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.
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.
For more than 25 years, Chef Manigault's La Vieille Maison has served as an elegant locale for weddings, parties, and meals. Guests can find themselves in a dining room or sunroom, on a veranda or hideaway patio, or in an expansive garden perfect for large gatherings. There, they'll enjoy southern-style dishes with a French flair from changing menus that have featured stuffed mushrooms, rack of lamb, and herb chicken with oven-roasted potatoes and sautéed vegetables.
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.
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.