StyleBlueprint by Abbey Gingras
If there are two things we love, they’re food and supporting locally owned businesses. These passions combine here as we spotlight some of the South’s most compelling locally owned groceries that double as restaurants … you can stop in for a bite to eat and grab some groceries — often locally made — to take with you. Grocery-restaurants combine local ingredients and products to offer their respective communities small, specialty food markets coupled with a unique dining experience.
Supporting small, local businesses has never been so appealing (and tasty). Here are some of our favorite grocery-restaurants around the South, from brand new businesses to nearly 100-year-old establishments. Next time you find yourself in one of these cities, make plans to stop in!
Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery | Greenville, SC
Located on Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail, this little gem is all about local love. A cafe/bakery/grocery hybrid, Swamp Rabbit prides itself on using and selling as many local goods as possible. At least half of the grocery’s inventory comes from within a 150-mile radius, and the menu is overflowing with delicious and creative options made from scratch with fresh ingredients. Select from items like the cinnamon bun roll, made with homemade brioche, organic sugars, local eggs and Cabot butter ($3) or something slightly more exotic, like the pogacha, which features chard, carrot, beet, onion and garlic ($6). Affordable prices, an impressive menu and the heart for all-things-local make this a stop worth making.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.