Monday, April 27, 2009

Wrenn House (Salisbury)

With my parents in town, I've been driving all over the place trying to show them the local attractions. Biltmore? Check. Botanical Gardens? Check. Jetton Park? Check. Latta Plantation? Check. Highland Games? Check.

Oh no. Where should I go when I'm running out of ideas? {.....Thinking....} Ah - HA! The NC Transportation Museum in Spencer! Ok, so it may not be the center of the cultural universe, but my dad (and I) will get a kick out of the trains.

Ok, now where to eat in Salisbury? (about 5 mins away from the museum) I've already reviewed LA Murphs. And I don't think that my mom would appreciate Uncle Buck's. So, I decided to give the Wrenn House a try.

The Wrenn House is located in "historic" Downtown Salisbury. Build in 1839, the building has more of a home feel, than that of a restaurant. I entered the front door with my parents and after a brief wait, were told to pick a table in the non-smoking room on the right.

We did so, and took our seats, and then had a look around. We were in a large room (for a house) with wood a wood floor. It held about 10-12 tables, the walls were sparsely decorated, and there was a water fountain in the corner that was just loud enough -- with its steady tinkling sounds -- to constantly make me want to tinkle too!

The menu is large. They offer a wide array of foods. From salads and sandwiches, to pizza and pasta, they have something for everybody. Though I was tempted by the large portions of the Blue Plate Luncheon, I decided for a more conservatively portioned "Carolina Chicken Salad" sandwich.

The sandwich consists of "Our Homemade Chicken Salad Served on a Croissant, Lettuce & Tomato with our Pasta Salad." It's the first bite of chicken salad that I've had in a loooong time, but it's good! Light and refreshing, they didn't go too heavy on the mayo. In fact, their chicken salad was so good, I'm actually craving it for the first time in years! The sandwich also consisted of fresh lettuce and tomato, and was fit between two pieces of a buttery and flaky croissant. It was so big that I ate about half of it with a fork.

The lunch also came with a light, yet delicious pasta salad. And the sweet tea was good as well. Unfortunately, with a constantly refilling glass of sweet tea and the sound of the water fountain, my bladder felt like it was going to burst... thank goodness the restrooms were nearby!

Atmosphere: 3/5 (the room was clean, but lacked character -- I've been told to next visit the smoking room with the bar, apparently it has a better feel to it)
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Total: 11/15
Price: $$ (Sandwich, drink and tip, put me just over $10)

Conclusion: In an area with limited options, the Wrenn House has something for everybody.

Restaurant Info:
The Wrenn House Grill & Pub
115 South Jackson Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
p) 704-633-9978


  1. If you want FANTASTIC chicken salad a little closer to home, try Legends of Lake Norman at Exit 33. In the small plaza by Jeffrey's. It is wonderful! As is most everything I have ever ate there.

  2. I've been to the Wrenn house and I have always had a wonderful meal. the great thing about this place is everything is home made. The Blue plate is always good too.

  3. thanks for the heads up. I'll be sure to add Legends to my list.

  4. recently went to a rehersal dinner @the wrenn was wonderful...the food was awsome and we're planning on going back soon.