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{November 20, 2011}   Downtown Greenville Restaurants To Be Thankful For

Ahhh Thanksgiving…the turkey, the dressing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie…what’s not to love? Most people dream of that Norman Rockwell-esque family dinner…Dad carving the delicious turkey that Mom has loving prepared. But what if your cooking skills are not so much “Rachel Ray” as they are”Flambe”(heavy on the flame part)? Or you have had some unforseen kitchen disaster (did anyone remember to put the dog outside)? Don’t worry, our wonderful DTGVL restaurants are here to help you out!

With a name like Spoonbread, you know the Westin Poinsett’s restaurant will serve delicious food that will rival your Grandma’s home cooking. Start your Thanksgiving Day off with brunch, a good idea if the one preparing your Thanksgiving dinner is a bit “culinary-challenged”. For those wanting the “breakfast” side of brunch, Spoonbread offers Eggs Benedict, Virginia Ham, Maple Rosemary Biscuits and an Omelet Station with over 25 ingredients to choose from. Spoonbread also tempts diners with a wonderful selection of soups and salads like Butternut Squash soup and Autumn Greens with Pecan Vinaigrette as well as traditional favorites such as Baked Macaroni Pie and unique entrees like Pecan Crusted Mahi Mahi. They even have a special kid’s menu. Brunch will be served 11AM to 3PM.

Boasting Sage Rubbed Turkey with all the traditional trimmings, if you need to feed your crew the entire Thanksgiving meal, Spoonbread aims to please. Start your 3-Course meal with soup, salad or an appetizer like Cinnamon Pumpkin soup or a Spinach Salad with Crispy Goat Cheese. As an entree, if Turkey’s not your thing, select something a little different like Seared Salmon served over goat cheese grits with braised collard greens. For dessert, go with a Holiday classic like Pumpkin Pie or satisfy your chocolate craving with a warm Lava Cake…YUM!

If you want add a little Lowcountry flavor to your Thanksgiving celebration, then head to High Cotton. As an appetizer to the big meal, nothing beats their Buttermilk Fried Oysters…except, maybe, the Blue Crab and Butter Bean soup. In addition to the expected turkey dinner, High Cotton offers Lowcountry favorites such as Shrimp and Grits and Grilled Charleston Grouper. And as a fitting finish to your delicious meal, have a slice of their sinfully good Pecan Pie…or to really be in “High Cotton”, try their Grand Marnier Creme Brulee…so good, it’ll make your toes curl up!

The weather on Thanksgiving Day promises to be gorgeous, so you may want to consider dining outdoors at The Green Room. Rev up your appetite with a southern classic, Fried Green Tomatoes, served with herbed cream cheese and red pepper relish. For the main event, enjoy a Brined and Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, or you may want to break tradition and try the Braised Short Ribs, served with Horseradish Mashed Potates and Bacon Brussel Sprouts. On the side, try the Roasted Butternut Squash or everyone’s favorite, Baked Macaroni and Cheese (which, in the Carolinas, counts as a vegetable). For dessert, indulge in a little chocolate decadence with a Brownie drizzled in Blackberry Sauce or go lighter with their Apple and Pear Cobbler. And for those “indoor types”, no worries…The Green Room will be serving this delectable menu inside as well.

Don’t feel the need to leave when your meal is over? The Green Room invites you to hang out with bartender, Larry, at the bar to wash down that wonderful meal with a cocktail or two. In addition to The Green Room, several other Downtown establishments will be opening their doors to welcome guests with a need to escape all that “family togetherness” for a while. Sharkey’s Pub, Sky Sports Bar, Blue Ridge Brewing and On The Roxx will be open later that evening (and, rumor has it, so will City Tavern, Blu Martini, Connolly’s Irish Pub and Park Avenue Pub).

So, as you see, Downtown Greenville offers plenty of options for Thanksgiving festivities to help you get in the spirit of the holidays1 But, if you’ve gotten the spirit through liquid form, please take a cab home. We want you around to enjoy all the fun Downtown has to offer visitors and locals alike. Happy Thanksgiving!

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