Local Guide: Lindley Russell

Lindley Russell    The Greenville Graze

IG: @thegreenvillegraze 

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Hey there! I’m Lindley and I am the face of The Greenville Graze. I have always been biased towards this city and all it had to offer. In the past few years, people from far and near have also began to take notice of all Greenville has to offer and, as a result, it has quickly transformed into a total hub for new restaurants, bars, bakeries, breweries, food festivals, etc. My exploration of Greenville is never ending and I am truly having the time of my life discovering all the things that make Greenville the city it is. Sharing it is half the fun so check out my Instagram to see all my yummy finds (@thegreenvillegraze).

 

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But First, Coffee:

101 Espresso Bar – This little coffee shop recently opened over the summer but it already has my heart. Before taking my first sip, I was completely won over by the staff and their passion toward the business. They are all very knowledgeable in what they are selling and are very eager to educate the customer. Aside from the impeccable customer service, the coffee, made using beans from Panama, is so incredibly delicious (and I am very picky about my coffee!). They offer the usual lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, etc. but my favorite is their Greek Nescafe Frappe. It’s a little different than your average coffee but I promise it’s insanely good.

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Greek Nescafe Frappe @101espressobar

 

Swamp Rabbit Stops:

TReats – On the Travelers Rest end of the Swamp Rabbit, my absolute favorite stop is TReats. They offer a HUGE selection of smoothies (my favorite is the Main St. Mango) and fresh pressed juices that are perfect for an on-the-go treat after biking or running the trail. Another perfect quick treat are their protein energy balls made with oats, honey, peanut butter, coconut, dark chocolate, and whey protein. They are seriously so good that it’s hard to believe they’re healthy.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery – Towards the Greenville end of the trail, my favorite stop is without a doubt Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. They also offer a large variety of quick, yummy treats including (but definitely not limited to) smoothies, sandwiches, scones, doughnuts, and other baked goods. If you happen to pass by Thursday-Sunday, their brick oven pizza is a must-try. Best of all, it’s all locally sourced!

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Strawberry Donut @swamprabbitcafe

Diamond In The Rough:

Irashiai Sushi Pub – When a sushi craving hits, most people look to Downtown Greenville to fill their void. However, just ten minutes from the bustling streets of Downtown Greenville is where you will find my all-time favorite sushi restaurant. The size of their menu and rolls (seriously, they’re huge) is second to none. If I had to narrow it down to my favorite rolls, I would suggest the Red Dragon, Big Chill, and Godzilla. If you weren’t already convinced, they also have a hefty appetizer selection. My top picks are the Ahi Hawaiian and Mussels Yaki (pictured below).

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Mussels Yaki @ Irashiai Sushi Pub

Healthy Eats:

Southern Pressed Juicery – SPJ offers a gigantic selection of cold pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and other healthy yummy snacks. My love for SPJ blossomed after trying their smoothie bowls. Their bowls are super thick and loaded down with good-for-you toppings (no skimpy toppings, here!). My absolute favorite bowl is The Green Monstah, which is topped with the most delicious cacao-kale granola. I never knew kale could taste THAT good. Aside from smoothie bowls, SPJ also offers sweet snacks like donuts and brownies made with clean, wholesome ingredients so there’s no need to feel guilty.

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Green Monstah @southernpressedjuicery

Cheers To The Weekend:

Downtown Greenville – If you’re only here for the weekend, I highly recommend you spend your time Downtown Greenville. I know that’s a bit broad but this little city has so much to offer at all times. There are fun, upbeat workout classes at CycleBar or coffee and a yummy breakfast at Caviar & Bananas in the morning. You can explore the beautiful Falls Park in the afternoon. The night brings a slew of things to do; you can eat at one of the many award-winning restaurants or spend the night at the ballpark watching the Greenville Drive play. Downtown Greenville seriously has so much to offer (much more than a weekend can hold)!

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