Saluda Whistle Stop Pizza & Wings
Saluda Whistle Stop Pizza & Wings is one minute from Green River Adventures, and just a few minutes from the Gorge Zipline in Saluda. Aside from pizza and wings, there are several other options on the menu; beer and wine are available. The outside deck is a great place to people watch, and during cold months it is enclosed (with heat) for guests to still be able to enjoy. One thing to keep in mind, is that there is no complimentary tap water available. Due to the building's size and age, there just wasn't room to fit in CO2 tanks (for fountain soda), soda fountain machine, ice machine, etc., when the business opened. However, you can purchase the bottled water or bottled sodas they have available. Check out their website for current hours and menu.
Ward's Grill is located on Main Street, in downtown Saluda; it is connected to Thompson's Store, which is the oldest grocery store in North Carolina. Breakfast and lunch are served daily from 7-3. May - October, the diner is open on Sundays 11-4. This is a 50's style diner, serving homemade desserts, milkshakes, and standard diner fare. They are famous for their CJ burger, which is a mixture of beef and "Charlie's sage sausage." Definitely stop in, especially if you are visiting the Gorge Zipline, or Green River Adventures in Saluda. This is where the locals eat!
Green River Barbeque
Green River Barbeque in Saluda, is a 5 minute drive from the Gorge Zipline, and Green River Adventures. In addition to your typical BBQ fare, they have other options such as burgers, chicken and turkey sandwiches, seafood, and much more. Green River Barbeque in Saluda, has both indoor and outdoor dining; beer and wine are also available.
Saluda Grade Cafe
The Saluda Grade Cafe is a 5 minute drive from the Gorge Zipline, and 10 minutes from Pearson Falls in Saluda. The restaurant is right on Main Street, next door to the Purple Onion. The lunch and dinner menu is a bit more on the upscale, pricier side; however, locals love the food. The dishes are prepared fresh to order, so the food may take a while to be served. Beer and wine are available. The menu has vegetarian options, and Chef Kaye can accommodate vegan and other special diets.
The Purple Onion
The Purple Onion in downtown Saluda, is about a 30 minute drive from A Touch of Luxury Cabin. Certain evenings, the restaurant has live music; check their music calendar to purchase tickets. They are open daily for lunch and dinner. The Purple Onion in Saluda serves appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and dinner entrees; gluten free and vegan options are also available. With the exception of Saturday nights, (which is first come, first serve) lunch and dinner reservations can be made online. The Purple Onion offers both outdoor and indoor dining.
Subway in Saluda, North Carolina, is just a couple of minutes from the Gorge Zipline and Green River Adventures. I first recommend eating at one of the local mom and pop restaurants, but if that's not possible, then you can always stop here for breakfast or lunch. Mon - Fri they open at 6:30 a.m. Sat - Sun they open at 7:30 a.m. Subway is located right next to the Triangle Stop gas station in Saluda.
Wildflour Bakery & Cafe
The Wildflour Bakery & Cafe in Saluda, is right under 30 minutes from A Touch of Luxury Cabin. This is a great place to have breakfast, before heading out to the Gorge Zipline, or kayaking at Green River Adventures in Saluda. Their lunch menu has a variety of salads, sandwiches, and wraps. The Wildflour Bakery has been in business for 37 years. Wednesday and Friday are pizza nights, where they serve pizza from 5-8 p.m. On Sundays, they offer a limited brunch menu, in addition to the regular menu. Stop in to pick up fresh bread loaves, and desserts to take home with you. Be sure to check their website for hours, as they change daily. Locals love this place!
Georgiana's Java Joint
Georgiana's Java Joint in Saluda, is about a 30 minute drive from A Touch of Luxury Cabin in Mill Spring, NC. Stop here before heading out to the Gorge Zipline, or Green River Adventures. The cafe has a variety of specialty coffee drinks, and teas. For breakfast they serve omelettes, bagels, muffins, french toast, waffles, oatmeal, and eggs benedict. For lunch, they offer a variety of sandwiches and salads. Their hours are: Wednesday- Sunday 8-2:30. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Prices are very reasonable, and locals love the ambiance and food. Be sure to also try one of their desserts.