8881 Warren H Abernathy Hwy.
Spartanburg, SC 29301
Monday: Closed, Tues – Sun: 8AM – 3PM
Perfect for: Casual lunch, a brunch with friends, tempting baked goods, adventurous eaters
Menu: Crepes as well as other French and Vietnamese flavors.
Bar/Drinks: I did not see any alcohol mentioned; however, they do offer specialty coffee drinks.
Good to Know: Le Spice is only open for breakfast and lunch, so don’t expect to go for dinner. If you wanted a pastry or baked good, get it early; they sell out quickly.
Parking: The lot in front of Le Spice is pretty small and narrow, so parking can be a bit of a hassle.
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what do you expect?
You know those restaurants that you always hear about, but it takes you what feels like ages to actually go and try the place? That was my experience with Le Spice in Spartanburg. One of my coworkers had been clamoring to try this small roadside café. Admittedly, a lot of my other coworkers weren’t too thrilled at the idea of trying French cuisine, but I was thrilled by the prospect of trying somewhere new (especially one with such a stellar reputation).
It wasn’t until one quiet Wednesday that my coworker and I were finally able to carve out some time to visit Le Spice. We couldn’t stop talking the entire morning about how excited we were that we would, after all these months of talking about it, be getting the Le Spice experience.
Neither of us really knew what to expect, so when we drove up the steep incline and saw the little house sitting amongst the trees, we both let out a little “aww.” There is something so comforting and cozy about a restaurant that resides in an old house. Another good sign was that the parking lot was full, save for one space that we quickly snatched for ourselves.
Walking through the parking lot, we both were wide-eyed, taking in the whole experience. We noticed a patio area that would be gorgeous in the spring as it was surrounded by trees and plants. Approaching the door, we noticed that the logo for Le Spice was a baguette crisscrossing a red (hot) chili pepper. As soon as we opened the door, the smell of fresh baked bread wafted through the air and into our eager noses.
Typically, when trying a new restaurant, I like to do my research so I can familiarize myself with the menu. On this certain culinary adventure, I was going in blind. I knew they specialized in French cuisine, but there are many facets to French cuisine. All of this is to say that when my coworker and I started to peruse the menu, we were overwhelmed in the best way possible. Everything on the menu sounded fantastic ( I don’t say this lightly). My eyes would settle on a dish, and I would be set, but then I would read about another dish and I would second guess myself. My stomach is fickle, but only because it likes essentially everything.
Eventually I settled on the Duck Bun, and my coworker chose the Hangover Noodles with Chicken. As we placed our order, we mentioned in passing wanting some pastries for later. We were warned to go ahead and order them, because they tend to go quickly. If only we had heeded that warning.
One of the more remarkable things about Le Spice is that whenever another party had their food delivered to them, my coworker and I almost fell out of our chairs trying to get a good look at what they ordered. It truly all looked that good.
Soon it was our turn, and our food was placed before us. The Duck Bun looked incredible. This was a sandwich consisting of duck, sriracha aioli, pickled onions, and cucumbers. I love duck, but sometimes it is hard to get it cooked properly. This was not the case at Le Spice. The duck was cooked to perfection. Even better? They included the crispy duck skin on the sandwich. Full disclosure: this entire review could be about how much I love crispy duck skin. I won’t subject you to that. The sriracha aioli was the perfect blend of spicy and tangy, and the pickles added a zesty crunch. This wasn’t just a sandwich; it was a SANDWICH. My coworker loved her Hangover Noodles, which were noodles doused in a garlic soy sauce with Thai spices. I recall her saying it was “perfectly seasoned.”
When our meal was over and we went to get our pastries, we were downtrodden to find that most of the pastries we wanted were gone. I was still able to snag a blueberry and vanilla custard Danish. It was flaky and really just a perfect afternoon snack.
Our Le Spice experience was well worth the wait, but I hope that it won’t be that long until I get another taste.