Some je ne sais quoi In My Breakfast-Seeking The Best Food In South Carolina
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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.
Why This Stop?
I’m really digging living in South Carolina. Looking for the best food that this state has to offer is really fun, delicious, and interesting. Just in my little area, I have the pick of some really outstanding places to eat, and when it comes to breakfast, I’m getting spoiled with some top-notch, unique, and tasty places. This stop is one of my personal favorites.
Tasty Tuesday -The Crepe Factory is located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. The street has a cool vibe with Irish Pubs, fine-authentic Italian dining, art galleries, public squares, coffee shops, bookstores, and bakeries.
What else would a crêperie be housed in but a nicely renovated 1900 Western Union Telegraph Station building? Decorated in what the owners describe as industrial chic, the place seats up to 99 patrons. There are a few outdoor tables and dogs are welcomed with a bowl and some doggy treats.
The menu includes both sweet and savory crepe breakfast items, salads, gourmet coffee drinks, beer, and wine.
Inside, the door, a large blackboard highlights the menu and a smaller board lists daily specials. If you are in line on a busy morning, you will have time to think about your order, and if you are like me, you will get to the order counter still hedging between a few choices. I always want to try their Bananas Foster flambéed with our Signature Banana Vanilla glaze and Belgian Chocolate, or their house muesli with berries, Ricotta, Greek Yogurt, and Honeycomb.
But, I get the same thing every time, the same thing. Called The Henry Street, this breakfast plate has a crêpe, fresh Wild Berry Jam, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Fresh Fruit, and warm Maple Syrup. Here is the thing, I get it without bacon, and the jam is so good, I never even eat the syrup. But, I love their scrambled eggs- love them. A few times,
I watched (some call it creeped) on the Chef, through the open kitchen while my breakfast was being prepared. I asked what the seasoning was on the eggs, went home and tried to duplicate the method, but I wasn’t as successful. Maybe it is because they are a farm-to-table café? Maybe my eggs were not as fresh?
I have spoken to the owners and chef a few times during slower minutes, they are super friendly, welcoming, and interested in their customers. They take extra steps to make sure that your visit lives up to their expectations. Not just me, they have won the people’s choice award for 2016 and 2017. Oh, and they only opened their doors in 2016. Best brunch, best desserts, and best new restaurant.
One of my very favorite dishes is their Signature Roasted Brussels Sprout Hash Browns. Not hash browns but potatoes; this dish shocked me, in a good way. When I asked, they very nicely told me how this dish was prepared and their secret ingredient, which makes all the difference. I have tried to recreate this at home but prefer going there for this dish. Yum!
MEGastars 5 *****par excellence-Fantastic and interesting menu of fresh local foods made with special touches for one outstanding breakfast experience.
The only downside to visiting this spot is something that I have discovered in this area, hours that are not always conducive to my schedule, and difficult for me to remember.
- A great website with better food photos and specific information. The Crepe Factory
- Those tricky business hours:
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays
- Parking may be found just around the corner from the restaurant and at the end of Morgan Square with additional parking.
- Do as I say and not as I do try something different from their great menu; I mean smoked ham and brie, just saying.
- Even if you are not a Brussels sprout fan, I urge you to give this dish a taste. It was mind-blowing for me.
- Do check out the walls of art by local artists also located in the back dining room.
This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each South Carolina Tasty Tuesday post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes South Carolina escapade, this may be helpful information.
Follow along on “Tasty Tuesday’s” as I make my way like Miss Pacman in yet another state that I call home. A culinary trip across scenic and historical South Carolina. *I select stops based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order.
The blogs will be available under the South Carolina 46 Best tab.
I am loosely following the list of “The best restaurants in each South Carolina County for 2016.”
Maybe the food from these chosen restaurants will make it on my list, and maybe they won’t. I often refer to this list as “46BestSC”
Unlike my “Alabama 100 “quest where I followed a formal list from Alabama Tourism, and to my knowledge, there is not a formal South Carolina “100 list.” I am making my own list the Meg way and have some food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.
I have been visiting places that vary from the Mom and Pop diners to the white cloth James Beard recipient eateries. A quest to find tasty dishes, unusual settings, and great foods that highlight folks who are dedicated to local food with pride and a whole bunch of South Carolina style.
I use a 5 MEGastar system. For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience. I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the foodservice industry. I am not a *schooled food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience. I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.
- *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 for me.
- ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place was not “ok” or vice versa.
- *** good but not outstanding or unique.
- **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Meg. Local food and/or truly highlights South Carolina Pride.
- ***** 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.