{September 15, 2011}   Greenville’s Spice of Life

Just one look around Downtown will tell you…Greenvillians love good food! And not just any kind of food, we want flavors as diverse and unique as our city! If your taste buds crave something with a little spice to appeal to your inner world-traveler, Downtown Greenville offers a plethera of delectable culinary options.

 If you love the succulent flavors of India, then you’ll discover curry heaven at Handi Indian Cuisine. Just follow your nose to discover their Main Street location. With traditional entrees slow-cooked to release its natural aromas and flavors and drenched in flavorful spices, Handi offers a menu that appeals to vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. Combine your dinner with a complimenting beer or wine and you’ll swear you’ve found nirvana!

If you like your curry coupled with a little Caribbean jerk…then Jamaica Twist (also located on Main Street) is the place for you! Divulge in the rich flavors of authentic Caribbean food while relaxing with regulars and listening to a selection of Bob Marley classics. Try the Curried Goat, my favorite (just watch for all the little bones) and top it off with a tropical tea. If you want something a little stronger, ask the bartender to mix up something with rum…and soon you’ll have “No problems, Mon.”

If you like your spice in the form of cayenne and file’, then take a trip to the Bayou, by way of Ford’s Oyster House and Cajun Kitchen. A relative newcomer to the Downtown restaurant scene, this culinary delight is the brainchild of Green Room owner, Jason Fletcher. Located in Greenville’s West End, Ford’s offers fresh oysters from all over the Eastern seaboard (and served with a bottle of hot sauce…of course). Their Cajun-inspired menu, with the best Red Beans and Rice outside the Crescent City, will make you think you’ve detoured onto Bourbon Street!

If you prefer a menu with an exotic Mediterranean flavor, then The Lazy Goat, located at Riverplace, will transport you to the Spice Road of the Middle East. You’ll be greeted at the door by the mouth-watering aroma of their handmade pasta and sauces. For a real treat, have your meal served on their outdoor patio, with gorgeous views of the Reedy River. Watch out for the fried goat cheese…it’s so addicting, you may end up doing a stint in rehab!

With such a diversity of culinary delights, Downtown Greenville offers the perfect opportunity to take your taste buds on a world tour…and you don’t even need your passport! Enjoy!


Fall in The South means cooler temps, glorious leaf colors, apple festivals, but most of all, it means FOOTBALL. Now, other areas of the country certainly have their loyal sports fans…but in The South, football is no mere sport…it’s a religion. What team you pull for is the third item in the “Holy Southern Trinity of Your Character” which also includes “Who your people are” and “Where you go to church”. Whether you consider College Football to be sacred or you worship at “The Church of The NFL”, Downtown Greenville offers many options on where to watch “The Game”.

The place you’ll most likely find me cheering for my team is Sharkey’s Pub.  With a prime location on Main Street, Sharkey’s has long been a favorite of Downtown sports fans.  When the temps get cooler, the pub is packed with fans of all ages, watching “The Game” on one of Sharkey’s many big screen TV’s. On particularly nice days, fans congregate at their outdoor dining area (often with their dogs) to people watch as well.

If the owner of Sky Sports Bar, John Oliver, sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the voice of both the Greenville Drive and the Road Warriors. This upscale sports bar, also located on Main Street, not only has a very “retro feel” to it, but is very modern with several high-definition big screen TV’s to choose from. Fans are encouraged to cheer as much and as loudly as they want for their teams… because, after all, this IS a sports bar.

Another long time favorite with Greenville sports fans is Corner Pocket. One of Downtown’s oldest watering-holes, the Corner Pocket started, as the name implies, as a pool hall. But they have quickly become a top sports bar with numerous TVs upstairs and down…and they also still have pool tables, if you want to entertain yourself during halftime. The bar is frequented by a group of Green Bay Packers’ fans, so non-Cheeseheads may have to endure a little good-natured teasing.

A newcomer to the Downtown sports bar community is Carolina Ale House. Located in the old Kimbrell building on Main Street, this family-friendly, sports-themed restaurant boasts 40+ TVs,  as well as an upstairs area with a retractable roof  for outdoor dining. It is popular with the college crowd, so it does tend to get a little crowded on Saturdays.

Other Downtown options for sports fans include Barley’s (has a great beer selection), Ford’s Oyster House (with a wonderful Cajun-inspired menu), City Tavern (another long-time favorite), On The Roxx (for city-sophistication in a comfortable atmosphere) and the familiar Wild Wing Café (the name says it all). But no matter where you choose to watch your favorite team, you are sure to find like-minded sports fans cheering with you. GO TEAM!!!

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