24 Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773

STORE: Mon-Sat 9-6
Sun 11-4* (*Sunday hours are May-October only)
GRILL: Closed indefinitely

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August 2017

All About Rattler & Friends


Be sure to check out The Adventures of Rattler & Friends, a delightful trilogy of children’s books centering on Rattler the coon dog (mascot of Thompson’s Store!) and his unlikely pair of animal friends—Rascal the rabbit and Rowdy the raccoon. Together, this trio of pals explore the town of Saluda, learning about Coon Dog [...]

What’s With the Coon Dog?


Coon dogs, like Thompson’s Store, have been an important aspect of old-timey Saluda since its founding in 1885. So important, in fact, that more than 50 years ago, several local coon hunters organized a town event to raise money for restocking the rapidly depleting supply of native raccoons. That first event held in 1963 subsequently [...]

May 2017

Customer from Florida


We stopped in recently and picked up one of your store’s homemade chicken pot pies and a three-berry cobbler. WONDERFUL! Today we picked up another cobbler to bring to Atlanta with us as we head back home to Florida. Keep up the great work and stay small town forever!

Customer from South Carolina


Really friendly staff at Ward’s. We’ve been going there for years and it just never changes. The food is right off the grill and served with a smile. The prices are too good to be true and haven’t changed in years. Always fun to browse the general store adjacent to the grill. We’ll be back [...]

Recent Trip Advisor Review


Ate lunch there while visiting in the area. Looking at the menu brought back memories. They also have a great store next door that sells fresh-cut meats and all kinds of local canned goodies. I had to get a couple jars of their apple butter and rhubarb-strawberry jam for home.

Recent Trip Advisor Review


This place is a local “institution” and gathering place for good food and even better conversation. The staff is friendly and they seem to have been at Ward’s almost forever. Always a greeting with a smile. Really good food without breaking the bank. Difficult to spend over $8.00 for food and drink.