Whether stopping in for fresh-baked scones and bread, ordering organic coffee, or perusing the fresh produce, guests at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, which is located along the Swamp Rabbit Bike Trail, are assured that the majority of the food is locally grown and produced. The staff prepares espresso drinks with local dairy and assembles boxes of seasonal produce for its grocery-store patrons. The grocery also carries raw cow and goat milk, local honey, and locally crafted chocolate. Swamp Rabbit continues its eco-friendly mission by hosting seasonal art markets, as well as an outdoor music series where donations go to community gardens.
Flat Rock Grille at Cherrydale plates up generous servings of steakhouse fare compiled from freshly plucked ingredients. The dinner menu races out of the gate with savory appetizers and salads ($3.49+), finally arching into a sea-bound swan dive with an array of maritime options. Feel the warm, compliment-whispering breeze of the Caribbean with the mahi mahi, which is twice named, but once breaded in shredded coconut and crushed macadamia nuts ($19.99). Each of the juicy USDA Choice cuts of corn-fed steaks are aged a minimum of 28 days, including the 7-ounce center-cut sirloin ($11.95), with prime rib available Friday and Saturday nights.
Honey Hush Fudge settles sweet-toothed demands with scores of southern-style desserts, homemade fudge, and ice cream. Plunder assortments of boxed fudge containing multiple varieties packed with chocolate chunks, rich walnuts, or sweet maple accents ($7 for 6 pieces, $17 for 20 pieces). Fleeting seasonal flavors include key lime and orange slice during the summer, candy corn and peppermint closer to the holidays, or corndog and pine tar during baseball season. Moist, homemade cakes ($22+), cookies ($7.50 for 12), and pies ($20+) perch behind glass cases, shining like sugared, celestial stars without the astronomic egos. Visitors to Honey Hush's airy retail space can sample an array of ice cream and practice proper spoon- and cone-based etiquette ($1.50 for a single scoop).
Since 1950, Spero Contis’s family has prepared an eclectic array of Greek and American casual classics to share with the greater Greenville community. Today, the kitchen staff at each of Spero's Pete's Original's two locations starts the day by brewing coffee and flipping blueberry pancakes and omelets filled with feta cheese or philly steak. At lunch and dinner, their tender gyro meat tops greek salads and fills pita bread. Pimientos, chili, and jalapeños are layered in the 1950s original burgers, so named for both their persistence on the eatery’s menu and their resemblance to Sputnik. For easy meals and parties at home, Spero's Pete's Original also caters throughout the area.
The chefs at the newly opened Grape Leaf cook up hearty Mediterranean cuisine that spans Middle Eastern to Greek specialties. They cook up a variety of sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees that include stuffed grape leaves, rack of lamb, and zesty beef shawarma. On select nights, belly dancers spin circles around the dining room as diners nibble at falafel and baklava.
Atlanta Bread's characteristic, Wi-Fi-beaming bakery cafes pair ladled soup and layered meats with a multitude of fresh-baked, gourmet breads. The soups du jour ($3.99+) steam up stomachs in varieties like Wisconsin cheese, Italian wedding, or beef chili. Signature sandwiches impress with bold flavor combinations and flawless John Hancocks: the ABC Special piles roast beef, turkey, ham, provolone, and pepperoncini onto a French baguette ($6.99), and the Chicken Waldorf unites poultry with dried cranberries, granny smith apples, and walnuts atop asiago focaccia ($6.99). For a meatless midriff-filler, try the California Avocado on tomato onion focaccia, topped with provolone and dill sauce ($6.99).