We here at NMB are always looking for a new opportunity to collect an additional 103 pageviews as we try to expand outside the city limits. So on a random Thursday, we struck out for a 60-mile round trip to the most famous city in Spartanburg County – Spartanburg – for a twofer. Specifically, dinner at the Nu-Way Lounge and dessert in the form of a Zion Williamson dunk clinic.
Greenville, the cool choice on any up-and-coming city to visit list, is taking another step to up its street cred in the cool city game. City Hall is now referring to the area at Laurens Road and East Washington Street as Midtown.
A midtown in Atlanta makes sense; a midtown in Greenville, well it's hard for this native to fathom. Let's see what Atlanta's midtown has and how Greenville stacks up... Midtown Atlanta is home to a well-known university, Georgia Tech, a company that is iconic to the city, Coca-Cola, an establishment that was cool before the area was, The Varsity, and hot new restaurants. No way the corner of Washington and Laurens in Greenville can match that, right?
If you like your steak sandwich with a side of soft core pornography, do I have a place for you.
Zorba's a/k/a The Zorba Lounge is a bar first and a restaurant second. I can say that with certainty as I have never been there at any time of day, noon or night, when there was not at least one person sitting at the bar having a beer with no food. And I have been there a fair bit over the years. On this random Tuesday at lunch it was a pony-tailed fellow having a longneck Budweiser and calling the waitress "honey" multiple times before asking what time she could have a cigarette break. Shortly after he paid his tab another Budweiser appeared in front of him, on the house. You know, Tuesday.
Y'all know about Bee Bee's right? I mean, how could you not. But still. My recollection is that the first time I went to Bee Bee's was with Big A Goldsmith (which is consistent with quite a few of other "firsts" in my life which will no doubt be woven into future posts) in the late 1980's or perhaps the early 1990's back when it only had 3 or 4 tables. But Bee Bee's really took hold for me during high school. Several of us Not My Boys frequented it all the time. The Mike Gallagher combo - cheeseburger, half onion rings/half fries, sweet tea - was $3.05 (tax inclusive). It may seem odd that I can remember the price of a fast food combo from 20 years ago, but we had this one Not My Boy by the name of Killa Cannon (much love!) that used to only bring 3 singles and ask to borrow a nickel from whomever else was in our group. This happened about every time we went over about a three year period, and we easily ate there twice a month on Saturdays for lunch, if not more. Each trip became funnier as more and more Not My Boys refused to give him the nickel and make him break a bigger bill (you know, like a $5).