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Restaurant 17, Travelers Rest, SC.
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The Eater Greenville Heatmap: Where to Eater Right Now

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Restaurant 17, Travelers Rest, SC.
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Today Eater returns to Greenville, SC to focus on eight newish restaurants and bars that have been garnering some serious buzz. It's been nearly six months since the last Greenville heatmap and, as like last time, Assistant Editor of TOWN magazine Andrew Huang has kindly offered his picks of the city's hottest openings of the past 12 months.

Among his picks are an out-of town stunner (Restaurant 17), a new walk-up taqueria (Papi's Tacos), and a food truck taking classic snack foods in a grown-up direction (Thoroughfare Food Truck). Two major revamps also made the list; there's a re-invented Main Street sushi destination with a great happy hour (Koi) and a beloved gastropub with a brand new chef (Nose Dive). Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Heatmap to Greenville:


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New Yorkers and Angelenos might find themselves surprisingly at home with Main Street's reimagined sushi destination. The restaurant formerly known as Red Fin reopened with a refreshed interior complete with an intimate sushi bar, more table seating, and a glowing downstairs lounge. Koi is also developing a reputation for one of the best happy hours in town. UPDATE 4/18: Huang confirms that Koi is closed; unclear whether it will reopen.

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Nose Dive

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Greenville’s Main Street gastropub gets an infusion of new talent. Chef Spencer Thomson, former head of Devereaux’s famed kitchen, blends upscale dining with Nose Dive’s signature approachability. A sign of the new kitchen perspective? The Diggy Burger with beef belly, cheddar, smoked chipotle glaze sandwiched on pieces of Texas toast. There's also a full brunch menu for lazy weekend dining.

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Papi's Tacos

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Alliteration aside, there's no reason to restrict tacos to Tuesdays and any day is a good day to visit this walk-up taqueria fronting the Reedy River. The menu of tacos and tortas remains true to Jorge "Papi" Baralles's Cuautla, Mexico roots. Save room for a house-made horchata and unexpectedly appropriate gelato.

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When is indulging in craft beers an ethical imperative? Quest’s sustainable and environmentally friendly brewery makes a strong case. Local ingredients are staples in each and every pint, plus the facility is on track to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status. The brewery offers tastings and tours on Saturdays, but the real attraction is regularly scheduled live music and keg tappings.

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Restaurant 17

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The Blue Ridge's purple-hued peaks aren't just home to world-class cycling. Contemporary cuisine prepared by chef Adam Cooke makes a decidedly modern European entrance in the foothills at retired pro cyclist George Hincapie's Hotel Domestique. The restaurant — named for the number of times Hincapie competed in the Tour de France — is fine dining created almost exclusively from local produce and meats.

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SIP Tasting Room and Rooftop Lounge

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Forget the standing-room-only bar scene, SIP puts Greenville’s best on display with their spacious rooftop lounge: Fresh air, Main Street’s twinkling lights, and the incredibly hospitable Upstate climate. In addition to a list of more than 40 wines served via a WineEmotion dispenser, lounge regulars benefit from meet-and-greets with vintners and other beverage experts.

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Thoroughfare Food Truck

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Napoleon Dynamite might have catapulted tater tots into the popular imagination, but Jessica and Neil Barley elevate them from school cafeteria side to gourmet delight; the healthy topping of balsamic goat cheese cream certainly doesn't hurt. The menu is heavy on combinations of familiar and refined flavors, a modern sensibility reflected in the typography-adorned black and white truck.

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Tupelo Honey Cafe

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Just a starter, Tupelo Honey Cafe's fluffy, dense biscuits drizzled with honey do make quite the impression. The menu favors breakfast and the Southern vernacular. Though this restaurant is a branch of the Asheville-based brand, it gets a nod for hyper-local produce: Their partnership with Mill Village Farms makes farm-to-table a two-mile trip.

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Koi

New Yorkers and Angelenos might find themselves surprisingly at home with Main Street's reimagined sushi destination. The restaurant formerly known as Red Fin reopened with a refreshed interior complete with an intimate sushi bar, more table seating, and a glowing downstairs lounge. Koi is also developing a reputation for one of the best happy hours in town. UPDATE 4/18: Huang confirms that Koi is closed; unclear whether it will reopen.

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Nose Dive

Greenville’s Main Street gastropub gets an infusion of new talent. Chef Spencer Thomson, former head of Devereaux’s famed kitchen, blends upscale dining with Nose Dive’s signature approachability. A sign of the new kitchen perspective? The Diggy Burger with beef belly, cheddar, smoked chipotle glaze sandwiched on pieces of Texas toast. There's also a full brunch menu for lazy weekend dining.

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Papi's Tacos

Alliteration aside, there's no reason to restrict tacos to Tuesdays and any day is a good day to visit this walk-up taqueria fronting the Reedy River. The menu of tacos and tortas remains true to Jorge "Papi" Baralles's Cuautla, Mexico roots. Save room for a house-made horchata and unexpectedly appropriate gelato.

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Quest Brewing Company

When is indulging in craft beers an ethical imperative? Quest’s sustainable and environmentally friendly brewery makes a strong case. Local ingredients are staples in each and every pint, plus the facility is on track to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status. The brewery offers tastings and tours on Saturdays, but the real attraction is regularly scheduled live music and keg tappings.

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Restaurant 17

The Blue Ridge's purple-hued peaks aren't just home to world-class cycling. Contemporary cuisine prepared by chef Adam Cooke makes a decidedly modern European entrance in the foothills at retired pro cyclist George Hincapie's Hotel Domestique. The restaurant — named for the number of times Hincapie competed in the Tour de France — is fine dining created almost exclusively from local produce and meats.

[Photo]

SIP Tasting Room and Rooftop Lounge

Forget the standing-room-only bar scene, SIP puts Greenville’s best on display with their spacious rooftop lounge: Fresh air, Main Street’s twinkling lights, and the incredibly hospitable Upstate climate. In addition to a list of more than 40 wines served via a WineEmotion dispenser, lounge regulars benefit from meet-and-greets with vintners and other beverage experts.

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Thoroughfare Food Truck

Napoleon Dynamite might have catapulted tater tots into the popular imagination, but Jessica and Neil Barley elevate them from school cafeteria side to gourmet delight; the healthy topping of balsamic goat cheese cream certainly doesn't hurt. The menu is heavy on combinations of familiar and refined flavors, a modern sensibility reflected in the typography-adorned black and white truck.

[Photo]

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Just a starter, Tupelo Honey Cafe's fluffy, dense biscuits drizzled with honey do make quite the impression. The menu favors breakfast and the Southern vernacular. Though this restaurant is a branch of the Asheville-based brand, it gets a nod for hyper-local produce: Their partnership with Mill Village Farms makes farm-to-table a two-mile trip.

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