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The Kennedy-Getting Jiggy Wit Carrots -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 –With the Upstate area of Spartanburg booming, every time that I turn around there is a new restaurant; it is not a bad problem for this seeker of extraordinary dishes in South Carolina.

In the fall of 2018, Spartanburg Magazine featured The Kennedy; I have wanted to visit since that article.   My experience exceeded my expectations.

The Place

This stop at The Kenndy, one of Spartanburg’s newest restaurant extraordinaire, falls in the category of seeking the best food dishes SC has to offer.

Located in the downtown area of Spartanburg, this art deco influenced building shines from the outside and continues to the interior.

I took horrible photos but hey, that bathroom click turned out great. Done in grey, navy, and swanky gold, the décor is new, fresh, and swanky. I loved it, which is why I have a photo of the bathroom.


The Kennedy Spartanburg S.C.

Led by a young chef that hails from a local dynasty, Chef Jamie Cribb brings what is called “meaningful and memorable dining experiences” to his new creation. In the footsteps of Cribbs other restaurants, the food is locally sourced, elevated in fresh ideas that incorporate South Carolina’s best foods.

The Food

The side of their menu reads, “Eat, Drink, Gather” and the menu reflects that philosophy, with eclectic dishes in the form of snacks, smaller plates, larger dinner plates, specials-of-the-day, and of course, deserts. The menu is ala-carte. Lately, I love when I order the amount of food that I am going to eat.   All in all, I was interested in several dishes that are served on pottery dishes that in themselves were pieces of art.

N.C. APPLE SALAD Turnips, Arugula, Green Goddess, Duck Ham, and Spiced Pecan-$12


N.C. Apple Salad at The Kennedy Spartanburg S.C.

Heirloom carrots topped with pollinated honey, pesto, and toasted Benne seeds. $7


Heirloom Carrots at The Kennedy Spartanburg S.C.

Hanger Steak with black garlic, mushroom potato hash, local greens, and marrow butter


Hanger Steak at The Kennedy Spartanburg S.C.

My photo did not turn out and I did not write down the exact details. I also tried the special of the day which was Gnocchi- I really enjoyed the meal. And, a bite of a dessert called “Burnt” Chocolate Spoon Bread, Cookie Butter Cremeaux, Crispy Edges, and Drunken Caramel  $8-Outstanding!

Detail matters are two words that I read over and over again and seem to be a mission statement of sorts. From the swanky details in the décor, the unique drink menu, the check arriving in a box, to the complete professionalism and knowledge of the staff, this restaurant will be one that I would recommend to diners looking for a little fun with their food.   I was inspired to re-create those carrots.

MEGastars- 5 ***** Loved my visit.

The only drawback for me was that the food was over salted when it need not be. But, if you have been following me, you know that I have a thing for that so I did not remove a star. IMHO, no one needs all of that salt when making great food.


  1. Link to their website. I note that they also have a Facebook page. The Kennedy Great website with anything that you may want to know + great photos of the swank in their gallery.
  2. Reservations may be made through Open Table with a link on their website.
  3. The hamburger looked outstanding. I suppose that I should not be surprised since Cribb’s restaurant on Main Street has one of the top burgers that I have eaten in this area. THE BURGER House Ground Steak & Pork Patties • Double Stack • Special Sauce • Mustard Pickles • Onions • White American Cheese • Benne Brioche • House Fries 14
  4. On Sunday, they open at 11:00 am- 3 p.m. for a brunch menu, close, and re-open at 4:p.m. for their dinner menu.  M-Thur 4:00-10:00 p.m, Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m.-0100 a.m.

____________________________________________________________________________________________This MEGabites and MEGastars description are 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.


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