2537 N Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
Hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun 10am-3pm, 5pm-9pm
Perfect for: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Live Music, Happy Hour
Menu: Traditional Southern with a twist
Bar/Drinks: Brunch cocktails available, full beer and wine menu, cocktails
Good to Know: Live music and specials nights are common, expect a crowd on the weekends; Happy Hour 4-7 Mon-Fri; Brunch served Sat (11am-3pm) & Sun (10am-3pm); check out the bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary bar during brunch
Parking: Large lot with plenty of spaces – no walk required.
Bathroom: I’d (almost) eat off the floor.
The perfect meal doesn’t exist—wait no, there’s brunch. Brunch is arguably the best meal of them all, because A) you probably slept in a little to necessitate a meal halfway into lunch hours, and sleep is rad; and B) Sweet and Salty. Enough said.
Since I hold brunch to such high standards, I had high expectations for Southern Culture. I originally heard about the spot from a stranger whom I overheard talking about build-your-own Bloody Mary’s. So to say that Southern Culture and I started off on good terms is certainly an understatement. I’m not sure how or why you need bacon, salami, and 20 types of olives to build a beverage, but I’m not mad about it. And neither is the rest of Greenville.
My visit to Southern Culture was on a Sunday afternoon, in an attempt to beat the brunch rush. The restaurant does close from 3-6pm, so plan accordingly. The crowd was full but not overwhelming, a huge perk of any popular brunch spot in the area. Our hostess and waitress were both friendly and happy to help navigate the menu, as well as the plentiful seating options.
Before I get too into the food, let’s chat about the vibe of this place. Think rustic Southern Americana, minus the usual kitsch that comes with that style of décor. Southern Culture has truly managed to design a space that lives up to its name: both charmingly southern and undeniably cultured. The light is soft and warm, and the open kitchen adds a good bit of interest. Anyways, about that food…
Yes, just, a thousand times, yes. I went all in and ordered “Grandma’s Revenge.” This dish is nothing to play with. It is essentially a giant waffle sandwich filled with reeeeeally good friend chicken, a runny egg, bacon, cheese, and some sort of dijon cream sauce that is (literally) finger-licking good. No shame in a little public finger licking when the sauce is that tasty. I paired my meal with a side of fruit because obviously health was the first thing on my mind. However, I have heard great things about the chicken sausage and the biscuits. Did I mention that this place does Southern food right? Because oh man, they do. My brunching buddy ordered a “Breakfast Bowl,” which included grits, eggs, cheese, and a few other things that I never got my hands on (apparently some things are just too good to share).
We left in a minor food coma, with full bellies, happy Southern hearts, and absolutely no regrets. I’ll be back for more next weekend. And the next weekend…