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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Greenville (NC) Eats: The Scullery

The Scullery is exactly the type of place that local businesses have been aiming for, but haven't quite succeeded as well as this new local spot has. Quality, locally produced food, well done and at affordable prices for any level of customer, from student to local politician. I could probably leave this review at that and send you out, but this is a food blog and there are lots of great eats to talk about here, starting with one of their many now infamous trademarks: the grilled cheese sandwich.

Always rotating, but always as equally sinister, their grilled cheese sandwiches are a must for newcomers to the Scullery. They do a nice job of incorporating local ingredients into some not-so-normal concoctions. We're not talking your mom's swiss and cheddar here; you'll find a wide variety of combinations at the Scullary that'll knock your socks off. Their daily specials are often a thing of beauty, their new recent one - the gorgonzola grilled cheese with fig preserves and caramelized onions - being a nice example. Paired with rotating soups, they make for a very classy and enjoyable lunch with a subtle adult twist. For a real wicked treat though, try their egg-in-a-hole, a dirty, totally guilty pleasure grilled cheese with golden yolk ready to explode in the center. My personal favorite way of eating this one is to cut it in half and use it to dip into the running egg gushing from the hole. A really sinful, but awesome bite worth visiting.

Besides the grilled cheese, the Scullery's also become relatively well-known now for their homemade ice cream, using both familiar and sometimes zany creations nicely fitted to the times. Take their trick-or-treat ice cream during the Halloween season for example; a variety of candy bars including 100 Grand and Twix chopped and crammed into their creamy vanilla ice cream. They've experimented with a lot of flavors since day one and always have something worth dishing out a couple bucks for. Don't be afraid to ask for a taste before ordering; there is a rare hit-and-miss here, but more often then not you'll find some pretty delicious ice cream to pass the afternoon with.

Another item that might be less famous, but well worth diving into are the bagels. Small, airy pieces of bread slathered in your choice of jam, cream cheese, butter or anything I'm sure they can whip up and bring to the table. These lightly toasted salt bombs are a steal at $3 and make for a great breakfast or light snack any time of the day. Even better are their occasional bagel meals, like the fantastic smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, a sprig of greens and capers which unfortunately just went out of rotation for the new year. The combination of the homemade bagels and salty, creamy, sour notes of the components really made for a well-balanced and indulgent lunch. The Scullery also has a host of other creative and surprisingly healthy options as well to curb the madness, including a pretty tasty falafel that's seen several incarnations throughout the menu, currently being a snack and sandwich option.

With a constantly rotating menu of thoughtful and delicious eats, along with some indulgent ice cream and great, french-pressed fair trade coffee, the Scullery's become a really hip, yet comforting spot to be. My only gripe about the place is that it is almost impossible not to run a huge tab. You have to grab a cup of their french pressed coffee, and of course at bare minimum a bagel or grilled cheese. And then there's the ice cream. Sooner or later, you have a $10+ lunch tab, and for a typical college student this can be a dangerous thing. If you can manage a gameplan though, you should do just fine. The Scullery is one of downtown's finest places for lunch and quickly becoming the "it" spot through word of mouth and publicity. The owners are almost always in as well, welcoming anyone who comes through. A real mom and pop dive, but with a trendy, twitter generation feeling both in the food and vibe, the Scullery's definitely become one of my favorite places to eat, play, and chat. If you live in the Greenville area and haven't stopped by, it's time you made your way to the most exciting thing to happen to the city foodwise in a long time.

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Anonymous said...

Love this! Excellent spot-on review and I completely agree with what's been written. Don't forget to mention their creative and fantastic salads. I look forward to those the most. :)

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