Going to Saluda, North Carolina is a favorite way to pass the summertime for many Lowcountry sportsmen. Outlets such as mountain trout fishing and hiking spring to mind, while experiencing the therapeutic refreshment of cool temperatures. Saluda is home to the annual Coon Dog Day festival and parade in July (7/11/09) when about 10,000 visitors come to take part in a celebration of coon hunting traditions and associated family time in beautiful Polk County. Lowcountryoutdoors.com has been blessed to join the Saluda Sittin' & Sippin' Society for many a Coon Dog Day and has always enjoyed stopping in at Green River Bar-B-Que for their delicious food and friendly service. Located right downtown, this institution has been owned for 25 years by Melanie Talbot, and on my recent visit she told me, "the economy has been slow around here so far this year - but we expect two great weekends in a row coming up first with July 4th and then with Coon Dog Day." Waitress Molly has been helping out for a number of years now and has become a familiar face to customers, always waiting patiently on them to decide what to eat. Main course choices include chopped pork, beef brisket, BBQ chicken, Pork Ribs and Smoked turkey breast. Catfish, shrimp and even oysters are on the menu as well. The choices of side items at Green River Bar-B-Que are outstanding starting with their homemade fries and chips, sweet potato fries, onion straws, tomato pie, fried okra, corn nuggets, hush puppies and collard greens. Don't forget their famous subs the Saluda Stuffer and the Hog Trough!
Photos By Jeff Dennis: Owner Melanie Talbot with son Chris on 6/19/09, and a beef brisket plate with sweet potato fries, corn nuggets and hushpuppies - So good!