In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.
At Easley Smokehouse, open flames lend a smoky flavor to beef brisket, pork shoulders, and other cuts of meat. The restaurant's cooks also fry fillets of grouper and catfish as one of its daily specials, rounding out plates with collard greens, fried okra, and other sides. After the main course, dishes of cake or fruit cobbler sweeten diners' palates.
The culinary captain at Milano’s grew up in a kitchen filled with the saucy aromas of traditional Italian fare prepared by his mother and the seasoned zest of Greek dishes grilled up by his father. With that history ensconced, he continued the tradition by marrying both cuisines in a restaurant sporting a hearty menu, casual Mediterranean ambiance, and a justice of the peace certified in marrying cuisines. Offering the best of both worlds, the chef plates everything from grilled rib eye steaks and salmon to Italian casserole, pizza, Greek salads, and oven-baked subs.
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.
In Scott Burford's words, his father Del "was a 'foodie' before it was cool." Raised on Southern home cooking in a family that was passionate about food, Burford's path to chef and restaurateur seems to be a clear one. At Del's Twisted Kitchen—named, of course, after his dad—Burford has crafted a menu as unique and colorful as the restaurant's unusual exterior, from the Baja shrimp tacos to bread pudding french toast drizzled with rum-caramel sauce.
The Stathakis family has been knee-deep in Greenville's restaurant scene since its patriarch, George, was 21 years old, according to a feature on Greenville Online. Run by George's son, Chris, Stax Seafood Bar & Grill crafts specialty seafood dishes with catch that's as fresh as possible, counting live Maine lobster, Atlantic salmon, and Chilean sea bass amongst its offerings. For "turf" options, the kitchen crew broils top-choice chops to draw out the flavor so they don't have to season them with magnets.