Where to Eat in Columbus: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Columbus is a town in Polk County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 999 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Polk County. The Tryon International Equestrian Center, close to the nearby community of Mill Spring will be the location of the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games.
Things to do in Columbus

1. Sidestreet Pizza & Pasta

135 S Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782-3438 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 828-859-5325
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 229 reviews

Sidestreet Pizza & Pasta

Reviewed By F7283AXvickib

It's a great place for good food. The pizza is out of this world. I love their subs and of course their pasta dishes are the best too.
When we go in everyone knows my daughter and it feels like a family.
Great family place to eat.

2. The Hare & Hound Pub

101 E Rutherford St, Landrum, SC 29356-1523 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 864-457-3232
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 346 reviews

The Hare & Hound Pub

Reviewed By Tallgirl42 - Mill Spring, North Carolina

This downtown pub is always busy but the wait is usually short. Staff is well trained and food is above average for pub food and as New Englanders we have to admit that the clam chowder is excellent. Gluten free rolls are available. Excellent entertainment on Thursday nights.

3. Mountain View BBQ & Deli

829 W Mills St, Columbus, NC 28722-8409 Takeout, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner +1 828-894-7060
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Mountain View BBQ & Deli

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

I ordered a grilled chicken salad sandwich and when it came out it had cranberries in it. I can't stand the taste of cranberries so I scraped the chicken salad onto the plate and ate around them. The menu just said "homemade chicken salad". It should have added "made with cranberries". I would never have ordered it if they had. The homemade chips that came with my sandwich were either overcooked or greasy and under cooked.

My husband had the sliced beef brisket sandwich and mashed potatoes. He shared his with me and both were very good. They also had a good selection of BBQ sauces to choose from.

The place was very clean with the tables spaced a good distance apart and our server was very attentive.

4. 10 North Trade Cafe Bakery

10 N Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782-3499 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +1 828-859-3010
Excellent
55%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

10 North Trade Cafe Bakery

Reviewed By dedale2014 - Morganton, North Carolina

I met a friend I had not seen in a long while here for lunch. The place was full, but the service was quick and friendly. The food was very tasty and the baked goods, especially the almond cookies and chocolate cracked cookies were wonderful. Even though they were very busy, we we're not made to feel rushed and allowed to "visit". Because of this first very pleasant experience, we returned the next week for cookies!

5. Scoops N' More

406 E Mills St, Columbus, NC 28722-8747 Wheelchair Accessible Dinner +1 828-894-2363
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Scoops N' More

Reviewed By UpstateExplorer - Greer, South Carolina

This shop has the best ice cream around. We drive 30 minutes to get there when we want ice cream. We have not found anyone else offering the Hershey brand. The fruit flavors are especially rich.

6. Openroad Coffee

915 W Mills St, Columbus, NC 28722-8648 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Brunch +1 828-894-2021
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Openroad Coffee

Reviewed By bmwbillk - Charlotte, North Carolina

Stopped by to check out Open Road for a tour group I have coming up in May. Pleasant surprise at how helpful and competent the staff was. Offered suggestions for house-made sweets as well as strong coffee knowledge. (pun). Nika was very friendly and genuinely interested in making guests happy.

7. Southside Smokehouse & Grille

726 S Howard Ave, Landrum, SC 29356-1943 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Barbecue, Cajun & Creole, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 864-457-4581
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Southside Smokehouse & Grille

Situated just slightly off the main street of downtown Landrum, Southside Smokehouse is more than the name suggests. Though great barbecue is a staple of our menu we also offer burgers, steaks, Cajun/Creole cuisine and now our new locally sourced, globally inspired menu from chef Sarah McClure. Featuring items like cripsy pork loin Milanese with cilantro rice, orange salsa, and smoked paprika crema and the "Figgy Pig," Landrum's new favorite sandwich with smoke pork loin, ham, arugula, fontina cheese and local figs on crusty French bread. We offer a full bar with many daily drink specials.

Reviewed By acekingqueenjack - Rural SC

I always have the mussels and they do not disappoint. Lots of them and delicious broth to sop up with the included toasted bread. My husband orders the autumn salad with grilled chicken on top and he loves it.

8. Southern Manners

192 E Mills St, Columbus, NC 28722-9729 Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 828-894-0406
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

Southern Manners

Reviewed By betsy1224 - Boston

Driving from the Charlotte airport to Hendersonville, our group of three got hungry. We got off the highway at Columbus, not knowing what to expect. We stopped in the area of Southern Manners where there were 2-3 restaurants. When we saw the word "deli" on their sign, we decided to try it. We were surprised and pleased with the sandwiches we selected - fresh ingredients, tasty and reasonably priced. Definitely an unexpected find.

9. Huckleberry's - Tryon

62 N Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782-6656 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 38 +1 828-436-0025
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Huckleberry's - Tryon

Huckleberry's Tryon, is a official sponsor of Tryon International Equestrian Center and located in downtown, historic Tryon NC. Huckleberry's Tryon is owned and operated by a young American entrepreneur, Michaila Cowles Cosmus,22. We serve lunch and dinner seven days a week,Monday thru Saturday 11am till 9 pm,Friday and brunch Sunday 11am till 4pm. Just minutes from Interstates 26 or 74, TIEC, FENCE, Harmon Field, and Lake Lure. Try our our new BEER AND WINE MENU along with our custom made wood fired GRILL items. Reservations are a great thing! Boots and Breeches are always welcomed. Our covered outdoor seating is dog friendly. Huckleberry's is a smoke free family environment, serving you fresh, made to order American cuisine. A full children's and gluten free menu is available daily.

Reviewed By WadeandLori - Greenville, South Carolina

Soup today was broccoli cauliflower- very tasty. Just began to offer biscuits (they melt in your mouth). I had a chicken quiche which was great.Hello lori Chef Jim just added homemade bisquits with all soups and salads. Glad you enjoyed them, he will changing bisquit flavors often so come back and try his variety Happy Spring Michaila

10. Stone Soup Market & Cafe

1522 E Rutherford St, Landrum, SC 29356-1416 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 31 +1 864-457-5255
Excellent
59%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 217 reviews

Stone Soup Market & Cafe

Stone Soup is a casual fine dining establishment focused on hospitality and community. Nestled in the Carolina foothills of Landrum, South Carolina our restaurant is surrounded by beauty. Just as many regulars as visitors pass through our doors and each one is treated like family. If you're looking for a few drinks with friends, a dinner with the family, or a quiet date Stone Soup is here to cater to you.

Reviewed By Nancy B - Beaufort, South Carolina

5 friends and I had dinner at Stone Soup last week and what a special meal it was for all of us. GREAT service and outstanding food for everyone.
The restaurant itself is interesting in a totally good way...maybe a home converted into a restaurant? Different levels of dining areas so never a feeling of the restaurant feeling crowded even though every table was occupied. Recommend making reservations!
The menu had a lot of variety and there was something for everyone even for those on restricted diets. A friend and I shared the apple and walnut salad and the mushroom lasagna (highly recommend!) and both were excellent. Everyone else in our party had high praises for what each of them had.
Our server, John, was attentive, made excellent recommendations, and blended right in with the good mood and vibe of our group.
Prices were quite reasonable, especially considering the high quality of the food.
There is a covered and attractive outdoor eating area for those who prefer fresh air. Live, quiet music started as we were leaving. There's ample free parking.
A number of things on the menu are available in a refrigerator / freezer near the entrance to purchase and take home. They also cater.
Our friend who took us to Stone Soup goes there regularly and said that their experience there has consistently been good and that they've never been disappointed with the food or service in any way.
Looking forward to going back to Stone Soup when I'm back in the Landrum area!

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