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Huffington Post has now joined the list of national media outlets giving a nod to Greenville. John Malik, chef/owner of Liberty Café in Greenville, recently posted an article titled “9 Reasons to Visit Greenville, SC in 2017” on the site’s contributor platform.

Due to his profession as a chef, it’s not surprising that Malik’s article primarily highlights the city’s renowned food and drink scene.

He gives a shout out to Christian Hansen of Blue Ridge Creamery, who supplies local cheese to many restaurants in town, including The Anchorage in the Village of West Greenville. Malik praises husband and wife Greg and Beth McPhee’s restaurant as offering “the best evening of food, wine, and craft cocktails our town as seen in many years.” The HuffPo contributor adds, “Greg’s food is personal and intriguing without being self-absorbed.”

Malik also recommends stopping by GB&D and The Village Grind, which are steps away from The Anchorage. Alex George’s chicken and waffles sandwich, served at GB&D, is “one of the most seductive dishes in Greenville,” he writes. The Village Grind, owned by George’s sister, Lindsey, is “funky and cool without being pretentious.”

And it’s difficult to discuss coffee in Greenville without mentioning Methodical Coffee on North Main, which offers a “cool retro vibe,” Malik says.

Nearby Caviar & Bananas is also a “must for busy travelers.”

Sidewall Pizza gets a nod for the casual, family-friendly environment and its “pizza studded with a blend of contemporary and traditional toppings.”

If travelers or locals are looking for something a little fancier, Malik recommends Northampton Wines and Café. The Broad Street wine shop offers selections ranging “from an $18 bottle of Grüner Veltliner to a $400 bottle of Domaine Romanée-Conti” and a restaurant and bar that serves burgers and steak.

Malik lauds Greenville’s growing craft beer scene, with its staples and newcomers, including Brewery 85, Quest Brewing Co., Thomas Creek, Birds Fly South Ale Project, and Swamp Rabbit Brewery.

After “you’ve dined and imbibed your way through Greenville,” Malik recommends checking out Greenville’s bike shops and taking a ride either at Paris Mountain or on the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Finally, Malik mentions Old Crow Barbershop as a bonus for travelers who want the traditional barbershop experience. “A haircut from the Old Crow includes having the back of your neck shaved with a straight razor and warm cream. And to a guy, that’s a little slice of heaven on earth,” he writes.

Read the full Huffington Post article here.

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