The High-Low Guide: Greenville, SC

March 4, 2014 | By | Comments (3)
Photo: Chris M. Rogers

Papi’s Tacos; Photo: Chris M. Rogers

From two-wheeled transportation to a presidential suite, we’ve sifted through the city’s best offerings for the frugal and the flush.

Quietly basking in the shower of prestige it has received in recent years, Greenville is a city on the rise with a kid sister’s unassuming attitude. Much more than an entry point to the Blue Ridge Mountains (though there is that), Greenville has reimagined the notion of a Main Street with spot-on perfection, setting the precedent as the rest of the city follows suit. Mega-employers BMW and Michelin are based here, as well as a plethora of locally owned ventures run by budding entrepreneurs. This is your guide to spending or saving green in the Palmetto State’s rising star.


Steal: Park House Bed and Breakfast
Innkeepers Jessica and Rick Landerer turned their historic home into a bed-and-breakfast with ornate four-poster beds and copious breakfasts (rooms from $169).

Splurge: The Westin Poinsett
Go for the best at this stunning 1920s hotel by booking the Presidential Suite (from $450), where 20th-century decor, a marble bath, and sweeping downtown views await.

American Grocery Restaurant

American Grocery Restaurant; Photo: Chris M. Rogers


Steal: Papi’s Tacos
Jorge “Papi” Baralles, Sr., transports the flavors of his native Mexico to the streets of Greenville with tacos or tortas in such flavors as al pastor, featuring shaved pork, cilantro, onions, and pineapple ($8.25 for three).

Splurge: American Grocery Restaurant
Chef Joe Clarke, the city’s farm-to-table pioneer, sources from the season’s bounty. Try the local rabbit, hand-delivered from 20 miles down the road, cured in brown sugar, and served with a sauce of house-pickled mustard seeds ($28).

Sip Tasting Room

SIP Tasting Room; Photo: Chris M. Rogers


Steal: The Growler Station
More than 20-plus craft beers are on tap at this neighborhood bar with a coffee-house vibe. Fill up a growler with suds like the spicy, fruity Ashley Farmhouse ale ($8.99/32 oz.) from in-state Freehouse Brewery.

Splurge: SIP Tasting Room & Rooftop Lounge
Get a city view while choosing from more than 40 different varietals. The sangría, assembled table-side, serves 10 to 12 ($65).


Vestique; Photo: Chris M. Rogers


Steal: Vestique
Twentysomething college friends and co-owners Caroline King and Morgan Lashley attach affordable price tags to on-trend fashions in four Vestique locations. With brands like Everly and Lush, 90% of their inventory retails for $50 or less.

Splurge: Augusta Twenty
The well-heeled hightail it to Augusta Twenty in the historic West End of Main Street for their retail therapy. Designer duds such as a soft-pink leather tote by Rebecca Minkoff ($350) are just what the doctor ordered.


Steal: Swamp Rabbit Trail
Rent a cruiser from Reedy Rides ($15/four hours) for the beginner-friendly 17.5-mile trail that links Greenville’s bridges, sprawling city parks, and quaint neighborhoods.

Splurge: Charleston Cooks!
Show your culinary prowess at a couple’s-night class ($125/couple) or individual courses from basic knife skills ($50) to conquering classic sauces ($60).

Good Deal to Good Grief!

  • $6 A 12-oz. Ellida IPA from hometown Quest Brewing Co. on the patio of Roost Restaurant.
  • $50 Handsome High Cotton bow ties from family-owned men’s boutique Rush Wilson Limited.
  • $104 Handmade earrings from the sister-owned jewelry line Modern Bronze at Custard Boutique.
  • $500 Four hours of training with a professional chef from local Table 301 restaurant group.
  • $1,450 A full day behind the wheel of three different M models at the BMW Performance Driving School.



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    Nice Post!
    If this was about Port St. Lucie, Cornerstone would be on the list. it’s design and hip ambiance has a welcome “big city” sophistication with a well thought out menu that is reasonable & non-threatening! From pasta to seafood or black angus steaks, every item is fresh and has the best quality you would expect from top quality restaurant.

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