Last night, I made my way out to The Parkway off Pelham Road for dinner at the Artisan. This is JHM Hotel Group‘s newest restaurant venture, and actually a reboot for the existing restaurant space at the Marriott. I am not one to make dinner reservations for a restaurant in a hotel, but folks, the hotel restaurant is getting a serious makeover. JHM pulled out all stops for Roost at the downtown Hyatt and have done it again with Artisan. The name says it all: Real. Southern. Cuisine.
Chef Billy Roberts, should be a familiar face to foodies around Greenville. He comes to Artisan from American Grocery, where he where he worked with Chef Joe Clarke. Before coming to Greenville, he spent five years working under Chef Jeff Tuttle in Pawley’s Island and he’s cooked with some of America’s most famous chefs including Thomas Keller, Frank Stitt and Eric Rippert. Okay, I’m impressed.
I was a little early, as always, so I found a seat at the bar and ordered up Artisan’s signature Pear Pomegranate Martini. Sweet and deliciously refreshing. I walked around, sipped and snapped some pictures of the incredible interior. My buddy, April Ortiz, designed the new Artisan logo. Very cool. Later in the meal, I also tried also tried the Fleur de Lis. They have a really fantastic wine, beer and cocktail menu, so if you’re going for dinner, plan some time for a sip!
One of my big faults as a food blogger is diving into amazing food before I take a picture. It happened again. This time, with Chef’s first dish: a thin sliver of Foie Gras with sorghum on a duck fat crostini with microgreens. It was a tiny bite to get us started but was absolutely incredible. Thus, I dug in and snapped no pictures. After recovering from guilt, we were served dish number two, a starter meant to be shared: Pork Belly on puff pastry french toast with fried egg and bourbon walnut maple syrup. I am a definite breakfast fan and this dish was a hit.
I’m so glad we were pacing ourselves because next up were two dishes, Carolina Mountain Trout with muscadine and grape gastrique and Beef Short Ribs with creamy blue cheese grits with Cabernet reduction. I love how Chef uses the green circle on the plates, a throwback to the Artisan logo. The portions for main courses are tremendous. Given that the sides are served family style, I think it’s okay to share your main course too! We sure did. Each of us scooped off heaping portions of fish and beef. The fish was flaky, eye-rolling good, but you can tell the beef short ribs were off the chain because, yep, no picture. I am seriously in love with their grits. I have to get this picture issue under control. I thought about taking a picture of the leftovers in my fridge, but somehow I thought it would be a disservice to the original state of the dish.
The dessert menu offers Coca-Cola Cake with Coca-Cola frosting, crushed salted peanuts and homemade peanut butter ice cream, Deep Fried Apple Pie with apple butter, cinnamon sugar, and homemade vanilla bean ice cream and Brown Butter Creme Brulee with house made cashew brittle. We devoured the crispy pies. Chef makes EVERYTHING in house. He has an amazing grasp on savory, southern fare and delicious down home desserts.
I think when people come to Greenville, they really want a taste of what our town has to offer. They want to know what we are eating and I think that Artisan is flawless in its offerings. The menu even has a surprisingly large gluten-free selection including Shrimp and Grits, Pork Osso Bucco with Thomas Creek Beer Reduction, Roasted Chicken with Bacon and Molasses demi glace and mirepoix puree and the Brown Butter Creme Brulee. (Our Trout and Beef Short Ribs were also Gluten-Free!)
I am excited to add this restaurant to my list of suggestions to not only locals but visiting out of town guests. Bon Appetit!