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Still Chasing The G.O.A.T. In South Carolina, A Goat Roast and Beer

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Having reached my goal of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I’m now on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 S.C. counties, while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.

Tasty Tuesday at The Southern Growl in Greer South Carolina for some Goat Tacos.

Why This Stop?

Hello? unusual and quirky.  I have eaten goat once or twice before, Ethiopian Style, And had checked this food off my “100 Foods To Try Before I Die List,” (I swear that it is a thing) but, I had never been to a goat roast and my friend asked me to check out this event.

With our two dogs in tow, we drove to Greer South Carolina, for the 2cnd Annual Goat Roast at The Southern Growl.

The Southern Growl’s website written introduction describe themselves as a craft beer joint. With 60 Craft Beers on tap and a menu that serves food with high-quality ingredients. For the second time, they held this successful special event. I couldn’t find out much about the event as the event was already removed from their website making way for future events.

A tent had been set up outdoors with seating to accommodate the crowds. Music by My Girl Whiskey and Me played on as people and canines enjoyed the food and beverages.

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Tunes and Tacos at The Southern Growl, Greer SC

To get the food, there was about a half-hour line. The menu was available on a few papers outside and posted next to the cashier. But, I was able to study all of the brews and have none of them.

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The Southern Growl in Greer S.C. has a few brewskis.

And after studying that, I checked out this cool wall.

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The Southern Growl in Greer, S.C. had this roadmap to beer.

The menu was short and sweet.

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The Great Goat Roast Tacos, Greer S.C.

After the order of a little taste of everything, an efficient assembly line happens and I was left to wonder how am I supposed to get my stuff out the door, down the steps, and to the table?

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Sampler at The Goat Roast, The Southern Growl, Greer, S.C.

Between the two of us, we ripped those tacos apart and tasted a bit of everything. With other meats on the menu, it was a fun way to taste everything and low risk.  The cornbread was smoked-cheddar.  It tasted more like cake. I loved it and envisioned it drizzled in honey-but it was still tasty.

Below, from left to right-The Southern BBQ-chili de Arbol rubbed beef brisket, smoked onion BBQ sauce, and southern slaw Southern Lovin-Buttermilk fried chicken, pickled watermelon, fresh jalapeno, salsa verde, queso fresco. Spicy Buffalo-Buttermilk fried chicken, mexi-buffalo sauce, scallions, lettuce, avocado ranch.

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Goat Taco Roast Sampler 1

Goat Tacos-left to right Coconut Curry– Coconut curried goat, green curry sauce, pineapple, jalapeno pico, lime, cilantro. Goatception– Barbacoa roasted goat,  maple blackberry jam, goat cheese, crispy onions. The Classic– Barbacoa roasted goat, pico de gallo, cilantro, radish and queso fresco.

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The Goat Taco Roast at The Southern Growl Greer, SC

I didn’t know what to expect for flavor mixtures. I thought for sure that I would not like the blackberry, anything with pineapple, and I was concerned about the curry.  It turned out that I liked every single one of them.   I loved all of the chicken and beef tacos.

4 MEGastars for something fun to do and an unusual menu.  The biggest drawback for me was the long line. Of course, I have solutions.

MEGathoughts – Goats are so dang cute.  I could spend hours watching them on You-Tube and think I want one or two as pets because who likes mowing lawn? And they are so dang cute. I don’t know how I feel about eating goat. I won’t ever eat veal and have decreased my meat consumption drastically over the past few years. But, I still eat some meat. The thing about goats is that they are a great protein source that is eaten heavily in many parts of the world. Unlike beef, they are environmentally sound. They are gentle to the land and unlike beef; they graze on food that we don’t eat and their stomachs are made to break down the leaves, sticks, grass, and trees that they eat. Comparable to chicken in terms of nutrition with 2.5 grams of fat vs 24 grams of pork, it is a low-fat alternative that is more like meat than chicken. [1] Special thanks to my friend for getting me out of the house when I was on my own and inspiring me to try this event!

[1] MSU Eat goat it’s a healthy choice.

MEGatips

  1. Like adventurous eats or want to cross goat off of your food bucket list? This is a great event to make that happen. Put this event on your list for next year.
  2. Link to the website for The Southern Growl complete with location, hours, special events, and special burgers on  Thursdays. they have brunch and trivia night.  The Southern Growl
  3. Link to Food Bucket List. Out of the gazillion lists, I like BBC 50 Foods To Eat Before You Die, and The Food List Challenge-100 Foods To Try Before You Die. This is a link to a few of my lists. List Challenges KickBucketMeg
  4. G. O.A.T. stands for Greatest of All Time. I had to look that up.
  5. Goat can be used in any recipe that beef can be used.
  6. My Girl, Whiskey and Me had a great sound and perfect vibe for sitting outside on a nice summer day.
  7. Pets are not allowed at The Southern Growl. This event was held outside and there were many dogs.
  8. Glad I didn’t have to see the goat roasting. Sorry, I thought it was a safe place for me to watch from afar but no.

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ABOUT:  This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post and may be helpful if you are new to my food escapades.  Having made it to 100 Dishes on Alabama’s 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I began a new quest in South Carolina.

*100 Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive or Before You Die, Whichever Comes First.” is my compilation of food to chow down on “Carolina style.” It is my S.C. Food Bucket List and you may follow as I chow down like Ms. Pacman in another gorgeous state that I call home.  [1] I am loosely following Snacks of Jax 2016 46 County Best Restaurant List as a guide. From the Mom and Pop diner to the James Beard Chef, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food.  From my bucket list, I select stops based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  [1] http://www.snacksofjax.com

I use a 5 MEGastar rating system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and generally, the experience gets one shot at how I view the food.   I factor this in using my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes and people behind them. I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the foodservice industry.

  • *Meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? Or, the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in South Carolina.   This has happened to me a few times and is always a difficult write.
  • ** Passable – the food was “ok” but the place was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** Good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty food with an above average experience.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.

[1] Snacks of Jax Snacksofjax.com 2016 46 Best County Restaurant List

 

 

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