In case the boom of restaurants and businesses flocking to the Upstate didn’t tip you off, our community is quickly becoming a hot spot both regionally and nationally.
Every day there seems to be a new restaurant popping up, bringing new flavors and fresh perspectives on local favorites. It can be difficult to keep track! Which is why we’ve decided to highlight our top five picks for new(ish) restaurants you definitely need to try if you haven’t already.
While we recognize that The Tasting Room isn’t exactly a restaurant, it’s definitely a must-try. Located in the heart of downtown Travelers Rest, The Tasting Room specializes in artisan wine and craft beers from around the world. Try their Happy Hour, which is offered Wednesday through Friday between 4 and 6 p.m.
Located in the beloved Feed & Seed building on Laurens Road, Willy Taco’s menu is full of flavors for every type of taste bud. From the extensive list of mouthwatering tacos to the skillet of charred broccoli that will make you excited to eat your greens, you’ll be able to find something to appease even the pickiest of eaters.
A casual restaurant located in the Village of West Greenville, The Anchorage has an ever-changing menu that pays tribute to local flavors through thoughtfully prepared small plates, craft cocktails and sustainable wine. Its clear focus on showcasing simple ingredients sourced locally and from around the region is why The Anchorage is quickly becoming a clear favorite in the Upstate.
Created by the duo behind the popular Sidewall Pizza Company, Rocket Surgery offers delicious fare that will keep you coming back for more. Featuring a range of dishes from Atlantic salmon to vegetable risotto and a 7-ounce grass-fed burger that will make your mouth water, there are plenty of options to choose from that will satisfy any craving you may have.
Tucked away in a little stucco house on Coffee Street, Aryana Afghan Cuisine features unique dishes inspired by the chef’s hometown of Kabul. The offerings change daily and always include three vegan selections. If you can, stop by for lunch and enjoy two meets, three vegetables and baked Afghan rice pilaf for only $10 — and be sure to try the popular burani. You can thank us later.
What new restaurants are your favorites around the Upstate?