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Dear ECU Students,

In this first-ever edition of “Pirate Picks,” you’ll find all of your top picks for our local Greenville, NC businesses— from fun activities to do in your free time to your favorite eats. We’ve covered more than 20 topics that students have voted as the best in Greenville!

Use Pirate Picks as a guide to help you explore what your fellow Pirates have been gathering their bounty about and take advantage of all the Greenville and ECU community has to offer. We hope you enjoy reading through the first-ever Pirate Picks.

Krystal Hoy, Editor of Pirate Picks and Marketing Manager of The Agency

This special section was created by The Agency Division of Pirate Media 1.


Best BBQ- B's Barbecue

Coming in first as the Best BBQ in the Greenville community, we have B’s Barbecue. B’s Barbecue is legendary across eastern North Carolina for its simplicity as much as it is for is succulent pork. B’s Barbecue is an unpretentious BBQ counter-serve joint dishing out wood-smoked chicken, pork and classic side dishes. Serving Greenville locals, students and tourists for years, B’s Barbecue has made a name for themselves.

Address: 751 State Road 1204, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Tues-Sat. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Price Range: $


Best Late Night Eats- Cook Out

Cook Out is a North Carolina-based, fast-food chain serving up burgers, barbecue and milkshakes. Cook Out is known for its low prices and high quality late night food. If you don't live in one of the few states the food chain restaurant is located in, you might have never heard of it. If that is the case we would challenge you to go see what all the hype is about. You can never go wrong with a Cook Out tray and one of many milkshake selections. Don’t worry if it’s late, they are almost always open!

Address: 711 S Memorial Dr Greenville NC 27834 ; 3209 E 10th St Greenville NC 27858

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. ; Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Price Range: $

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Best Breakfast- The Scullery

Known as the hottest breakfast spot in Greenville we have The Scullery placing first for best breakfast. The Scullery is a hub of local art and features a menu of seasonal breakfast and lunch dishes, plus a coffee bar and homemade ice cream. They’re best known for their elegant homemade meals and milkshakes.

Address: 431 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. ; Sat. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: $$

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Best Club- Stilllife

If you are looking for something to do in the evening and you want to hit the town, Stilllife has topped our survey as number one for clubs. Thursday nights feature unique themed parties and half-priced drinks. The blue fish bowl is recommended as one of their most popular drinks. If you are 25 and up and you're looking for something a little more exclusive, the club is also home to The Loft by Stilllife which is open Tuesday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Address: 511 Cotanche St., Greenville, NC 27858

Regular Hours: Thur.-Sat. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Simply Natural

Best Frozen Treats- Simply Natural Creamery

With some of the most delicious and natural creamy flavors, Simply Natural Creamery was nominated by students as having the best ice cream treats in Greenville. They have more than 20 flavors represented that are just simply natural. The creamery is a family business with homemade recipes. They sell products anywhere from ice cream, milk, and butter. What makes them different is their milk is processed the same day that it is milked from their cows, resulting in the notable treats we’ve come to love.

Address: 317 E Arlington Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun. 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Price Range: $

Run a Boat

Best Jamaican/Caribbean- Run-a-Boat

Run-A-Boat is a Jamaican vernacular for its cultured food, ranking number one on our list for Best Jamaican/Caribbean meals. Known for their ox tails, rice and beans, cabbage and quality prices, Run-A-Boat promotes authenticity and boldly spiced cuisine.

Address: 4052 S Memorial Dr, Winterville, NC 28590

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ; Sat. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ; Sun. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Price Range: $

La Rancherita

Best Mexican- La Rancherita

La Rancherita is a full-service Mexican restaurant featuring tacos, many different tequila selections and other Mexican eats. The establishment specializes in lunch, dinner and solo dining. Serving up both group and plate-style Mexican foods, La Rancherita earned the student vote as number one for Best Mexican.

Address: 3130 Evans St #101, Greenville, NC 27834

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Price: $$

AMF Bowling

Best Pastime- AMF Bowling

Earning the vote as the best Pirate pastime is AMF Bowling. AMF Bowling is a long-standing chain of bowling alleys featuring casual grub and pitchers, leagues and party events, as well as a variety of arcade games and prizes. As a bonus for students, AMF offers College Night specials on Tuesdays.

Address: 700 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Wed. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ; Thurs.-Fri. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ; Sat. 12 10 p.m. ; Sun. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Price: $$

UBE Masks

Best Place to Get ECU Gear- UBE

Representing the student vote as the #1 place to get ECU gear, we have University Book Exchange, best known as U.B.E., U.B.E. is the largest retailer of ECU gifts and apparel. Officially licensed by East Carolina University, U.B.E. provides services for all student majors, from books to student supplies. U.B.E. aims to be a Pirates one stop shop.

Address: 516 Cotanche St, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; Closed on Sunday

Price Range: $-$$$

Hook and Reel

Best Seafood- Hook and Reel

Steamed, seasoned and served up to patrons’ preference, Hook and Reel is best known for its seafood boils, earning it the top spot in our students’ hearts for seafood. While the establishment’s boils do take center stage, it also offers a variety of other seafood-themed dishes including po boys, pasta and a raw oyster bar. The experience is easy going but can get a little messy, so customers should be prepared to don restaurant-supplied bibs and gloves just in case.

Address: 500 Greenville Blvd SW, Greenville, NC 27834

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Price Range: $$-$$$

Tropical Smoothie

Best Smoothies- Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, sometimes referred to as Tropical Smoothie or TSC, is a restaurant franchise in the United States. Earning the student vote for best smoothies, this location is also good for a lunch meeting or a lunch date. In addition to smoothies, the cafe offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, flat breads, and food bowls.

Address: 1856 West Arlington Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27834

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Price Range: $-$$


Best Soul Food- RJ's

ECU students’ top soul food pick in the Greenville community is none other than RJ’s. RJ’s is a no-frills, counter-serve joint featuring BBQ ribs, chicken, fried fish and other southern eats. The restaurant has been serving up buffet and plate-style comfort food to locals, college students, and tourists for years.

Address: 2518 S Memorial Drive, Greenville, NC 27834

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. ; Friday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Price Range: $


Best Steak- LongHorn Steakhouse

Having the best steak in the Greenville community per students, LongHorn Steakhouse prides themselves in fresh and boldly seasoned grilled steaks. They also serve up fresh seafood, juicy chicken and fall-off-the-bone ribs, making it a great dinner date or lunch meeting destination. LongHorn aims to be the best steakhouse in everything they do. One visit and you'll experience the grill master's legendary steaks and prime rib.

Address: 520 Greenville Blvd SE, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Price Range: $$


Best Buffet & Best Indian- Cinnamon

Known as both the best Indian food and buffet for the ECU Pirate Picks we have Cinnamon! Cinnamon has been serving up quality, nutritious, traditional breakfast and lunch fare with a distinct Indian twist. Although typically thought of as a buffet brunch restaurant, the establishment has a fully-stocked lunch and dinner menu as well. Cinnamon’s buffet closes a little after 2 p.m. daily and it is suggested that you arrive before 1 p.m. to ensure you are able to get a table, particularly on the weekends! If you haven’t already, time to check them out.

Address: 731 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ; Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. ; Sun. 12 p.m .to 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Price Range: $-$$

Bad Daddy's Burger

Best Burger- Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

And of course for our best burger we have none other than Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Bad Daddy’s is a simple foods restaurant featuring quintessential American dishes. Bad Daddy’s has been steadily building its reputation as a unique player in the burger world. Bad Daddy’s has consistently garnered press and praise from all corners of the culinary world. From regional press and accolades from publications like Denver’s Dining Out “25 Things We Love” and Charlotte Magazine’s “Best of the Best” to national coverage in Nation’s Restaurant News. It is safe to say if you haven't tried this Burger place, where have you been?

Address: 709 Greenville Blvd SE Ste 100, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Price Range: $$

China King

Best Chinese- China King

China King is a simple, cultured eatery offering a broad selection of traditional Chinese favorites & vegetarian options. Known for its low prices, speedy delivery, and amazing variety from rolls to lunch specials. China king is raved about by the Greenville Community as the best Chinese in town.

Address: 1400 Charles Blvd #120, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (closed Tuesdays) ; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Price Range: $-$$

Hibachi Japan

Best Hibachi- Hibachi Japan

Known for its quick bite food Hibachi Japan is a Japanese cuisine-style restaurant serving up soups, sushi rolls and many other Japanese dishes. Hibachi Japan is known for its wide variety of available sushi rolls and hand rolls. Having a 4.7 start review on google and winning the nomination for best hibachi, you may have to go try them out!

Address: 110 E 10th St, Greenville, NC 27858 (Closed Saturday) ; 1885 E Fire Tower Rd #106, Greenville, NC 27858 (Closed Monday)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:40 p.m.

Price: $-$$

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Best Italian- aTavola! Market Café

aTavola! means "come and eat!" or joy at the dinner table. aTavola! has diverse menu selections, casual lunches and family meals ready to go. They specialize in utilizing fresh ingredients, featuring seasonal menu selections and getting creative in the kitchen! With a 4.5 rating and the #1 pick for Best Italian in Greenville, we believe it is safe to say you should go give them a try.

Address: 620 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858-5813

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. ; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 11 p..m ; Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Price Range: $$-$$$

Yaba 3

Best Mediterranean- Yaba

Serving up some of the most flavorful Mediterranean and earning the top spot for it in Pirate Picks, Yaba brings authentic shawarma among other popular Mediterranean dishes and sides to customers in a location that is close and convenient to campus.

Address: 1201 Charles Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Price Range: $-$$


Best Pizza- Michaelangelo's

Michelangelo’s Pizza and Subs has served as a charming franchise of Italian served food for the last 20 years. Regularly frequented by locals, this family-run restaurant is a sure bet for an excellent flavorful meal. Michelangelo’s Pizza and Subs offers an enticing and creative menu consisting of a Pirate’s favorite pizza, fresh homemade pasta, among other delicious dishes from Southern and Northern Italy.

Address: 950 Criswell Dr., Ste 117, Greenville, NC 27858 ; 1912 E Fire Tower Rd Ste., 105, Greenville, NC 27858 ; 3040 S Evans St Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ; Sun. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Price Range: $-$$


Best Sandwich/Sub- McAlister's Deli

Find a new favorite at the student-selected sandwiches/sub winner, McAlister’s Deli. Their famous tea, mile-high sandwiches, various salads, soups and giant baked potatoes are full of fresh and flavorful ingredients. With more than 400 restaurants in 28 states, McAlister’s has made a name for themselves as being dedicated to serving great food with genuine hospitality.

Address: 740 Southeast, Greenville Blvd SE Suite 600, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Price Range: $-$$

Japan Inn

Best Sushi- Japan Inn

Known as a low-key spot, Japan Inn earned the student vote for best sushi and is a Japanese cuisine-style restaurant with booth seating and an all-you-can-eat buffet serving sushi and other Japanese dishes. Japan Inn is known for their wide range of sushi and is family-oriented serving up great hospitality and even better food.

Address: 739 Red Banks Rd, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. ; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. ; Sun. 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Price Range: $$

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Best Tattoo/Piercing- Skin Grafix

Skin Grafix, since its inception, has wanted to differentiate itself from other tattoo studios. Shining through as a Pirate favorite, Skin Grafix focuses on providing customers with artistic tattooing, whether it is a custom designed piece, freehand artwork or traditional wall flash. Skin Graffix has four different locations, two of which are located in Pitt County with the closest campus location being located in Downtown Greenville.

Address: 429 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27858

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. ; Closed on Sundays

Price Range: $$-$$$

Greenville gets fresh with Zoë’s Kitchen

Best Vegan/Fresh Food- Zoë's Kitchen

Zoës Kitchen is a casual restaurant serving a flavorful menu of made-from-scratch, Mediterranean meals. Grilling is the main method of cooking and their cuisine features a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, herbs and lean meats. The freshness and simplicity creates a balanced and healthy menu, making it the Pirate pick for best vegan/fresh food.

Address: 3120 Evans St Ste 101 & 103, Greenville, NC 27834

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Price Range: $-$$



Hypest Graduating Class- ECU '21

Coming to you with the hypest energy, we have our Pirate Picks student nominated class– ECU ‘21. Sadly they will graduate under COVID-19, but that makes them no less of THE HYPEST graduating class. Congratulations Class of ECU ‘21!

Pirate Picks Staff

Krystal Hoy | Pirate Picks Editor and Marketing Manager

Jasa Hunt | Marketing Assistant

Rose Bogue | Production Manager

Kate Francis | Photo Editor

Frank Liu | Lead Designer

Madison Varallo | Account Executive

Tim Davis | Advertising & Marketing Administrator

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