Spartanburg's picturesque downtown area, complete with lampposts, sidewalks, and cute flower boxes, is 30 minutes closer to Charlotte than Greenville. This area has a mix of higher-end restaurants and casual dining services that are all independently owned. Our city has much to offer in the way of food and beverages, so here is a list of places to grab a bite to eat and enjoy your favorite libations if you are co living in Spartanburg, SC.
Wade's restaurant has been a Spartanburg landmark since it opened in 1947. The restaurant makes dozens of dishes from scratch, and it's nearly impossible for visitors to pass up the lunch line to enjoy a little bit of it all. The fried chicken is crisp, the baked beans are stuffed with meat, and you can enjoy whipped and fluffy mashed potatoes and delicious squishy yeast rolls. Don't forget to check out the latest t-shirt designs with the tagline when you eat at Wade's.
The original Willy Taco is on East Main right here in Spartanburg. Though, the bar is smaller than its sister locations. It is still memorable for its all-juice margaritas and devoted staff. Willy Taco Hub City creates amazing specials fun for everyone to explore. Try the giant Dang chimichanga for an old-school order. You won't leave hungry; it is massive.
On the quiet Dunbar Street in downtown Spartanburg, tree-lined, accessible parking is available for homegrown delight. At the Lemongrass Kitchen, you will find a Vietnamese menu that includes rice noodles, glass noodles, seven or eight types of foot Pho, and rice dishes. You can also find daily specials loaded with fresh herbs that show off the breadth of the kitchen. If they have banana leaf-wrapped dumplings while you are there, order them. They are phenomenal.
Fr8 Yard is a wholly outdoor dining venue that acts as a bar, restaurant, and music venue. You can enjoy fire pits, yard games, projected sports events, and movie nights. The playful chef-driven menu includes pretzels, yard dogs, house-made brats, and street meats. You can also enjoy funnel cakes, Angus smash burgers, cans of craft beer, and kegged cocktails.
Have breakfast at DDD and eat like a local. The gluten-free donuts, vegan cinnamon rolls, and breakfast sandwiches stuffed with herbed egg frittata on delicious focaccia bread are all fantastic choices. In addition, this spot features a self-service coffee station piled with funny mugs. You will find soups, salads, sandwiches, and many thoughtful vegetarian options on the lunch menu.
This famous wine shop has a knowledgeable staff that offers interesting labels by the glass or half glass. They feature a focus selection of wines, with a large variety of small production or grower wine options. The lively bar offers charcuterie snacks on the tables out front, and it is a prime location in the heart of downtown with a fantastic happy hour.
RJ Rockers is one of the oldest breweries in South Carolina. It is an iconic stop for craft beer and the perfect place to eat local, drink local, and listen to live local bands.
Cribbs Kitchen on Main is a cornerstone of service and dining in Spartanburg. This spot features a ton of local beer and a lovely cocktail menu that may tempt customers to hang out at the bar though, they should really stay and eat. The menu touts a blue cheese-crusted ribeye, pear salad, seasonally prepped market whitefish, and giant sandwiches. The crispy pork and chimichurri deviled eggs are fantastic.