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Pho-Sure Lemongrass Kitchen Spartanburg

What’s up with Meg on Tasty Tuesday?

I am 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?

 This stop falls in the category of seeking the best food dishes SC has to offer. This past month I learned that Bahn-Mi of Spartanburg has closed its doors and I’m looking for a good place to get my Vietnamese food fix. The owners are going to put their effort into the one location, The Lemongrass Cafe’ in downtown Spartanburg.

The place-

  Christmas season has come and gone but downtown Spartanburg remains alive during the “winter” season. It is a fun city visit and take a closer look.  There is a funky outdoor space to gather  (not pictured) and watch sports on the tv, bring the dog and the kids, and have some great snacks. And, one can even rent ice skates and try out some winter fun.

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Outdoor Ice Skating in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Huh?

Just around the corner from the ice rink, is where the Lemongrass Kitchen is located.

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The Lemongrass Kitchen-Authentic Vietnamese Food, Spartanburg, S.C.

A small 800 sq. feet with approximately 6-8 tables and several bar height stools at the window.

The Food-

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Spring rolls

Bun bo xao sa. Beef Noodle Vermicelli with Lemongrass. The Lemongrass cafe. A cool temperature dish called a “salad.” I like it for a meal.

*To note, they do not serve the bean sprouts with this dish but were happy to provide them.

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Bun bo xao sa Beef Noodle Vermicelli with Lemongrass. The Lemongrass cafe.

MEGastars ***  I really want to love this place but I found the sauce a bit heavy on the fish sauce. I did not hate it and will return to try another visit. I love that the Bun comes with fried egg rolls.  Overall, the food is humble, honest, and comforting.  I wish that the restaurant was a bit larger.

Get Crabs In South Carolina Seeking Top Dishes of South Carolina

Also, yep, it's about the crabs. I swear to you that I just read a story today in my local newspaper...

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Chicken Salad Chick Goes Upstate Seeking The Best Food in South Carolina

This is an updated post.

Spartanburg peeps, Chicken-Salad-Chick is in the house. For those of you who have followed me, you may know that I have a thing for Chicken salad. I.love.it!

What seems like forever plus one year ago, I lived in Alabama and wrote about my visits and experiences trying each of the foods selected by the Alabama Tourism team in a pamphlet called “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.”

Yes, Alabama has some of the most glorious food and food scenes that I have encountered as I meander around this earth. Not just my opinion, Frank Beard stuff. (Link above.

Without a doubt, I miss many of my favorite Alabama foods and foodie visits, but time and space have brought me to beautiful South Carolina and I am having so much fun seeking the best dishes in this state that I now call home. However, I was thrilled to see that one of my Alabama faves has come to my SC neighborhood.

Chicken salad, what’s the deal?   An adorable success story that began with an Alabama woman and her husband to-be, became a team.   The woman makes some killer chicken salad in her kitchen, invited her friends to taste it, perfected many variations of chicken salad, naming some after her friends, and with the help of her husband/co-founder making big, like 100 restaurants big.

IMHO, what makes this chain a great lunch spot is a varied and interesting menu. Things like pimento cheese BLT, turkey clubs, and turkey pesto. I remember when I visited this chain; the broccoli and grape salads were just as famous and interesting as the sandwiches and they seemed to fly out of the door. They also have a great salad menu, soup, and an adorable kiddie menu. Of course, there is chicken salad for people like me. Choices range from categories such as classic, fruity, savory, and spicy.

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Chicken Salad Chick-The Menu

Plus, the place is cute, dang cute!

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Chicken Salad Chick Tables and Decor

Modern, clean, fresh,

and marketing smart. Kudos to those graphic designers!

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Chicken Salad Chick Cookies

Great marketing and a grab-and-go!

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The “to-go” case called “Quick Chick” and merchandise.

I put together a little to-go sampler platter of some of my favorites starting at 12:00 Baked potato soup, grape salad, *Dixie Chick* chicken salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad.

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Since I am the village skeptic, there are a few things that bug me.

  • I am getting older and simply don’t need as much food. I want a sandwich. That is it. I don’t want a side item, I do not want a cookie, hell, I do not even want the dang pickle.
  • Plus, the add-a-drink is $1.99. This is not the only place that upcharges for the beverage, but it bugs me.
  • They are closed on Sundays.

 

But, the things that are positive, far outweigh any negatives.

  • I would have to say that what I love most about the food served from CSC is that it always seemed to be fresh, cold, and crisp. There are so many ways to order combinations of the menu items.
  • Their menu does have so many healthy options, I mean I go straight to that croissant but the choices are there.
  • The locations are new, clean, cute as in bright colors, modern lighting, great graphics, décor, and flower cookies for the kids with bright frosting colors.

 

Price point: I have already heard from local friends who feel the price point for the chicken salad is too high. I mean FFS, it’s not. Some people eat at Chick-fil-A, so let’s compare it to a Chick-fil-A combo which is $5.99-$6.19. Or, a Wendy’s meal item such as Dave’s Hot n Juicy ¼ lb combo which is $6.19.

 

MEGastars 4* Love it for a lunch spot. This restaurant is going to be successful here in the Upstate. Mark my words.

MEGapick Like my pizza, I’m into the classics and I choose the “Classic Carol.” If I’m in a walk on the wild side mood, I’ll choose the onion lover’s “Dixie Chick.”

Link to the grape salad recipe. You have to dig through this article a bit and listen to them talk about how this is for ladies luncheons. Note* Dudes live this stuff.

Chicken Salad Chick Grape Salad Recipe.

 

Give this chicken salad recipe a whirl. Chicken Salad Chick attempt at recipe

 

An Aha Moment With A Nut In The South

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A Monster, A Stupid Sandwich And A Classic Italian Sub Sandwich Seeking The Best Food In South Carolina

It’s not that I need to see a psychiatrist about this disorder, I just really love that sub. Every Italian sub that I eat compares to this one sub. 

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The Kennedy-Getting Jiggy Wit Carrots -Seeking The Best Food in South Carolina

In the footsteps of Cribbs other restaurants, the food is locally sourced, elevated in fresh ideas that incorporate South Carolina’s best foods.

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Seeking The Best Food in South Carolina The Austrian German Connection

It may not be the same experience as eating German-Austrian food with that view from the border of Germany-Austria, nor like that wild night in Munich, but it also was a Wednesday evening in South Carolina. 

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 South Carolina and *Smokin Hash.* Meg’s Best of 2018 Food picks

Definitely, 2018 was the year that I became obsessed with beautiful South Carolina and hash. Let me just start here.

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That Time I Fell In Love With A Fruitcake Seeking The Best Food in South Carolina

I was having a lot of negative thoughts about trying this dish. Such as, who likes fruitcake anyway? How can a food with glowing fruit, that lasts for years be palatable?

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The Mother of All Meat-n-Three’s Wade’s Spartanburg, South Carolina Seeking The Best Food In SC

...what I found was the “mother of all meat and three’s,” and is like no that I have ever seen on my travels.

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