The menu at Chicora Alley fuses the sweet, tangy flavors of the Caribbean with the smoky, savory flavors of the South, resulting in a collage of tropical plates and down-home favorites. The vibrant flavors of the menu encourage guests to mix and match cuisines—start with an appetizer, then dig into one of mom's cream cheese chicken enchiladas or a black Angus shredded brisket taco, with 7 different salsas to choose from. On weekends, Chicora Alley offers a Sunday brunch with a variety of items, such as huevoes rancheros, breakfast burritos, and country breakfast.
The kitchen dishes out classics such as jerk chicken with fried plantains, but also cooks up unique creations. The shrimp burrito, for example, wraps eggplant, plantains, spinach, goat cheese, and jerk shrimp in a massive tortilla. Even the sauces constitute intriguing combinations, boasting names like ketchupeno and honey butter, a sweet spread that has to be painstakingly churned from honeybee milk. The restaurant's penchant for unexpected pairings even affects the live entertainment. On any given night, performances by bands range from Caribbean reggae to Southern jazz to Bluegrass. During the warmer months, patrons can enjoy the music and great food in the outdoor seating area complete with firepit, where games of cornhole or ring toss can be played. For younger guests, there is a kids play area with kids tables.
Pomegranate on Main’s namesake fruit wends it way through the entire eatery. Dishes blush with the tart fruit, a signature pomegranate martini fills glasses at the full bar, and its warm, crimson color appears in paintings by Iranian artists, which line the dining room. Colorful tapestries drape across exposed-bricks walls, and diners on an outdoor patio peer up through the dark wooden slats of a pergola, taking in views of the stars or paratroopers tangled in clouds. Aromas of charbroiled kebabs, onion and saffron marinades, and stewing pomegranate sauces drift out to the patio. The menu suggests a wine to pair with each Persian dish; for example the lamb shank marinated in a rosemary sauce, charbroiled, and served with basmati rice and golden raisins matches with the fruit-laden profile of a beaujolais. Meanwhile, the fesenjan stew with chicken breast slow cooks in a sauce of finely ground walnuts and pomegranate, waiting to arrive at tables with a glass of pinot noir.
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.
A row of gleaming handles awaits customers at 32 Degrees, with each serving station unleashing a unique flavor of frozen yogurt tasty enough to warrant press mentions from the Birmingham News and Oxford Sun. Guests peruse the frosty options, serving themselves swirls of nonfat treats such as orchard peach or no-sugar-added Tahitian vanilla. The meltable technicolor mountains can be topped with more than 50 options, including roasted almonds, fresh seasonal fruit, candies, cereals, and pieces of used gift cards. Flavors rotate frequently, allowing repeat customers to gradually work their way through more than 40 flavor possibilities.
When Cory Wilk's 7-year-old son Cameron was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation helped Cory's family deal with the disease. To thank them, Cory did what he did best: host a meal at his restaurant, CityRange. He invited renowned chef Michel Nischan to cook a multicourse feast that raised funds for the organization. The event was one of many steps Cory's restaurant has taken toward health-consciousness, as was including healthy items on the menu catered to Coop's Health and Fitness's Ultra Fit eating plan.
The award-winning restaurant also woos taste buds with more decadent dishes, including cuts of Black Angus steak topped with fresh crabmeat, a bone-in chargrilled-pork chop, and tender medallions layered with blue crab cakes. Barkeeps craft cocktails, pour drafts of CityRange's award-winning brew into glasses, and grab bottles of wine sent from overseas via homing pigeons. Meals unfold around the dining room’s stone fireplaces and under the stars on the outdoor patio.