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.
An armory of hookahs launches cool streams of smoke, which meander out onto America's Pub & Grub's open patio. Waitresses tote plates that hint at the comfort-fare traditions of Cajun and European cuisines with fried catfish, shepherd's pie, and other warming creations. Lights dance across the black-granite bar, where cocktails and draught beers mingle with happy chatter or woes about the tin-can-phone industry. Live acoustic tunes occupy the eatery's airwaves on some evenings, and guests croon their favorite tunes during karaoke gatherings.
If tea was a person, she'd welcome you in, wrap you in a blanket, and invite you to sit by the fire. The staff at Tealoha know how comforting tea can be, and so created a space where guests are invited to lounge. Customers order their drinks?whether they be hot and blended with steamed milk, cold and stirred with fruit juice, or simply straight up?at a reclaimed-wood counter, with the bark still clinging to the edges. Then they unwind in comfortable chairs set atop a glossy stained-concrete floor, perhaps sharing bites of a fresh, hot panini as they use the wireless Internet to look up how to say, I love tea, in all of the Romance languages.
At Don Julio Mexican Bar & Grill, authentic Mexican dishes, Colombian fare, and classic American burgers rub shoulders on the eclectic menu. Lunch and dinner times star enchiladas, burritos, and other south-of-the-border staples alongside house specialties such as Fajitas Don Julio, a steaming four-meat platter of chicken, shrimp, steak and tilapia served with grilled vegetables. Libations flow freely until 2 a.m. from the full bar, which fuels the dance floor on Fridays and Saturdays. Don Julio also hosts a weekly schedule of karaoke nights and salsa lessons, which teach students to dance seductively even in salsa-filled shoes.
A restaurant with two faces, Corporate Deli and Yia Yia's "at night" aim to sate cravings for Greek flavors at lunch, dinner, and catered events. Deli pros construct 11 specialty sandwiches to anchor lunchtime meals and whip up beef tenderloin hoagies, quesadillas, and melts. Catering brings the in-house recipes to work, weddings, proms, and special occasions, where skilled staff members set up mobile meals. At night, the staff wraps the building in a cocoon of pita to transform it into Yia Yia's, a Greek restaurant that battles hunger with the assistance of succulent kebabs and traditional family recipes made from scratch.