Restaurants in Grier

Upscale Comfort Food for Lunch or Dinner at City Tavern (40% Off)

City Tavern

Multiple Locations

$20 $12

Starters such as firecracker popcorn shrimp and fried green tomatoes accompany certified Angus beef and seared scallops

2 or 5 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Bagels and Sandwiches at Bagel Bin & Deli in Ballantyne (40% Off)

Bagel Bin & Deli

Cedar Walk Shopping Center

$10 $6

Housemade bagels in flavors such as hawaiian, chocolate chip, onion, and spinach; Boar's Head meat such as corned beef or honey-glazed ham

Peruvian Food at Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine - Seafood Grill & Bar (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Peruvian Food at Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine - Seafood Grill & Bar

Pineville

$20 $11

Ceviche, rotisserie chicken, fried fish with beans and rice, and crab with shrimp and rice

Diner Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Park 51 Cafe (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Park 51 Cafe

Hwy 51 - Park Road

$10 $6

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Southern-style diner specialties, include french toast, biscuits and gravy, burgers, gyros, and oven-baked pasta

Hibachi and Sushi at Tsuki House Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Tsuki House Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar

Whiteoak

$30 $15

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Specialty sushi rolls come wrapped in seaweed, cucumber, and soybean paper; Japanese entrees include seafood teriyaki and chicken katsu

Chinese Food for Lunch or Dinner at Great Wall of China South (50% Off)

Great Wall of China South

McAlpine

$16 $8

Chinese restaurant with classics such as egg rolls, sesame beef, chicken fried rice, and shrimp lo mein

$22 for an 18" Specialty Pizza and 14 Wings for Two at Hawthorne's New York Pizza & Bar ($37.90 Value)

Hawthorne's New York Pizza & Bar

Multiple Locations

$37.90 $22

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Specialty pies that garnered Charlotte Magazine Voters' Choice pizza pick in 2011, 2012, and 2013 pair with four flavors of wings

Italian Cuisine, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Friday–Saturday at Riccio's Italian Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Riccio's Italian Restaurant

Touchstone Village

$30 $15

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50-year-old neighborhood favorite serves veal piccata, linguine carbonara, pizza with housemade sauces, fresh veal, and sweet cannoli

Food and Drink for Two or Four at Cafe Bliss (40% Off)

Cafe Bliss

Waxhaw

$20 $12

Cafe serves comfort food classics like Belgian waffles, gourmet specialty sandwiches, chicken salad croissants; desserts & espresso drinks

Coffee Drinks or Tea and Baked Goods for Two or Four at FABO (42% Off)

FABO

FABO

$13.70 $8

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Fresh coffee, espresso drinks, tea, cookies, and scones, served in an eclectic setting decorated with vibrant works by local artists

Premium Takeout Pack or Dine-In Eastern Barbecue and Sides at Bill Spoon's BBQ

Bill Spoon's BBQ

Charlotte

$20 $11

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Zagat award-winning restaurant relies on family recipes for its slow-cooked pork, fresh hushpuppies, and housemade banana pudding

$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Burgers and Hot Dogs at Chubz Famous Chiliburgers ($32 Total Value)

Chubz Famous Chiliburgers

Charlotte

$16 $9

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Eatery serves homemade chili on top of 100% grass-fed Angus patties, hot dogs, and cheese fries

Two or Four Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mexican Food at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant (Up to 55% Off)

Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant

Gastonia

$10 $4.50

Steak tampiqueña, mole chicken enchiladas, carnitas de res, chicken milanesa, fajitas, chalupas, tacos, tamales, and chimichangas

Catering Boxes or American Food at Bedder, Bedder and Moore (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Bedder Bedder & Moore - South Tryon

Charlotte

$45.29 $25

Have a productive meeting or a well-appointed event with catered sandwiches or salads; dining-in menu includes burgers and deli-style food

Pizza Meal for Two or Four with Wings and Salad at Mr Jim's Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

Mr Jim's Pizza

West Boulevard

$19.98 $11

Hand-stretched pizzas, wings, and salads team up for the perfect meal, capped off with housemade cinnamon sticks

$9 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pizza at Slices ($20 Value)

Slices

Charlotte

$10 $4.50

Sicilian-style and New York style thin crust pizzas topped with fresh ingredients, plus oven-toasted subs, buffalo-style jumbo wings & sides

$13 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sake Express

Sake Express

San Carlos

$20 $13

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Sushi plus classic Japanese hibachi options, including chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

$24 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Dolce Ristorante

Dolce Ristorante

Dilworth

$40 $24

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Award-winning Italian dishes include homemade gnocchi, veal scaloppini with sautéed shrimp, and tiramisu made in-house

$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Crepes & Café Food at Crispy Crêpe ($30 Total Value)

Crispy Crepe

The South End

$15 $9

Bistro-style menu showcases sweet and savory crepes filled with fresh fruit or meats and cheeses, gourmet sandwiches, and Liège waffles

Thai Cuisine at Thai House (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Thai House

Gastonia

$24 $12

Handmade teakwood accents adorn the walls of a Thai eatery where the owners cook curries, noodles, and rice reminiscent of their native land

Thai Cuisine and Sushi at Deejai Thai Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Deejai Thai Restaurant

Eastover

$40 $22

Chef cooks Thai specialties using time-tested family recipes and creates specialty sushi rolls in a chic, sunny eatery

$18 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Sushi at Ginbu 401

Ginbu 401

Myers Park

$30 $18

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Chinese-food classics, along with more than 60 types of sushi rolls

Upscale American Cuisine at Dressler's (46% Off). Two Options Available.

Dressler's Restaurant

Multiple Locations

$50 $27

Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth prepares creative appetizers, steaks, and seafood plates

$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen

Wesley Heights

$30 $15

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Chefs craft Italian dishes such as italian sausage steak, eggplant parmigiana, and chicken barcelona

$30 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Japanese Food at Red Ginger

Red Ginger

Uptown

$40 $30

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Japanese steakhouse with classic hibachi entrees, like filet mignon, and specialty sushi, with ingredients such as BBQ eel

$15 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Pan-Asian Cuisine for Dinner at Fujo Bistro

Fujo Bistro

Second Ward

$30 $15

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Asian-fusion cuisine showcases specialty sushi alongside classic Chinese dishes

Bagels, Soups, and Sandwiches at City Deli & Bagel Company (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

City Deli & Bagel Company

Elizabeth

$10 $5.50

In addition to fresh bagels sold to go or by the dozen, this restaurant serves a variety of soups and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch

$20 for $40 Worth of Cajun Food at Cajun Queen

Cajun Queen

Elizabeth

$40 $20

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Garlic and butter sautéed with crawfish, new york strip seared until blackened, and platter of fried oysters and scallops

Asian Food for Two or Four or More at Mr. Wok Mini Cafe (40% Off)

Mr. Wok Mini Cafe

Charlotte

$20 $12

Chefs combine Chinese and Japanese influences to create tasty fusion dishes

Mexican Food at Tacos & Tequila Cantina Grill (47% Off). Three Options Available.

Tacos & Tequila Cantina Grill

Matthews

$30 $16

South-of-the-border cuisine and beverages, including extravagant seafood dishes, burritos, tacos, and top-shelf tequila

Sandwiches, Sweets, and Bread at Local Loaf Bakery & Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Local Loaf Bakery & Restaurant at 7th Street Public Market

First Ward

$46 $23

Enjoy sandwiches made with homemade, artisanal breads; or mix together cookies and seven-layer bars in a sweets platter

Locally Sourced Pizzas, Salads, and Sandwiches for Dinner for Two at Pure Pizza (50% Off)

Pure Pizza

7th Street Market

$20 $10

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Farm-to-fork pizzeria tops its sprouted wheat dough with local veggies, smoked salmon, and pulled pork from inside 7th Street Public Market

$16 for $30 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, and Serbian Food at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe

Intermezzo Pizzeria and Cafe

Intermezzo Cafe & Pizzeria

$30 $16

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Authentic Serbian entrees of eggplant musaka served alongside hand-tossed pizzas topped with wood-grilled mushrooms or housemade mozzarella

Upscale Bar Food for Two, Four, or Take-Out at Joe Hooper's Neighborhood Pub (Up to 50% Off)

Joe Hooper's Neighborhood Pub

Plaza-Midwood

$24 $12

Roadhouse sports bar serves up classic American eats such as jumbo wings, burgers, and blackened beef brisket

American Comfort Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Crown Point Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Crown Point Restaurant

East Forest

$15 $7.50

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American comfort food such as homemade chicken and dumplings made from scratch daily with local, farm-fresh ingredients

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Valid for $10 Worth of Seafood at Fat Cats Oyster Bar and Grill ($20 Value)

Fat Cats Oyster Bar and Grill

Fat Cats Oyster Bar and

$10 $5.50

In addition to shells by the dozen and drinks by the pint, the space houses a stage for live music

Persian Food at Kabob House (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Kabob House

East Forest

$30 $15

Kebabs including beef, lamb tips, and charbroiled salmon, shrimp; eggplant topped with cream of whey, chicken breast in pomegranate sauce

$11 for $18 or $18 for $30 Worth of Seafood, Tacos, and Southern-Asian Fusion Cuisine at Krazy Fish

Krazy Fish

Plaza Midwood

$30 $18

Fish-themed joint serves fusion of Southern, Asian, and Latin fare, from seafood tacos to red thai curry

Sushi and Hibachi-Style Japanese Cuisine at Fujimi Sushi and Japanese Steak House (Up to 44% Off)

Fujimi Sushi and Japanese Steak House

Matthews

$25 $14

Chefs sear filet mignon and lobster tails on a hibachi grill and roll sushi with fatty tuna, salmon, and scallops

$13 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Sake Express

Sake Express

Mount Holly

$20 $13

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Sushi plus classic Japanese hibachi options, including chicken, steak, vegetables, and a wealth of seafood cooked on a flat-top grill

Ethiopian Food at Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant & Hookah Lounge (50% Off)

Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

Plaza Central

$40 $20

Using spongy injera, diners scoop up mouthfuls of spicy slow-cooked lamb or chickpeas with curry and onions

$22 for $40 Worth of Japanese Lunch or Dinner for Two at Osaka Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar

Osaka Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar

Matthews

$40 $22

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Pairs share inventive rolls crafted to be as delicious as they are artfully displayed, drizzled in savory sauces or fried in crisp tempura

$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Food at Big City Grill (Up to 40% Off)

Big City Grill

Charlotte

$10 $6

Fast food classics like cheeseburgers are on the same menu as the BLT and the tuna pita

Dinner for Two or Chinese Cuisine for Four or More at Sizzling Wok Restaurant (53% Off)

Sizzling Wok Restaurant

Mint Hill

$20 $9.50

Crispy crab rangoon and silky egg drop soup set the tone for meals of chicken lo mein, orange chicken, and tender mongolian beef

$19 for Barbecue-Sauce Sampler with Five 16-ounce Bottles at Chicken Magnificent ($42 Value)

Chicken Magnificent

Back Creek Church Road

$42 $19

Sauces include a signature chicken marinade, a sweet-and-spicy sauce for veggies, and a blend of wheat, corn, and spices for breading

Mexican Food at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

Charlotte

$20 $12

Casual eatery serves up Mexican food favorites like burritos, fajitas, and tacos

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food and Drink at Bus Stop Soda Shop ($20 value)

Bus Stop Soda Shop

Monroe

$10 $5.50

Staffers hand-dip ice cream and dish up banana splits along with hot dogs, nachos, and lemonade inside a 70s-themed soda shop

Mexican Food at Verde (43% Off). Two Options Available.

Verde

Huntersville

$40 $23

Mexican specialties featuring made-in-house sauces and guacamole and seasonal ingredients

$10 for $20 Worth of American Food at Eastfield Bar & Grill

Eastfield Bar & Grill

Highland Creek

$20 $10

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Entrees such as the Three Alarm burger—an Angus beef patty topped with jalapeño-smoked bacon, habanero hot sauce, and spicy relish

Japanese Cuisine at Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Tsunami Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar

Concord

$30 $18

Combination steak and seafood dinners, hibachi meals, and maki rolls and sashimi

$17 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Food at The Corkscrew ($30 Value)

The Corkscrew

Birkdale Village

$15 $8.50

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Light menu offers small bites with cheese, mixed nuts, and olives

Sushi and Japanese Hibachi Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Kobe Hero Japanese Steak and Sushi Bar (44% Off)

Kobe Hero Japanese Steak and Sushi Bar

Cornelius

$25 $14

Teppan chefs cook seafood, meat, and veggies on 16 hibachi grills, while a large sushi bar offers up sushi

$12 for $20 Worth of North Indian Dinner at Sangam Indian Cuisine

Sangam Indian Cuisine

Cornelius

$20 $12

Indian dishes such as chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh, and paneer makhani

Up to 50% Off Dine-In or Takeout at The Soda Shop in Davidson

The Soda Shop

Davidson

$14 $7

Those who crave nostalgia can enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner inside a historic diner that mirrors '50s-style malt shops

Sandwich and Cookies for Two or Four at HoneyBaked Ham (50% Off)

The HoneyBaked Ham Company

Concord

$15.56 $7.75

Sandwiches stacked with HoneyBaked ham, smoked turkey, roast beef, homestyle chicken salad, fresh vegetables on bakery fresh breads

Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at TK Sushi (Half Off)

TK Sushi

Mooresville

$20 $10

Friendly staff serves sushi and other Japanese cuisine including hibachi steak entrees and spicy shrimp

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Barbecue for Carry-Out at Lavell's BBQ and Catering ($30 Value)

Lavell's BBQ and Catering

Kannapolis

$15 $7.50

Barbecue classics such as chicken, ribs, and wings appear along side inventive items such as the Soul Roll, a Southern take on the egg roll

$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food for Two at Italy Cafe

Italy Cafe

Mooresville

$20 $12

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Chefs treat guests to rich, flavorful Italian cuisine, from toasty paninis and subs, to bubbling pizzas and sauce-laden pastas

Mexican Meal with Soft Drinks for Two or Four, or Cuisine for Carryout at Burrito Loco (Up to 47% Off)

Burrito Loco

Mooresville

$19.80 $11

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Cremas, pestos, tempura batter, and inventive salsas add zest to Mexican recipes

Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Tokyo Japanese Seafood & Steakhouse

Mooresville

$40 $20

(10)

Hibachi steaks, tokyo shrimp kabobs, and sushi rolls fashioned from fresh seafood and vegetables

Dinner for Two or Family Dinner for Pick-Up or Delivery at Turn 4 Pizza (Up to 51% Off)

Turn 4 Pizza

Mooresville

$28.48 $14

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Hand-tossed pizzas decked in toppings such as barbecue sauce, chicken, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar, and onions

American Food at Chickadees Diner (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Chickadees Diner

Northwest Columbia

$22 $13

Diners can enjoy breakfast dishes, such as chicken and waffles, and sip bottomless mimosas all day at a cozy diner with 20th-century decor

Pan-Asian Cuisine at Kyjo’s Japanese, Thai, and Sushi Bar (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Kyjo’s Japanese, Thai and Sushi Bar

Troutman

$20 $11

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Chicken and steak sizzle on hibachis as chefs roll sushi and mix multicolored curries with meat and bamboo strips

Murder-Mystery Show for 2, 4, or 8 with Wine at Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre (Up to 50% Off)

Theatre Rowe Productions Murder Mystery Theatre

Multiple Locations

$64 $32

Watch and sip as a rookie homicide detective fights to find the killer hidden in a pack of oddball auction attendees

Pizza, Hoagies, and Salads at Mellow Mushroom Spartanburg (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

Mellow Mushroom Spartanburg

Spartanburg

$20 $12

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Made from dough with natural spring water, pizzas and calzones emerge from stone hearths

Upscale American Lunch or Dinner for Two or More at Youssef 242 (40% Off)

Youssef 242

Hickory

$30 $18

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Prime filet mignon with edamame succotash for dinner and parma ham and fig jam on wood-fired pizzas for lunch

Contemporary Southern Dinner for Two or Four at Saluda's (Up to 55% Off)

Saluda's

Five Points

$70 $36

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Fried green tomatoes with pulled pork, shrimp and grits with brandy cream, a grilled pork chop brined with sweet tea

Four Groupons, Each Good for $7 Worth of Classic Diner Food and Drinks at Le Peep ($28 Value)

Le Peep

Le Peep

$7 $3.99

Melted cheese drapes hearty skillets, hollandaise coats two-egg benedicts, and grilled-to-order beef patties nestle in brioche buns

Tapas Style Comfort Food at The Mamas And The Tapas (48% Off)

The Mamas And The Tapas

Columbia

$40 $21

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Tapas such as scallops, mussels, and Creole cakes with sausage and corn as well as larger entrees such as smoked barbecue ribs

Two Entrees and One Sushi Roll, or $11 for $20 Worth of Japanese Food at Katana Japanese Fusion

Katana Japanese Fusion

Salisbury

$38 $17

Sushi chefs build traditional and specialty rolls using fresh ingredients; combo plates include paired proteins

$15 for One Appetizer and 20 Wings for Two at Wings at Ale of Lexington (Up to a $28.98 Value)

Wings and Ale of Lexington

Lexington

$28.98 $15

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Southwestern and American appetizers such as nachos and chicken fingers, and wings that come in 12 flavors

$15 for 3 Groupons for $10 Worth of Mediterranean Food at Main Street Cafe Bar & Grill ($30 Value)

Main Street Cafe Bar & Grill

Lexington

$10 $5

Trifos family showcases Greek heritage with laid-back European eats, such as pitas & grilled dinners, with live entertainment on weekends

$11 for $20 Worth of Small Plates at MGLounge

MGLounge

Salisbury

$20 $11

Menu rotates every few weeks, and might include options such as mahi fish tacos or salted caramel ice cream with bourbon bacon topping

Two, Three, or Four Classic Sandwiches or at HoneyBaked Ham (Up to 48% Off)

HoneyBaked Ham

Multiple Locations

$8.97 $5

Cured hams hardwood-smoked for 24+ hours, served on sandwiches with cookies and beverages

$10 for $20 Worth of Hibachi or Sushi at Kimono Japanese Restaurant

Kimono Japanese Restaurant

Salisbury

$20 $10

Chefs create specialty sushi rolls and hibachi meals of seafood or chicken paired with veggies and rice

Murder Mystery Dinner for One or Two at Marmalade LLC (Up to 54% Off)

Marmalade LLC

Inman

$75 $35

Diners are immersed in a whodunnit-style mystery, and must solve the crime as they dine on French-inspired meals

Southern Meal for Four or $20 Worth of Southern Fare at Chill 'N' Grill (Up to 54% Off)

Chill 'N' Grill

Reidville

$20 $11

Cedar-plank salmon, shrimp and grits, fried pickles or peaches, and more

$15 for $30 Worth of Asian Dinner Cuisine at Bon Thai & Sushi

Bon Thai & Sushi

Greenville

$30 $15

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Seafood, beef, and chicken with thai basil and curry sauces pair with delicate sushi rolls beneath abstract wall paintings and potted palms

Pizza and Italian Food at Carolina Pizzeria (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Carolina Pizzeria

Greenville

$22 $12

Specialty pizzas topped in barbecue steak or alfredo chicken pair with Italian favorites such as tortellini rosata and lasagna

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Before setting up shop in Rock Hill, the owners of Kinch’s perfected the art of southern cooking in the capital city of Columbia. According to Southern Food Network, it was there that the restaurant’s fried chicken made its name famous across the state,. Now housed inside a charming, redbrick building, Kinch’s still serves a menu of Southern classics, including country-fried steak, collard greens, two- or three-piece fried chicken baskets, and molasses-covered pages from As I Lay Dying. They also open the restaurant for breakfast five mornings a week, as well as serve breakfast for dinner every Monday night.

123 Elk Ave
Rock Hill,
SC
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A childhood of baking alongside her mother and grandmother inspires Patti's work, especially her custom cake creations. At her first bakery she won much acclaim for her buttercream, which is rich without being cloyingly sweet?much like a millionaire before his life's transformed by a loveable orphan. Since moving on to Periwinkle's, Patti's kept creating one-of-a-kind confections for her new clientele. Most recently, she consulted with a little girl who, in a quiet voice, requested a "scary jungle cake." Together they scoured the Internet for inspiration, designing a cake the celebrant later said was the best part of her party. This, says Patti, is exactly what motivates her to keep baking. A childhood of baking alongside her mother and grandmother inspires Patti's work, especially her custom cake creations. As owner of the now-shuttered Pat-a-Cakes, she won much acclaim for her buttercream, which is rich without being cloyingly sweet?much like a millionaire before his life's transformed by a loveable orphan. Since that shop is closing, Patti's kept creating one-of-a-kind confections for her new clientele. Most recently, she consulted with a little girl who, in a quiet voice, requested a "scary jungle cake." Together they scoured the Internet for inspiration, designing a cake the celebrant later said was the best part of her party. This, says Patti, is exactly what motivates her to keep baking.

140 E Main St
Rock Hill,
SC
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The chefs at Citizen Corners mix South Carolina low-country eats with Louisiana creole flavors, filling tables with artfully prepared plates bearing heaping regional flavors. Crack a menu to start with such appetizers as the fried-green-tomato stack layered with handmade pimiento cheese ($8). Chefs rest amberjack fillets on beds of florentine rice and mixed vegetables and encase them in oven-ready parchment-paper steam rooms with the amberjack papillote ($21). Cajun fried seafood platters are stuffed with a net's worth of alligator, scallops, crawfish tails, and other sea-caught savories, accompanied by land-fished hush puppies ($25). Diners' choices of hand-cut steaks ($18–$23) are prepared with optional toppers such as chipotle lime butter ($1) and a wild mushroom-cabernet reduction ($2).

157 E Main St
Rock Hill,
SC
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Groucho's has been serving deli-style favorites to South Carolina's sandwich set since 1941. The menu features a sea of sandwiches ($3.79–$7.09), including traditional corned beef on rye, chicken salad, and the house specialty, Baby Sub, a warm combo of salami, bologna, provolone, herb slaw, and lean ham. Groucho's woos salad skeptics with its Just Bacon Salad—4 ounces of real bacon crumbs mounded on a smoke screen of greens ($5.09). Running the gamut of heart health, it also offers a sizeable selection of low-fat alternatives and vegetarian options. If kosher dills inspire intense thirst or desires to soak fingertips in carbonation, Groucho's carries bottled beer and Dr. Brown's soda.

221 Cherry Rd
Rock Hill,
SC
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Hanging lamps cast their warm light across the vibrant paintings that hang from El Caribe Sunset Cafe’s pink and yellow walls. The café’s decor draws its influences from Mexico and the Caribbean islands, as does its menu. A tropical heat envelops the kitchen, where seafood, steak, and chicken simmer in tangy sauces and plantains crackle in frying pans of garlic and butter. Meanwhile, bathed in the neon glow of a Presidente sign, bartenders fill glasses and waterproof sombreros with frozen margaritas, mojitos, and imported beers.

The Caribbean doesn’t feel so far away on warmer nights, thanks to a front patio lined with lime-green umbrellas and speckled with tables and chairs. The café hosts a number of special events throughout the year, from live music and dance parties to raucous games of pin the tail on the enchilada.

1051 Oakland Ave
Rock Hill,
SC
US

Lee Cummings, the founder of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, learned the ropes from one of the country’s foremost poultry experts: his uncle, Colonel Harland Sanders. Together, he and the colonel opened more than 800 KFC stores selling fried chicken prepared in pressure cookers and battered with the duo’s famous blend of spices. It wasn’t until after his uncle sold KFC in 1962 that Lee began developing his own secret recipe, a development that would lead to the creation of the Lee’s Famous franchise in 1966.

Today, the franchise sells the fruits of his labor, Lee’s “Famous Recipe” chicken, plus buttermilk biscuits and housemade sides from locations in 14 states and four countries. Each piece of never-frozen chicken is hand-breaded and dipped into honey before being transferred to pressure cookers that crisp the exterior while maintaining a juicy interior. Though the original recipe remains untouched, Lee’s Famous has expanded its offerings over the years to include healthier oven-roasted and lava-charred options.

738 Cherry Rd
Rock Hill,
SC
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