I don’t get to Spartanburg much, so I have yet to really dive into its food scene, but I have found the time to check out a few of the restaurants that cater to the city’s foodie scene. Besides the famous, Willy Taco, one restaurant that stands out in Spartanburg’s food scene and happens to be owned by the same owner is Cribbs Kitchen.
Cribbs Kitchen is located on Spartanburg’s Main Street as you enter the city from Highway 29 and is right next door to RJ Rocker’s Brewery. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a bar.
Cribbs is most known for their eclectic burger menu, but they also have a variety of snacks (appetizers), salads, sandwiches, and entrees, which can only be found on their dinner menu. Cribbs snack menu features such appetizers as Piedmont empanadas (braised collard greens, pulled chicken, chihuahua and cheddar cheese, Blue Moon voodoo chutney and arugula), buttermilk fried calamari served with wasabi aioli and a sweet soy glaze, and a twist on the southern favorite, fried green tomatoes, which are stuffed with pimento cheese, roasted peppers, applewood smoked bacon, arugula, and a truffle vinaigrette.
Of course, you’ll be in the in the mood for something a little heavier, so you’ll want to take a look at the rest of the menu. The salad menu has classics such as a wedge salad (iceberg lettuce with blue cheese, applewood smoked bacon, cherry tomatoes, red onions and housemade buttermilk dressing) and the house salad (mixed greens, pickled red onions, goat cheese, craisins, applewood smoked bacon, tart apples served with a balsamic vinaigrette) to some unique options like the asian noodle salad, which is shaved romaine, rice noodles, crispy wanton strips, red pepper, carrots, onion, cucumber, scallions, broccoli and cashews with a sweet soy drizzle and cilantro lime vinaigrette.
The sandwich menu offers a variety sandwiches and wraps to choose from and caters to a number of customers. The Piedmont Veggie is a flour tortilla wrap with pimento cheese hummus, tomato, arugula, cucumber, tart apple served with a chili honey vinaigrette. The C.K. Cuban has locally sourced pork shoulder from Greenbriar farms, which is smoked in-house.
The burger menu at Cribbs also caters to a variety of eaters. One of the unique features of the burger menu is, it features burgers from Cribbs’ Kitchen and RJ Rocker’s annual Burger Cook-off. The burgers’ proteins range from the traditional beef patty to salmon, lamb, and even pork.
I’ve been to Cribbs about 3 times in the last year. The staff was great. They all gave great suggestions during every visit.
During my most recent visit, I had the Greenbriar Farms pork belly wantons. As I’m already a sucker for pork belly, the smoked, sweet chili glaze a was a perfect touch with the wasabi drizzle. They were absolutely delicious. I was also able to try the pimento cheese fritters. They were good, but I’m a little partial to the pork belly and it was kind of hard to back away from that after I had it first.
While on this visit, I had the A.C. Rauchenburger- a delicious beef burger with smoked gouda, prosciutto, romesco, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise served with fries. The A.C. Rauchenburger was the 2016 winner of the burger cook-off. S had the Dirty Cuban- a pork burger with pepper jack cheese, chimichuri, BBQ sauce, on a grilled ciabatta. The Dirty Cuban was the 2014 burger cook-off winner.
Well, needless to say, if you find yourself in Spartanburg and looking for a place to eat, Cribb’s Kitchen should be at the top of your list for places to check out. Also, keep an eye out of William Cribb’s next big thing…The Kennedy!