First Round Results presented by Greenville Mall
Charlie’s Steakhouse (1) v. The Seafood Shanty (16)
The Seafood Shanty is a pretty great name for a fresh off the boat seafood shack by the docks. That is not a description of Laurens Road in the 1980’s.
Result: Charlie’s Steakhouse advances.
Ryan’s (8) v. Steak and Ale (9)
Points for a very straightforward name (“I wonder what they serve there?”), but Ryan’s is Ryan’s.
Result: Ryan’s advances.
Stax Peppermill (5) v. Sophisticated Palate (12)
There is nothing sophisticated about this blog, including this solid but understated Main Street spot advancing in the bracket.
Result: Stax Peppermill advances.
John Paul’s Armadillo Oil Company (4) v. Ye Olde Fireplace (13)
This brings us to what we call a “situation.” While preparing these results, Reid learned his dad proposed to his mom at Ye Olde in 1968, and he made a late appeal to push through the 13 seed. There is also a significant family court case involving the restaurant that Reid relied on in his first ever argument before the South Carolina Supreme Court. But John Paul’s is fresher in the minds of our readers and there has been a lot of money bet on it to go deep. Sorry, Reid.
Result: John Paul’s advances.
Restaurant O (6) v. Coal Fired Pizza later Coal Fired Bistro and Wine Bar (11)
Let’s open a cool pizza joint. Wait, let’s make it fine dining too. Things are great, place is packed, time to rotate chefs 7 times. Space Available. Pleased to announce Rick Erwin’s Eastside.
Result: Restaurant O advances.
Vince Perone’s (3) v. T Bones (14)
A great mushroom swiss burger on the corner of Laurens and Woodruff will not be enough to beat a legend.
Result: Vince Perone’s advances.
Justin’s Steakhouse (7) v. Brown Street Club (10)
Justin's is the the perfect March analogy. In like a lion, out like a lamb.
Result: Brown Street Club advances.
The 858 (2) v. Deveraux’s (15)
The 858 was the venerable Carl Sobocinski’s first venture in downtown dining. If this partnership does not break up, do we get Soby’s or the last 20+ years and the Table 301 empire? Deveraux’s later became a Table 301 restaurant and in this bracket they pull the huge upset.
Result: Deveraux’s advances.
Capri’s (1) v. Never on Sunday (16)
The next game is on Sunday. Guess who’s out.
Result: Capri’s advances.
Morrison’s Cafeteria (8) v. Po Folks (9)
Po Folk’s was the original user of mason jars for drinks and should advance on name alone, but it is St. Paddy’s Day and Morrison’s had green jello.
Result: Morrison’s advances.
McGuffey’s (5) v. Maureen’s (12)
There are a few stalwart downtown spots in the bracket, and Maureen’s was one. The club sandwich was on time. But the menu had dozens of items and it is a victim of its own success.
Result: McGuffey’s advances.
Red Baron (4) v. Hawaiian Gardens (13)
The pu pu platter was on time, and the Hawaiian Gardens gets props for being EARLY to what is now one of the cooler areas of town (Stone’s Point vicinity). But being a niche restaurant in Greenville thirty years ago proves too difficult to move on.
Result: Red Baron advances.
Garcia’s (6) v. McBee’s (11)
I miss McBee’s. It was a great meat and three that survived a fire and relocation. But Garcia’s played with fire every day.
Result: Garcia’s advances.
Swensen’s (3) v. Cheer’s (14)
Cheer’s made it work day and night for years on Augusta under the strip center that is now a CVS. Seven foot ceilings and smoking allowed made it one of the most deadly places on Earth, ranked just behind the airport smoking lounge and the Bojangles smoking section. I still don’t know where to get my Leonard’s Losers now that it’s gone.
Result: Swensen’s advances.
The Hungry Fisherman (7) v. Ted’s Kitchen (10)
The number of times that we drove down 85 and I asked my parents to take me to eat at the place with the lighthouse and the pond? Dozens. The number of times we went? One.
Feeding ducks in a pond is fun, but animal feed in a gum ball machine and restaurants don't pair well together.
Result: Ted’s Kitchen advances.
Gene’s (2) v. The Plaza soda fountain (15)
Raise your hand if you are reading this and remember the Plaza soda fountain...we are a dying breed. NMB Chris’s mom took us to eat there on the last day it was open and that has to have been 30 years ago. Now it is McAllister’s.
Result: Gene’s advances.