When a Greenville, SC friend first told me about Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, I said, “Swamp . . . WHAT?” She went on to explain that the Cafe is right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and that it’s easy to get to from the trail or from the street.
I’d never heard of a “Swamp Rabbit”, so naturally I HAD to investigate.
Swamp Rabbit: n) marsh hare, swamp rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris (a wood rabbit of marshy coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida)
PIC and I are planning a walk on the trail this Spring, but stopped in at the Cafe for a late lunch when we were in the neighborhood last week.
After ordering lunch, I took a look around the store.
Store owners explain their grocery sourcing philosophy with this website statement: “The Grocery strives to source at least half of its inventory from sources within 150 miles of us. Why? By buying local, we know exactly where our food comes from and how it was grown, we can be certain that our produce is fresh and harvested at its peak, and we keep our dollars within our local economy.”
And their shelves echo that statement.
See more on Swamp Rabbit’s food here.
Their stock of local meat is impressive. There are two large cases filled with pork, beef, and other meats.
In the back, to the left, is a chilled room filled with produce from local farms.
Our two Swamp Rabbit Turkey Sandwiches ($7 ea) and two Large Lattes ($3.70 ea) were ready at the counter. Before taking them to a table, we each picked a bag of chips (included with sandwich orders) from a varied selection.
We were both pleasantly surprised with the turkey, which had various seasonings embedded right in the meat. Very tasty served on fresh crusty on the outside, soft inside bread.
Not sure if they’re always made this way, but our lattes were served in handleless cups. Interesting and cute, but I’m not sure how this would work if the latte were much hotter.
A few tables are set up in the front corner of the shop. A nice alternative if it’s too hot or otherwise unfriendly weather outside.
Swamp Rabbit’s exterior is pretty nondescript, but if you were to look to the left from the spot where this photo was taken, you’d see half a dozen picnic tables just off the trail on one side, and parking lot on the other. Just behind the tables is a bike shop with a cool yellow bike rack in front.
All this makes Swamp Rabbit Cafe a fun place to stop while on the trail or anytime you’re in the mood for a bite or need to pick up a few groceries.
Swamp Rabbit Cafe
205 Cedar Lane Rd
Greenville, SC 29611