We had the chance to go on a culinary tour through Greenville last Saturday and it was a blast. The rain didn’t keep us down! John Nolan, of Greenville History Tours, invited me to join his Taste of the South Tour where we visited 5 Greenville staples. Each chef served their take on a quintessential southern dish and we learned the history of Greenville in the process. A little history lesson never hurts!
Soby’s served fried green tomatoes (my favorite!) with pimento cheese fondu, topped with candied carrots, atop a bed of haricot vert. Next was High Cotton with a familiar low-country dish of shrimp and grits. Chef Carpenter did this dish well with organic stone ground hominy, andouille sausage, and country ham. Then we stopped by Ford’s Oyster House, another familiar place for me. Ford’s always delivers with their fried pickles, gator bites, and of course gumbo, all washed down with their floral version of a Sazerac. Smoke on the Water was our next stop where we ate a family style meal of BBQ and brisket, collard greens, and mac and cheese, paired perfectly with a Thomas Creek Swine Ale. Being from Memphis, I’m a BBQ lover and this stood up to my high BBQ standards. Lastly, we enjoyed dessert at Breakwater. I’m not a huge pecan pie fan but this pecan tart with bourbon ice cream tempted me enough to lick my plate clean. I loved seeing how these chefs put together unique dishes from their southern roots. It’s a fun way to get out on a Saturday and enjoy all that Greenville has to offer!
If you’re in the area, check out Greenville History Tours for more information on these tours. I’ve got my eye on the Chef’s Table Tour next!