Although I love dining in downtown Greenville, I also enjoy finding great restaurants in some of the surrounding areas. As many of Greenville’s surrounding cities and towns began to pick up steam with the growth of their culinary scene a few years ago, the area known as the “Golden Strip”(Mauldin, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn) has been a little slow catching on to the trend, even with Simpsonville’s Southern Bistro, which I think is still one of the area’s best kept secrets.
Recently, I decided to do some research and see what the Golden Strip had to offer. Fountain Inn kept coming up on my radar and it was also suggested as a great date night.
One night I decided to go and find one of the restaurants I had discovered online. I ended up not making it all of the way to the restaurant because I found downtown Fountain Inn. It isn’t that big and not a whole lot to look at, but there’s a strip of a few culinary surprises- the upstate favorites, J. Peters and Bucky’s BBQ, along with Growler Haus, which has partnered with Table 301’s Papi’s Tacos. This strip of restaurants also includes one of Fountain Inn’s best kept secrets, Cucina 100.
Cucina 100 is an Italian brick oven restaurant by the same people that gave us Capri’s. The menu features favorites from subs and grinders to pizzas, pastas and entree items such as chicken, steaks and salmon. They also have a great wine list!
Some popular menu items are:
Spinach Artichoke Dip (appetizer)
Meatball Tom toms (appetizer)
If you’re like me, you don’t mind eating great and saving money at the same time. Check out Cucina 100 on Tuesday nights for $9 pizzas and Wednesdays for $4 glasses of wine!