American Grocery Restaurant
American Grocery Restaurant

American Grocery Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.americangr.com/
  • Phone: 8642327665x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner : Tuesday - Thursday: Bar 5:00 pm - until; Dinner 6:00 pm - until
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe Clarke
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: American Grocery Restaurant offers private dinners in our intimate private dining room designed specifically for smaller business or personal affairs. Our private dining room will accommodate up to twelve comfortably with a variety of menu options we will tailor to your preferences. Additionally, our entire facility is available for buyout to accommodate larger events.
  • Private Party Contact: Joe Clarke 864-363-2862x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: O'Neal St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available on the north side of the building in a public city parking lot and on the street.
A word from American Grocery Restaurant
Located in Greenville's Historic West End...American Grocery Restaurant serves refined American Seasonal Cuisine sourced from local and regional farms and artisan producers from within the United States. Chef Joe Clarke creates the daily menu based on the freshest ingredients he can procure from farmers by highlighting the bounty of the seasons. AGR's award-winning wine list, designed by Certified Sommelier Darlene Mann-Clarke, features small production boutique wines sure to elevate your dining experience. Come enjoy our warm craftsman-like dining room and let our knowledgeable staff take care of you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
American Grocery Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (61)special occasion (53)romantic (38)notable wine list (38)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (10)great for brunch (6)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Limited, Outstanding Vegan Options
    NewVegan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Vegan options were limited but the meal was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit
    Valentine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We dined on Valentine's day. The food was great, but pricey. The menu was fixed due to the occasion. The restaurant is small and we had to wait at the bar, but didn't feel crowded. Don't know about the regular menu, but the special event's menu was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold and too cozy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We paid a lot for a valentine dinner out, we were placed in a veranda area where they had to place a heater. There were 5 couples sitting in one area and you were only about a foot from each couple on either side when we had planned a nice dinner together. Food was good and service excellent but not worth the $75 valentine dinner per person especially due to the unplanned group sitting. We had conversation with our neighbor and could hear their conversation and they could hear ours. Nice, but very tight quarters.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing date experience
    luvgreenville
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    AGR is our favorite place to dine in Greenville. The atmosphere, service, food and beverage selection are beyond amazing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is worth all the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I've been living in Greenville for 4 years and heard amazing things about American Grocery and we finally tried. Yup- it is as good as everyone says. If you aren't a "foodie", the menu might seem a bit unaccessible but try something and you'll love it! The cheese plate was AMAZING! I had mussels- yummo and a delicious salad. The cocktails are fantastic as well. Go. You won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    MPURC3017
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My rabbit entree was very good, not excellent, but enjoyable nonetheless. Everything else was super! The charcuterie starter, the red zin (County Line), sweet potato biscuits with bacon jam (!!!) and dessert (sticky toffee pudding cake) were outstanding. Love the ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious, but...
    DWWDVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. But I always find the menu to be very limited, often with very strange and odd meats that I do not prefer to eat. So there is usually just 1 or 2 items on menu I am willing to order. BUT, those 1 or 2 items are delicious. So, if you are a picky eater, avoid here as the options are limited. The prices are also very expensive as compared to rest of the downtown area, so 2 people with drinks will easily reach $150-200 by end of night, so that also keeps me from going there often.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food...too long a wait
    JimboVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    The tilefish , duck and sweetbreads were all delicious. We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated with an "early is better " from the hostess. The restaurant was aware we had an 8 o'clock show to make. Our entrees arrived at 7:30 and it was all we could do to get to the show...desserts weren't even an option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding & Eclectic
    1HappyDiner
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This menu was very unique and everything was delicious! Appetizers of warm sweet potato and apple soup or the meatball were both amazing. The beef tongue is such a weird menu item but could easily be labeled shredded beef it was so tender and perfectly cooked. It was paired with a beef tenderloin which was equally yummy! Dessert was a decadent treat of toffee pudding cake or apple crisp, which is more of a fresh apple taste than overly caramelized. Both were just splendid. The dark ambiance was romantic. This is a great place for foodies and couples!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most satisfying
    TruffleFried
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Love that it supports and recognizes local farms. Spectacular menu of seasonal flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh??
    MikeDeas
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    If it's a quiet romantic evening you're looking for, you may want to keep looking. A full house on a Friday or Saturday night will mean you're signing to your partner across the table from you. But if you're in for culinary excellence, it doesn't get much better in Greenville than this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly balanced
    Swirl
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We were so thankful to have tried American Grocery during Restaurant Week. I arrived first and perused the cocktail menu. I was pleased that though the options were diverse and appealing, one is encouraged to give the bartender a little guidance and a bespoke libation can be made. We ordered one of their signature items and a standard cocktail - both of which were wonderful. All I will say about everything we had throughout dinner was presented beautifully and composed thoughtfully. It is not often the vision and execution of a dish are so aligned. From texture to seasoning to spice it simply works. The service and ambiance set the stage so the food and company shine brightest...just as I had hoped!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner Did Not Disappoint
    Headforbeer
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    First visit to the restaurant, my wife's birthday dinner. We've just moved from the San Francisco Bay Area and are looking for comparable quality establishments... and found one. We enjoyed the Restaurant Week menu, gave us an opportunity to sample a good variety of the kitchen's offerings and every thing we ate, we would order again, especially the starter course mussels. We also liked that the special menu has smaller portions, we were comfortably sated by dinner's end but not stuffed! We've found that a big difference here (the South in general) is that portions are usually larger than we are accustomed to. But it all works, cause we share a lot and eat off the appetizer menu frequently as well. Their draft beer selection is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we had a wonderful dinner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    we had a wonderful dinner, great food, relaxed setting, just right
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    What more can I say? IMO, American Grocery is serving the best food in town. Check it out for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in every way..food was
    Erickman
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Great in every way..food was wonderful as was the service. The wait staff was vert attentive. A complete dining experience. Cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Food in Town
    Downtowner
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We have eaten here a handful of times, and have never been disappointed. It was slightly louder this last time we went because they were gracious enough to participate in restaurant week, and had killer deals. We enjoyed 3 courses for $30 and everything was tremendous. The beef duo was one of the entree options, and it was to die for. We also love the cocktail menu here - best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal in close quarters
    Greenvillian
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Delicious meal. Tables are a little too close. You have to be careful what you're saying and how loud, so it's not the place to go to for an intimate dinner conversation. Maybe there's another way to arrange the tables? Can't put my finger on it but it was a tad uncomfortable...even though we've been to many restaurants in NYC where there was even less room, maybe their music was perfectly loud enough that you didn't hear the conversations next to you but could hear your own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • currently best restaurant in Greenv
    traveldine
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    This is perhaps the fourth time we've been there; it was a quiet Tuesday since we were avoiding the restaurant week craziness. The food is beautifully prepared and always interesting. I think they could work on the physical setting some: the bar is nice enough but many tables give you a view of the doors to the kitchen (no screen) and while sitting by the window is much nicer, it was incredibly cold. I knew they did wonderful things with meat, but was impressed by both desserts we had this time. The chocolate meringue tart was especially nice. This time I had beef tongue and it was wonderful. My husband said his trout was far better than the last he'd had at Deveraux's. You won't find a better restaurant in Greenville right now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pure Amazing
    Pitmaster
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    There isn't many restaurants in South Carolina that are even on the same level. If you're a foodie, love good wine or just want a great dinner experience this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful Evening
    outandabout
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We celebrated New Year's Eve at American Grocery with some friends, and it couldn't have been more delightful. The menu was four courses prix fix with varied selections. There were plenty of options to please every palate, and each dish was perfectly prepared. Our service was wonderful, as well. We believe that American Grocery is one of the top restaurants in Greenville (maybe even #1), and look forward to dining with them again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tremendous additon to Greenville'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A tremendous additon to Greenville's downtown dining, and an admirable example of the farm-to-table movement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Nini
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    When you want to eat different and locals products this is the place . The service is very good and they take good care of you ! I love this place !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Noch Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Very interesting items on the menu, and well prepared. Well stocked bar, and creative drinks. All their food is locally produced and of high quality. The restaurant has attractive decor, but is relatively small, and the tables fairly close together. The service is excellent. Overall, a very enjoyable evening for us. I would highly recommend this for those who appreciate creative, well prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    The 4 course mail was amazing. The best I have had in Greenville. The time between courses could have been faster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Mediocre Service
    ASW543
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Through other reviews as well as my own experience, the food and cocktails are second to none in Greenville. Likewise, the running theme of less than average service for a restaurant of this caliber coincides with other reviews I have read. Service can best be described as "indifferent" to the patron as to whether you enjoy your dining experience or not. I wouldn't rate it as poor necessarily, but I have definitely had better service at chain restaurants. I hope the staff reads these reviews and is motivated to change their attitudes toward service. I would frequent the restaurant more if they did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner with visiting family
    Nathan
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    This is a favorite of mine - we brought our (tasteful and discerning) family for a post-Christmas dinner and were not disappointed. Service was excellent, for a non-english-speaking party of 6 it was seamlessly handled, each course served quickly and with great presentation. Great wine recommendation from the server, and a couple of excellent digestif suggestions as well. Overall the food was fantastic, with the sweet potato soup, winter vegetable salad, and braised beef tongue being standouts. The salt crusted ribeye was excellent (and a nice presentation of the uncooked steak), but if you are eating here there are other things to try that are really more unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cocktails and cuisine
    roadfoodies
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We've enjoyed eating here on our trips through Greenville. Romantic, excellent food and a novel cocktail menu will keep us coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best dining experience dwntown
    GreenvillianVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Absoulutely a great experience in he West End. The most unique menu, small beautiful dining room. Darlene suggested a nice, moderate proced wine that was great...no upsell attempt like so many restuarants. The place was packed which added to the festive experience! You are doing yourself a disservice if you miss out of this place!,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love The American Grocery!
    Tippy
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    We love The American Grocery! It is the best restaurant in Greenville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Worst experience I've ever had here. Will never come back. Service was awful. Managerhostess/owner was rude. Will be recommending to all friends, colleagues, and out of towners to make sure they SKIP American Grocery. Awful. Awful. Awful. And it used to be my favorite place in Greenville.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening....
    Tjean60
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Enjoyed sitting at the bar chatting with the bartender while we waited for our table. The cheese and charcuterie board was fabulous as was our dinner. The waiter helped us choose a wine with which to pair with our entree which was a perfect compliment. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening, our dinner and our choice of restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the local, seasonal food.
    BacchusFugueVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Love the local, seasonal food. Overall, the meat portion of the dishes we had were very good (duck and rabbit). The accompanying sides were good, but not in relation to the price. The portions were too small and the root vegetables were overcooked. The horseradish gnocchi was cooked perfectly but I could not taste the horseradish. I bit more attention to these details would make it worth the cost of the entrees, which were $27-28 each. Oh, and the salads were excellent, though a bit pricey too at $11-12.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Visit
    WandererVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Had to go back for a second visit, just in case our first experience was a fluke! Great experience ... again. This is a small restaurant where the staff seem to enjoy serving (and describing) the food as much as the diners enjoy the results. Good, varied wine list. Tough to come up with a favorite dish, although the duck is incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took my then fiancé back in
    workingclass25wholuvs2eat
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Took my then fiancé back in 2012 and it was so wonderful we decided to bring my foody sister and her husband when they were up from ATL. Went Friday after thnxgiving and the cocktails, wine, ambiance, food and service were above reproach. The owner/chef is so involved that she ran the door, waited tables, took coats, cleaned glasses, popped in and out of the kitchen, and made sure all was well. True Greenville Gem!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Wednesday BEFORE Thanksgiving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    My husband and I own a business so this time of year has only brief free moments. When we had one we went to one of our favorite restaurants on the East Coast. It was just as wonderful as always, a special treat, our favorite table by the window, a lovely rabbit for me and a duck for my husband with a bottle of Barbera. We loved every minute of it. Our server was informed, very helpful in the most relaxed way. The evening was a big success and we can return to the holiday buzz with a wonderful memory of this evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food incredible...service?
    foodluvrVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    AGR always knocks the food side of the equation out of the park. This time I savored every morsel of my rabbit loin pappardelle. And, my dining companions couldn't stop talking about how delicious their food was. However, as usual we walked away underwhelmed by the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second try-disappointed again
    gvlfoodie
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Snooty and slow service. Especially drinks-our second round took 20 minutes to make and sit on bar until out waiter noticed them and deigned to bring them to us. Overall food was OK with some discordant notes-burned bread, soggy chicken skins, OK but not great pâtés. My second drink tasted just like I imagine a dryer sheet would, but the waiter never noticed that it sat there unconsumed (but to his defense on that he was very busy schmoozing the 4 top of I assume VIPs two tables away from us). This will be the last time I darken the door of AGR-I don't find this type of service in any way alluring.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date night & TSO
    Feedsalot
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We had a reservation and the hostess welcomed us and sat us quickly. Our service was very good, but our drinks were a little slow coming from the bar. My wife loved her grilled romaine salad and the triggerfish with mixed squash risotto. And I loved the pork belly with fried egg and the confit rabbit was great. The Mt. Jefferson Pinot Noir was pretty good, too. They take farm to table to a different level. Overall very good and I will definitely go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carry out for the American Grocery
    SharptonAJ3
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    This was my second time to the rest. and it was every bit as good as the first, when blown away by foods produced. Will definitely be back and already telling all co-workers if they're headed tomGreenville ... Where they need to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.