Perfect for: Out with friends, date night, weekend brunch, catching the game, getting your drink on, casual meal, family friendly, upscale, Sunday Funday, business meal
Menu: Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, urban comfort food, gluten-free options
Bar/Drinks: Two full bars (one upstairs, one down), range of specialty drinks, wine and beer
Good to Know: Plenty of tvs to watch the game without feeling like a sports bar; Not high-chair friendly – kids are welcome but we didn’t see many; Happy Hour 4-7pm Monday-Friday; Great outdoor seating for people watching in nice weather
Parking: Street parking, parking garages nearby, complimentary valet parking service Table 301 offers at Soby’s
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what more do you expect?
With a menu that ranges from handcrafted cocktails, urban comfort food that include chicken and waffles, burgers to some bangin’ sandwiches, Nose Dive in Downtown Greenville is a casual gastropub that uses local ingredients. You get the choice to dine outside on their patio, indoors or upstairs in their lounge – plus in nice weather they open the huge windows facing Main Street so you’ve got prime people watching. With a cool and casual atmosphere, it’s a bit on the dark side but has just enough light to easily see your date. It’s the kind of environment you can either hang out with friends and family or eat a nice meal with your significant other.
Want to swing by for a drink? Head upstairs or stay downstairs and the bartenders will take care of you! Want a specialty drink that isn’t on the menu? No problem! When I went there a few weeks ago and told the head bartender I was lactose intolerant, he made me a hand-crafted beverage that he concocted up utilizing his expertise. It possessed a fruity taste with just the right amount of alcohol. On another occasion, I tried their chicken and waffles, which I’d HIGHLY recommend by the way. The chicken was perfectly cooked, crispy and delicious and the waffles were sweet and delectable.
Not only are the servers friendly, they often come over to ask if you need anything. To say the least, service is attentive. I don’t think our glasses were ever empty, and if they were, it wasn’t for long. Now, that’s service and Nose Dive does not lack in that department nor in any other department.
Since it was Restaurant week, I brought my husband along to experience this place together. When the waiter approached us, we already knew our choices and ordered the goat cheese & red-rice stuffed jalapenos and sweet potato bisque. We only waited about 10 minutes for our appetizers and once they arrived, they did not disappoint. The bisque tasted like heaven in a bowl. Literally, it tasted like a liquid sweet potato casserole and was topped with pecans. To my surprise, the jalapenos weren’t spicy and instead were crisp to perfection with a slight, smoky bite.
The apps were incredible and so, I was looking forward to our entrees. Upon the waiter’s recommendation, I chose the open-faced crab cake club sandwich. This sandwich comes with one slice of toasted sourdough bread, an avocado, jalapeno bacon, citrus tartar sauce, roasted tomatoes, and of course the crab cake. I was a bit surprised when I only saw one slice of bread, but hey, I’m trying to watch my figure, so the fewer carbs, the better. This open-faced style sandwich had a zesty and savory taste, with the creamy tartar sauce acting as the key element to the sandwich and adding a zing to each bite. The Sweet-tea brined pork chop that my husband ordered was perfection from start to finish – cooked well, and still plenty of juice at each cut. The combination of grits and caramelized bacon gravy made this dish the right combination of sweet and savory.
Dessert was the conclusion to our Nose Dive journey and the meal I was looking the most forward to. I’m obsessed with Earl Grey tea, so I ordered the Earl Grey Pot De Crème. When the dessert, which was served in a little white bowl was placed on our table, my mouth began to water. Between the lavender whipped cream, fresh berries, and mint, this dessert was sweet but slightly savory and worth every morsel. When it came to the chocolate cake that my husband chose, the raspberry reduction paired adeptly with the toasted hazelnuts and fresh raspberries sprinkled on the cake.
When you visit Nose Dive, you’ll definitely feel full by the end of your culinary journey. I know I am already anticipating my return visit.