501 South Blackstock Road
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Phone: (864) 595-4040
Fax: (864) 595-4050
Considered a regional landmark and ranked as the second biggest drive-in restaurant in the country, The Beacon is a must-see for visitors looking to eat local comfort food. This old-fashioned drive-in is famous among South Carolinians for their friendly service, Beacon sweet tea (largest single seller of sweet tea in the country) and deliciously unhealthy menu staples like the chili cheese dog, onion rings, hush puppies, BBQ plates and fried fish baskets. The Beacon has everything you could want out of a Southern restaurant; loads of butter, fried food, big smiles and local gossip.
The kitchen at Cribb's takes on traditional favorites like fried green tomatoes or corn chowder and adds something more, whether its pimento cheese, arugula and bacon inside those beloved tomatoes or the chives and jam in the chowder, you can rest assured you've never had this version before. The 'Thickburgers' only become more interesting, with choices like the 'Dirty Cuban' which adds pork or the 'Moroccan' with cucumber, lamb and tsatziki sauce, Cribb's kitchen definitely hits the spot.
While in Spartanburg, visitors will not have a problem finding a place that serves Southern specialties that include grits and collared greens, but if you're looking for something different, Renato's is the spot. Here, diners receive large plates of spaghetti, calamari, lasagna and other plates from the 'Boot.' The prices are always commensurate for the amount of food you receive and its a great place to take the family or large groups.
With live music every weekend and a drink special every night, Wild Wing Café has created a significant following of loyal customers. Their menu offers hearty and filling favorites such as their Texas Toast Angus Burgers, Beef Brisket Sandwich and Full Racks of Ribs, but the most popular dish has to be their chicken wings. On Sunday, try their Blue Jeans Brunch in which they offer Chicken and Waffles, a well-liked breakfast dish.
Since it opened in 1988, Papa's Breakfast Nook has been a local favorite. Open 24/7, Papa's serves up filling meals for a very affordable price. Some local favorites on the menu include the trashcan omelet and the Spartan-burger. Visit their website for a complete menu.
Previously known as Ribault Eatery, II Samuels offers patrons a dining experience that comprises wonderful American fare and an impressive wine selection. Open for lunch and dinner, the eatery starts you off with delicious offerings like poached pear salad and shrimp and scallop skewers before moving on to more filling offerings. You can enjoy salmon poached in ginger and white wine, pan-seared duck breast, chicken salad croissants, buttermilk-fried oysters and more. Private parties for up to 30 people can be organized in the room meant for the purpose.
Sugar and spice truly does bring everything nice to the residents of Spartanburg. It's an old-fashioned drive-in that still has servers deliver food right to the driver's door or you can go inside and sit down. The menu has comfort fast food classics like burgers, shakes, fries, and onion rings, and even the architecture harkens back to 1950. Definitely a nostalgic and fun place for everyone.
Popular among families and college students, the Mellow Mushroom has a hip and funky atmosphere that everyone can enjoy. The pizza is to die for; made from the freshest ingredients and sauces, hand-tossed to order and offering unique varieties that you can't find anywhere else. The staff is young and social, making the laid-back vibe of Mellow Mushroom possible. The menu is extensive ranging from salads, calzones, garlic breads, sandwiches and of course pizza where you can choose from over 12 varieties plus the option to make-your-own pie. The bar certainly matches up with the extensive food menu, offering over 100 different bottles from local to international breweries, over 15 beers on tap and a fully stocked liquor selection. Mellow Mushroom is a great place to mingle with the locals of all ages!
With humble beginnings in 1947 as a lunch counter at a quaint grocery store, Wade's Restaurant has since established itself as a well-respected family restaurant. Serving up scrumptious southern plates, the menu offers plates like meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, turnip greens, Navy beans and other 'only-in-the-South' specialties.
Authentic Mexican cuisine in South Carolina? Yes, please! At Corona's, you can get a Mexican dish made with fresh ingredients at four different locations in the Greenville-Spartanburg area. Call or see the website for more information.
This little hole-in-the-wall in North Spartanburg serves homemade burgers, fries and other American fast-food favorites. It's facade on the outside doesn't say much about the place, however once you enter and eat, you'll see why locals consistently rate this as one of the best local burger joints in town. If you feel lucky, try their Wall of Fame challenge, it's a behemoth burger stacked with more than six patties, each topped with cheese and bacon.
The Hickory Tavern franchise has been popping up all over the country and for good reason. Offering food and entertainment for everyone, this bar and restaurant aims to please with great American fare, excellent happy hour promotions, multiple televisions for weekend football watching, live music and events with a cool atmosphere. The Hickory Tavern in Spartanburg has a variety of beers on tap and an even bigger selection of bottles. The food menu is top-notch bar fare with gems like house-made potato chips, chicken wings, the Carolina Dog (hot dog made Southern-style with chili, onions and slaw), shrimp and grits and the Tavern Burger. Hickory Tavern is Southern hospitality at its best!