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Sunday, May 22, 2022

5 Top Greenville, SC Restaurants (That Also Serve Pepsi)

Downtown Greenville cityscape

With a bike-friendly layout, an engaging art scene and beautiful parks, it’s no surprise that Greenville, SC has previously been called one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Not only that, the Greenville dining scene continues to get callouts in major publications for its food festivals and cool places to eat.

Good thing we have some inspiration ready for your eating and drinking tour of Greenville, from restaurants with live music, to brunch spots in downtown Greenville, to the best steak and pizza places.

Here’s our list of 5 top Greenville, SC restaurants


Enjoy Greenville fine dining for lunch, brunch or dinner, complete with stunning views of the Reedy River. Larkin’s, which is housed in an historical coach factory, is known for fresh ingredients and a creative approach. While the dinner menu spotlights steaks and seasonal selections like coq au vin and rack of lamb, the brunch menu offers approachable fare like chicken and waffles, and smoked salmon and avocado benedict.

Try: The brunch menu. Specifically the Cinnamon Brioche French Toast with Danish cream, berry compote, creme anglaise, bacon and maple syrup. You decide if this makes Larkin’s one of the best brunch spots in downtown Greenville.

Clock Drive-In

Add Clock to your list of diners, drive-ins and dives in Greenville. This classic diner has been a local go-to restaurant since 1954. Expect fast but fresh made-to-order dishes that align with the American-diner style. Choose from sandwiches, to onion rings, to hot dogs.

Try: The Chili Cheeseburger Half & Half featuring homemade chili over an all-beef patty, plus fries and onion rings.

D'Allesandro's Pizza

On a quest for the best pizza or restaurants with live music in Greenville? Start at D’Allesandro’s. Choose from more than 20 spins on hand-tossed pizza, from the Beetnick (with olive oil, garlic, goat cheese, bacon, golden beets and rosemary) to the Spicy Benny (with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, feta and jalapenos) to the Drunk Hawaiian (red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, pineapple and mushrooms.) Plus, be on the lookout for fun community events, from live music to food festivals.

Try: The Get Gnarly with olive oil, garlic, spinach, balsamic chicken, mozzarella and blue cheese crumbles.

Stax’s Original Restaurant

Stax’s has been a go-to local eatery since the 1970s. Come in the morning to this breakfast spot in Greenville and choose from twists on egg breakfasts, “almost famous” omelets, waffles and two dozen biscuit variations. Bonus: Stax’s sells their unique all-purpose seasoning if you want to bring the flavor home.

Try: The Biscuit & Gravy with homemade buttermilk biscuits served with Stax’s sausage milk gravy.

The Peddler Steakhouse

The Peddler has also been a Greenville staple for a long time – since 1969. The restaurant can be found in a century-old building in a wooded setting, with an atmosphere that nods to the past – think sports memorabilia and antiques. Entrees range from chicken, to fish, to cuts of steak. Bonus: All entrees come with access to the Peddler Salad Bar, featuring fresh garden selections.

Try: The Rib-eye Steak cut to your specification, with a 10-oz minimum.

Whether you go in the Greenville fine dining direction or a find a more casual breakfast spot, there are plenty of fun places to fuel up while exploring this South Carolina city. Share it with us! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter at @PepsiCarolinas with snaps from your dining (and Pepsi-sipping) adventures. Get started on all these cool places to eat in Greenville!


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