Where to eat American food in Rutherfordton: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 7, 2019 Osvaldo Hartline

Find out what American restaurants to try in Rutherfordton. Rutherfordton is a town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 4,213 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Rutherford County.
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10. Bee Happy Eats and Sweets

213 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-2503 American +1 828-395-2444 http://jessejamesrailroadexpresssrutherfordton2.besteat.website
Bee Happy Eats and Sweets

Reviewed By DrGadget

We have used them for several get togethers and Bday parties. We have purchased small individual pies for adult parties and cupcakes for children's , as well as a delicious apple crumbcake for my daughters Bday party. The staff is very helpful and friendly and the sandwiches are very good.

9. Ruff'ton Brewhouse

177 N Main St Brewery/Restaurant, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-2501 American +1 828-375-2237 http://www.rufftonbrewhouse.com
Ruff'ton Brewhouse

Reviewed By HenryNC7

I had their Blonde Merlin beer, which I like. A light color beer and just taste good. My wife had the watermelon beer from another vendor. We had the sunshine quesadilla for a snack, came with salsa and ranch dressing . Service was great, the room was had a lot of history on their wall. The bathroom was very clean. All the staff was very nice to us.

8. Gardenwoods

4250 US 64 74A Hwy, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-6317 American [email protected] +1 828-288-3556 http://www.facebook.com/gardenwoodshg/

Reviewed By ARBmom

Good cafe with simple, fresh food. I was disappointed I couldn't find their menu online anywhere before giving it a try. Salad with grilled chicken was very fresh, with romaine and mixed greens, and tomato soup was tasty. My husband had the 1-pound(?!?) burger, which he said was fine - enough to satisfy anyone looking for a burger. Staff is friendly, and they were a little slow for those of us on a time crunch for lunch, but if you're a retiree looking for a good lunch cafe, this hits the spot. Stop in the garden shop afterward, they have cute stuff, though a bit overpriced for locals.

7. 57 Alpha Cafe

618 Airport Rd, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-8236 American, Southwestern +1 828-286-1677 http://www.facebook.com/57-Alpha-Cafe-548613905256366/
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

57 Alpha Cafe

Reviewed By TopGunATL

This is a great fly-in or drive to restaurant. It is a great lunch place and would highly recommend the restaurant. Eat indoors or out doors if the weather is great (like today). The burrito was excellent! I had the banana pudding for dessert that was also a delight!. Music on the patio. This is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that is on the airport that serves great food in a great atmosphere. Ron is only open for lunch Tues-Sun. Closed on Mondays. If you are looking for something different check it out.

6. Gregory's Original

161 Park Lane Dr, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-2955 American Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 828-287-2171 http://www.gregorysoriginal.com
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Gregory's Original

Reviewed By DEBORAH H

We stopped in for lunch. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. I had the pastrami grinder. It was generous in size and very good. My husband got a chicken Parmesan grinder and he said it was tasty. He enjoyed the sauce and the quality of chicken was good. Everything appeared clean and well arranged. Parking is not a problem. We enjoyed our lunch and will stop back!

5. The Garden Cafe

4250 Us 64, Rutherfordton, NC American +1 828-288-2764 http://www.facebook.com/gardenwoodshg
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

The Garden Cafe

Reviewed By youngarmywife

We should have gotten a clue when we stood at the door for 15 minutes without an acknowledgement but we were optimistic... boy, we're we wrong! 2 hour wait for an omelet that was not cooked through, and a grilled cheese sandwich for Mom that was dry and tasteless. The positives: clean bathroom, dining area nicely done and clean. Local art for sale added interest, nice view from front porch area. I would never go there again, never ever.

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4. Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria

123 W Main St, Spindale, NC 28160-1539 American, Bar, Pizza, Pub Lunch, Dinner Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Table Service [email protected] +1 828-288-8388 http://www.barleystaproomspindale.com
Overall Ratings

4 based on 69 reviews

Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria

Reviewed By TarHeelBiggy

My wife and I ate at Barley's last time we visited Rutherford County and my first TripAdvisor review (Nov., 2017) pretty much sums up our opinions about the place. We both had different dishes for dinner this time, primarily to see if we just happened to have chosen two dishes they specialize in, and I can report, they must specialize in the 4 dishes we have had, because we both were very well pleased with not only the food, but the presentation on the dishes as well. We really enjoy the food here, as well as the friendly people. Not just the staff, but the diners as well. My last review didn't mention the fact the restaurant has two seating areas. It seems to have been two stores, side by side at one time. They've got separate entries to the outside as well as a big door adjoining the two now. One side has plenty of seating, a long bar, a couple of quiet TV's and would have to be the quieter side of the two. The other also has a bar, 3 or more TVs, also muted, & pinball machines, maybe a pool table, and a bandstand in the back. Live bands on certain nights of the week, maybe. More family activity there, children's sounds included. Which is fine. We had two little kiddos once ourselves. Servings are delicious and large. You won't leave here hungry. We plan to be back the next time we're in the area.

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3. The Shake Shop

302 W Main St, Spindale, NC 28160-1594 American, Diner Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 828-286-4792 http://shakeshopspindale.lunchroomconstructor.website
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

The Shake Shop

Reviewed By Shalottlove

We stopped by on a day trip to Rutherfordton after reading reviews here. The people were very nice, but the food was average at best. The shake was imitation flavored and the burger was full of fresh toppings but the meat itself was such low quality. This is a fine place for a casual stop, and once again, the people were so friendly. It just didn't meet our expectations.

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2. Copper Penny Grill

131 N Washington St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-2403 American Lunch, Dinner Seating, Table Service [email protected] +1 828-395-2042 http://www.copperpennygrill.com/
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Copper Penny Grill

Reviewed By jgwisdom

Cool place that meets expectations for service, food quality and pricing in my book. Really enjoyed the atmosphere of the old warehouse, they did a great job turning it into a restaurant! Food was great and plenty of it! I had the grilled shrimp tacos and they were really good! Tried the first place in Forest City a few years ago, and this new place in Rutherfordton is worth your effort to try!

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1. Scoggins Seafood and Steakhouse

300 Chimney Rock Rd, Rutherfordton, NC 28139-2177 American, Seafood, Steakhouse Dinner Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 828-287-3167 http://www.scogginsseafoodandsteakhouse.com
Overall Ratings

4 based on 77 reviews

Scoggins Seafood and Steakhouse

Reviewed By 578billyh

Very busy restaurant. NO acoustics in this place. It did not take long before our order came; warm not hot. The meal did not meet our expectations. Evidently the salad bar was good because there were people at the bar as long as we were there.

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