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Old 11-17-2012, 12:08 PM
 
Location: SC
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I don't know about anyone else that posts in this forum but if you've eaten at the best restaurants in NYC, Boston, Newport, RI, Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA, San Francisco, Austin, TX, San Antonio, Tx, Washington DC and in London, Paris and other parts of France and the UK that are "Relais" Caliber restaurants, Canada and Mexico, the best restaurants in Greenville, fall far short.

However, I have a solution of how to boost the "best" restaurants in Greenville to at least match the level of the best restaurants in Asheville. It would involve some continuing education and a field trip to Pittsboro, NC. Greenville chefs would all need to go to the Fearrington House Restaurant there and taste everything on the menu that Chef Colin Bedford there has prepared (who recently was recognized by Relais as being one of their best chefs internationally which easily makes him one of the best in the world. Relaischateaux.com). So they can experience maybe for the first time what REALLY outstanding food tastes like. Hopefuly be able to watch the food being prepared and then come back to Greenville so inspired and driven, they could reproduce it or at least raise their level of cooking so that it is in the outfield of the ballpark.

Fearrington House Restaurant Menu - Elegant Dining, Romantic Dining (Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, NC)

Thanksgiving Menu at The Fearrington House


Guess what? This isn't a dream. It could actually happen! When I was perusing their website I discovered they have "culinary classes" there too! The chefs could enroll in the classes! Cooking Classes - Fearrington Culinary School: Near Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC

Here is the chef himself being interviewed on NPR after receiving his award. In the interview he talks about what is on the menu for Thanksgiving. Listen to the interview and see if you don't agree.

(Of course to really agree you'd need to go there or to any Relais and taste the food.)
The Grand Chef —

The Fearrington House Inn, Restaurant & Spa - Relais & Châteaux

I'm so sick of eating at mediocre overpriced restaurants in Greenville. The only one so far I'd return to is Augusta Grill. The Lazy Goat was a huge disappointment and others were just barely O.K.

I recently read a review of The Owl on Wade Hampton on "Chowhound" and the person said he was served an appetizer consisting of Ricotta cheese with some basil sprinkled on top and was charged $8.50. Talk about the antithesis of gourmet, bland and a total rip off!
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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That's interesting & all, but this sounds too much like a commercial for this particular school.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions of course, but I don't think the thousands of satisfied customers at Greenville's better restaurants (many of whom are well-traveled and even from many of the cities you list) really care.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: SC
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That's interesting & all, but this sounds too much like a commercial for this particular school.

Everyone is entitled to their opinions of course, but I don't think the thousands of satisfied customers at Greenville's better restaurants (many of whom are well-traveled and even from many of the cities you list) really care.
It isn't a "school". It is a boutique inn with a restaurant that happens to have a world class chef who is considered not just a great chef but a "Grand" chef internationally and was just recognized as such.

It turns out they have cooking classes at the inn if there are enough people.

I was half kidding about the continuing education. However if Greenville chefs really care about and love food and want to strive to do a better job, there probably are few people in the country that could inspire them as well as this chef. With his restaurant being only a 5 hour drive away, I think it would be WELL worth the investment to drive out there and just have a meal there and discover what REAL WORLD CLASS gourmet food tastes like. Then hopefully be inspired enough to ramp up your cooking skills several notches to try to recreate it back here in Greenville.

On another forum for Foodies in "the South" , the consensus is that unfortunately Greenville is NOT known for its restaurants, whereas Asheville is. In fact the Chowhound site is where I got the link to the interview with Chef Colin Bedford.

Sure. The "thousands" that visit Greenville from elsewhere obviously like plain food and they and like it in Greenville just as well as elsewhere. People that extol Greenville Restaurants are not food writers for the New York Times. It is also safe to say that Greenville has yet to arrive on the food scene map as far as Foodies are concerned as the Food Network hasn't even bothered to visit Greenville and tell the rest of the country how "great" the restaurants are. In fact if you type in "Greenville,SC" in the Food Network search bar, the only restaurant that comes up is the Augusta Grill which is as far as I'm concerned the best restaurant BY FAR I've eaten at in Greenville.

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Maybe the chef at Rafferty's should signup immediately. How you cannot tell the difference between a steak that is rare vs. well-done is beyond me. And for the wait-staff; once you drop steaks off at a table you should return within 5 mins. to make sure they were cooked right. Dumb!!!

We will never go back after our experience there Friday night! Never!!

The best steaks in Greenville are those you cook yourself in your own home for a fraction of the cost!
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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The best steaks in Greenville are those you cook yourself in your own home for a fraction of the cost!
Yep!
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