First Person: Budding foodie reporter hits the small plate crawl

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As an amateur foodie and reporter, I participated in the Greenville Small Plate Crawl, a self-guided restaurant crawl produced by Carolina Epicurean Events that was held March 22-24. Each participating restaurant offered a special crawl menu priced from $4-$10. Individuals were also able to scan QR codes at the restaurants to be entered in prize drawings.

Before starting, I printed my “passport” from the Small Plate Crawl website that had information on which restaurants were participating and the times they were hosting the crawl. A map of the restaurant locations and their menus were also readily available.

My first stop was at Oil and Vinegar in downtown Greenville. There, I decided to start off with a mango vinegar and orange spritzer, as well as a Mediterranean appetizer sampler. The appetizer plate included a filo cup with chicken mojo verde; pesto alla genovese crostini with a cherry tomato; a smoked paprika chickpea pita pocket with tzatziki sauce, red Pepper and cucumber slaw; spinach salad with lemon-pomegranate dressing, goat cheese and pepitas; and a few Spanish olives. The small plate was a perfect choice to begin the crawl with.

Moving down Main Street, my next stop was at The Lazy Goat. I ordered Mediterranean pimento cheese that came with toasted bread. This small plate was also a good choice as a second appetizer. But as I became hungrier, I made a stop at Grill Marks for a “larger” small plate. There, I chose a classic cheeseburger slider with French fries (You can’t go wrong with that). And finally, for desert, I opted for a sweet treat. So, I made my way over to Kilwins, but unfortunately didn’t make it in time to get an ice cream cake.

All in all, it was a unique experience and I can’t wait to try it again next year. With more preparation ahead of time, I hope to visit more restaurants in Travelers Rest to fully experience all the Greenville Small Plate Crawl has to offer.

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