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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's hard to get around if you don't have a car. Options are very limited,

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some places take the RLC card which gives a discount, but that usually does apply on weekends, which sucks. There is a great variety of restaurants in Greenville though. Lots of food.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you are willing to drive to downtown Greenville, there are many options from Mediterranean, to japanese, to gastro pub, to southern cuisine, but it can be quite pricey. closer to Furman, there are a few options that are nice but most are fast food. It just depends on how much you want to spend

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There's only one area that has some dining options but most are fast food. The other closest place is downtown which takes 20 minutes to get to and is very time consuming for a fast meal off campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Greenville has GREAT food about 10 minutes away, and there is lots of fast food (chick-fil-a, zaxbys, cookout!!!) very close to campus.

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  • 230th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 234th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tenell Felder
Columbia, SC
Political Science/Communications
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While none are within walking distance of Furman, Greenville offers a wide variety of dining opportunities for students. There are a multitude of well-known chains within a few miles of the school. Many of the small, locally-owned restaurants are worth discovering. Besides serving delicious food, many give discounts to students and have great food at reasonable prices. For those with deeper pockets, Soby's is known for its new Southern cuisine including shrimp and grits, and chicken-fried meatloaf. If you have room for dessert, stroll down the street to Spill the Beans for ice cream or Coffee Underground dessert and coffee. And finally, no Furman student's night of partying is complete until you've made a 3 a.m. stop to Waffle House for hash browns smothered, covered, and scattered.

Students who tire of the monotony of on-campus dining are not disappointed when they sample Greenville's cuisine. For Greenville's size, there is an amazing amount of new places to try all the time. The chain restaurants are consistently good, and the quirky local operations rarely disappoint. The level of service at nicer restaurants may not be the same as in larger metropolitan areas, but what college student can afford those restaurants anyway?

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Student Favorites
  • Atlanta Bread Company
  • Blue Ridge Brewery
  • Coffee Underground
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Thaicoon Ricefire & Sushi Bar
  • Trio A Brick Oven Cafe
24-Hour Dining
Waffle House
Best Asian
  • The Rice Bowl
  • Thaicoon Ricefire & Sushi Bar
Best Breakfast
Stax's Original
Best Healthy
Sprouts Great Soup Salads
Best Pizza
  • Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
  • Frodo's Pizza
Best Wings
Wild Wing Café
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Brick Street Café
  • Soby's
  • Spill the Beans
  • Trio A Brick Oven Café
Other Places to Check Out
  • Cantinflas Restaurant & Bar
  • Carson's Country Kitchen
  • Corona Mexican Restaurant
  • Jack in the Box
  • Jason's Deli
  • Latitude
  • Marble Slab Creamery
  • Miyabi's Japanese Steak House
  • Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
  • Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Pete's Original Restaurant
  • Rice Bowl Restaurant
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Señor Wraps
  • Tommy's Country Ham House
Did You Know?
  • If you come to Furman, you will become addicted to sweet tea, a Southern institution. It's like regular iced tea only better! You will be hard-pressed to find a restaurant in Greenville that doesn't serve sweet tea.
  • Many restaurants give Furman student discounts on food and other stuff.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

1500 Poinsett Hwy.
(864) 235-7183
5000 Old Buncombe Rd.
(864) 294-4430

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Atlanta Bread Company
Food: Sandwiches, soup, salad
3205 N. Pleasantburg Dr.
(864) 235-9400
Price: $3-$9
Cool Features: 12 different breads baked daily, catering, Café.
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
Food: Pizza and beer
25 W. Washington St.
(864) 232-3706
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Brewery of the month, 27 beers on tap, pool, darts, live entertainment with no cover charge.
Blue Ridge Brewing Co.
Food: Burgers, sandwiches
217 N. Main St.
(864) 232-4677
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Craft brews, weekly events.
Brick Street Café
Food: Upscale Southern
315 Augusta St.
(864) 421-0111
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: You will be greeted by Abe Lincoln and feel at home; bakery, catering, private parties.
California Dreaming
Food: American cuisine
40 Beacon Dr.
(864) 234-9000
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Beautiful architecture and interior design, take-out, bar.
Chophouse `47
Food: Steakhouse, lobster
36 Beacon Dr.
(864) 286-8700
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Upscale and New York-style, award-winning wines, fine cigars.
Coffee Underground
Food: Coffee, desserts, sandwiches
1 E. Coffee St.
(864) 298-0494
Price: $2-$6
Cool Features: Great place to hang out for underagers.
Flat Rock Grille
Food: Seafood, steak
3201 N. Pleasantburg Dr.
(864) 235-6533
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Crackling fires, exquisite meals, hand-crafted drinks.
Fonda Rosalinda's
Food: Authentic Mexican
1124 N. Pleasantburg Dr.
(864) 292-7002
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Each dish made from scratch, catering, extensive beverage list.
Frodo's Pizza
Food: Pizza, Italian
3207 N. Pleasantburg Dr.
(864) 235-3535
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Chicago-style pizza, tons of toppings, fresh dough, TV, catering
Lemongrass Thai Restaurant
Food: Thai
106 N. Main St.
(864) 241-9988
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: "Fiery and mild, salty and sweet, sour and bitter into a perfect harmony."
Moe's Southwest Grill
Food: Tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos, salads
2011 Augusta St.
(864) 271-6637
Price: $3-$8
Cool Features: Fresh ingredients, crazy food names, frozen margaritas.
Peddler Steak House
Food: Steak
2000 Pointsett Hwy.
(864) 235-7192
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Rated #2 in Greenville, unusual salad bar, outisde dining available.
Sassafras Southern Bistro
Food: Upscale Southern
12 Piazza Pl. Suite A
(864) 235-5670
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Housed in a restored Cigar Warehouse, wine tastings, happy hours with 50% off wine bottles.
Food: Old Southern favorites with a new and fresh twist
207 S. Main St.
(864) 232-7007
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Soby's has an apartment that is rented out for a variety of events, over 5,000 bottles of wine.
Spill the Beans
Food: Gourmet coffee, ice cream, frozen yogurt
610 A S. Main St.
(864) 242-6355
Price: $2-$5
Cool Features: Free wireless internet, voted Best of the Upstate, outside seating.
Sprouts Great Soup Salads
Food: Salads, wraps
9 W. Washington St.
(864) 271-4992
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Healthy eats and combo meals.
Stax's Original
Food: Country cooking
1704 Poinsett Hwy.
(864) 232-2133
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Cooking show on FOX 21, bakery, buy their homemade seasonings, wine cellar dinner dates.
Thaicoon Ricefire & Sushi Bar
Food: Thai
5000 Old Buncombe Rd.
(864) 246-7255
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Unique sushis, salads, soups, curry, and ricefire creations.
Trio A Brick Oven Café
Food: Eclectic
22 N. Main St.
(864) 467-1000
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Coffee bar, homemade desserts and ice cream, wood fire oven.
Waffle House
Food: Breakfast, burgers
1627 Woodruff Rd.
(864) 289-0692
Price: $2-$7
Cool Features: Quick service, good for those late-night breakfasts.
Wild Wing Café
Food: Wings, sandwiches
15 W. Washington St.
(864) 242-9453
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: 31 flavors, live bands, ever-changing beer list, home of the original bucket of beer, catering.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 26 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 35 responses

  • 9% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 6% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 29% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 57% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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