|The Lazy Goat - Where Mediterranean Cuisine Meets South Carolin Hospitality
Greenville, South Carolina
The reimagined and revitalized Greenville has been called South Carolina's Best Kept Secret. Greenville's stylish, West-End restaurant, The Lazy Goat, is one of the best around...but that is no secret to savvy diners in this town.
The Lazy Goat is advertised as "a Mediterranean-themed restaurant with a menu featuring global influences from Spain, Morocco, Italy, France, Greece, Africa and the Middle East. The Lazy Goat dining experience is designed around "taking your time and sharing great food and stories," while enjoying "succulent flavors from all around the Mediterranean." The restaurant name is a reference to an old legend about a town's lazy goat and that theme is continued to even the rest rooms which are labeled Billy Goats and Nanny Goats.
The Chef, Vicky Moore, and her team follow what they call a "made from scratch" approach to cooking where every item served is almost exclusively made by the culinary team."Chef Moore graciously came to our table to greet us and share her obvious pride for her delicious food creations. Her energy, enthusiasm and smile are contagious.Her food is delicious.
The Lazy Goat menu is divided into five sections - Meats & Cheeses, Graze & Nibble, To Share Or Not To Share, Pastas, and Pizza. We chose to sample a variety of appetizers from the Meats & Cheeses section including the Calabrese: Spicy Italian Salami and Manchego. Our appetizers were so good that after several trips around the table, all that was left were empty plates.
For one entree, we chose Steak Frites: Teres Major Tenderloin, Truffled Pommes Frites, Smoky Mushroom Tomato & Veal Demi, Cabrales. For our second entree, we chose the Special of the Day - Steak Pasta. The steak in both recipes was perfectly cooked-to-order, light and delicious. For our desserts we chose the Harvest Tartan and the Dark Chocolate Rasberry Cake. Like the appetizers, these were well-received and enjoyed.
Menu selections include -
Meats & Cheeses
Jamón Serrano Ibérico: dry-cured Spanish “mountain” ham
Coppa: parma salt-cured salami
Sopressata: peppery Southern-Italian salami
Pamplona Chorizo: paprika and chili spice-cured chorizo
Calabrese: spicy, italian salami
Murcina Al Vino “The Drunken Goat:”
Spain, goat, semi
Taleggio: Italy, cow, soft
Manchego: Spain, sheep, hard
Valdeon: Spain, goat, semi-soft, dry
Parmigiano-Reggiano: Italy, cow, hard
Mahon: Spain, cow, hard
Pecorino Toscana: Italy, sheep, hard
Graze & Nibble
Harissa Spiced Hummus: crisp veggies and warm pita
Goat Cheese & Grilled Beet Salad: arugula, candied pumpkin seeds, toasted sherry vinaigrette
Polenta Souffle: smoky mushroom, tomato & veal demi, melting taleggio
Bisteeya: “Moroccan Pot Pie”- roasted chicken, apricot, almond, moroccan spices, charmoula yogurt
Charred Baby Romenesco Cauliflower: rendered pancetta, melting gorgonzola, truffle essence
Crispy Duck Salad: frisee, crispy duck confit, poached duck egg, citrus vinaigrette, fried goat cheese croutons
Beans and Greens: braised pork belly, cannellini beans, wilted chard, haricot vert, cider gastrique
Lamb Panzanella Salad: grilled ciabatta croutons, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, feta,preserved lemon & za'atar vinaigrette
Toasted Garlic Shrimp: blistered tomatoes, feta, ouzo, arugula
Pastitchio: spiced ground lamb, mini penne pasta, greek mornay sauce, tomato sauce
Roasted Mussels and Chorizo: white wine, thyme butter, grilled biscotti
Moroccan Lamb: braised shank, warm pita, cucumber yogurt, plantain chips
Fried Goat Cheese: pistachio dust and honey drizzle
Grilled Calamari: ahi dolce & piquillo romesco, pickled pepper salad
Papas Bravas: Fire Onions, Chorizo, Saffron Aioli
House Marinated Olive Medley
Mediterranean Pimiento Cheese
Side of Pita
Side of Ciabatta
To Share or Not to Share
Steak Frites: teres major tenderloin, truffled pommes frites, smoky mushroom, tomato & veal demi, "cabrales"
Lazy Paella: calamari, prawns, mussels, chorizo, “bomba” rice, haricot vert, sofrito broth
Even Lazier Paella: roasted chicken, housemade chorizo sausage, "bomba" rice, sofrito broth
Veal Short Ribs: lyonnaise potatoes, roasted rapini, crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Roasted Banana Leaf Wrapped Mediterranean Branzino: crushed fingerlings, shaved fennel, charmoula
Brik Chicken: roasted squash & zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, israeli cous cous, charmoula, sumac yogurt
Jamon Serrano Wrapped Grouper: pumpkin seed gazpacho, farro tabouleh, toasted sherry marinated vegetables
Garganelli: guanciale, early peas, fava beans, mushrooms, creamy vermouth parmesan
Lobster & Rapini Risotto: saffron, vanilla, parmesan
Porcini Fettucce: jamon serrano, sopressata, pancetta, cioppolini onions, roasted cherry tomatoes, mascarpone cream
Goat’s Milk Ricotta Cheese Gnudi: grilled ramps, mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, guanciale, romesco sauce
Heirloom tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, olive oil, basil
Duck, duck, goat : duck confit, drunken goat, duck egg, arugula, sour cherry vinaigrette
Crumbled fennel sausage, caramelized onions, crushed chile
Cuban pizza: rosemary & dijon roasted pork loin, smokey bacon, melting fontina, arugula, creamy dijon
Grilled vegetables, pesto and goat cheese
Sweet & Petit
Coconut Cream tart: crispy pastry chell, rich coconut pastry cream, toasted coconut & vanilla bean whipped cream
Harvest tartan: spiced pears & apples, caramel, buttery pastry, sage sugar cranberries,caramel ice cream
Tiramisu Cheesecake: ricotta, mascarpone, cream cheese dark chocolate, espresso ganache lady finger crust
Baklava Sundae: apricots, cranberries, pistachios, walnuts, spiced honey syrup sesamecandy ice cream
Crème Caramel: orange scented custard, sea salted caramel
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake: devilish cake, raspberry glace, chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache
The Lazy Goat has a full coctail and beer menu as well as a wine menu.
Even on a Monday night, the outside deck was at capacity. Situated on a patio above the Reedy River and beside a decorative waterfall, this is obviously a favorite location for local diners. Greenville has more than sixty restaurants in its' walkable downtown and The Lazy Goat, on the Monday night we dined, appeared to be one of the most popular.
The Lazy Goat in Greenville, South Carolina is where Mediterranean cuisine meets South Carolina hospitality - a recipe worth enjoying again and again.
The Lazy Goat is located at 170 Riverplace, Greenville, SC 29601. Their phone number is864-679-5299. Visit www.thelazygoat.com for more information.
We were the guests of The Lazy Goat in 2011
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