Greenville, SC’s “adventurous” food scene lands it on New York Times’ list, “52 Places to Go in 2023"

Greenville is the third-highest ranked destination in the US.


Who else stood in Lewis Barbecue’s long lines in 2022? | Photo by GVLtoday

No. 14. That’s where Greenville landed on the New York Times’ list52 Places for Travelers to Go in 2023.” It was the second-highest ranked US destination on the list behind AZ’s Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and CA’s Palm Springs.

The publication lauds the “real heartbeat of Greenville” as our “creative and diverse food community that keeps reinventing itself,” noting our city’s 200+ restaurants85% which are local — with many accessible from our strollable downtown.

There was no shortage of shoutouts to familiar eateries, saying travelers will “leave having been introduced to flavors from around the world:”

  • Soby’s celebrating 25 years
  • Lewis Barbecue opening to long lines in 2022
  • Mr. Crisp and Executive Chef Greg McPhee highlighting seafood
  • Keipi celebrating Georgian khachapuri and the country’s ancient wines
  • Aryana delivering a taste of Afghanistan
  • Califas bringing Mexican birria tacos to the scene

Also highlighted: Greenville’s food festivalseuphoria and Bank of America Fall for Greenville — where tens of thousands gather over local cuisine.

“The food here is adventurous, and the chefs have embraced the global influences shaping the modern South,” the feature concludes.

See all 52 destinations, including suggestions for your next Lowcountry road trip with Charleston landing at No.32. (Hey, CHStoday.)

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