Pump House | Rock Hill, SC

Over the weekend David and I had ourselves a lunch date at Pump House in Rock Hill, SC. I heard about this place from my sister, who recently went there for her wedding anniversary. Because we are slowly coming out of pandemic mode, restaurants are (thankfully) starting to open up. And honestly, it was nice to actually go out! It definitely felt a little weird with the servers wearing masks, but they seemed to be in good spirits too.

Pump House is located in the “Riverwalk” community and sits right along the Catawaba River. I’ve never been in this area, so it was nice to do some sight seeing. We ended up getting there early, so we drove around and scoped out the community. There are some shops and a couple restaurants and they are continuously building brand-new gorgeous homes.

For lunch we sat on the patio overlooking the river. It was a hot day but luckily the patio is covered and they had fans blowing. Being that it was so hot, there were many people floating down the river. Looks like fun!

Let me first say that their lunch menu is what really sold us on trying this place out. Looks like there are so many yummy options to choose from! For an app we decided on the meatballs, which consisted of house-ground tenderloin and pork, grape jelly chili sauce, and pimento cheese grits.

David and I LOVED this dish. The combination of the sweet and spicy jelly was perfect and the cheese grits was a nice addition. And the meatball itself was delicious. Melted right in your mouth. Highly recommend!

We ended up both getting the sweet tea fried chicken sandwich for our meal. When the server described this as a favorite, how could you say no? He also told us that the chicken marinates in the sweet tea for hours beforehand.

At first glance the sandwich looked great. Nice brioche bun, honey Dijon, and cheddar cheese. It also had pickles but I wasn’t too fond of those. I’m not sure if I just got a bad batch, but they were almost not pickle-y enough. More along the lines of cucumber, which I despise. As far as the chicken, it was okay. We were both disappointed on how tough it was. We both ended up having some stuck in our teeth, lol. I hope that ours was just a fluke and normally this dish is great. But next time I’d give something else to try.

All and all it was a great outing. Like I said, it was nice to just get out of the house and be able to sit in a restaurant. Also, this was only a 35 min drive from Charlotte, so it was pretty convenient. If your in the area, I would definitely suggest going to Pump House!