In the heart of Greenville
Downtown Greenville….home to one of the nicest and picturesque Main Streets in the good ‘ol USA, also centrally located in one of the fastest growing areas of South Carolina. Keeping up with the growth and figuring out this roller coaster economy, business owners have struggled a bit, especially in the restaurant business. Doors are closing as fast as they are opening as owners and chef’s alike, struggle to find the right combination of food, atmosphere, cost and of course, still turn a profit. Nose Dive is relatively new….many know it as the former restaurant “O”, which was a formal, top notch dining experience….I left the restaurant happy, but at times penniless.
Nose Dive…..Does the name fit ? …
A relaunch, under the same ownership, with the name Nose Dive….had me wondering, are they not confident, or are they attempting to make light of the “O” situation. As we entered we were greeted with a smile and escorted to our table, which was covered with brown butcher paper, protecting the snow white tablecloth underneath. At first, I thought it may be a little tacky, but it really wasn’t that bothersome….and I also realized it was tablecloth protection for the diners that evening. Looking around it seemed unfinished. The floor had tiles missing and there didn’t seem to be any clues to the restaurants identity, just a room with a good number of customers, all seemed to be enjoying their food. We were greeted by our server Matt. Normally in my articles I do not reveal any names…it’s just my style and I really don’t see a reason for it. However, if you go there ask for him. He was cordial, knowledgeable and not bothersome. We felt comfortable with him and really enjoyed his service….great job Matt.
Our meal began with a Baked Brie ($6.00) and a petite Caeser Salad, both were delicious. The Baked Brie (which is becoming hard to find in Greenville), was served warm, with candied nuts and some pickled fruit. It made for a nice combination, especially with the bread which I found out was fried in duck fat. The Caeser was nicely seasoned and not too wet or dry. For our entrees my wife ordered Chef Joey’s Corned Beef ($9.00), with Sweet Potato Fries and I ordered the Nose Dive Chicken Sandwich ($9.00), paired with Coleslaw. The Corned Beef Sandwich was the Nose Dive version of a Reuben, with a small twist. Instead of your typical Thousand Island Dressing, Nose Dive has come up with a nice Chili Russian Dressing….it gave the Corned Beef Sandwich a nice sweetened flavor, I liked the change, but it could have used more of the dressing on the sandwich; but it turned out okay, we just ordered a small side and used it for dipping !! The Sweet Potato Fries were very nice…. seasoned well, crispy and phenominal dipped in the Chili Dressing. My Entree, the Nose Dive Chicken Sandwich was just as good. I’m a huge fan of the Chicken, Fresh Basil, Tomato and Mozzarella combination….and this was perfect. Not only that, it was obvious to me they use pulled Roasted Chicken, which makes for a juicier and tastier sandwich. The Coleslaw however, was not good. No seasoning and very dry…I’m not sure if they ran out (it was a late lunch) and threw something together, or this was the Coleslaw they normally sell. Considering everything I had tasted up to that point, I assume the latter and chalk it up to some ‘Slaw on the fly’.
Other menu items which seem worth trying are the following: Snacks ($6.00)…Maryland Crab Pretzel, served with Deviled Crab and White Cheddar…Fried Calamari, served with Sweet Soy and a Spicy Aioli. Sandwiches…Nose Dive Vegetable Burger ($9.00)….and a New England Lobster Roll ($16.00), served on a buttered bun, with mayo and a hint of lemon. Mains ($15.00)….Roasted Chicken,…a Duck and Porcini Mushroom Risotto….and an Angus Butcher Steak. Desserts ($6.00)…Peanut Butter Pie….a Creme Brulee….and a Dark Chocolate Candied Bacon Brownie. Overall I enjoyed my lunch and will definitely return. Good food and even better service makes for a place I would certainly recommend to anyone. I give Nose Dive 4 out of 5 stars…..if you finish the floors and give the restaurant an identity, I believe a 5 out of 5 is almost certain. Nose Dive proved to me they certainly are confident with their latest concept and making light of the “O” situation is a good thing….I’m sold.
Nose Dive is open Monday thru Saturday for Lunch and Dinner….they offer al fresco (outside) dining, a full bar and wine list and a Saturday Brunch which runs from 10am ’til 2 pm….
Check out their Retail Wine Program and Wine Club…
Visit the Nose Dive website for more info!