on between checkpoints, and the only way to do that is to be on a dog team. How cold does it get? >> I’ve seen it on a lot of occasions below -40 with a little wind. When you’re on the Southern Route, on the Yukon [River] going north and it’s cold, the wind is always in your face. It doesn’t seem to bother the dogs as much as it bothers the musher. You also have to cross part of the Bering Sea. >> I was born and raised in southwest Georgia. Being out on the sea ice and hearing it crack and move, it’s a very unique experience. Traveling across an area called the Burn, going into Nikolai, it’s a big open area. I remember riding across there at 2–3 o’clock in the morning and the Northern Lights are flashing from one horizon to the other, and there’s Mount McKinley (Denali) off in the background just shining. Over the years, you received multiple awards, including Most Improved Musher and the Humanitarian Award. To this day, the race recognizes your participation. >> It makes me very proud, when you’re the first one from a state, then your state flag is put on the mail the mushers carry through the race to Nome, to signify the way the mail used to get to Nome. So, the South Carolina flag is now on that mail. You were 50 when you first mushed. >> Yes. Kind of unheard of. The first thing my wife Mallie said was, ‘You’re gonna have to prove that you can get in shape.’ So, I’d get off work and get on my bike. I was biking 150–200 miles every week. A lot of people think that all you do is stand on the back of a sled and ride across Alaska. They don’t realize you’re off that sled 20–30 percent of that time, helping the dogs maneuver trails and turns, and things of that nature. Tell us about your dogs. >> As long as the dogs are happy and well fed, this is fun for them. It’s exciting. It’s like a lab going after a ball, or a beagle going rabbit hunting. This is something they like to do.
Dog Days: Growing up with a love for dogs, Spartanburg veterinarian Sonny King volunteered at the Iditarod before mushing the race six times, eventually finishing in the top 10. King is the first South Carolinian to complete the 1,049-mile journey across the Alaskan wilderness.
You have a special rapport with them. >> My hardest decision each year was training 21 dogs for 16 spots, and deciding which four to five I had to leave behind. Everybody worked just as hard as everybody else. But in the end, you’ve got to make a decision: what 16 make the traveling squad. You’ve got to decide who wants to be leaders on your team, who wants to work hand-in-hand with the leaders, and who wants to be part of the team and not have any responsibility but get you from point A to point B.
Kings of the Cold Only northern dog breeds, which include Siberian and Alaskan huskies or Alaskan malamutes, are eligible to compete in the Iditarod. All dogs must pass a pre-race physical exam to make sure they are fit to run the race.
Tell us about life today? >> We now have two grandchildren. I spend the majority of my time at Smith Animal Hospital and own Eastside Animal Hospital, so I work there, too. I have friends up in Alaska who give me a call and wonder if I’m going to come back and be a judge, or a vet on the trail. Will you? >> I’ve not been back since my last race in 2002. I say it’s sort of like an alcoholic. You don’t like hanging out at the bar if you can’t drink. I am going back. I’m just waiting for the right occasion. This year’s Iditarod will take place on March 2. Follow the pack at iditarod.com.
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See Shells: Ammonite fossils, the remains of sea creatures from the Cretaceous Era, are a few of the rare natural items offered at Cornerstone Minerals’ new location in downtown Greenville. For more, see cornerstoneminerals.com.
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Uncover the allure of ancient items at Greenvilleâ€™s Cornerstore Minerals // photography by Paul Mehaffey
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BEFORE TIME: (left to right) Aquamarine specimen from Nagar Mine, Hunza Valley, Pakistan; Diplomystus fossil from the Eocene epoch, Green River Formation in Wyoming; raw emerald ring; slice of a polished ammonite fossil from Madagascar; emerald from Muzo Mine in Colombia; and fossilized mammoth tooth from Siberia with a carved and polished bumblebee jasper pendant.
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y now, you’ve probably heard of CBD oil, one of the fastest growing elixirs in the wellness world. Likewise, you’re probably aware that it comes from the once-prohibited hemp plant, the same source responsible for (illegal) marijuana. And perhaps you’re skeptical of trying CBD oil because of this confusing scenario. The chemical compound cannabidiol is where CBD gets its name. Extracted from the hemp plant, CBD does not work within the body like the plant’s more commonly known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound with psychoactive effects. In other words, CBD does not get you “high.” Instead, proponents of CBD claim it can calm anxiety, act as an anti-inflammatory (and therefore help with arthritis, muscle spasms, and pain management), and lessen the severity of many other ailments, from acne to insomnia to seizures. “From our biological inception, we have an endocannabinoid system. Our bodies produce endogenous cannabinoids and use phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant to supplement and help support good health,” claims Randall Snyder, co-owner and CEO of Carolina Hemp Company, LLC. “Prior to the prohibition of hemp, we likely took in these nutrient rich cannabinoids in the livestock we consumed as part of our daily diets. Until prohibition, our bodies were nurtured naturally.” Because the FDA does not regulate CBD oil and because state laws vary, not all CBD oil products may be what they claim to be, and dosage amounts vary depending on product and individual. While no one can claim CBD oil heals or cures any ailment, medical research is underway. Talk with a medical professional who has experience in and understands CBD oil prior to purchase and consumption. As with any wellness initiative, results depend on the individual—though if popular opinion is any indicator, this trendy oil is a key contender for natural healing.
Good to the Last Drop: Extracted from hemp plants, CBD oil is thought to help with the effects of anxiety, arthritis, insomnia, epilepsy, and more. And it’s not just for bipeds—CBD can be used to benefit nervous pups, or any vertebrate pets.
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Taking Flight Knowing your own potential sometimes requires a giant leap of faith— and the willingness to put your life in another’s hands
everal years ago, I committed to serve as moral support, coffee brewer, cook, and scribe to a friend who was about to have a challenging, life-defining week. The plan was that I would fly up in a chartered plane, and then we would drive home together in one car at week’s end. When the arrangements were made, I only needed to deal with my standard “I hate flying” nerves, significantly elevated by the anticipated small size of the airplane. On the day I was to depart, the weather was awful—wind, sideways rain, crashes of lightning, all happening at once. My expectation was that my friend would call and relieve me of the commitment, but that did not happen. She was counting on me, and on the appointed day, I was going to fly over and through those Tennessee mountains, come hell or high water. When I arrived at the hangar, I spotted the tiny aircraft. The plane could only hold two passengers in addition to the pilot and co-pilot, so we are talking small plane. My risk-assessment meter was ticking up at an alarming rate as one of the two pilots took my bag and the other escorted me, the sole passenger, under a huge umbrella about the size of the plane’s wing up the flimsy steps into my seat. No one needed to review the safety procedures. I found my seatbelt lickety-split and clicked it into place. I remember being alarmed that no one said, “We are going to sit here on the runway and see if the storm lets up before we take off.” Not even a moment’s hesitation was contemplated. My guess is they saw in my eyes that, if they didn’t get
moving, I might bolt for the door. Off we went, tossed left and right, up and down—not just on take-off, but the entire time. At some point along the way in the midst of my restrained hysteria, I began to appreciate that the two pilots were completely unaffected by the situation. Though I couldn’t hear them over the noise of the aircraft and pelting rain, they seemed to be having a grand time, swapping stories in animated fashion as we flew through the storm. They were smiling, laughing, and at ease. They had assessed the risk and found none as compared to my absolute conviction that I had said my last goodbye to my husband prior to take off. Witnessing those pilots, calm and in control, was an epiphany for me. There was, in fact, no reason for concern. Everything was fine, and they knew it, regardless of my anxieties. Fear of the unknown can unduly influence our assessment of risk. In such times, relying on someone else may be just the ticket to get us through the storm. I’m here if you need me. Until then, y’all behave.
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Each month, the Man About TOWN will share his Upstate rendezvous, which may or may not involve cocktails.
Playing the Field The Man suits up for the gridiron to make the ultimate catch
n the fall of my seventh grade year, I joined my school’s football team. I didn’t have any interest in sports, but I did have an interest in girls, especially the ones who had miraculously “filled out” over the summer break. These girls seemed more interested in athletes than shy, quiet guys who wrote poetry, watched Masterpiece Theatre, and read the New Yorker during lunch period. When I told my mom I had signed up for the team, she looked at me as if I had just announced a plan to trade my piano lessons for a taxidermy course. “Are you sure you want to do this?” she asked when I handed her a list of the gear I needed. “You’re going to get dirty.” At the sporting goods store, I noticed one item on the list was described as an “Athletic Supporter with Cup.” I thought this was some type of personal hydration device, like a team-branded thermos with a detachable mug. But when I pulled the item off of the shelf and looked at the illustration on the back of the package, a chill went down my spine. Up until that point it had not occurred to me that playing football might actually lead to injury. I had imagined strutting down the junior high halls in my jersey and chatting up cheerleaders on the sidelines, masculine scenarios that didn’t require strapping a plastic bowl to my crotch. My mom could sense my fear. “You’ll probably spend most of your time on the bench,” she said, which was simultaneously comforting and insulting. Phrases like that are a talent she still possesses.
I was late to my first practice and the field house was empty when I walked in. I found my locker and spent the next half hour battling a set of shoulder pads. When I finally put on my helmet, I was so topheavy I feared falling over as I walked out onto the field. The coach, a man whose stomach spilled over his polyester shorts like a sack of fertilizer about to fall off a tailgate, yelled my name and pointed to a spot near the middle of the field. “You’re a safety,” he said, which was encouraging not just because of the word “safe” but also because I was a good fifteen yards from where the ball was sitting. A moment later someone yelled “HUT!” and soon an enormous player was sprinting towards me with the football cradled in his arm. “Tackle him!” I heard the coach yell. I took a step backwards, spread my arms wide, and then closed my eyes. The next thing I remember I was flat on my back listening to the coach scold me like I was a stray dog that had just urinated on his leg. As the next play started, I sheepishly limped off the field. When I reached the field house I kept going, out through the gate and into the parking lot where my mom was sitting in her car. “I didn’t think that would last long,” she said as I climbed in the passenger seat. “But I’m proud of you for giving it a try.” I was shaken and sore, but at least I had impressed one woman.
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Essay Learning to Float:
A writer explores our cultural obsession with self-care and finds herself in a float spa.
Sink or Swim A self-care skeptic tries flotation therapy and finds something unexpected / by Kathryn Davé // illustration by Timothy Banks
otherhood takes you many places you never expected: today, I’m in an egg-shaped, saltwater-filled sensorydeprivation pod. Mothering a child isn’t a prerequisite for this womb-like experience promoted as “flotation therapy,” but it does make me an ideal candidate for the latest trend in self-care. Generally overworked and underslept, with two children under age three and one million thoughts in my head, I am just like every other millennial mom who’s told that self-care will solve our problems. Do I sound like a skeptic? Consider, then, that I’m a skeptic who has embraced sheet masks and dry brushing this year, who has learned about serums and found joy in the ritual of washing my face: I’m wading in the very water I’m wary of. If others experience the same inner conflict, they don’t show it. “Self-care” has become a $10 billion industry, with Google searches spiking in the last two years alone. As media outlets advise us all on “45 essential ways to practice self-care,” whole wellness empires have been built on curious forays much like my own. What is self-care? In some ways, the movement is a victory for our time, especially for women and marginalized communities. Culturally and collectively choosing to care for ourselves, “consciously tending to one’s own wellbeing,” as Aisha Harris defines it, can have profound implications for our health. And, historically, women’s needs have been dismissed as secondary to the service of others, so there’s a rightness in advocating for the renewal we need. The good brings its share of bad, though, and while the practice of self-care has roots in the radical ’60s, it has been diluted and repackaged by consumerism. For so many, the way into self-care is money out: crystals, face masks, fluffy slippers, bath bombs, hydrafacials, meditation apps, rosé wine. It seems the only radical thing about self-care these days is how much profit there is to be made in the name of it. The alternative to self-care you shop for comes at a different cost: disengagement. The free practices of self-care routinely advise coping with the stress of daily life by leaving it. Stop reading the news. Don noise-canceling headphones. Flake on previously made
plans if it feels like too much. If something upsets you on social media, unfollow. Ditch all the demands of your ordinary life by the wayside and just focus on you, baby. Maybe you hear my skepticism coming through now. There’s a time and place for each of these practices, to be sure, but I find fault with the larger idea that the only way to deal with the hard parts of life is to hide from them. So what am I doing at this float spa, an experience that feels otherworldly right from the moment I enter the suite with a chalkboard sign reserved for “Kathryn: The Magical Mermaid”? I came to investigate because floating in a sound-and-light-proof tank seems emblematic of America’s current idea of self-care—paying to momentarily disappear from the world in order to relax. And I came because I am curious. Flotation therapy, or restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST), has been studied for more than 50 years, but its popularity has skyrocketed only recently. Float spas have opened all across the country, touting benefits like stress and anxiety reduction, pain relief for chronic conditions and sore muscles, increased endorphins, and higher levels of creativity and inner growth. Floaters relax in lightproof, soundproof tanks that generally contain 1,000-plus pounds of pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salts to create buoyancy and water maintained at body temperature, somewhere around 95 degrees, to minimize stimuli. These hour-plus float sessions are supposed to trigger theta brain waves—a state that can unlock creativity or trigger profound emotional and mental clarity. After rinsing off in a cold shower and sealing my ears with earplugs, I step shivering and with some nervous energy into the pod. Immediately, the water soothes me. It’s warm and salty, somehow amplifying the colored light that gently changes every few seconds. I lean back until I’m floating half in, half out of the water. It feels like I’m being bathed in light and sound, and it’s very nice, but after a few minutes, the music and lights fade out to total blackness. I expected to struggle with shutting my thoughts off, so when my breathing almost instantly slips into the steady rhythm I associate with sleep, I’m surprised. I am warm and suspended and, frankly,
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I paid for an hour of nothing, but confronted everything in the dark, salty water—my mind a pinball machine of thoughts, some silly, some serious. very proud that I have achieved this zen state so quickly. Completely unmoored from time in the womb-like blackness, I am unsure of how many minutes have passed when I am jolted out of mindless bliss into the cyclone of thoughts I initially anticipated. I try to pray, try to focus on my breathing, place a hand on my stomach as an anchor, but for naught; my mind dips and swoops, a rogue starling in flight. Conscious now of the seam where my body meets the water, I change positions, drift, feel disoriented, wonder desperately how much time has passed. I don’t think my experience is unusual. In fact, flotation therapy practitioners advise first-timers to give the treatment multiple tries, noting that it often takes several float sessions for the body to surrender to the sensation. I am a writer, and I knew I would write about my float. Afterward, I shower the slick salt off my body, turning the whole, strange drift over in my mind. Where was my mindless zen? Where were the deep insights, the emotional clarity, the theta waves? It wasn’t until hours later,
with my thick hair still damp from the shower, that I thought about the drive home from the spa. It had been silent, and somehow rich. The gift of the float was not the retreat it offered, but the return. I paid for an hour of nothing, but confronted everything in the dark, salty water—my mind a pinball machine of thoughts, some silly, some serious. But the reason I could drive home so dreamily, walk into my house and greet my wailing child so benevolently was because in the float tank, there weren’t any other voices to crowd out my own—there wasn’t anywhere to run. I’m hardly the person to define self-care, but I have to believe that “conscious tending of wellbeing” begins with listening to our body, our mind, our spirit. In the endless barrage of messages we all face daily, the practice of listening to ourselves is a lost one—maybe even a radical one. And it doesn’t require purchasing a session in a sensory-deprivation pod to try it. It’s why self-care as pure commerce or detachment will always fall short of the destination. We can’t slap on a sheet mask in a hot bath and check “self-care” off our to-do list, although this may be the portrait of self-care we have in our minds and Instagram feeds. Caring for self comes not through floating away from real life or covering it up with luxurious products, but making space to listen where often there is none—a walk in the woods, a silenced phone, or, who knows, maybe even a float session. JANUARY 2019 / 77
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Ultra-runner and corporate coach Dan Waldschmidt doesnâ€™t believe in the easy way, vowing that discipline, determination, and vulnerability can push you Over the Edge. FRONT RUNNER
Business strategist, corporate coach, keynote speaker, and ultra-runner, Greenville-based Dan Waldschmidt helps elite companies push beyond the status quo.
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YMCA’S CAMP GREENVILLE
Dan Waldschmidt isn’t just running for his life—he’s running for yours, too. “When you run a 100-mile race,
everything is in pain, and your body is saying, ‘Dude, this is not healthy.’ The second you stop running, the pain goes away. You either stop and you fail or you finish and you win—not because you’re competing against anyone else, it doesn’t matter—but because you finished.” An hour-long interview with the corporate coach can be akin to sprinting through a brain-marathon: you gotta keep up. During a midweek twilight near the end of November, temperatures are falling from 48-degree highs. Even more challenging, the conversation takes place at a Starbucks, where you have to sit outside because it’s too noisy inside. You settle down with Dan and immediately get down to business. He calls himself a “business strategist”: “The boardroom is my playground.” Also a keynote speaker and contributor to the likes of CNBC, he makes it clear he’s not some self-help motivational guru—and that he’s an introvert. He’s all about clarity. He learned to focus early. In northern Virginia, his parents refused to allow a television; reading was required. “My mom said, ‘You’re not going to read fiction because it’s fake,’” he says, before recalling that at age 12, apparently his single most formative year, he was reading his father’s copy of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the eighteenth century. By 25, he’d dropped out of a Bible college and a university; sold cemetery plots; married, with a son; then was named CEO of a professional-services company.
HE WAS DRIVEN
, all right—relentless work destroyed his marriage and left him physically and emotionally ill. He was driven to suicide. “I can still remember the oily taste of cool metal on my tongue,” he writes in his 2014 self-published book, EDGY Conversations: How Ordinary People Can Achieve Outrageous Success.
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MAN WITH A PLAN
Fueled by a focused childhood, Dan became CEO of a professionalservices company by 25. His relentless overwork nearly destroyed his life, but he now channels his drive into competitive running and consulting with bigtime companies to add measurable value to their businesses.
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He sat in his garage, drunk, exhausted, hopeless. “In a twisted, overachiever kind of way—after all, one would do the job—I shoved bullet after bullet into the clip of my Browning .22 pistol until it was full,” he writes. “Curiously, I questioned whether I should place it at my temple or in my mouth. Would I screw this up as well?” Now 40, he says he has added $17 billion in value to clients’ companies, including some of the world’s biggest banks and airlines, with projects in 17 countries. A few months ago, he launched another company, EDGY, which revolves around his speaking and writing and strategizing with C-suiters he calls elite “business athletes.” EDGY’s actually an acronym. Here’s how Overview, a Boston-based expansionstage venture firm for software companies, distills EDGY: Extreme behavior: “Taking something different and multiplying it by insanity.
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LEAD TO BELIEVE
As a corporate coach, Dan Waldschmidt does more than suggest small changes. Through his EDGY metric, he helps companies exceed their perceived bar of success.
In other words, taking risks that might make you feel uncomfortable, but might also put your business in a position to get noticed and build customer loyalty.” Disciplined activity: “Commit to something you believe in; you have to stick with it long enough for it to actually work.” Giving mindset: “Conversations with customers and prospects aren’t about you.” (For Dan, gratitude’s key.) Y(h)uman strategy: “Can you identify the pain or fear that is driving them to do what they do? That’s the heart of Dan’s business gospel: Being human, being clear, and being tough; he calls his work, “Radical help for those who want it. Whereas other consultants would come in and go, ‘Hey, let’s readjust the labeling’ and ‘Let’s reposition this’—all very logical—but it’s missing that extra something and that extra something is what we bring. Sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on what it is exactly.” Not really. Dan’s thing is all about knowing who you are and why you do what you do, working on an emotional, even vulnerable, level to connect with people. Doing that connects you to yourself, to your dreams, to your happiness and success. In a word, Dan focuses on the business of being a human being in a world of business. “The standard for us is, how do we create something so overwhelmingly magical? People confuse magic as what you sell. It’s not what you sell; it’s the methods. The methods are what create the magic.”
HIS BUSINESS-SENSE MAGIC
, as it were, began with preteen entrepreneurship. He started a lawn-mowing business—again, at 12. “After I got my flyers printed, my first day out, my mom asked where I was going, and I said, ‘To go mow lawns.’ And she asked, ‘With what mower?’ I said. ‘With this one.’ She said, ‘That’s mine. You can use our mower, but it’ll cost you.’” His work and demeanor feel and sound like a mashup of Tony Robbins, Oprah, Dale Carnegie, Dr. Phil, and the late Jim Fixx, the author of the 1977 bestseller, The Complete Book of Running, credited with “helping start America’s fitness revolution.” Dan’s no casual runner. An ultra-marathoner, he says he has logged some 17,000 miles within the last decade. In June 2015, he placed first in Greenville’s 100-mile Knock on Wood race, clocking in at 17 hours, 18 minutes. UltraSignup.com, a website that collects such things, says Dan’s sixteen hyper-long races rank him above the 91st percentile in his age group. “He’s a runner who’s not stopping at just running a marathon, but some crazy
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“LOVE OF THE GAME: WHEN TWO EQUALLY TALENTED PLAYERS GO HEAD TO HEAD, THE WINNER IS USUALLY THE ONE WHO LOVES THE GAME MORE.”
stuff,” says Rajesh Setty, an entrepreneur, author, speaker, personal-branding expert, and founder and owner of several tech companies; he lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with Dan for four years.
“SO MANY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT BEING AWESOME
it’s almost like a cliché for them. It’s cool to say you should be awesome, but Dan is the one person that I’ve seen that actually manages that in his life and in his clients’ lives,” Setty says. “That’s why I love him because one thing is to talk about it, the other is to live it. Talking is easy, but living it is really, really hard.” Talk about hard: Try developing a software platform in partnership with the NFL to data-mine athletes, a precursor to the system depicted in the 2011 film 6 Moneyball, where the Oakland As used sophisticated matrices to build a championship baseball team. The NFL program came from Zebra Technologies, where, until 2017, Jill Stelfox was vice president. “We were very manufacturing-focused,” says Stelfox, now CEO of a sports-related startup in San Jose, California. “We weren’t a sexy, cool company. Dan was able to create a video out of whole, clean cloth to demonstrate the power and vision of technology that we have—the science behind it, the package behind it—and made it look really sexy. Which was great—that’s what the NFL wanted.” Dan knows how to move the ball down the field because he’s been there, done that, run that. “I’m going to share lessons with you I’ve learned from helping the most elite companies in the world and not at a business level, but at a personal level, and I think that’s the difference,” he says, responding to a question about what distinguishes him from other selfstyled, self-help, quick-fix, sales types. “I’m not just a guy on a stage. I’m the guy who woke up one morning and ran 16 miles so I could be in the frame of mind to be on the stage.” It’s working toward that next stage he believes we can all achieve if we know ourselves enough to know what we actually want. Dan’s in it for the long run.
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FOOD FINDS & CAN’T-MISS DISHES
Cold Kicker: Immunity-boosting ingredients—lemon, garlic, honey, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne—come together in this seasonal tea.
Photograph by Paul Mehaffey
Sip away seasonal sickness with a sure-fire home remedy
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Super Natural Deliver a roundhouse kick to cold and flu season with an immune-boosting tonic you can brew yourself / by Kathryn Davé // photograph by Paul Mehaf fey
Drink to Health: Sip your way out of sickness with a warming brew made from nature’s best immune boosters.
oworkers typically share their colds, but lucky for me, my desk mate gave me the cure for it instead. The name—invincibilitea—is corny. The taste is not for the faint of heart. But the spicy, garlicky brew has become my silver bullet for cold and flu season. At the first sign of sickness, I put on a pot of invincibilitea and sip it for the next few days. Taken while sick, the tea helps knock out cold symptoms and kickstart your body’s recovery; taken preventatively, the tea beefs up your immune system so you can ward off illness—all courtesy of a few ingredients you can pick up on your next grocery run.
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It’s probably no surprise that raw honey also contains antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Plus, local honey can help shield you from seasonal allergies. Its thick, syrup-like quality soothes sore throats, providing a welcome wink of sweetness to hot toddies and teas.
Raw garlic packs a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal punch, thanks to a compound called allicin that gets activated when the clove is crushed. Fresh garlic stimulates the body’s immune response and has been called a “natural antibiotic.” Studies even show that regular allicin consumption reduced the risk of getting a cold by 64 percent.
This brown root is a sickness-fighting superstar with anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant properties. Ginger promotes good circulation, helps clear respiratory passages, soothes the stomach and throat, and is considered a natural fever and pain reducer.
Used as medicinal food around the world for centuries, turmeric boasts a compound called curcumin, which has strong antiinflammator y and antioxidant proper ties. Turmeric has also been shown to inhibit the grow th of viruses, making this potent yellow spice a key player in natural remedies.
The kick this lit tle pepper delivers is wor th it because cayenne is a power ful decongestant and expectorant, helping to thin mucus. In addition to stimulating lymphatic and circulator y activit y, the hot pepper can reduce fever by bringing your body temperature down.
These slices of sunshine are high in vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, and potassium, which helps reduce free radicals and create infection-fighting white blood cells. Better yet, lemon is an alkaline food that helps bring the body’s pH level back in balance where pathogens and bacteria can’t survive. ))) FOR THE RECIPE TOWNCAROLINA.COM
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Breakfast of Champions: Chef Katie Button does bagels the New York way with heavenly combinations of house-made, sustainably produced ingredients, like Three Graces Dairy cream cheese and Asheville’s Carolina Ground flour.
Asheville food maven and James Beard Award nominee Katie Button whips up her third eatery with Button & Co. Bagels / by M. Linda Lee
iven Asheville’s Appalachian heritage, fluffy homemade biscuits populate more menus than not in the city’s restaurants. But it’s not nearly so easy to scare up a good New York-style bagel. That is, until Button & Co. Bagels opened in late October. Located on Lexington Street in the space below Chef Katie Button’s second restaurant, Nightbell (her first, the nationally acclaimed tapas spot Cúrate, opened in 2011 around the corner on Biltmore Avenue), this new bagel shop merges the South Carolina-born chef’s Southern roots with her childhood in the North. “I grew up in New Jersey with a love for bagels, lox, and schmears,” Katie confesses. “This shop is my way of bringing my New Jersey roots to the South.” Button, a James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef: Southeast in 2018, tackled bagels the same way she does everything: she dove in headfirst. She and her husband and business partner, Félix Meana, are always tossing around ideas for new projects, and they decided a casual place with counter service would suit the small space below Nightbell. So the couple took a research trip to New York City to nosh on bagels. Once they pinned down the type they wanted to make, Katie and Félix came back and started
experimenting with recipes. On the whole, the duo spent about a year researching and refining the concept for Button & Co. Bagels. What they came up with is a classic boiled and baked bagel made from their own sourdough starter and proofed overnight. Flour from Asheville’s Carolina Ground and local sorghum syrup—which takes the place of the barley malt syrup traditionally used up North—represent Button’s devotion to sustainably produced Appalachian ingredients. Six varieties of bagels—plain, rye, everything, seeded, salt, and fig & sorghum—are made fresh throughout each day. On the sandwich menu, bagels envelop house-cured wild salmon and house-smoked black cod, house-made pastrami and mortadella, and the chef’s seasonal jams. Phoebe Esmon, who directs the cocktail program for Katie Button Restaurants, even concocted the recipes for the house-crafted sodas and shrubs. The “schmear” to spread on her fresh-baked bagels results from Button’s partnership with Three Graces Dairy in nearby Marshall, North Carolina. “They call it ‘dream cheese,’” Button says of the decadent cultured cow’s-milk cheese that Three Graces customizes for the shop. Dedicating her storefront to bagels and all the craveable accompaniments appears to be a successful formula. On opening day, the shop completely sold out of bagels in four hours, and by the end of the first week, Button & Co. Bagels had polished off an astounding 250 pounds of Three Graces’ cheese. As we chat, the over-achieving chef and mother of two (a three-year-old daughter and an infant son) is simultaneously critiquing the amount of cream cheese on the bagels, editing the menu, and managing to sandwich in a quick bagel lunch between meetings and other commitments. “My job is to push the concept forward,” Katie says. “I’m always trying to make things perfect.” Button & Co. Bagels, 32 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC. (828) 630-0330, katiebuttonrestaurants.com/button-co-bagels
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’Shroom Sense Southern Pressed Juicery’s Wildcrafted Collection amplifies mind and body / by Abby Moore Keith // photography by Paul Mehaf fey
he menu said there was Brain in my pie. I hesitated to dig in at first, but no one else seemed to mind. Besides, Southern Pressed Juicery is completely plant-based, so my pumpkin pie couldn’t contain parts of animal organ. Plus it looked delicious. It was delicious. Brain, SPJ co-owner Olivia Esquivel explains, is an adaptogen blend, a customized mix of nontoxic mushrooms and super herbs, one of three making up the Wildcrafted Collection that the juicery launched in 2018. Adaptogens have been used in Eastern healing traditions for thousands of years, and the three Wildcrafted blends were developed in response to customers’ concerns regarding stress. “I sit at the counter and listen to guests about what they are feeling, what they are needing,” says Esquivel. “One of the most recurring themes that I continually hear is stress.” When you are stressed, the hormone cortisol rises and your body reacts to it, Esquivel explains. Adaptogens work to normalize cortisol’s effects, and the three Wildcrafted blends, Brain, Beauty, and Energy, are customized to target specific symptoms. Slip them into your coffee or bake them in a pie, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you get your daily dosage. Esquivel recommends experimenting with each blend to see which works best with your body. Southern Pressed Juicery, 2 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 729-8626, southernpressedjuicery.com
Powder Power: Considered to reduce effects of stress, adaptogens have been used for centuries, most commonly in Eastern medicine. Southern Pressed Juicery’s Wildcrafted blends are allnatural and have a shelf life of two years.
// B R A I N This blend is meant to break down those midday mental barriers. Designed for clarity, Brain boasts increased blood flow to your noggin to lift your mood, reduce anxiety, and increase productivity, creativity, and cognitive function.
// B EAUT Y “It’s a blend that’s going to help if stress is presenting in your skin,” Esquivel says, adding that users should expect to see results within a few weeks. This mix is made to restore emotional balance, enhance skin elasticity, boost libido, and nourish inner organs.
// EN ER GY This is the blend to get you the extra mile, created to enhance stamina and muscle tone while reducing fatigue and boosting metabolism, strength, and resilience. Unlike an energy drink, it sustains without the dreaded sugar drop or crash.
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Pan Out: Winter meals are made easy with simple sheetpan dinners, like this tasty harissa salmon and veggie medley.
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SHEET PAN HARISSA SALMON & VEGETABLES Serves 4
hen Irma Rombauer coined the phrase “the joy of cooking,” she was maybe forgetting about five nights of the week. What’s joyful about cooking when meetings run late and soccer practice kicks off right in the middle of dinner hour and cranky babies need to be fed and put to bed? What we fail to talk about when we talk about cooking is time. It takes some. Cue the infinite parade of culinary tools and tricks promising the answer to making dinner happen. Every miracle method has its day, and right now, the day belongs to sheet pan dinners—a toss and roast kind of approach that boasts limited clean-up and light hands-on time. Sheet pan dinners don’t ask you to stir or sauté or scrub a million pots. They package up healthy protein and veggies in an appealing, convenient way. They are versatile and require only an inexpensive sheet pan. This spicy, Moroccan-inspired edition brings the faraway flavor of harissa to ordinary salmon and winter vegetables. A swoosh of garlicky yogurt plays yin to harissa’s fiery yang, cooling things down for a perfect balance, and the whole plate comes together in about an hour, largely hands-off. Of course, sheet pan suppers will no more cure the crunch of weeknight stress than Instant Pots and Hamburger Helper. There isn’t an instant fix—there is only intention and determination and cooking your way to the joy. But if a sheet pan dinner inspires you to turn on the oven and start, well, therein lies the miracle.
1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into large florets 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into small cubes 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained 4 Tbs. olive oil, divided 3 Tbs. harissa paste*, divided 1 Tbs. honey 4 (5 oz.) skin-on salmon fillets Kosher salt 1 cup plain whole-milk or Greek yogurt Juice of 1 lemon 2 garlic cloves, grated Fresh mint and fresh parsley, for finishing *Note: The heat of harissa paste can vary widely among brands. Be sure to taste yours first and adjust the proportions accordingly.
Weeknight Wonder Spicy harissa and a humble sheet pan work time-saving magic on salmon and veggies
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. 2. Stir together 2 Tbs. harissa paste, 3 Tbs. olive oil, and salt to taste in a large bowl. Add cauliflower, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes and mix with your hands until the vegetables are well coated. Spread vegetables out onto a half-sheet baking pan and roast in the oven undisturbed for about 30–35 minutes. 3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together 1 Tbs. harissa paste, 1 Tbs. olive oil, and 1 Tbs. honey. Pat the salmon fillets dry and then season with salt on both sides. 4. Remove sheet pan from the oven and toss vegetables to finish roasting. Create some space and place the salmon fillets on the pan with the vegetables, skin side down. Brush fillets with the harissahoney mixture and return pan to oven. Roast for another 10 minutes or until salmon is done to your liking. 5. Stir together yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and salt to taste. When ready to serve, spoon garlicky yogurt onto a plate and top with salmon and vegetables. Finish generously with fresh mint and parsley. ))) FOR MORE RECIPES TOWNCAROLINA.COM
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Guide BARS, CAFÉS & RESTAURANTS
AMERICAN ADAMS BISTRO
The Adams family opened their bistro’s doors in February 2008 and have been serving up flair and flavor ever since. Expect classics like a burger with a chargrilled certified Angus beef patty, as well as out-of-the-box picks like the Jack Daniel’s Pork Chop, charbroiled in a sweet and tangy Jack Daniel BBQ glaze. Be sure to visit the outdoor patio during the warmer months—weather permitting of course. $-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 221 Pelham Rd, #100. (864) 370-8055, adams-bistro.com
With a focus on local produce, Chef Greg McPhee’s globally influenced menu changes almost weekly. Sample dishes include grilled Greenbrier Farms hanger steak, octopus carpaccio, and Chinese red shrimp and BBQ cabbage steamed buns. The “For the Table” option offers housemade charcuterie, Blue Ridge Creamery cheese, Bake Room bread, and pickled veg. Don’t miss the outstanding cocktail program at the gorgeous bar upstairs, or brunch, which is served on Sunday. $$-$$$, D, SBR. Closed Mon–Tues. 586 Perry Ave. (864) 219-3082, theanchoragerestaurant.com
Vibrant Latin American cuisine comes to Greenville by way of ASADA, a brick-andmortar taqueria on Wade Hampton Boulevard serving traditional Mission-style fare. Grab a bite of flavor with the grilled sweet potatoes & leeks sopes (right), a savory vegan dish served on scratch-made sopes topped with homemade charred red peppers and guajillo romesco salsa, and queso fresco for the dairy inclined. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sun & Mon.
903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 770-3450, asadarestaurant.com
Augusta Grill is a Greenville institution of upscale comfort food. At the bar or in the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the wild mushroom ravioli with pancetta and roasted garlic cream, or the sautéed rainbow trout with crabmeat beurre blanc. The lineup changes daily, but diners can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly soughtafter blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316, augustagrill.com BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE
You might think you know what meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From a board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to a glass-walled curing room display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The drink menu mirrors the food, featuring whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D.
Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 2976000, baconbrospublichouse.com BLOCKHOUSE
The Augusta Road crowd frequents the dark, cozy dining room here to knock back raw Gulf Coast oysters and happy-hour drink specials after work. An oldie but a goodie— 35 years strong and still kicking—Blockhouse offers a full menu of freshly prepared items including signatures like seafood gumbo and prime rib slow-roasted for eight hours. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1619 Augusta Rd. (864) 2324280, blockhouse.net BOBBY’S BBQ
At his new barbecue spot on Main Street in Fountain Inn, Tay Nelson smokes all the meat over oak wood in 1,000-gallon smokers. Named for his late father and brother (both named Bobby), the restaurant prides itself on its scratch-made sides and desserts. Go for the award-winning brisket and save room for the banana pudding.$, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed
Sun–Weds. 1301 N Main St, Fountain Inn. (864) 409-2379, eatbobbys.com
BRICK STREET CAFÉ
You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay that serves all the comforts of home. Try mom’s spaghetti, Miss Sara’s crab cakes, or the signature fried shrimp with sweet potato fries. But do save room for made-from-scratch sweets like the sweet potato cake, peanut butter cake, and apple pie (available for special-order, too). $$-$$$, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed Sun–Mon. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111, brickstreetcafe.com
FORK AND PLOUGH
This newcomer is the quintessential farm-to-fork partnership between Greenbrier Farms and Chef Shawn Kelly. With its casual, family-friendly feel, Fork & Plough brings a butcher shop, market, and restaurant to the Overbrook neighborhood. Chef Kelly masterminds an ever-changing roster of locally sourced dishes like this barbecue local rabbit hash with bell pepper, onion, baby carrot, fingerling potatoes, mustard barbecue sauce, and poached eggs. $$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Tuesday. 1629 E North St. (864) 609-4249, forkandplough.com GB&D
The restaurant’s description itself—Golden Brown & Delicious—tells you all you need to know about this West Greenville joint. Locally sourced dishes of American favorites, such as well-crafted salads and sandwiches—like the killer burger on a housemade brioche bun—fill the menu. Check out the extended menu at dinner, which features an impressive repertoire of the restaurant’s best dishes. $$, L (Tues–Sat), D
(Thurs–Sat), SBR. Closed Mon. 1269 Pendleton St. (864) 230-9455, eatgbnd.com
The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots in the former High Cotton space on the Reedy River. Indulge in a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (USDA Prime beef flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers), or try a Durham Ranch elk loin with root vegetable hash and pine nut relish. Don’t miss the lavender French toast at brunch. $$$$, L (Fri– Sat), D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, hallschophousegreenville.com
Photograph by Andrew Huang
Not to be cheesy, but the latest addition to Greenville’s food truck scene is melting hearts, one grilled sammie at a time. Lauren Kulesz of Mobile Meltdown has been delivering creamy grilled cheese, paired with tomato bisque or fried mashed potato balls, to comfort-food cravers from her truck window since fall 2018. Grab your typical American cheese and bread blend with the classic, or dig into the likes of the spicy pig (right)—hot Capocollo ham and a ManchegoJarlsberg cheese blend, topped with diced jalapeños and balsamic reduction glaze and served on freshly baked bread. $, L, D. Times & Locations vary, facebook.com/ mobilemeltdownfoodtruck/
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HARE & FIELD
long-standing hardware store in Travelers Rest. This BBQ joint from the folks behind Sidewall Pizza and Rocket Surgery serves everything from ribs, wings, and veggies— all wood-fired. Steven Musolf wears the title of head chef and is the mind behind the menu. $$-$$$. D. Closed Monday. 21
Sister restaurant to Farmhouse Taco, Hare & Field serves comfort fare with upscale elegance. While the fried chicken skins in sorghum sriracha sauce are a sure starter, make your main meal the big mater sandwich slathered in basil aioli. Pair with the Hare & Field Trail Ale, crafted specially by Brewery 85 for the gastropub. $$. L, D,
N Main St, Travelers Rest. (585) 414-8620, monkeywrenchsmokehouse.com
SBR. 327 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0249, hareandfieldkitchen.com
NORTHAMPTON WINE & DINE
Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s more on the menu, but their succulent ribs with beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com HUSK GREENVILLE
Husk Greenville delivers legendary farm-totable concepts under Chef Jon Buck, who champions Southern fare by resurrecting dishes reminiscent of great-grandma’s kitchen. The ever-evolving menu offers starters—like the crispy pig ear lettuce wraps—then dives into heftier plates like the coal-roasted chicken, sorghum-flour dumplings, and shishito peppers. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 722 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 6270404, huskgreenville.com
A straight farm-to-table concept and a certified-green restaurant, Kitchen Sync’s eco-focus extends to its menu, sourced by local farms. Start with the gritz fritz, with Hurricane Creek fried grits, collards, and pepper jam. The banh mi salad comes loaded with fresh veg and rice noodles, topped with pulled pork or tofu, or try the local rib pork chop. Don’t miss the pizza! $$, L, D. Closed Sun–Mon. 1609 Laurens Rd, Greenville. (864) 568-8115, facebook.com/kitchensyncgreenville
LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER
Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s balances upscale dining with comfort. Start with the she-crab soup, then select an entrée from the day’s offerings—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Enjoy the river view on the enclosed outdoor patio and the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$,
L (Mon–Fri), D (daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, larkinsontheriver.com
LTO BURGER BAR
Chef Brian Coller has crafted a menu that steers the beefy American staple into unconventional (but totally delicious) territory. Take the Piedmont mullet ’85, with sloppy joe chili, bomb mustard, American cheese, and “phat” onion rings. For you Elvis enthusiasts, the King of Memphis is a hunk of burnin’ love concocted with banana jam, peanut butter, and bacon. $$, L, D. 2451 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 214-1483, ltoburgerbargvl.com
MOE’S ORIGINAL BAR B QUE
Founded by three Alabama sons, this new ’cue joint hits the West Stone area with Bama-style barbecue and traditional Southern sides. A fast-casual environment, grab a seat indoors or out—roll-up garage doors allow access to a pet-friendly patio— and enjoy a pulled pork platter or the fried catfish, all while cheering on your favorite football team on the flat screens. $-$$, L, D,
SBR. 109 W Stone Ave, Suite B (864) 5201740, moesoriginalbbq.com/greenville MONKEY WRENCH SMOKEHOUSE
Monkey Wrench Smokehouse comes by its name honestly, taking up space in a
Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the thousands for sale, open it for a corkage fee, and enjoy with a selection of cheese or small plate. Or, stay for dinner and select from an ever-changing menu, which includes seafood, beef, and wild game. The outdoor patio is a decidedly relaxing location for a meal or a glass of wine. $$-$$$$. L, D. 211-A E Broad St. (864)
THE NOSE DIVE
The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. Beer, wine, and cocktails at its upstairs bar CRAFTED complement an ambitious menu of urban comfort food from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is a downtown hotspot. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 373-7300, thenosedive.com OJ’S DINER
OJ’s is not a restaurant. It’s an Upstate institution. The old-school meat-andthree dishes up homestyle favorites on a daily basis, but every weekday comes with specials: lasagna and porkchops on Mondays, turkey and meatloaf Tuesdays, and more. Don’t forget to dig into a mess of sides: the mac ‘n’ cheese tastes the way mama made it and God intended.
$, B, L. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 907 Pendleton St. (864) 235-2539, ojs-diner.com RESTAURANT 17
Tucked away in Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 blends contemporary European bistro with Blue Ridge bliss. The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes from Executive Chef Nick Graves like smoked scallop crudo with crème fraîche, grapefruit, hot sauce pearls, and Meyer lemon oil, and pork belly agnolotti with chestnuts, rapini, and saffron cream.
$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun & Mon. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1254, restaurant17.com RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD
Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant takes us seaside. The day’s fresh catch comes grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or chef-designed. Ideal for group dinners or date nights, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 546-3535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com
RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE
Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimigrade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, rickerwins.com ROCKET SURGERY
The Sidewall team trades slices for sliders with this craft concept, whose low-key bill of fare features snackable burgers like lamb topped with feta, spinach, and tangy harissa, and fried soft-shell crab with creamy paprika aioli. If you plan to drink your dinner, go for the Typhoon, with rum, dry curaçao, lime, lemongrass, curry, coconut cream, or The Prospector with bourbon and
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bitters. $$, D (Mon, Thurs–Sat), SBR. 164-D S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0901, rocketsurgery54321.com
This fashionable restaurant lends a modern, tasty addition to N. Main Street. Whenever possible, Roost sources food within a limited distance from producer to consumer; ingredients are often procured from nearby areas in South and North Carolina. In good weather, try to snags a spot on the patio overlooking NoMa Square. $$-$$$, B,L, D, SBR. 220 N Main St. (864) 298-2424, roostrestaurant.com SMOKE ON THE WATER
Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with separate street-side dining and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beer-butt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202.
(864) 232-9091, saucytavern.com SOBY’S
Local flavor shines here in entrées like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. Their selection of 700 wines guarantees the perfect meal complement. Featuring different weekly selections, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S
Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com THE STRIP CLUB 104
Whether you’re a red-blooded meat eater or prefer a little pork, the Strip Club has it seared, grilled, basted, or blackened for your pleasure. Keep it simple with the “plain Jane” dish— house-aged Black Angus USDA prime strip—or spice it up with the carpetbagger, a filet mignon masterpiece paired with fried oysters, smoked bacon collards, and garlic mashed potatoes. $$$$$$, D (Tues–Sat). 104 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 877-9104, thestripclub104.com
B ARS & BREWERIES 13 STRIPES BREWERY
Providing patrons and patriots alike with a wide porch area and spacious interior bar, 13 Stripes rotates a loaded arsenal of aptlytitled suds—including the rise & fight again IPA and the Sgt. Molly American wheat— and rolls out session beers, IPAs, porters, and other seasonal kegs that pair perfectly with one of 13 Stripes’ “ration plates,” laden with fresh-cut meats and cheeses. Taylors Mill, 250 Mill St, Ste PW 3101, Taylors. (864) 349-1430, 13stripesbrewery.com BIRDS FLY SOUTH ALE PROJECT
With a focus on farmhouse saisons and sour beers, Birds Fly South Ale Project has come home to roost in Hampton Station. Though closed for production Monday through Wednesday, the open-air taproom is the perfect end-of-week place to drain a cold glass while noshing on local food truck fare. Expect to find flavor-filled concoctions, such as the biggie mango, Eldorado saison, or the 2hop session IPA. Thurs–Sun. 1320 Hampton Ave Ext. (864) 412-8825, bfsbeer.com
Named for Greenville’s favorite freeway, this microbrew is attracting outsized attention with its eclectic collection of craft brews. From the crisp GVL IPA to the malty howdy dunkel, Brewery 85 combines Southern style with the best of German brew techniques. Trek to the taproom for their latest lagers; well-mannered kids and canines welcome.
6 Whitlee Ct. (864) 558-0104, brewery85.com THE COMMUNITY TAP
Convenience, expertise, and great atmosphere collide at the Community Tap, Greenville’s
neighborhood craft beer and wine shop. Choose from a wide selection—180 local, national, and international brews—or have a glass from one of the ever-rotating beer and wine taps. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864)
EIGHTH STATE BREWING CO.
Housed in the old Claussen Bakery on Augusta, this brewpub is hoppy hour heaven. Expect to find a variety of their craft beers on tap, but branch out with the pub’s select draft cocktails or beer slushies. Live music, local art, and a rotating menu featuring shared plates and charcuterie round out the experience. 400 Augusta St.
(864) 609-4590, upstatecraftbeer.com FIREFORGE CRAFTED BEER
Fireforge brings a boozy twist to the phrase “small but mighty.” The small-batch craft brewery made a home for itself in downtown Greenville in late June 2018, and founders Brian and Nicole Cendrowski are on a mission to push the boundaries of beer. We recommend The Fixer Smoked Baltic Porter—a smooth lager with a hint of cherrywood-smoked malt. 311 E Washington St. (864) 735-0885, fireforge.beer
FOXCROFT WINE CO
Charlotte-based Foxcroft Wine Co. transformed the West End space vacated by Brazwells Pub into a lovely wine bar decorated with warm woods, a barrelvaulted ceiling, and racks of wine. On the menu are tasty flatbreads and truffle fries, as well as signature lamb sliders and panseared scallops to pair with a generous list of wines by the glass. $-$$, D (Tues–Sun),
shop open 10am–11pm (Tues–Sat). Closed Mon. 631 S Main St. (864) 906-4200, foxcroftwine.com/greenville GROWLER HAUS
The franchise’s West Greenville addition is its newest, rounding out the total to four Upstate watering holes. Growler Haus’s drafts rotate seasonally to bring you the best in local and national brews, so whether you’re a fan of IPAs, pilsners, ciders, pale ales, or wheats, they’ve got a cold one waiting for you. Just remember to throw in a homemade pretzel with beer cheese or a pork belly bao bun in between pints. $-$$,
L (Fri–Sat), D (Mon–Sat). Closed Sunday. 12 Lois Ave. (864) 373-9347, growlerhaus.com
IRON HILL BREWERY
Hailing from Delaware, this award-winning brewhouse has planted roots in Greenville. Chef Jason Thomson turns out an ambitious menu, while head brewer Eric Boice curates craft beer. Take on evenings with the summer seasonal Clock Out Lager, an American lager with notes of grapefruit and pine. $-$$$, L, D. 741 Haywood Rd. (864) 5687009, ironhillbrewery.com/greenville-sc
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United by a passion for Star Wars and craft brews—there may or may not be a storm trooper mural inside—fun-loving founders Dustin and Terry bring solid staples to the table at Liability Brewing Co. Located in an old electric company building in the new Weststone development, this new taproom pours creative flavors with even funkier names. Sip on a Carl von Cloudwitz, a New England IPA with a crisp finish. Thurs–Sun. 109 W Stone Ave, Suite D. (864) 920-1599, liabilitybrewing.co
LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL
Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill satisfies as both pre–Greenville Drive game watering hole or after-work hangout. Inventive and hearty apps, such as the “Old School” chicken nachos, start things off before the main event of fish ‘n’ chips, the Liberty Club, or even a Signature Steak. Gather with friends at the long bar to enjoy one of 72 brews on tap.
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$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 7707777, libertytaproom.com MAC’S SPEED SHOP
Across from Liberty Tap Room, Mac’s is for the Harley-set as well as the Greenville Drive crowd, with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. Try a plate of Tabasco-fried pickles, washed down with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St. (864) 239-0286, macspeedshop.com PINEY MOUNTAIN BIKE LOUNGE
and charcuterie, or nosh on the fabulous flatbread as a party of one. $-$$$, D. 3016
THOMAS CREEK BREWERY
The Thomas Creek brand has been a familiar feature on the Greenville brew lineup for more than ten years, but a visit to the home of the River Falls Red Ale or Trifecta IPA is well worth the trip. Fill up on your favorite Thomas Creek brew in the tasting room, or soak up some sun (and hops!) on the brewery’s patio. Tours available by appointment. 2054 Piedmont Hwy. (864)
605-1166, thomascreekbeer.com UNIVERSAL JOINT
(864) 603-2453, pineymtb.com
L, D. 300 E Stone Ave. (864) 252-4055, ujgreenville.com
Eco-minded Quest guarantees to satisfy your beer cravings and environmental enthusiasm in a single sip. Grab a pint of QBC’s signature West Coast–style Ellida IPA, packing a punch of flavor, or venture to the dark side with the Kaldi imperial coffee stout (crafted with locally roasted beans). Stop by for an afternoon tour, then follow up with an evening full of food truck fare and live music. 55 Airview Dr, Greenville.
Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to cheer with your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of North Main, featuring a covered outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. $-$$,
UP ON THE ROOF
We all know a well-crafted cocktail can make spirits soar, but a glass at this dignified drinkery will leave you nine stories high, literally. With its classic cocktails, local craft brews, and unique wine varieties, this rooftop bar brings a heightened experience to downtown’s Embassy Suites. Graze on small plates and soak in some of the Upstate’s most scenic vistas. $-$$, L, D. 250 RiverPlace. (864)
(864) 272- 6232, questbrewing.com
SIP WHISKEY & WINE
VAULT & VATOR
True to its namesake, this rooftop tasting room is all about liquid refreshment. While the full-service bar offers fine wines and whisky, there’s no better end to an evening than an easy-drinking glass of sangria (or a signature cocktail). SIP’s open-air patio complete with cushioned couches accentuates the laidback atmosphere, and a collection of small plates is a quick answer to an alcohol-induced appetite. $-$$, D. 103
N Main St #400, (864) 552-1916, sipgvl.com SWAMP RABBIT BREWERY & TAPROOM
Located off Main Street in Travelers Rest, this local brewhouse gives you one more reason to cruise (responsibly!) down the Swamp Rabbit. With a taproom offering classics (try the easy-drinking American pale ale) and fresh brews (the Belgian-style farm ale is a golden dream) as well as frequent food truck visits, this brewery is sure to become a favorite spot to cap off an afternoon. 26 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2424, theswamprabbitbrewery.com TASTING ROOM TR
Wind down on the weekend at this combination gourmet wine shop, beer tap, and sampling space. With nearly 200 wines and 150 craft beers for sale in-house, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Not sure what vino revs your engine? Taste-test a few by the glass and pick up a favorite from the weekly wines or happy hours hosted Wednesday–Friday. Enjoy cheese and charcuterie while you sip. $$, L (Sat–Sun), D
(Wed–Sat), Closed Mon–Tues. 164 S Main St, Ste C, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2020, tastingroomtr.com THE 05
Priding itself on being Greenville’s neighborhood gathering place, The 05, so named for the iconic Augusta Road zip code, offers seasonal cocktails and spirits as well as a variety of tasty tapas—like the roasted red pepper hummus or the chorizostuffed dates braised in Rioja wine and topped with whipped goat cheese. If you’re bringing the whole gang, opt for the cheeses
2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, tandemcc.com
THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ
TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ
$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Mon. 2 W Stone Ave. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com
T. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com
Augusta St. (864) 412-8150, the05.net
Part taproom and part full-service cycle shop, the Piney Mountain Bike Lounge offers the perfect pit stop after a long day of riding the trails. Local craft brews, wine, and cider complement a daily food truck schedule of popular mobile eateries. Kids (and adults) can enjoy the pump track out back. 20 Piney Mountain Rd, Greenville.
QUEST BREWING CO.
S Church St, Greenville. (864) 248-0371, biscuitheads.com/menu-greenville
Named for a former vault elevator in the underground expanse, this hip downtown joint puts a twenty-first-century spin on fashionable speakeasies of yore. Small plates of charcuterie, hummus, and cheese are simple yet refined, providing enough bite to not overpower the establishment’s true star— the cocktail list. The menu includes both signature and traditional libations; your only task is picking your poison. $$, D, Closed Sun–Mon. 655 S Main St, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 603-1881, vaultandvator.com
THE VELO FELLOW
Cozy in a funky way, this hip pub is right under the Mellow Mushroom. The menu has burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, falafels, and more. In addition to craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silver-plated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR.
1 Augusta St, Ste 126. (864) 242-9296, thevelofellow.com YEE-HAW BREWING
Beers that celebrate good times with good company? Count us in. This Tennessee native serves up a mix of fine ales and lagers, including a World Beer Cup-Winning Dunkel dark lager. Diverse seasonals crop up with every change of the temperature giving guests a taste of something new. Gather with friends to find out which flavor fits your fancy. $-$$, L, D. 307 East McBee Avenue, Suite C. (864) 605-7770, yeehawbrewing.com
BREAKFAST/LUNCH BISCUIT HEAD
The queen bee of all things fluffy and delicious, Asheville-based Biscuit Head comes to Greenville with a wide array of home-cooked biscuits. Whether slathered in gravy or smothered in sweetness—the jam bar is slammed with fruity preserves— you can’t go wrong with the GreenVillain topped with fried pork steak, jalapeño cream cheese, bacon gravy, a sunny side egg, and pickled jalapeños. $-$$. B, L. 823
Treat taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records. This eclectic café serves a wide-range of globally inspired dishes for lunch and dinner. For Sunday brunch, try the Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake.
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. Be sure to drop by on Sundays for brunch. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St. (864) 232-4100, chicoraalley.com EGGS UP GRILL
If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over-easy to Pattyo-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Try classic diner fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St. (864)
520-2005, eggsupgrill.com HAPPY+HALE
Based out of Raleigh, the healthy eatery’s first SC location offers diners a diverse menu of made-to-order salads, bowls, smoothies, juices, and breakfast items crafted from wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Try the “incredibowl” packed with pumpkin seeds, black beans, avocado, golden quinoa, dino kale, and lemon tahini dressing, paired with an almond brothers smoothie. $, B, L, D. 600 S Main St. happyandhale.com MARY BETH’S
Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crêpes, 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. $$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave. (864) 2422535, marybethsatmcbee.com
Big Southern charm comes in forms of steaming hot biscuits at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter), available all day, or try a mouthwatering sandwich like the Southern fried chicken BLT with maplepeppered bacon. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Ste
CAFÉS BARISTA ALLEY
Looking for that midday pick-me-up? Pop over to Barista Alley, where exposed brick walls and wide wooden tables create the perfect ambience to converse with a warm mug in hand. Satisfy your caffeine cravings, but don’t miss out on Barista Alley’s colorful array of green, berry, peanut butter and chocolate smoothies. $, B (Mon–Sat), L, D
(Mon–Sun). 125 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 655-5180, baristaalley.com BEX CAFÉ AND JUICE BAR
Healthy and hearty join forces at this West End joint. Find fresh fare in organic salads as well as fruit and veggie-rich juice varieties; or sink your teeth into something a little more solid. Their sausage, egg, and cheese bagel will not disappoint, with gluten-free options available, of course. $, B, L. 820 S Main St #104. (864) 552-1509, bex.cafe
Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust and a peanut butter and vanilla mousse. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St. (864) 2980494, coffeeunderground.info CRÊPE DU JOUR
Much more than offering “really thin pancakes,” this downtown establishment brings a taste of Europe to the Upstate with delicate, delicious French fare. The diverse menu includes breakfast options like the bacon, egg, and potato, and for lunch and dinner, the tomato pesto. Crêpe du Jour also serves up specialty cocktails, coffee beverages, and wine. $$, B, L, D (Tues–Sun). 20 S Main
MARY’S AT FALLS COTTAGE
St, Greenville. (864) 520-2882
Closed Monday. 615 S Main St. (864) 2980005, fallscottage.com
Birds Fly South Ale Project no longer has a monopoly on cold brews now that Due South has set up shop in Hampton Station. In their new digs, the coffee shop sports a café vibe, with breakfast pastries, ice cream, and cold lunch items complementing espresso drinks and cold brew nitro (infused with nitrogen). Beans, sourced from around the globe, are roasted on-site. $, B, L. 1320
Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charm perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites like the Fountain Inn salad and hot chicken salad. $-$$, L, SBR.
RISE BISCUITS DONUTS
Fresh buttermilk biscuits. Hot-from-the-oven maple bacon doughnuts. Debuting its first SC outfit, Rise Biscuits Donuts pumps out biscuit sandwiches and hush puppies, to apple fritters and confection-bedecked doughnuts. While the spicy chickaboom sandwich is a crispy punch of fire, satisfy your sweet side with the crème brûlée doughnut, flametorched and filled with custard. $, B, L. 1507
Woodruff Rd, Suite D, Greenville. (864) 4028240, risebiscuitsdonuts.com TANDEM CRÊPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE
Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and a happy stomach guarantee. Try The Lumberjack (cornmeal crêpe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or the tasty banana nut crêpe. Stuck between savory and sweet? Split one of each with a friend in the Tandem spirit: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR.
DUE SOUTH COFFEE ROASTERS
Hampton Ave Ext, 4B. (864) 283-6680, duesouthcoffee.com GRATEFUL BREW
A brew joint where you can enjoy both varieties—coffee and a cold one—Grateful Brew provides guests with made-to-order espressos or pour-overs, all from Counter Culture coffee. Celebrating our area, and that it’s always five o’clock somewhere, half of the beer taps are locally crafted brews. Enjoy food trucks most nights, or bring your own grub. The Brew welcomes every member of the family, even those of the four-legged sort. $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 501 S Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 558-0767, gratefulbrewgvl.com KUKA JUICE
If you’re hard-pressed for a fresh fix—Kuka
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Juice has just the ticket. Created by nutrition mavens Abigail Mitchell and Samantha Shaw, Kuka doles out cold-pressed craft with healthminded passion. Grab the ginger binger juice, or dig into the taco ’bout it bowl with romaine, walnut meat, salsa fresca, black beans, avocado, and pepitas with cilantro lime vinaigrette. Paninis, bowls, smoothies, toasts, and more also available. $, B, L. 580 Perry Ave, Greenville. (864) 905-1214, kukajuice.com
Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, Methodical is a coffee bar built for taste. Coffee guru Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker ensure there’s plenty of substance to go with style. With single-origin espressos, house-made shrub sodas, wine varieites, and homemade treats, there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L. 101 N Main St, Ste D.
methodicalcoffee.com O-CHA TEA BAR
A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea—flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls. For a more intense cooling experience, try the mochi ice cream. The dessert combines the chewy Japanese confection (a soft, pounded sticky rice cake) with ice cream fillings in fun flavors: tiramisu, green tea chocolate, mango, and more. $, B, L, D. 300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 2836702, ochateabaronline.com SOUTHERN PRESSED JUICERY
A healthy-eaters haven, Southern Pressed Juicery offers super-food fans organic smoothies, bowls, juices, and more. Try a power-packed energy bowl like the dragon blood, a hot-pink concoction of dragon fruit, almond milk, banana, layered with buckwheat granola, raw honey, coconut chips, kiwi, and bee pollen. $-$$, B, L. 2 W Washington St. (864) 729-8626, southernpressedjuicery.com
SWAMP RABBIT CAFÉ & GROCERY
Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. But new to the operation is woodfired pizza. Sourcing every ingredient from area vendors, the ever-changing toppings feature local cheeses and fresh-from-the-farm produce. Beer taps flow with excellent local suds. $, B, L, D.
205 Cedar Lane Rd. (864) 255-3385, swamprabbitcafe.com THE VILLAGE GRIND
Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is a cheerful, light-filled space for java lovers. Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse brews up beans by Due South and serves flaky treats from Bake Room. $, B, L. 1258 Pendleton St. (864) 915-8600
often synonymous, Farm Fresh Fast might change your mind. The restaurant’s mantra is simple: build sustainable relationships with local farms and provide nutritionbased, customized meals. We suggest the almost heaven burger with a fresh patty from Providence Farm, or the seasonal cobb salad—featuring Kaland Farm eggs and a house-made apple pie moonshine vinaigrette. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Saturday.
860 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 518-1978, eatfarmfreshfast.com RICK’S DELI & MARKET
For a filling, gourmet lunch on the go, the artisanal sandwiches and salads at this West End deli hit the spot. Try the classic Reuben, with corned beef piled high on toasted marbled rye with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, or the Rick’s chopped salad, with turkey, bacon, and ham. For dinner, fish and chips, herb-crusted salmon, and chicken piccata make the cut. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 101 Falls Park Dr. (864) 312-9060, rickerwins.com SULLY’S STEAMERS
When considering the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s serves bagel sandwiches piping hot and always fresh. $, B, L, D (closed Sunday
evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St. (864) 5096061, sullyssteamers.com TABLE 301 CATERING & KITCHEN
Located around the corner from Carl Sobocinski’s restaurant, this operation adds speed and efficiency to high-quality food. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St. (864) 271-8431, sobysontheside.com
TWO CHEFS CAFÉ & MARKET
Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food, from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. Grab “crafted carryout” entrées and sides, or impress last-minute guests with roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 644 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 370-9336, twochefscafeandmarket.com
Serving up gourmet sandwiches on freshmade stecca bread, Upcountry Provisions is well worth a trip to Travelers Rest for an extended lunch break. Snack on the shop’s daily crafted cookies, scones, and muffins, or bite into a devil dog BLT with hormonefree meat on just-baked white focaccia bread. Don’t miss The Grove on Friday nights—live music, a rotating tapas menu, and craft beer and wine. $, B, L, D. Closed
SHOES HANDBAGS ACCESSORIES
Sundays. 6809 State Park Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-8433, upcountryprovisions.com
DELIS CAVIAR & BANANAS
A Charleston-based fresh-food fantasy, Caviar & Bananas has answered Greenville’s gourmet prayers with a whopping selection of salads, sandwiches, and baked goods galore, not to mention a fine selection of beer and wine. But don’t miss weekend brunch! We suggest the B.E.L.T.: bacon duo, fried egg, arugula, tomato, and black pepper aioli, on grilled sourdough bread. $-$$, B,
L, D, SBR. 1 N Laurens St. (864) 235-0404, caviarandbananas.com FARM FRESH FAST
While “fast food” and “healthy” aren’t
The enticing aroma of Afghan cuisine delivers savory satisfaction at this local lunch spot. Chef Nelo Mayar brings her favorite fare from hometown Kabul to Greenville eaters—think succulent lamb kabobs and meat-filled steamed dumplings, sweet potato burhani, and root-veggie rich soups. To spice things up, the menu changes daily, but expect to find two plates of rice, meat, and veggies offered. $, L. 210 E Coffee St. (864) 236-
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Sunday. 605 Haywood Rd. (864) 458-7866, bangkokgreenville.com
Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are a surefire hit, though the green curry is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L, D. Closed
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BASIL THAI CUISINE
Elegant comfort is hard to come by, but the Eang brothers have created an empire out of the concept with Basil Thai in the Aloft building downtown. Try the Chicken Coconut Tureen: a simple dish of chicken, mushrooms, and galanga roots in coconut milk packed with herbaceous flavors. You’ll probably have enough for leftovers, but the best comfort meals usually do. $$-$$$, D. 9 N Laurens St.
(864) 609-4120, eatatbasil.com/greenville
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For ten years, Stella’s has maintained a commitment to quality & community by serving locally sourced ingredients. We pride ourselves on attention to detail, and professional & friendly service. Enjoy regionally inspired cuisine in our relaxed dining rooms!
For almost 20 years, Rosalinda Lopez has been serving up fresh renditions of Mexican recipes across from Bob Jones University. Her repertoire lists a wealth of tasty beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian dishes— including the ever-popular chile rellenos—but don’t pass up a starter of chips and Rosalinda’s homemade tomatillo salsa. $$, L, D. 1124 N. Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 292-7002, facebook. com/rosalindasrestaurantgreenville
Breakfast & Lunch Grab n’ Go Provisions & Handcrafted Coffees Full Service Lunch, Dinner & Weekend Brunch Patio Dining, Adjacent to Greenville’s Legacy Park
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340 Rocky Slope Road, Greenville 864-626-6900 www.stellasbrasserie.com
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Tuesday - Saturday starting at 8:30am Lunch Tuesday- Friday • Dinner Tuesday-Saturday Brunch- Saturday & Sunday • Closed- Monday
Every Monday - Anniversary Special: Lowcountry Seafood Features $10 Lunch / $20 Dinner • Half off Select Wines
684 Fairview Road Simpsonville 864-757-1212 www.stellasbistro.com
Open Lunch & Dinner Monday-Saturday Closed Sundays
Lomo saltado, ceviche, rotisserie chicken, and other Peruvian classics form the core of the menu at the Golden Llama, but you won’t regret the bistec a lo pobre—beef tenderloin, plantains, and potatoes, topped with a fried egg. The eatery’s two no-frills storefront locations (the second one in Five Forks) sport golden-hued walls and offer dine-in and carry-out service. $, L, D. 2435 E. North St. (864) 373-9958, goldenllama.net
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IRASHIAI SUSHI PUB & JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modernAmerican elements into his menu. Soleil Moon Frye fans should try the Punky Brewster roll: tuna, mango, hot sauce, and Panko topped with spicy crab salad and unagi sauce. $$, L, D.
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115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, irashiai.com
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True, it would be fantastic if the Greek Festival happened year-round. But until that day, pop into this authentic Mediterranean eatery with modern flair. Take a light lunch on the outdoor patio with a Kalamata olive and fetatopped Greek salad or a classic gyro wrapped with your choice of lamb, chicken, or veggies. At dinner, try something more indulgent like the vegan moussaka. $$, L, D, Closed Sunday. 644 N. Main St #100, Greenville. (864) 3739445, jirozgreenvillesc.com
KIMCHEE KOREAN RESTAURANT
Kimchee’s kimchi keeps locals coming back. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 1939 Woodruff Rd Ste B. (864) 534-1061, kimcheekoreanrestaurant.com
This hole-in-the-wall won’t wow you with its simple interior, but its selection of ban chan (side dishes) will spark your palate with snapshots of flavor before you dive into bowls of bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables, meat, and an egg) or yukejang (a
spicy beef and vegetable stew). $$. L, D. 1170 Woodruff Rd. (864) 286-0505 MEKONG
Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Favorites include the grilled pork vermicelli: marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and sauce. Try the Vietnamese crêpes or the Pho, which is flavored with fresh herbs from their homegrown herb garden. $, L, D. Closed Monday. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 244-1314, mekongrestaurantgreenville.com
MENKOI RAMEN HOUSE
Can you say umami? Located on Woodruff Road with a second shop now on North Main, this Japanese noodle house offers an exquisite ramen experience that will have you wondering why you ever settled for the dorm room packet version. Start with the rice balls or edamame, then dive into the Shoyu ramen—marinated pork, bean sprouts, spinach, green onions, nori, and a boiled egg bathed in a soy-based broth.
$, L, D. 1860 Woodruff Rd, Ste C, and 243 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 288-5659 OTTO IZAKAYA
Modeled after the informal, after-work drinking holes of Japan, Otto Izakaya is the latest dining concept unveiled by Peter Lieu and Doug Yi—longtime owners of Lieu’s Bistro restaurant. The menu invites guests to embrace familiar favorites—spicy tuna and BBQ eel rolls with assorted nigiri and sashimi—while expanding palates to new tasting territories a la the mac ‘n’ cheese loaded with Panang curry, jack cheese, and radiatori pasta or banh mi sliders with chili pork and spicy mayo. $$, D. 802 S Main St; 15 Market Point Dr, Greenville. (864) 568-5880; (864) 568-8009, otto-izakaya.com PITA HOUSE
The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also, check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration. $, L, D. Closed
Sunday. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, #B.(864) 271-9895, pitahousesc.com POMEGRANATE ON MAIN
Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarine-tiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St. (864) 2413012, pomegranateonmain.com SACHA’S CAFÉ
Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop in which to chow down on Colombian food at Sacha’s. Arepas are available with ingredients like beans, chorizo, avocado, shredded beef, and more stuffed inside (rellenas) or piled on top (encima). The patacones, or deep-fried plantains, are thick and sweet. Hungry groups can order the fiesta platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas. $. L, D. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 232-3232, sachascafe.com
It’s worth braving Woodruff Road to visit this Indian eatery. At lunch, the daily buffet lays out a wallet-friendly selection of curries, rice dishes, and chef’s signatures. The a la carte dinner menu boasts a staggering variety, but
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the yogurt-marinated chicken tikka cooked in a clay oven or the lamb saag stewed with spinach, ginger, and garlic are excellent options. $, L, D. 1178 Woodruff Rd., Ste.
16. (864) 288-7400, saffrongreenville.com SAIGON FAST FOOD
Contrary to its name, Saigon Fast Food is a sit-down restaurant. Inside, the small room is spiffed up with green-clothcovered tables and a host of condiments in the middle of each. Folks come here for steaming bowls of pho—a fragrant broth made with rice noodles and your choice of other ingredients (meats and vegetables)—and an extensive menu of Vietnamese specialties to wash down with a glass of bubble tea $ -$$. L, D. 1011 N
Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 235-3472 SWAD
Tucked off of Laurens Road, this venerable family-run Indian restaurant hones in on vegetarian cuisine. South Indian specialties such as idli (steamed rice cakes) and dosas (thin rice crepes) served with sambar (lentil stew) delight regulars, while those biding their budget go for the value meals that come with basmati rice or naan. $, L, D. 1421 Laurens Rd. (864) 233-2089 YELLOW GINGER ASIAN KITCHEN
Here, Chef Alex Wong and wife Dorothy Lee have managed to reinvent the conventional. Start off with the homemade pot stickers, or dive right into the soulsatisfying mee goreng, with fresh lo mein noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, green onions, and shrimp with an unctuous soy tomato chili sauce then topped with a fried egg. $ -$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 2100 Poinsett Hwy, Ste J. (864) 605-7551, yellowgingerasian.com
EUROPEAN DAVANI’S RESTAURANT
Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites make Davani’s a Greenville mainstay. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and a sundried cherry demi-glacé, or the veal Oscar, topped with crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-$$$$, D.
Closed Sunday.1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A. (864) 373-9013, davanisrestaurant.com JIANNA
With stellar views of Falls Park from its wrap-around terrace, this modern Italian osteria offers patrons daily house-made pastas, the region’s freshest seasonal ingredients, and, of course, oysters—all led by famed chef Michael Kramer. Grab a cocktail or a glass of wine from the 40-foot bar, and nosh on pasta dishes like potato gnocchi, radiatori, or tonnarelli with local tomatoes, corn, and chanterelle mushrooms. $$-$$$, L (Sat–Sun), D. 207 S
Main St. (864) 720-2200, jiannagreenville.com KAIROS GREEK KITCHEN
This Charleston restaurant makes its Upstate mark by serving up heaping portions of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, like made-in-Mount Pleasant falafels next to slow-roasted kabobs that explode with flavor even before you dip them into the homemade tzatziki sauce. Turn any meal into a pita wrap or bowl with your choice of fresh spreads like hummus, baba ganoush, or fat-free dill yogurt.$-$$, L, D. 1800 August St. (864) 520-1723, kairosgreekkitchen.com THE LAZY GOAT
The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego
shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wine is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299, thelazygoat.com
The latest addition to the Larkin’s line-up, this ristorante serves up Italian cuisine out of the former Playwright space on River and Broad streets. The menu ranges from pesto pizzas to chicken marsala to classics like spaghetti and meatballs—but the real winner is an all-Italian wine list, curated from award-winning vineyards across the region. After you’ve had your glass, grab a bite of the housemade limoncello gelato.
$$-$$$, L, D. 401 River St. (864) 263-7000, limoncellogvl.com PASSERELLE BISTRO
Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while enjoying French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy the arugula salad or bistro burger with caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and mussels. Don’t miss brunch on the weekend. $$-$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D
(Mon–Sun), SBR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St. (864) 509-0142, passerelleinthepark.com
You’ll find Italian-American classics to feed every member of the family at this Greenville icon. For two decades, the familyowned restaurant near Greenville Mall has been pleasing palates with a generous menu of pasta, seafood, and saltimbocca. For the gluten-sensitive, sautéed vegetables can be substituted for pasta in many of the dishes $, D. 30 Orchard Park Dr., Ste. 22. (864) 627-7706, portofinossc.com RISTORANTE BERGAMO
Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: fresh mussels sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, veal with homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, D. Closed Sunday
& Monday. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667, ristorantebergamo.com STELLA’S SOUTHERN BRASSERIE
Boasting French flair and fare, this sister to Stella’s Southern Bistro is the second in Jason and Julia Scholz’s line of quality eateries. Stationed in Hollingsworth Park, Chef Jeff Kelly offers a local twist on French staples—blue-black mussel shells with smoked tomato broth, Marsala-spiked onion soup gratinée, and roasted game hen—served up daily in a lively, chic environment. Don’t miss the breakfast pastries. $$-$$$. B, L, D, SBR.
340 Rocky Slope Rd, Ste 100, Greenville. (864) 626-6900, stellasbrasserie.com
A Greek and Italian restaurant with traditional flair, Villa Frosi hits Wade Hampton with Southern European staples. Sample specialties like the spanakopita, the seafood fettuccine, or go straight for the pizza. Finish with a slice of limoncello cake, and you’ll be booking you’re Mediterranean dream cruise, pronto. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 2520 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 520-0298, resto. tpsitetesting.info
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FOOD TRUCKS AUTOMATIC TACO
Since 2015, this taco truck has delivered new wonders and old favorites. Owner Nick Thomas treats the tortilla as a work of art, with the likes of Nashville hot chicken or Thai shrimp with fried avocado stuffed into soft shells. Sides like the street corn are must adds. Don’t miss a chance to reinvent your taste buds—check the Automatic Taco’s Facebook page for their weekly schedule. $,
schedule varies. (404) 372-2266, facebook. com/automatictaco CHUCK TRUCK
Owner David Allen uses only local ingredients to make his burgers. Treat yourself to a pimento cheeseburger and fries, or salute our Cajun neighbors with the truck’s signature N’awlins burger—a fresh-ground beef patty served with andouille sausage, peppers, onions, and applewood-smoked white cheddar, topped with the Chuck Truck’s very own herb aioli. $, schedule varies. (864) 884-3592, daveschucktruck.com CLUCK SQUEAL AND FRIENDS
Owner Jeff Selzer brings an inventive flare to his food truck fare. Expect staples like the fried chicken sandwich and the black & bleu burger, but don’t miss out on fan-favorite crab Rangoon or Jamaican jerk tacos with tropical pico de gallo. Check the Cluck Squeal and Friends Facebook page for their weekly schedule. $, schedule varies. (864) 395-9720, facebook.com/clucksquealfriend ELLADA KOUZINA
Greek cuisine hits the Greenville scene in this big blue traveling kitchen. Traditional treats are always available off the spit, the lamb and chicken gyros are Mediterranean heaven, and their special take on Greek fries are the ideal pre-meal snack. Check social media for weekly schedules. $, schedule
MEAT’N IN THE MIDDLE
Treat yourself to a plethora of sandwiches from mobile marvel Meat’n in the Middle, each topped with your choice of a mouthwatering sauce. Try their Crystal Pistol Chicken with sautéed onion, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and mango-habanero sauce, or go for the bun length dog from Nathan’s. For those with dietary limitations, the vegetarian tacos are an excellent alternative. $, schedule varies. (864) 723-
1185, mitmfoodtruck.com ROBINO’S
Chef Robin’s vision of freshly sourced fare with a home-cooked feel comes to fruition in Robino’s Food Truck. Though mainly featuring Italian food, this truck shucks out a wide variety of American classics, such as the chicken potpie with puff pastry or the garden burger. For those with dietary limitations, the vegan lasagna is a great go-to option. $, schedule varies. (864) 621-3064,
robinosfoodtruck.com ONE LOVE FUSION
Catch a summertime vibe year-round every time you drop by this Caribbean-inspired restaurant-on-wheels. Wrap your hands around One Love’s take on traditional favorites; the tropical gyro is rolled up with fresh mango slaw, pico, seared lamb and beef, and jerk-infused tzatziki sauce, while the Jinju hero comes topped on a grilled roll with kimchi, Italian sausage, provolone, and tangy Asian sauce. $, schedule varies. (864)
399-9392, facebook.com/OneLoveFF SMOKIN’ BLUES BBQ
Smokin’ Blues keeps things hot with a smorgasbord of savory sauces and smoked staples—pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, and ribs—that can be enjoyed solo or packed into sandwiches and tacos. For a treat that’s extra smokin’, go for the glutenfree loaded fries or homemade chips piled high with pork, white BBQ sauce, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, and three-cheese sauce. $, schedule varies (864) 444-4752,
varies. (864) 908-5698, facebook.com/ elladakouzina2013
GRAVY TRAIN FOOD TRAILER
From culinary school to the streets of Greenville, Neil and Jessica Barley have made it their mission to bring people together through food. Not only has Thoroughfare proved that tater tots can be eaten with every meal (their disco tots are topped with white cheddar gravy), they’ve driven their way into our hearts. Don’t miss the mahi mahi tacos topped with kale slaw and chipotle aioli. $, schedule varies. (864) 735-8413,
Dive into this over-the-border (no, not that border) delicacy, hailing straight from the land of maple syrup. The Gravy Train puts their own spin on Canada’s signature gravysoaked, cheese-curd-sprinkled French fry dish à la the chorizo fryerito layered with black beans, homemade chorizo, avocado ranch, and cheddar, and the Reuben-style corned beef poutine drizzled with Thousand Island dressing, smothered in Swiss, and doused in sauerkraut. $, schedule varies. (864) 3265708, hoponthegravytrain.com KEEPIN’ IT FRESH
As healthy as it is tasty, Keepin’ It Fresh food truck serves up a diverse menu of locally sourced cuisine guaranteed to please your appetite and your waistline. Catch them at Grateful Brew and the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom for a crispy fried Brussels sprouts salad, mouthwatering shrimp taco topped with peach slaw and guava crema, or a golden-brown fried fish plate. $$, schedule varies. (864) 386-5050,
THOROUGHFARE FOOD TRUCK
thoroughfarefoodtruck.com WE GOT THE BEETS
Proving that not all street food is created equal, We Got the Beets is Greenville’s very first plant-based food truck. This crueltyfree fare encourages diners to “celerybrate” vegan eats. Favorites include the Philly grilled cheese with marinated portobello mushrooms and cashew mozzarella cheese, and the sushi sandwich with sushi rice, Korean BBQ jackfruit, and more in a nori sheet pocket. $, schedule varies. @wegotthebeetsfoodtruck
KICKIN’ PIG BAR-B-QUE PIG TRUCK
If you’re in the mood for some authentic Southern eats, look no further than the Kickin’ Pig’s on-the-go ’cue truck. Go for the smoked bologna sandwich seasoned with BBQ rub and finished with cole slaw, or grab a fork and dig into the BBQ Sundae, a non-confectionary concoction of pulled pork, potato salad, slaw, and sauce of choice. $, schedule varies. (864) 608-6187,
BARLEY’S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA
Pizza and beer—flowing from 27 taps downstairs and 31 upstairs—are what bring patrons to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a long list of selections by the bottle. Try the classic New York–style pizzas, or go for one of Barley’s specialty pies. Afterwards, make your way upstairs to the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St. (864) 232-3706, barleysgville.com
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This Charleston-based catering joint graces the Greenville scene with artisan, Neapolitan-style pizza pies. Served out of a turquoise ’55 Chevy tow truck, the pies are baked in a wood-fired brick oven and topped with local produce from Reedy River farms. Stick with the classic margherita pie, or branch out with the red Russian kale and Gorgonzola, sprinkled with almond pieces and drizzled in olive oil. Location information available on their website.
$, L, D. Location varies. (843) 654-9606, coastalcrustgreenville.com D'ALLESANDRO'S PIZZA
Hailing from Charleston, D’Allesandro’s Pizza brings its dough lover’s paradise to Greenville. The D’Allesandro brothers’ philosophy is simple—if the pizza is good and the beer is cold, people will come. Created with quality ingredients, D’Allesandro’s pushes out pies in the North Main area, where guests can enjoy a variety of savory pizza, calzones, and even signature CalJoes. $$, L, D. 17 Mohawk Dr, Greenville.
(864) 252-4700, dalspizzagvl.com GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA
Experience Big Apple flavor without the bustle at this NY-style brick-oven pizzeria. Serving up pies and calzones in a traditional yet chic environment, Grimaldi’s is dedicated to authenticity, down to the imported NYCwater used to craft their dough. Grab a slice of the buffalo chicken pizza, or build your own, just don’t miss the daily house-made cheesecake or wine pairings. Located in Magnolia Park Shopping Center, it’s an ideal spot to snag a bite before a cinematic viewing. $, L, D. 1025 Woodruff Rd, St. K101.
(864) 412-1032, grimaldispizzeria.com SIDEWALL PIZZA COMPANY
Located on the main drag of Travelers Rest, on Cleveland Street downtown, and now on Pelham Road, this pizza joint is a fast favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pies made from local ingredients. But their salads are nothing to ignore, not to mention dessert: the homemade ice cream will make you forget about those fellas named Ben & Jerry. $$, L,
D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest, (864) 610-0527; 99 Cleveland St, (864) 558-0235; 3598 Pelham Rd, (864) 991-8748, sidewallpizza.com STONE PIZZA
Serving both Neapolitan- and New York–style pizzas, the latest edition to the corner of Stone and Park avenues is no pie in the sky. Ideal for a classic family outing or catching the game with a few friends (beer, sports, and pizza, amirite?), STONE and its fire-inspired pies are crafted with house-made mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, Caputo flour, and baked for a flat minute in their wood-fired oven. $$, L (Sat
& Sun), D. 500 E Park Ave. (864) 609-4490, stonepizzacompany.com TOSS PIZZA
Located in the South Ridge Apartment Community, the TOSS menu is loaded with artfully crafted pies that are a far cry from your typical pepperoni. Head far east with the Phuket Thai pie, based with curry sauce and topped with peanuts, arugula, and shiitake mushrooms. The chile relleno is guaranteed to light a fire in the ol’ belly— thanks to a few poblano peppers. $$, L, D.
823 S Church St, Greenville. (864) 2830316, tosspizzapub.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 three miles). $, L, D.
Closed Sunday & Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191, vicspizza4u.com
& TACOS CANTINA 76
Tex-Mex has a new home in Greenville with the addition of Cantina 76, where the tacos shine. Play it safe with classic handhelds like fried tilapia and ground beef with lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese, or turn up the heat with fried chicken doused with jalapeño aioli. $, L, D. 103 N Main St. (864)
CREATIVE TWISTS ON TRADITIONAL AMERICAN FARE, SERVED ALONGSIDE A WIDE VARIETY OF DRAFT BEER & CRAFT BREWS
Hand-crafted and locally sourced, this TR taco joint is the love child of Mexican cuisine and Southern soul food. Start the meal with a few small plates—try the fried green tomatoes or the pan-seared crab cakes—then dig into pure taco bliss with the Travelers Rest hot chicken. Go a little lighter with a farm-fresh salad, and end with the campfire s’mores. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 164 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0586, farmhousetacos.com
Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, this locally owned spot takes—the burrito. Stop in for spicy tacos, cheesy quesadillas, zesty breakfast burritos, fresh salads, and more. Save room for the chipotle BBQ chicken burrito or the farm burrito, packed with rice, kale, hummus, beets, cilantro, cabbage, and more. $, B, L, D. 1268 Pendleton St. (864)
552-1054, neoburrito.com PAPI’S TACOS
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HAPPY HOUR DAILY 4PM - 7PM SUNDAY BRUNCH 11AM - 3PM 941 SOUTH MAIN STREET DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE LOCATED IN FRONT OF FLUOR FIELD AT THE WEST END 864.770.7777 / LIBERTYTAPROOM.COM
Table 301 plankowner Jorge “Papi” Baralles brings family tradition and the familiar childhood flavors of Cuautla, Mexico, to this walk-up taqueria on the Reedy River. The menu is short and to the point. Get your tacos with shrimp, barbacoa, al pastor, carne asada, carnitas, or chicken and chorizo, or sample some gelato in the display case. Get in, get out, and enjoy Falls Park. $, L, D. 300 River St. (864) 373-7274, eatpapistacos.com
Dishes here bear the creative touch of Trish Balentine, former owner of Corporate Deli. Her made-from-scratch menu items include tamales, burrito bowls, and all the other Tex-Mex suspects. “Tipsy” nods to the bar, where you can swill tequila flights, frozen margaritas, and house-infused spirits. Take your pick of three locations—two in Greenville and one on Fairview Road in Simpsonville. $$, L, D, SBR. 15 Conestee Ave,
(864) 558-0775, and 215 Pelham Rd, (864) 603-1144, tipsytaco.net WHITE DUCK TACO SHOP
The new kid on the taco block, White Duck sets up shop at Hampton Station in the Water Tower District, and feels right at home next to Birds Fly South Ale Project. Try the Bangkok shrimp taco or the mushroom potato with romesco, and pair with their fresh peach sangria or Birds Fly South’s crisp bungalow golden ale for the complete taqueria experience. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1320 Hampton Ave, Ext Ste 12B. whiteducktacoshop.com
Much like its Spartanburg-based sister, Greenville’s Willy Taco is a straight-up Mexican fiesta! Housed in the former Feed & Seed, the atmosphere pairs perfectly with its festive food presentation. Choose from a variety of taco flavors; we suggest the crispy avocado—topped off with a house-crafted margarita. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 217
Laurens Rd. (864) 412-8700, willytaco.com
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On the search for that good ol’fashioned family Christmas? Look no further than this makeshift ice rink right in the heart of Downtown Greenville. In addition to a wide range of holiday events hosted on the ice each season, the open-air rink also has plenty of warm-you-up staples like hot cocoa for sale. Bring your own blades or rent a pair, just try to keep the Tonya Harding moves to a minimum. Village Green, 206 S Main St, Greenville. Mon–Thurs, 3–8pm; Fri, 3–9pm; Sat, 11am–9pm; Sun, 11am–7pm. Ages 3 & under, free; ages 4-12, $8; 13 and over, $10. (864) 467-5751, iceonmain.com
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Do you like to keep it classic with ground beef and beans? Or jazz things up with a little Tex-Mex flavor? No matter your style, Quest Brewing invites you to show off your spicy stuff! Winners will be chosen for Judges Choice, People’s Choice and Most Creative, so grab a spoonful and get to tastin’! Musician Brooks Dixon will be on deck to provide the soundtrack to your chili adventure. Quest Brewing Company, 55 Airview Dr, Greenville. Sat, 2–5pm. $5. (864) 272-6232, questbrewing.com The Boston-based quintet has become something of a legend for its genre-bending style, drawing upon twinges of blues, soul, folk, indie, and Southern rock to form songs that are as evocative as they are catchy. May of 2018 ushered in the release of “Free Yourself Up,” a funk-meets-pop ditty that debuted at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Tues, 8pm. $30-$38. (828) 398-1837, theorangepeel.net
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Join the Peace Center’s poet-inresidence Glenis Redmond and renowned acoustic blues artist Scott Ainslie to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday month with an intimate evening of rhythm and prose. Mixing impassioned spoken word with traditional African and Americana-style tunes, this Southern Voices showcase is one event sure to leave you feeling more than a bit inspired. Huguenot Loft, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, 6:30pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
SOUTHERN VOICES: BLACK, WHITE AND BLUES
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When your first Top 20 album is called Morning Wood, you’re bound to have at least a little success as a comedian. The Texas native is known for the distinct, country-fried brand of humor he brings to the comedy genre; he’s dropped ten albums over the last 20 years, including studio recordings, a Christmas CD and greatest-hits compilation. Check out his Netflix special, Here Comes the Truth to get a sneak peek of all the laughs to come. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 8pm. $35-$55. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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You might know him as the stone-faced Huell Babineaux of Breaking Bad fame, but comedian Lavell Crawford has been a staple of the late-night stand-up scene since the 1990s. The Last Comic Standing runnerup has been featured in a number of television specials and festivals—in addition to frequent drop-ins as a guest commentator for other famously funny stars like Chelsea Handler, Daniel Tosh, and Steve Harvey. The Comedy Zone Greenville, 221 N Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 7pm & 9pm; Sun, 8pm. $25-$30. (864) 603-1583, greenvillecomedyzone.com
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RODNEY CARRINGTON Jan 10th; Thurs, 8pm. $35-$55. The Peace Center. Musician, comedian, Texan— Rodney Carrington brings country-based humor to the comedy scene.
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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM Things are going Greek in this Stephen Sondheim/Larry Gelbart musical comedy of errors, which follows the bumbling life of Pseudolus as he tries to win his freedom from the chains of Roman slavery. In an effort to be released, Pseudolus promises the love of Philia to his young master Hero, setting off a sequence of events that are both heartwarming and hilarious in their realism. Witty, clever, and loaded with singalong tracks, Forum is an ageless tale of love, mistaken identity, and happy endings—for most of the characters anyway. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$30. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.com
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We may not always see snow in the Upstate during winter, but the Greenville Symphony Orchestra might just have us covered anyway. This sunny batch of chamber compositions will once again feature works by some of classical music’s most celebrated greats, including Mozart’s Flute Quartet, Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla’s Three Tangos for Violin and Contrabass, and Nonet in F Major by Louis Spohr. First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland St, Greenville. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. $16. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
WONDERLAND 12 WINTER BALL
Grab your dancing shoes and don your finest for the Kroc Center’s first annual Winter Wonderland Ball. The daddy/daughter and mother/son fête will feature all your family favorites including delicious pizza slices, a
hot cocoa bar, make-yourown-s’mores, and plenty of other surprises in store. Funds from the event will directly benefit the Salvation Army and Boys & Girls Club of Greenville. The Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St, Greenville. Sat, 5–8pm. $25. (864) 527-5948, krocgreenville.org
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For the kids who can’t even hit the ball when it’s placed on a stationary tee, the astonishing athletics of the Harlem Globetrotters is somewhat of a slap to the face. With over 25,000 exhibition games under their sneakers, the Globetrotters have won fans over with their courtside comedy, killer trick shots, and family-style brand of entertainment. Cheer on America’s favorite team as they dribble, backflip, jump, and soar to the hoop. Time to start working on those free throws. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. $29.50-$113.50. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
HULL 12 SIERRA While most of us were still
trying to pass the drivers’ test for the 4th (or 5th) time at 16 years old, musician Sierra Hull was climbing to the number-two slot on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart with her debut, Secrets. Over a decade later, the mandolin maven and vocalist has performed alongside icons like Alison Krauss, and her latest recording, Weighted Mind, was produced by Béla Fleck and nominated for a Best Folk Album Grammy in 2017. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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5TH ANNUAL CHARLESTON JAZZ FESTIVAL Jan 24th–27th; times, locations, and prices vary. Charleston. Accompanied by Gullah-ensemble Ranky Tanky, jazz sensation Bobby McFerrin joins the lineup of star musicians for this annual Lowcountry festival.
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SIERRA HULL Jan 12th; Sat, 8pm. $35. The Peace Center. Mandolin protégée Sierra Hull has found a space alongside Bluegrass greats—think Alison Krauss and Béla Fleck—with her latest album Weighted Mind.
CHAUTAUQUA TALK: NAPOLEON
You’ve heard of the Little Engine That Could, right? How about the Little Corporal? As a precursor to the upcoming Winter Chautauqua and in line with the “It’s Revolutionary!” theme for 2019, former Governor’s School teacher and Upstate International co-founder Monique Glass will lead an educational, informative discourse on the rise and fall of one of France’s most famous revolutionary leaders. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville. Tues, 7–8:30pm. Free. (864) 244-1499, greenvillechautauqua.org
When American GI Chris meets Kim in the ravaged city of Saigon during the Vietnam War, the two quickly fall in love and make plans for a lifetime together. However, the city’s fall spurs the soldier’s quick departure home, leaving a pregnant Kim to merely dream of his eventual return. Nominated for eleven Tony Awards and ripe with classic songs, Miss Saigon illustrates the transcendence of romance in the harshest of circumstances, as well as the power of hope in the eyes of darkness. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $40-$115. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
You’ve waited all year—and now it’s finally back! Centre Stage kicks off another year of artistic fabulousness with their annual live rock show. Get ready to tune in and groove out to all of the hits that made the ’50s and ’60s a golden age for musical stars like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Angels, the Supremes, and other bebop giants of the era. Shaboom, shaboom, indeed. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $27-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
THE GREENVILLE NEWS RUN DOWNTOWN 5K ROAD RACE
Sponsored by The Greenville News, this famously “cool” race is one of the Upstate’s most popular and the only to feature Main Street as part of the running route. The 5K trek takes place throughout some of downtown’s most scenic avenues, and encourages athletes of all levels to participate. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 9am. $35. Rundowntown5k.com
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EARLY ROMANTIC: ROSSINI AND ROSÉ
Gather ’round the Peace Center’s artist-in-residence Igor Begelman for another exciting evening of extracurricular music appreciation. This particular Peace Interlude focuses on the Early Romantic period, exploring the period through the eyes of some of its most renowned crafters like Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, Austria’s Franz Schubert and Carl Maria von Weber of Germany. In keeping with the series’ tradition, the tantalizing experience will be rounded out with a curated glass of rosé. Genevieve’s at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 5:15pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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January is already pretty cool, but it’s about to get a whole lot cooler. Each year, the Charleston Jazz Festival hosts a plethora of rising stars and well-seasoned artists in the Holy City, giving them the opportunity to share their salsa, jazz, swing, blues, and international stylings in a variety of local venues. Set to highlight this year’s soirée at the Gaillard Center is Grammy Award–winning vocalist and songwriter Bobby McFerrin, who will be accompanied by Charleston’s hometown Gullah-jazz ensemble, Ranky Tanky. Times, locations, and prices vary. charlestonjazz.com/festival
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AN EVENING OF ORIGINAL MUSIC
As part of the Peace Center’s Songwriters Workshop Series, this special showcase will highlight the songwriting and instrumental talents of some of the industry’s most gifted musicians. The Upstate’s own Edwin McCain is set to take the stage along with country and pop music collaborator and singer Maia Sharp, and Gabe Dixon, a virtuoso keyboardist and singer who has toured with the likes of O.A.R. and Paul McCartney. Genevieve’s at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm. $75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
25–Feb 10 THE GLASS MENAGERIE Crafted by storytelling genius Tennessee Williams as a semi-autobiography in 1944, this memory-style play is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield, a struggling writer who yearns to escape from his tedious life and onerous family. Urged by his mother to find his disabled sister a reasonable suitor, Tom invites a supposedly bachelor coworker over for supper, setting a chain of events in motion that eventually lead to his permanent departure from his home and his familial obligations.
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Whether you’re getting married or just like to scrapbook your dream wedding (and dream husband) this wedding festival takes the stress out of scouring the Yellow Pages for the perfect photographer, caterer, and venue. The event covers everything from tabletops to theme ceremonies, and even includes workshops with wedding experts. And if your future hubby feels a little left out (doubtful), there’s plenty of groom gear to check out. Greenville Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 10am–3pm. $8. Weddingfestivals.com
ANNUAL ONESIE 26 2ND BAR CRAWL
Our top two reasons for wearing a onesie for all occasions? They’re warm and it takes about .5 seconds to get dressed. Zip up and shove off to a number of downtown watering holes where you can sip your favorite libation in total comfort. Spots like On the Roxx, Pour Taproom, and Chicora
Alley will be awaiting your arrival with live music and booze specials, not to mention the jammie-tastic after party. The best part? You can just crawl right into bed when the night is done! Downtown Greenville. Sat, 2–10pm. $15-$29. eventbrite.com
NIGHTS & 26–27 ARABIAN WINTER DREAMS
Are you bundled up against the chilly January weather or cruising the sands on a magic carpet in the Middle East? It will be hard to tell the difference once Edvard Tchivzhel strikes up the band! Enjoy a dualpersonality performance as the Greenville Symphony Orchestra takes on Tchaikovsky’s famous Symphony No. 1 (Winter Daydreams) and Scheherazade, a symphonic suite written by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and based upon the One Thousand and One Nights collection of Middle Eastern folk tales. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $19-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Question: how many penguins does a household need? Well, for the Popper clan, the limit does not exist. Based on the popular children’s book by Richard and Florence Atwater, this musical adaptation spins the tale of Mr. Popper, whose well-intentioned fan letter to an Arctic-exploring Admiral lands him a waddling, flapping housepet they christen Captain Cook. But that’s just the beginning of the story for Mr. Popper’s wild and crazy new life—or as the penguins say, the tip of the iceberg! Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 9:45am & 11:45am; Fri, 7pm; Sat, 10am & 1:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm & 5:30pm. $19-$28. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
Hailing from the high tops of Colorado, progressive blues-jammers Yonder Mountain String Band have been cutting their chops on their own independent record label since 1999. The band’s most recent release—2017’s Love. Ain’t Love—was lauded for its eclectic earthy appeal and peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Bluegrass rankings. The band will be joined by rock n’ roll duo Handmade Moments. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Thurs, 8pm. $28-$30. (828) 398-1837, theorangepeel.net
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YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND Jan 31st; Thurs, 8pm. $28-$30. The Orange Peel. Enjoy the croons and tunes of this Colorado-based string band at Asheville’s The Orange Peel.
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Women Under Fire
very image tells a story, but perhaps not the entire one. That’s the theme that New York–based artist Theresa Gooby explores in the debut of her show NOstalgia at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. In the paintings, drawings, and prints from her latest body of work, Gooby melds images and objects from bygone eras in an attempt to alter the conversation about the past. The artist mixes figures from old sewing patterns with drawings of animals in order to highlight the names (chick, dog, fox) that women have been called, and depicts tiny guns paired with illustrations of vintage female characters. Gooby’s works are commentaries on the glossy presentation of women in an era fraught with injustice towards them. It all begs the question: does the past really deserve to be glorified?—M. Linda Lee
NOstalgia will be on display through January 23 at the GCCA in Brandon Mill, 101 Abney St, in the Village of West Greenville. The exhibit will be open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, Saturday, 11am–3pm. For more information, visit artcentergreenville.org.
Theresa Gooby, (left) Jane no longer cared if she bought the right kind of laundry detergent; (right) Marla’s parents encouraged her to be a secretary, despite her dreams of being an actress. Both print on book cover with encaustic and toy gun, 8 in x 10 in. Photographs courtesy of the artist.
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