Thursday, July 05, 2012

River's Edge Bar & Grill at the US National Whitewater Center

The Tree Hugger Salad.

If you have never been to the US National Whitewater Center, it is definitely worth a visit. The place is HUGE and offers an array of fun outdoor activities including a man-made whitewater course that is used to train hopeful Olympic kayakers, zip lines, obstacle courses, a huge rock wall, flatwater kayaking in the Catawba river, mountain biking and more. My stepdaughter recently spent a week at the Center's day camp and loved it - definitely the best day camp I have ever come across for active and adventurous kids!

A nice surprise is that there is a decent restaurant on site: River's Edge Bar & Grill is right by the whitewater course and offers a surprisingly diverse menu for this kind of place. Even if you aren't up to taking on the outdoor activities, you can come walk around and have a meal. There is a $5 parking fee which I was surprised about since there is plenty of room and you would not come there for any other reason! Concerts are offered frequently and there is a special July 4 celebration as well.

While attending the summer camp orientation we decided to check out the restaurant. I tried the tree hugger salad, below and enjoyed its Green Goddess dressing and roasted vegetables. The burrito was nothing special - kind of dry as was the hummus - but still better than what you usually get at a place where food is not the main objective. There are lots of things we didn't try - salmon, tuna and pasta are offered entrees and a multitude of sandwiches, other salads and appetizers are available as well. There are many vegetarian and vegan items. All in all, after a day of fun in the sun, River's Edge is a decent place to relax and take in the scenery.

Smoked pork burrito with beans and rice.

Hummus and pita with Cajun cashews - tasty but a bit dry.

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