Rise to the Occasion with Donuts + Biscuits

On a Saturday afternoon, I walked into Rise Biscuits and Donuts to try their food. Rise has been open for about 4 months now and is located on Woodruff Road in Greenville. Their made from scratch buttermilk biscuits are fluffy and crispy and are filled with either crispy bacon, country sausage or fried green tomatoes. Whatever your taste buds are craving, Rise has something for everyone. In the mood for a vanilla donut with sprinkles? Want an old-fashioned donut with frosting? Love chocolate? Opt for their Chocolate Chocolate Cake or Chocolate Frosting. 

I ordered the Apple Fritter and it was delicious along with their Avocado toast - on a biscuit (of course)! The biscuit was fluffy and the avocado on the sandwich wasn't too overpowering, it had a nice creamy texture and the boom-boom sauce added the perfect amount of tanginess. 

I spoke with Lynne S. Cotter, Office Manager at Rise to get the dish on this restaurant. 

Hope: What do you want people to know about Rise?

Lynne: Rise is a Southern recipe biscuit concept with an upscale menu of unique Southern flavors coupled with sweet treats.

Hope: What's the story behind Rise?

L: Rise is an award-winning, innovative fast casual concept providing fresh, premium quality food at an affordable price point.  Founded by a CIA trained chef, Rise serves homemade biscuits as well as unique sweet treats with bold flavors and gourmet ingredients.  Rise has been named a Fast Casual magazine Top 100 Mover & Shaker.  Also, our biscuits have been written about in Food & Wine magazine.

Hope: Why should people eat at Rise? What separates it from other donuts/biscuit joints in the Upstate?

L: Rise is an upbeat, casual atmosphere offering friendly service with a smile.

Hope:  Please describe the food you serve at Rise.

L: Our signature feature is our Righteous Chicken uniquely prepared with an outstanding flavor.  The Righteous Chicken may be served in strips or on a biscuit.  Additionally, the guest may build their own biscuit with options such as Fried Green Tomatoes, Pimento Cheese, or Boom Boom sauce.  Other menu options include Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit, an Avocado Toast Biscuit, and a Country Ham or Sausage Biscuit. 

The Sweet Treats to choose from are an Apple Fritter, a Peach Fritter, Cinnamon Biscuit Roll, and Blueberry Biscuit.  Our selection of donuts are Sprinkles, Cronies, Maple Bacon, Raspberry Jelly, Crème Brulee, and a Chocolate Icing. 

Sound intriguing? Try their biscuits or donuts today!

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The Village Grind: Cozy, Casual & Colorful

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I think deep down I'm a hipster.

I love to discuss life and question why we handle things in certain ways. Some people do not think this way, but I'm one of the few who do. Why do we have to always follow the path? Why can't we just pave our own way in life?

I contemplated this while visiting The Village Grind in Greenville, SC, a coffee shop on the West End. When you walk in, not only does the aroma of coffee hit your nose, the colorful paintings on the wall jump out and excite the mind!

The Village Grind is an authentic coffee shop that actually makes their syrups instead of purchasing processed ones with preservatives and additives most coffee shops sell.

I ordered a 12 oz toasted hazelnut latte with almond milk and asked for a 12 oz lavender mocha with whole milk for my husband.

Even though this hot spot is a bit small, we eventually found seating by the window overlooking the street. "I like this coffee," my husband said. "It has a different taste than I'm used to." In this case, "different" meant good. When I tried a sip of his latte, my first impression was smooth and surprising pleasant.  My latte on the other hand truly tasted hand-crafted. I can usually tell when coffee shops overly compensate with sugar. If it's too sweet for my taste, I'm usually turned off and that wasn't the case for either of the drinks. Mine was nothing but sweet and tasty!

If you've never made your way to the West End of Greenville, you should take a trip to try The Village Grind. I promise, you won't be sorry. It's not a chain and you won't catch the staff using pre-made syrups or even a coffee machine for that matter.