I've been to Marks (Burgers, Shakes, Bar) a couple of times now, but I thought I'd comment on my lunch there yesterday. I was on my way to see Anything Goes at the Peace Center, and Mark's is about as close a watering hole to the center along Main Street (there are one or two a tad closer off Main, and there's a place in the Peace Center proper). It's located on the site of an old hot dog place and has upped the scale considerably. It's the best burger I've eaten in Greenville. I had mine medium rare, and they served it exactly as I wanted it. But it held together better than most I've had cooked so lightly. I ordered a small order of skinny fries - I'm glad they have two sizes, as most places just dump fries on the plate. The small serving was just right for me. and I quaffed a bloody mary - what else on a Sunday morning? That too was small, a tad too small in my opinion, and with much too busy a "crust" around the rim of the glass. I require NO crust on a bloody mary, but it would have been nice to have had a little (or even a lot) of horseradish. Of course everyone has her/his own idea of the perfect bloody mary, this just wasn't mine - but not bad!
I sat at the bar, which got busier through the meal, and though the bartender was solicitous in taking the order, but he didn't check with me on how it was until I was three-quarters through the burger (and I'm not a fast eater). Had he checked earlier I'd have asked for the swiss cheese I ordered atop it. I did ask to make sure I was not charged for it, and once again he said he'd be sure to not charge me the extra (a pittance, but the point at a restaurant is to get what you ordered, right?).
I like the layout of the place, as they have found a way to keep it open to the street and to keep the large-ish patio area open during inclement weather by roofing it and adding heat lights above, as well as a nice fireplace on one side of it. There is a "bar" with about 8 stools right at the edge of the sidewalk, but I chose the part of the bar that parallels that just described where the inside of the restaurant begins. That bar is L-shaped, the shorter portion of the L where I was seated, back to the street, though I easily adjusted my stool so that I could glimpse the passersby when I liked. The long part of the L runs a good bit of the interior of the restaurant, and to the right of that are several tables, a few more in the back of the restaurant. The bar is welcoming (not all are, sadly) and there is a skylight of sorts in the tall ceiling. Nice ambiance, as noted in the title.
The salads, from what I read on the menu, seem a bit too tarted up for my taste, and many of the specialty burgers are waaay over the tip with ingredients, but that's true of many American restaurants. There are "un-burgers" as well, including a salmon burger and a chicken sandwich. The selection is not bad at all. The most interesting thing about the place is the shakes, many of which offer far more than milk, if you receive my meaning. But if you bring a wee one (which I did on an earlier visit) they do a good old chocolate shake which any kid would love.
There are all sorts of restaurants on downtown Main Street in Greenville, and this is one of the nicer ones - have a visit! But DO check for your swiss cheese!