Happy Holidays Foodie Friends! 🙂 Hope you’ve had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend! For this Holiday edition of Foodie Adventures, we’re showcasing all the great local Greenville spots we love to shop for gifts, and polled the community to get your thoughts, so read on below for events to check out, deals, and more! 🎁
Hello hello, Foodie Friends! 🙂 Hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend! For this edition of Foodie Adventures, we’re showcasing four of some of the local Upstate SC restaurants we visited for Restaurant Week this year. Read on for our reviews, from seafood to Thai food and more! 😋
Hello again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you’ve had a great week! For this special short edition of Foodie Adventures, I’m introducing you to a new business in Simpsonville specializing in a cuisine that I learned to love when I was young, Polish food! 🙌
I am very happy to be bringing you this blog about a cuisine that’s so near and dear to my heart. My grandpa was Portuguese, but we ate a ton of Polish food growing up. Papa lived near Fall River, MA, and there were both polish restaurants and bakeries that we could get our fix of Polish food at. One of our favorites that’s still there is Patti’s Pierogis (Guy Fieri even stopped by once!). It was always one of my favorite outings with my grandparents when we went to visit. You can find a ton of little restaurants and places like that up in New England, but there’s not a lot down here – until now!
Since moving to the Upstate, which is such a foodie-centric area, I count myself lucky to be surrounded by so many great cuisines. There are obviously some gaps, and Polish food is certainly one of them. So I was really excited to see Aga asking people if there was any interest in someone bringing Polish food to Greenville and the surrounding cities, and knew I had to reach out!
Allow me to introduce you to “The Carl’s Products“, run by Aga Michalska, and her husband, Karol. She recently invited me to her house to interview her, hear her story, and of course, try her food!
How did you get started with the business?
So my dad had a butcher shop in Poland and I worked with him. When we came to America in 2012, we noticed that none of the sausages and meats were the same and we couldn’t get what we were used to here. The meats were so sweet, for example honey ham, we didn’t have anything like that over in Poland, we couldn’t understand how the meats were so sweet. We really missed the food, so we started smoking our own meats in our garage by making hams and sausages for us and our friends. We had a big party when we first smoked some meat! For us it was like having a backyard bbq. After a while, we had a lot of customers when we lived in Virginia through word of mouth. We just moved to South Carolina in March and we are trying to spread our wings here.
Aga Michalska, Owner of The Carl’s Products
Tell me a little bit more about some of the dishes you make, I would love to learn more about your pierogis (not going to lie, these are my favorites)!
In Poland, pierogis are saved for special occasions. The recipes are passed down on the men’s side of the family, not the woman’s. So the Grandfather teaches his sons how to make the dough recipe, and they in turn teach their sons, and so on. We are using my husband Karol’s recipe, which I didn’t learn how to make until after we got married. Even in the states, we continue with this holiday tradition in our family. We have a competition between us and his brother at Christmas to see who can make the most pierogis. Our record so far was 500 in 2019 in one day!!
Aga Michalska, Owner of The Carl’s Products
Oh, we’ve made it a competition on Facebook at Christmas too. We’ll ask people on Facebook “How much do you think we’re going to have this year?” and whoever can guess the closest in the comments to the final total of how many we made, wins a bowl of pierogis! Some of our friends tried to cheat and asked us for status updates along the way but we made sure it’s always fair.
Karol Michalska, Owner of The Carl’s Products
The best part about making pierogis is when you get all the family around at the table. We have friends that live in Greer, and friends that came to visit us from VA, so it was six of us around the table and we hadn’t seen each other in a long time so it was such fun making pierogis with everyone.
Karol Michalska, Owner of The Carl’s Products
We were lucky enough to get to try not only both types (dinner/savory and dessert/sweet) but also four different flavors of pierogis that Aga and Karol make. The first savory pierogis were stuffed with sauerkraut and meat. They also make their own sauerkraut, which typically takes a couple of weeks to ferment, that gets added to the pierogis before wrapping. The Russian style is made with potato and white cheese, which is similar to a farmer’s cheese, which they also hand make themselves!!
Karol tells me that everything they make is fresh, all natural, and they make all the mix-ins they use from scratch or grow them themselves (if they can). They said the only thing they don’t grow themselves is potatoes, so that is one thing they do buy. However, I did fill them in on some great farmers markets where they could get some locally too.
We also got to try two types of fruit pierogis – one with blueberries on the inside and one with strawberries in the filling, topped with homemade strawberry jam. Aga loves dipping her pierogis in sour cream, but didn’t include any since I’m non-dairy, however, a good non-dairy brand is a great substitution here too.
The strawberries, from a local patch, were from Stewart Farms. They originally went there intending to pick one bucket, then came back with six buckets, they loved them so much!
One of the other traditional dishes we got to try was Golabkis (pronounced gah-wump-keys phonetically). One was made in the traditional way, with meat and rice rolled in cabbage, topped in a tomato sauce.
Then she has a special way of making them if she has leftover cabbage, where she chops the cabbage up, if the leaves are too small to roll. She’ll mix it in with the filling and makes it into more of a meatball shape, which works better for people who aren’t huge fans of cabbage.
It was very kind of them to give us a loaf of freshly made bread as well, which made fantastic sandwiches and was both crusty on the outside and super soft on the inside. They also offer a jalapeño & cheddar and a cinnamon raisin loaf on their menu, Karol’s favorite is the jalapeño and cheddar.
So how does it typically work when people order food from you all? Do you have a menu that you give to folks or a specific pick up date range?
Our menu is here (see below), you can order through our Facebook page or Instagram by messaging us! It’s just a home business for now, so you come pick it up from us in Simpsonville. In the future once we get more established here, we’d love to do some markets or possibly get into small local grocery stores as well. When ordering smoked products, we need one week in advance to make them. All meat is cured naturally and needs some time. Pierogis, cakes, and bread can be ordered about a day or two in advance usually.
Aga Michalska, Owner of The Carl’s Products
Aga sent me a ton of great photos from their menu, feel free to sit through the slideshows below for a few minutes to check them out!
I was so so happy with everything that Aga and Karol made, and am super excited to share this with all of you! I can’t wait to bring some of these to my family and friends to share soon, and I look forward to watching them grow in the Upstate as they gain the following they so deserve. Make sure to give them a follow and some love on social media! 💜😁
So how was your weekend, Foodie Friends? Are you excited to try some wonderful Polish food? Have you ever had any before (the stuff from a grocery store doesn’t count)? Sound out in the comments below to let us know your suggestions of what dishes to make or places we should visit next. As always, feel free to like, comment, & share 🤗
Hello hello, again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you’ve had a great week so far! For this edition of Foodie Adventures, allow us to introduce to you a brand new BBQ food truck in Greenville, The Snickering Coyote, and take you behind the scenes of how we made our new Lemon Cranberry cupcake recipe!
Hello again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Check out this list for every restaurant offering new outdoor seating options in the Upstate, SC area to #killcovidnotsmallbiz!
Restaurants Opening Outdoor Seating
Upstate South Carolina
With the governor beginning to slowly open up the state again, I wanted to provide you all an update, with the help of GVL Today’s post and comments from fellow Upstate South Carolinians, as to which restaurants are now adding or opening (social distancing friendly – 8 feet apart) outdoor dining to patrons.
*Side note: For all those looking for a great place doing Mother’s Day meals this weekend, see the link from our friend Kristina at Kidding Around Greenville here!
Now, back to our regularly scheduled list 😁 (will be updated here as more are added):
Adam’s Bistro – “Although it’s been a bit chilly, our patio has been full and so many have taken advantage of our online, contact-less curbside AND delivery services! So grateful to be here and so thankful to you all for coming out and taking such GREAT care of our amazing staff! Remember, during this time, we are playing it by ear (or business) and are still opening at 11 a.m. but closing at 8 p.m. (instead of 9).”
Augusta Grill – “We will be starting patio seating today; in addition to delivery, take-out and curbside pick-up. Open Tuesday-Saturday starting at 5pm 🙌🏼 we are doing 2 reservation only time slots for our patio seating; 5:30pm and 7:30pm Tuesday-Saturday. If you would like to make a reservation, please call (864) 242-0316. Our menu for the day is now online, www.augustagrill.com.”
Arizona Handcrafted Fare & Drink – “What’s up Simpsonville! We’ve missed you! 💜 It was a hot afternoon but it’s cooled off now and we are full outside! 🍴Tents arriving before end of the week! 🍴Sailcloth arriving by Mother’s Day 🤞🏼 🍴Once the tents are up, more tables moving outside!”
Azteca (Butler Rd.) – “We have a tent and music and great service right now, come see us for some great Mexican food!!”
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar – “Their new GM is the best, and they could really use the business! Along with their other locations in Columbia and Summerville, their patios are open daily from 11am to 9pm.”
Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria – “We’ve missed you! Starting tomorrow our patio will be opened for full service from 11:30-8! Come grab a beer and enjoy your favorite slice of pizza! All measurements are being taken to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.”
Bimini’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Cafe – “Comfortable weather! Bimini’s has expanded outdoor seating! Last week……Gift Card Match – buy $50, get $100. Wings – $.50 each Mother’s Day – $15/person BIMINI’S LOW COUNTRY BOIL and Complimentary Rose on Sunday!”
Blue Daisy Cafe (Travelers Rest) – “We are 11am to 6pm, Wednesday through Saturday, until inside dinning is allowed. Afterwich, we will resume normal hours. You are welcome to tailgate in our beautiful backyard.!”
Bobby’s Seasoning & BBQ – “Hey y’all!! We are open the next 3 days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and are ready and prepared for all of the social distance outside eating you wanna do! We currently have 8 picnic tables with umbrellas – with 4 more being built! All the space you need to enjoy a much needed meal out with your family!! See y’all soon!! ☀️”
Bova Brick Oven – “Our patio is officially open! Everything properly spaced out. Still doing carry-out and delivery. ”
Brixx Pizza – “🚨 EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨 It’s a perfect day for pizza and the patio. Thankfully, we’ve been able to reopen our outdoor seating area, effective today, so come enjoy your Brixx fix al fresco!”
Chuy’s – “We are opening today, Monday May 4, 2020. Dining will be limited to the outside patio area only, as we follow state guidelines and recommendations. We are opening with our existing limited menu and earlier closing times: Sun – Thurs 11am-8pm and Fri & Sat 11am-9pm. You can still order Chuy’s made-from-scratch favorites for curbside pickup and delivery at order.chuys.com.”
City Scape Winery – “We are open for outdoor wine tastings starting Thursday! With 12 acres of land, we have lots of extra space for social distancing!”
Country House Cafe – ” Outdoor dinning, curbside or delivery 864-689-1110. Lunch specials 11am to 4pm, Dinner specials 4pm to 9pm.”
Crossroads 4 Coffee and Tea – “Fresh strawberries and new breads just delivered! Gallons for $17.50 // Quarts for $7.50. Order online or drive through for curbside service! 🍓🍞🥖 Patio seating is open! Order at the front door‼️”
Cucina 100 – “Sunday, May 10th we will open at 11am – 5pm for curb side to-go. First come first serve outside dining. Allow us to help you all enjoy your Mother’s Day. Call in orders 864-601-9606. Order online at www.cucina100.com.”
Eggs Up Grill (Woodruff Rd.) – “We are happy to announce we can serve you Outside!! We will be setting up some tables outside. We can not wait to see you all!! We have missed everyone so much. Please come out to our “patio”.”
El Patron (Fountain Inn) – “The Patio will be open starting tomorrow!!! if ya’ll wanna come and show some love 🙌😁🙌😁🙌😁 You can also order takeout all day! Thank you Fountain Inn, SC for all the love!!!”
El Thrifty_GVL – “We’ll be opening the outdoor seating area on a first come first serve basis starting Friday. We have spread out all tables and chairs across the lawn, 8’ apart.”
First Watch (Simpsonville) – “We are open everyday until 2:30 pm. We’re now open for limited patio seating! We are taking every precaution possible to ensure your safety while dining with us. So come out and enjoy this beautiful weather and some delicious food! Togo is also still available, call 864-383-2300 to place an order today!”
Foxcroft Wine Co Greenville – “Will be opening our patio on Friday, May 8, serving wine and a limited food menu (including favorites like truffle fries, burgers and donuts). Hours will be 3-8pm Tuesday-Saturday. Retail wine sales and To-Go food also available. Cheers 🍷🙌🏻”
Full House Sportzaria in Simpsonville – “We WILL be opening our patio (and parking lot) at 4:00 today. Please be patient with us as we set up outdoor dinning and adjust to the current guidelines. Curbside, take out and delivery ARE STILL AVAILABLE for those who are not quite ready to venture out. That’s ok!! We thank you for all of your support and business during this time. We love you all!”
Garcia’s (Fountain Inn) – Enjoy your lunch from the comfort of our patio today. 😊 Come and enjoy a cold drink on our Patio today while keeping social distance!”
Gather GVL – “We will be open for takeout Tuesday and Wednesday then limited dining starting Thursday!”
Growler Haus (West Greenville) – “Our patio is open today until 6pm. We will be following all guidelines for cleaning/sanitizing procedures as well as social distancing like we have been. PLEASE stay home if you’re not feeling well and be respectful to the new guidelines! Can’t wait to see everyone! We have a limited menu till Saturday. Come support a small local business and say Hi to all your friends! ”
Hans & Franz Biergarten – “We’re opening our Biergarten with outside dining today at 12:00. Dedicated outside, seating with spacious distance. Huge umbrella’s for shade. You can call in to reserve a table, but be on time we keep your reservation open for 15 minutes max. Our biggest table holds 8 people and has a distance of 10 foot from the other tables. The table holds usually 12 – 14 people so enough space there too. The place to enjoy the outside dining!”
Irish Pub – “Open for outside service at 4pm. Kitchen will open at 5. Tables will be available on a first come basis. Please save the eight top tables for groups. Food orders will be taken at the kitchen order window and drinks at the outside bar. Please remember to follow social distancing practices!!! We are excited to be able to open, but we want to keep everyone safe and healthy. “
Java Bistro – “Steady business outside today! Beautiful weather! Life is good! Come on out for lunch or breakfast! We can add tables outside as needed! 864-676-9993”
Jianna – “HAPPY RE-OPENING DAY!!!! – Today is a big day for Jianna. We are officially seating the patio. We are so excited to seat every reservation tonight- rain or shine. We hope you all Enjoy. Friendly reminder – We have touch less sanitizers all around the restaurant & will be practicing social distancing when needed. “
King Tut Grill (Simpsonville) – “We’re open for front porch dining and can’t wait to see you all!”
La Fogata – “We just ate outside here and it was amazing. Staff waiting on you, free drink refills, chips and salsa. Oh how we’ve missed it!”
Larkin’s – “Stop scrolling! We are so excited to announce that we are finally reopening and we will have our patio dining available starting tomorrow from 11am-8pm, Monday through Sunday! Open for lunch & dinner! 🙌🏼 Make your reservations online at www.larkinsontheriver.com/ and we absolutely can’t wait to serve you soon!”
Liberty Taproom – “Patio seating 12-8 pm everyday as well as curbside pickup!”
Limoncello – “We will have our patio dining available starting tomorrow from 11am-8pm, Monday through Sunday! 🙌🏼 Make your reservations online at https://www.larkinsontheriver.com/ and we absolutely can’t wait to serve you soon!”
Mac’s Speed Shop – “Mondays don’t have to suck! Especially when our patio is OPEN! With all of our tables moved at least 8 feet apart, of course! First come first serve ‘cause we have extremely limited seating! *We are practicing very strict social distancing and health safety guidelines recommended by the CDC and National Restaurant Association to keep you and our staff safe while getting a little glimpse of normalcy.”
Mad Cuban Cafe –“We’ll be open 11 to 7 Tuesday’s-Saturday. Closed Sunday’s & Monday’s . Check out our FB page for all other info. Have a great day!”
Maple Street Biscuit Company (Five Forks) – “Starting May 4, we will have seating available once again on our patio! Come get our Biscuits topped with fried chicken, applewood bacon, cheese, and apple butter 😍”
Napoli – “We are deeply touched by the amazing support of our customers, and will strive to continue to serve you following the guidelines of DHEC and SC regulations as best we can. Thank you for your loyalty and support!!!!”
New England Seafood 🦞 – “Some outdoor seating, we will be setting up patio with some seating next…6′ apart of course 🤦♂️”
Northgate Soda Shop – “We’re open for outdoor seating, to go orders, and curbside service. Thank you!”
Olympian Grill (Five Forks) – “We’re serving daily from 3-9 on open patio and outdoor tent. Come see us today!!”
Papa’s N’ Beer – “We still want to keep practicing social distancing so this Cinco De Mayo will be a little different. Tables will be 8ft apart outside in our patios & tents. We will allow tailgating for our customers in parking lot.”
Pomegranate on Main – “We have our outdoor patio open from 11:30am-2:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm-10pm for dinner on weekdays! Saturday’s we are open from 11:30am until 10pm. We are also offering curbside pickup and delivery! @gvltoday ❤️”
Portofinos – “Outdoor dining starts tonight! Come join us for some great Italian food!”
Southern Palate Restaurant – “OUTSIDE DINING IS OPEN!!!!! Greer, SC (864-469-7493), Monday-Friday 11-6 and Sunday 11-3. We also do Curbside Delivery and have Daily Specials too!
Family Meals – $19.99
Freezer Meals – $5-$15 (depending on dish and size)
Banana Pudding $3.50, Chocolate Pie $2.00, Buttermilk Pie $2.00, Peach Cobbler $3.00, Brownies $1.00, GIANT Cinnamon Roll $5.00″
Smoky Dreams BBQ – “We’re open for Front Porch dining here Wed-Sat, 11-7 🙌 … at the corner of Woodruff Rd & Hwy 14! We have the front porch open with picnic tables 8 feet apart. We kindly ask that you’d order food first, then choose a place at a table (if someone has been there already we will ask you to wait until we fully wipe it down). It’s still #southernhospitality on our #frontporch #dining. It just looks a smidge different these days! 😉😃”
Stella’s Southern Brasserie – “We’re back to all-day service during the week! Come on in & pick up some groceries, lunch / brunch or dinner! Thanks for your patience as we adjust our hours during this time 😊”
Sue’s Wings and Things (Anderson, SC) – “Come see us outside today, open 11-9pm with our full menu. Be sure to bring a jacket, it’s chilly! Or grab it to go, we have two hosts inside ready to get your orders out as well 864-222-3031. WE have limited outside seating, first come, first served!”
Tacos & Mas – “Opening outdoor seating with Great margaritas, great tacos, no corona. What more do you want 🤷🏼♂️”
Taco La Barra (Woodruff Rd.) – “Weather is going to be beautiful, & we’re looking forward to serving YOU! Patio is the perfect place to spend the day with friends & loved ones!”
Taccozini – “Everyone, feast your eyes on our new spacious & beautiful 𝔹𝕚𝕖𝕣 𝔾𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕖𝕟 that we’ve created! It’s time to rid yourself of cabin fever—so come eat, drink & enjoy being outside at your favorite spot. 😎”
*From a fan – “Tacozinni is great restaurant that goes above and beyond your typical restaurant. The owner, Amy Rinkowski, is actively involved in the community whether it’s donating food or teaming up with local businesses to give back. We need more what @tacozzini does.”
Tasting Room (Travelers Rest) – “We’re open for outdoor enjoyment of wine & beer!”
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant – “Hello!! To our loyal Customers, Due to the situation right now will be closed for Dine-in , but will be gladly offering carry out and delivery by DOORDASH AND BITESQUAD. Please call the restaurant or check our website for updates. SEE U 👋 TOMORROW, TEQUILAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 😉”
The Bohemian Cafe – “We’re opening outdoor seating starting today! 11-9:30pm while still offering curbside pickup and free delivery! Pictures of our new outside sidewalk bar and extended patio are on our IG feed! Thank You for all you’re doing @gvltoday 💜💚🧡”
The Burrow on Augusta – “The Burrow patio is opening today at 3pm. Please call for reservations to assure you get a seat. We have been working around the clock to ensure that we are able to offer a safe and clean environment for our staff and customers and though it was close, we got it done in time to open today. Can’t wait to see everyone’s faces again!!”
The Coliseum Bar (Haywood Rd.) – “Now open daily 11am- 1am. We have amazing food and a great setup. Very friendly staff and patrons. Come visit us if you can. We will Open for outdoor dining Monday May 4th!! As always we still have to-go orders and delivery options available. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon! 🍻”
The Mountain House Restaurant @ Caesar’s Head – “We have a temporary to go menu, Ice cream and Homemade Fudge!!!!we have a few picnic tables outside to accommodate!! We will be open 12-5/6 Saturday & Sunday this weekend!!! You know you want to get out of the house!!!!”
The Spot on the Alley (Seneca, SC) – “We are open for business!! Yay!! Check out our extended outdoor seating!! More tents are on the way! (I think 🤔)”
The Station – “We’re back in business my friends! Outside and patio dining available daily starting at 12 pm. We have added tables to the parking lot for more availability! We also have cornhole set up outside for anyone interested! Come see us for cold beverages, phillys, wings and all your other favorites! We’ve missed you!”
Thomas Creek Brewery – “Patio is open today! Come and Enjoy with a killer selection of Wings and Thomas Creek Beers!!! Case specials are still in place…$25 Trifecta cases, $20 Dockside Pilsner and Amber cases, and don’t forget about Growler Fill Specials…See you soon!!!”
Tipsy Taco – “Starting Monday, May 4th we’re able to open for outside dining! This still comes with some restrictions which we will have posted at all locations. 🌮New hours starting Monday, May 4th: Sunday-Saturday 11am-9pm. 🌮Starting Monday we will no longer offer delivery, however you can always use a third party such as Bitesquad!
Trio A Brick Oven Cafe – “We are excited to announce, we will have limited outdoor seating beginning May 4th🙌🙌🙌🙌 Catch us outside, how about that?!?!”
Tropical Grille – “We have you covered (tents, tables, and all!) at our Woodruff Road location, Join us for a sit down meal and a little sense of normalcy.”
Typsy Tavern Bar & Grill (Anderson, SC) – “We are OPEN and ready for you. Come see Chasity and Brittany on the patio today…and bring a jacket! ☀️ 2 Bud Light Aluminums ALL DAY! 🍻 See y’all at Typsy! 🙃”
Uncle Berto’s Burritos – “🎉 🌮 HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO 🌯🎉 Celebrate by bringing the fiesta home with you! 🌮🌶 Taco Tuesday 👧👦 $1.99 Kids meals ☀️ ☂ Outdoor seating available
Urban Wren Winery – “We’re open for courtyard dining beginning this Friday, May 8th!”
White Duck Taco GVL – “Who is looking forward to tacos, cold beer, and margaritas in your living room with your kids? No one? Thought so. We are opening our outdoor dining tomorrow for people like just like you. As luck would have it, it’s Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday and the 1st week out of quarantine. We’ll be celebrating with $3 draft beer specials all day. Can’t wait to see you! will be! 😊❤️”
Willy Taco Feed and Seed – “Yo, yo, yo … catch me on the pa-ti-o! We’ve always been about that al fresco, son. TUESDAY @ 11am we open our outside dining area. Looking forward to serving you passionately, responsibly, safely. Curbside pick-up and online ordering will continue, for your convenience.”
So looking forward to going out to eat again! Sound out in the comments below and let me know your suggestions of places we may have missed or should visit next. As always, feel free to like, comment, & share 🤗
Hello again, Foodie Friends 🙂 For this Foodie Adventures, my goal is to shine a spotlight on every restaurant I can find offering family style meals, free meals for kids, and take-out/carry-out in the Upstate, SC area to #supportsmallbusinesses!
Hello hello, again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you had a fantastic weekend! We have a short, sweet, and special edition of Foodie Adventures, with a review of the soft opening of First Watch in Simpsonville and a Paint & Sip night with my sister!