You won’t find restaurants like the ones in Greenville anywhere else. It’d be a challenge to find a gourmet hot dog stand — rated 15th best in America — only blocks away from a French-fusion restaurant with ingredients sourced from its own farm, 15 minutes away. And the best part? East Carolina University students will love the affordable, tasty menus and weekly special events found at these local hot spots. Check out The Rickhouse near the Greenville Mall, Totopos in the Convention District — and you’ll find Starlight Cafe, Winslow’s, Sup Dogs, and Crossbones Tavern all nestled together in the popular Five Points Plaza, Greenville, NC.
Location: 114 E. Fifth St., Greenville, NC 27858
Hours: Mon-Sun, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Head to the Crossbones Tavern for classic, tasty burgers and apps while enjoying live music and weekly trivia. Every Monday is open mic night, Tuesdays are for comedy, and live music is frequently featured on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy the show while digging into apps like fried green tomatoes, warm pimento cheese, or Nola BBQ Shrimp — a half-pound of jumbo shrimp tossed with tomatoes, veggies, and a Creole-style barbecue sauce. If you’re looking for something heartier, go for the slow-smoked brisket sandwich or the Burgatory, a beef burger topped with jalapeños and pepper jack cheese.
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Location: 710 Red Banks Road, Greenville, NC 27858
Cuisine: Modern American
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 4-10 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 4-11 p.m.; Sun, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.
Dinner at The Rickhouse is all about upscale flavor without the hefty bill to go with it. Head there with a couple of close friends and order a few rounds of tasty small plates. Try an order of duck wings paired with a side of whiskey ranch, with Ryan’s “Cheeze” Dip and blackened chicken bruschetta. The Rickhouse is well known for their selection of bourbon and craft cocktails, so don’t leave without trying something that catches your eye.
Location: 213 E. Fifth St., Greenville, SC 27858
Cuisine: Hot Dogs, Sandwiches
Hours: Mon-Wed, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Thurs-Sat, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-midnight
Sup Dogs is the home of the 15th best hot dog in America. Not bad for a small hot dog stand found in Greenville, North Carolina that won’t break the bank. Students will enjoy spending less than $6 for a dog and fries combo. Try the Smokehouse Dog, topped with bacon, Monterey Jack, cheddar cheese, and chili, or maybe the Chicago Dog, which comes with mustard, onions, pickles, tomatoes, and jalapeños. Pair your meal with a house-made cocktail or frozen margarita.
Totopos Street Food & Tequila
Location: 3130 Evans St., Greenville, NC 27834
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Totopos prides itself on bringing authentic Mexican cuisine to Greenville. Go there for tacos, quesadillas, and fajitas — and incredible guacamole. Besides a bowl of traditional guac, try it jazzed up with chicharrones and pickled jalapeños or bacon, mango, and chile arbol. Still not convinced? Maybe their cocktail list will make an impression. You can bet they have some of the best margaritas in town, like the Pineapple Habanero—El Jimador Reposado tequila with pineapple, citrus, and habanero pepper.
Winslow’s Deli, Tavern, & Market
Location: 120 W. Fifth St., Greenville, NC 27858
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Mon, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Looking for the latest and greatest in craft beer? Head to Winslow’s. Not only will you get your fill of burgers, sammies, and sides, but you can indulge in an ever-changing selection of prized craft beers on tap and bottled. For something tasty to pair with your pint, consider Winslow’s famous hot chips, or the Out of Tower sandwich — sliced turkey, provolone, sprouts, avocado, brown mustard, and the works on wheat-berry bread. Follow their Facebook feed to keep in the loop on their newest craft brews, specials, and events, like $3.50 margaritas and sangrias on Wednesday nights or Thursday night trivia.
Location: 104 W. Fifth St., Greenville, NC 27858
Cuisine: American/French, European
Hours: Sun, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues-Thurs, 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 5:30-10 p.m.; Closed Mon
Starlight Cafe has a story to tell. The Boutilier Family purchased a farm in North Carolina in 2011, and it’s now where they raise all the produce and ingredients used in their restaurant, the Starlight Cafe. Starlight serves brunch and dinner, specializing in American cuisine with heavy French and European influences. Yes, you’ll find escargot and French onion soup on the menu alongside dishes like carpaccio, a daily trio of tapas, duck stroganoff, and rabbit cacciatore. They also have a fresh, raw oyster bar, with options to get oysters Rockefeller and oyster shooters.