Chillin At Cribb’s Kitchen Seeking The Best Food In South Carolina
What’s up Meg?
I’m on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 counties while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.
Why This Stop?
Tasty Tuesday This visit to Cribb’s Kitchen in Spartanburg falls in the category of seeking the best food dishes SC has to offer.
Last week, I wrote about Willy Taco in Spartanburg, and this week, I visit another restaurant by the same owners. A more refined kind of cool, Chillin’ at Cribb’s Kitchen in Spartanburg is a real thing. Maybe it’s the non-pretentious atmosphere and menu. Even with accolades and awards upon the wall, it doesn’t shout look at me. And yet, with my multiple visits, the food has never disappointed nor bored me.
Next to a local brewery, and across from a new luxury hotel, this location in the downtown of Spartanburg is a great jumping off point for a good time.
With ample seating indoors, I almost always eat outside on the patio because dogs are welcome in this spot.
The atmosphere is downtown casual, with a lunch and dinner menu that differs slightly to the more hearty dishes served at dinner; they know what’s up!
The interior is refined yet fresh and youthful. With touches like Willy Taco’s metal and wood, the crib fits in nicely with the vibe of downtown Spartanburg.
And a bar with seating and televisions next to the open kitchen area.
Speaking of the bar, I have heard that the cocktails are made fresh juices, fresh herbs, and house-made syrups.
A well-selected wine menu from this cool storage area and rotating beer taps and specialty beers on tap and by the bottle and can.
The menu ranges from sharing plates to full meals, I would think that there is something for everyone, and I do bring in people from out of town. And, the choices are not monotonous.
With items such as boiled SC peanuts, stuffed fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese fritters, crispy Brussels- made of Applewood-smoked bacon, blue cheese, candied pecans, and a chili-honey vinaigrette.
One of the things that I recommend and love is their salad menu. From Asian to Citrus, to classic salads, the customer can order protein choices of chicken, shrimp, grilled salmon, and a vegetarian black bean patty. I have also tasted the house made smoky potato salad, seasonal melon with honey and sea salt, Mediterranean couscous salad, and other fun side plates.
The house salad is made from a local purveyor named Tyger River Smart Farm. I have bought the farms mixed greens at our local *now closed* food co-op and is always so fresh that it tastes as if it had just been picked. Made with pickled red onion, craisins, applewood-smoked bacon, goat cheese, tart apple, and house-made white balsamic vinaigrette.
The Pear Salad is made with mixed greens, caramelized Asian pears, pickled red onion, candied pecan, goat cheese, and house-made tarragon vinaigrette.
Another thing that I love about Cribb’s is that the customer is able to order a smaller portion of salad. I hate when I want an upscale salad but not a full dinner size.
The lunch menu has all the starters and salads, plus handheld craft sandwiches and a hamburger menu. This hamburger is called the Jamiepoo and is made with frizzled onion, fried green tomato, applewood-smoked bacon, canon BBQ sauce, lettuce, onions, tomato, and mayo.
Made from Braveheart Angus beef, freshly baked Southern Co. buns and served with parmesan fries, these burgers are outstanding.
The dinner menu includes the lunch menu plus dinner plates. From seafood to short ribs with gnocchi, and ribeye. One would be hard-pressed not to find something to eat at this restaurant.
The dishes are all elevated to the detail. This is a pecan crusted salmon, served with shoestring vegetables, charred broccoli, shitake mushrooms, basmati rice, served in a Thai coconut curry broth.
Several vegetarian options such as this Rustic Vegetable Tart-baked savory pie crust, vegetable ratatouille, roasted garlic-tomato cream, blistered cherry tomato, truffled arugula greens.
MEGapick-One of my favorite dishes is well known at Cribbs. The fried chicken served with gravy hole potatoes, collards, and a corn muffin with honey is the real deal and IMHO is fun for visitors from other geographics to sample some SC love. I forgot to take a photo. The fried chicken is available at dinner or as a sandwich on the lunch menu. The hamburgers are winners of the Upstate burger cook-off.
MEGastars– With an overall average of 4-5 MEGastars, I am going to be generous with a total MEGastars of 5 ***** for exceeding my expectations with each visit. Nothing that I have ordered is a problem for this friendly group and they go out of their way to customize your experience. Clean and interesting environment, elevated yet not a pretentious menu with a price point for all budgets, exceptional staff, and elevated food and drinks.
- Located at 226 Main Street. 864-699-9669 The restaurant is closed on Mondays. The hours are 11 am – 10 p.m and on Sundays, 11 am -9pm Cribb’s Website
- Walk-ins are accepted but with the new hotel and the growing population, I recommend a reservation. You may call or use Open Table on the home page of the website. Link above.
- They make craft milkshakes adult style with bourbon, vodka, Kahlua, and candy. How good would these be with a burger? They are on the dessert menu.
- Families are welcome and a children’s menu is available. They will also customize the picky lil eater’s plates.
- For local people, Cribb’s has a catering team with high praises. The link is on the website.
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” A culinary trip across scenic and historical South Carolina, as I make my way like Miss Pacman in yet another state that I call home. 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.
*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”
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.