Nose Dive Greenville reopened last week, and you won’t believe the changes. New tables and chairs, new wall decor, new staff aprons by Greenville based Billiam Jeans, and beautiful new windows that slide back and open the restaurant up to the street. I never loved Nose Dive because the feeling in the restaurant felt off. The menu never wowed me either, although the descriptions were always enticing.
Folks, this is a whole new restaurant, and Nose Dive has finally bloomed into the restaurant it was always meant to be. It’s a must for locals and visitors. It’s a great spot for lunch, dinner, after work drinks, or a late night party with friends.
I walked in the door and gazed around every inch of the newly redecorated restaurant, soaking in every last detail. Leather booths, new tables and chairs, wooden accents, giant letters spelling out Nose Dive that face the street and mark the space. Framed cocktail recipes, celebrity photos, quotes and more line the wall leading up to the bar. Chalkboard art circles the ceiling of the restaurant and climbs the walls by the bar. Table 301 Web Manager and Marketing Designer, Katie Guptill, created all of the chalkboard art around the restaurant. She said it was an incredible experience to watch come together.
Meet Nose Dive Bar Manager, Edgar Flores. It’s a glorious day when you can sit down for lunch and a handsome man brings you cocktails. Three cocktails, to be exact. I was on a mission to sample the new offerings, but it sure did bring odd looks from neighboring tables! Who drinks THREE cocktails for lunch?! (Don’t worry, I didn’t drink them all.) The Missy Migas was my favorite. It’s the tall one there, piled high with ice. It is made with Southern Pressed Juicery’s Hot Mess Juice, Casamigas Blanco tequila, agave syrup and soda. I went back for a second of these a few days later.
Also pictured: RIDE YOUR OWN MULE: House made Ginger Beer, Lime Juice, and your choice of Van Gogh Vodka: Cool Peach, Pineapple, Raspberry, Acai Blueberry, Wild Appel and from the “Capped” at CRAFTED list, the PROPER NITECAP: chamomile infused bourbon, yellow chartreuse, honey syrup, fernet branca.
Let’s get to the food. That’s what you all came here for, right? Sean Garcia is the Executive Chef at Nose Dive. If that names sounds familiar, it’s because for years, Sean was the Executive Chef at Soby’s! I could hug this boy’s neck. Almost the entire new menu at Nose Dive can be ordered Gluten Free.
Being that it’s strawberry season, and I’m consuming as many as possible, I had to order the Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans, Feta Cheese and Honey Balsamic Dressing with Grilled Chicken. What a salad! It’s one of the Nose Dive staff favorites.
I am a sucker for a deviled egg. Maybe it’s the southern girl in me. Who knows. The Oyster Deviled Egg has a traditional creamy filling and is topped with a fried oyster and Creole Aioli. It is one of the items that can be made gluten free. I forgot to ask for gluten free one of the times, and was suffering later, so don’t forget!
The meat quality in their burgers is insane. The West Coast Classic Burger is made with Braveheart Angus beef, and is topped with Fancy Spread (secret sauce), grilled onions and American Cheese. *Ask for the gluten free bun. The fries are so good, you’ll want to eat every last one!
Their very talented Pastry Chef, Lindsay Beck, has made it incredibly difficult to leave without dessert. I dug into the Strawberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Bar. It immediately took me back to ice cream truck days in the neighborhood. Remember the strawberry shortcake ice cream bar that was coated in that crunchy stuff? This is that, but bigger, and so much more.
I swore I would eat every last bite, but was so stuffed! I left a few bites behind, but I keep going back to this picture to drool. I can’t wait to get back for another.
After stuffing face, I wandered upstairs to the redesigned bar, newly branded Crafted at Nose Dive. It’s the warm, cozy after-hours swanky bar Greenville has long needed. The whole face lift focuses on handcrafted details, from the carefully sourced ingredients, to the walls and furniture finishes, to the new cocktails and new items on the food menu. The handmade theme permeates every aspect of the restaurant now, upstairs and down.
Bar offerings include an ever-changing punch feature that can be purchased by the cup, small bowl or large party bowl. This is not the fish bowl you’re thinking of. It’s an actual punch bowl. Think bridal shower punch bowl. On that particular day, Purple Rain was on the board, in honor of Prince’s passing, no doubt. For my whiskey people out there, they have a copper ice ball maker. If you are settling in for a long sip, this cool gadget will transform a giant icecube to a perfect, compact sphere right in front of you. In the glass, you’ll enjoy a nice, slow melt.
If you are on one of those dates that you just don’t want to end, swing by Nose Dive to check out their late night cocktail list. You’ll find the perfect cocktail to close your evening. This is their Proper Nitecap: chamomile infused bourbon, yellow chartreuse, honey syrup, and fernet branca.
Greenville is experiencing an unexpected, but long awaited restaurant boom, but its nice to see one of the standards repurposed and ready to ride the wave of the second boom. If you go check it out, tag #gapcreekgourmet in your photos and you may find one of them shared on my instagram feed!