Soul food on the east side, new downtown breakfast option, Duncan Park eats

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Here is a well-filled Spartanburg Eats to end the year.

This week we discover a soul food restaurant that has quietly opened its doors on the east side and the latest update to the menu from Local FIG. There are also a few updates from the American Legion and the highly anticipated Smoked Burgers, Wings & Grill in downtown Spartanburg Rigsby.

This December, we’re taking Spartanburg Eats on hiatus to bring you all the best holiday bites and year-end culinary scoops, plus the latest restaurant news. Spartanburg Eats will be back in January.

Oh7 Bar & Restaurant brings soul food to the east

The owner of Oh7 Bar & Restaurant (1059 Fernwood Glendale Rd. In Spartanburg), Tiffany Goforth, is ready to showcase her hidden gem of a soul food restaurant in Hillcrest, in the east.

Tiffany Goforth is the owner of Oh7 Bar & Restaurant, open on Fernwood-Glendale Rd. In Spartanburg on Friday, November 12, 2021.

► The name of the restaurant is in memory of three deceased family members who died in 2007, said Goforth. The halo on the 7 is for them.

“It’s like you’re talking about the year 2007. So in 2007, on May 5th, I graduated from high school that morning. My brother, sister, uncle and father have had a serious car accident after graduation; they were on their way to a little graduation party. My brother, sister, and uncle have passed away, and my dad has actually passed away three times, but they managed to bring it back to life, “said Goforth.” The kitchen has always been family-owned, so that was the best way, I thought, to commemorate them was to start the restaurant. “

Oh7 Bar & Restaurant is open on Fernwood-Glendale Rd. In Spartanburg on Friday, November 12, 2021.

► Oh7 has a menu full of classic soul food like fried pork chops and fried chicken, served with mashed potatoes and gravy, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and cornbread. other homemade accompaniments. They offer meat and three platters on Saturdays and Sundays, and Goforth also has items like chitlins and turkey necks on sale.

“It’s comfort food,” Goforth said.

► Some of their popular items include their wings and fried whiting. The restaurant also makes its own chow chow.

Oh7 Bar & Restaurant is open on Fernwood-Glendale Rd. In Spartanburg on Friday, November 12, 2021. Pork chops with macaroni and cheese, cornbread, coleslaw and mashed potatoes and gravy.

► Oh7 Bar & Restaurant also has, as one might guess, a full bar with a special menu that Goforth aims to keep affordable.

“We’re not trying to break people down when it comes to beer. Right now we have canned beers for $ 2, bottled beers for $ 3,” Goforth said. “We do jello shots for $ 2 and have adult Capri Sun sachets that we put tequila sunrises in for $ 10 and these are constant, prices don’t change.”

► Goforth opened in January. Her plans for a grand opening this year have been postponed due to a delay in obtaining her liquor license, which she has since received, and the pandemic. She hopes to have a grand opening early next year. After the inauguration, it plans to start offering event evenings, including a Bike Night.

Oh7 Bar & Restaurant is open on Fernwood-Glendale Rd. In Spartanburg on Friday, November 12, 2021.

► Oh7 Bar & Restaurant is open Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Their daily menu is published on their Facebook page, Oh7 B&R. Call 864-310-4350 for the sidewalk.

Downtown Breakfast Bites

The local FIG (116 Magnolia St. in Spartanburg) has expanded its menu. Chef Chris Case shares some of their new breakfast offerings.

Local FIG chef Chris Case shares some of the new breakfast items on the downtown restaurant menu.

► Breakfast is available at the FIG room from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday. It’s a separate menu from their weekend brunch menu.

“For the breakfast menu throughout the week we have wet a little more traditional. We have added a few extra cookies and things like that that are easy to carry, easy to eat type meals,” he said. said Case.

Local FIG has a new breakfast menu, served Monday through Thursday, with classic dishes like homemade omelets and fries.

► The menu includes classics like cookies and sauces, homemade omelets and fries, as well as customizable breakfast wraps and sandwiches. Managing Director Kristin Hart said the goal was to expand the restaurant’s food offering in a way you don’t often see downtown.

“We have a relatively good nightlife, but we really want to push our food because we have a lot of good stuff, we have two really good chefs,” Hart said.

Coop, a cookie topped with hollandaise sauce with chili cheese, a fried egg and fried chicken, is one of Local FIG's most popular breakfast options.

► Some of the more unique offerings include The Coop, a chicken cookie with chili cheese and a fried egg topped with hollandaise sauce, and their Nutella French toast, made with buns from the local bakery BAK’D .

The local FIG French toast has a crispy exterior and a warm interior swirled with Nutella.

► The breakfast menu also includes some of their Turkish-inspired dishes like their Turkish wrap, a pita wrap with the restaurant’s special blend of lamb, lettuce and tomato, topped with spicy feta and tzatziki.

Breakfast sandwiches at Local FIG are available on a bun, toast, or in between waffles.

► The restaurant is also giving back to city and county employees and to employees in the Spartanburg area for their efforts since the start of the pandemic. Employees of these entities can benefit from a 30% discount by showing their professional ID.

“We want to give them discounts if they come, especially to thank the first responders and the city and county officials who work very hard to keep the downtown area as it is so that we can thrive,” said Hart said.

Rigsby town center plans to open in December

Rigsby’s Smoked Burgers, Wings & Grill is slated to open in early December, according to Rigsby’s marketing coordinator Cameron Parsons.

Rigsby's Smoked Burgers, Wings & Grill plans to open its store in downtown Spartanburg in early December.

► Parsons said he hopes to host a grand opening for the new Rigsby’s in downtown Spartanburg on December 1.

“At the moment, we’re just waiting for last minute approvals from the city,” Parsons said.

► The new artisan burger restaurant will be located in the former Hub City Co-op at 176 Liberty St., at the corner of East St. John Street.

Rigsby's Smoked Burgers, Wings & Grill plans to open in Spartanburg in early December.

► The restaurant will host a private Dine and Donate event for the Upstate Family Resource Center on November 29 – a workout for Rigsby staff and a taste for nonprofits.

“We know they have a great approach, providing families with the tools and guidance they need to become self-sufficient and strong, as they believe in preparing individuals for the workforce and developing engagement and family coaching, ”Parsons said. “We’ve worked with them before and really enjoy what they do, so we wanted to take advantage of our openness and partnership with them and start things off well.”

Rigsby's Smoked Burgers, Wings & Grill plans to open in Spartanburg in early December.

► The restaurant, which also has locations in Boiling Springs and Greer, serves artisanal smoked burgers, house salads, smoked wings and meat dishes. Rigsby’s also offers a large selection of fortified milkshakes.

American Legion now offers lunch delivery

Mike Fowler, chef at Spartanburg American Legion Post 28 (94 W. Park Drive in Spartanburg), makes homemade breakfasts for dinner, to go and now for delivery. The daily menu is usually posted on the Spartanburg Eats Facebook page, but is available when you call to order.

Chef Mike Fowler said the lunch service offered at Spartanburg American Legion Post 28 is now available for delivery.

► Fowler said they had been trying the delivery service for about a month. Everything on-site and take-out is available for delivery throughout the city. Delivery is available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and payment can be made over the phone with a credit card or through the Cash App.

“We are looking to help families,” Fowler said. Fowler hopes that contactless delivery will be useful for workers whose family members need meals at home during their working hours.

► The American Legion kitchen also offers catering. Fowler said they were booked until March.

► In recent months, Fowler has expanded the American Legion’s community food reach. Kid’s bagged sandwich lunches are available free or in advance for families in need.

“Everyone has fruit, water and a crisps,” Fowler said.

The American Legion Community Garden offers its first winter harvest.

► The pantry is fully stocked with holiday basics and more, and no ID is required to shop in the pantry. Pantry shoppers can also enjoy the American Legion Community Garden.

“We have cauliflower, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, cabbage,” Fowler said. These green vegetables often make their way into the daily lunch menu.

► All of these community awareness efforts are made possible by donations from individuals. Donations of cash or food can be brought to station 28 throughout the week.

►For packed lunch requests, on-site, take-out or delivery meal orders, or to inquire about catering, call 864-253-0376. All services are open to the general public.

Samantha swann

Samantha Swann covers Spartanburg County K-12 schools and colleges and the food scene in downtown and beyond. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College. Contact her at [email protected]

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