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Riverstone in Exton

Jdbc Jul 6, 2007 02:33 PM

Can anyone tell me if they've eaten lunch here, and if so, how it was?

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  1. Rondo RE: Jdbc Jul 6, 2007 04:37 PM

    I had dinner there a couple of months ago. I don't recommend it. My son, daughter and I went, ordered about 5 different items, only one of which was any good.

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      Prax1134 RE: Jdbc Jul 6, 2007 09:00 PM

      For lunch I think they do a cheeseburger donut, heart-stoppingly awesome. Their Sunday brunch is worthwhile and the one dinner I had there decent but expensive.

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        GDSinPA RE: Prax1134 Jul 8, 2007 12:34 PM

        Wait a minute - "cheeseburger donut"?????
        Please elaborate!

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          Prax1134 RE: GDSinPA Jul 9, 2007 09:17 PM

          What the name implies. Cheeseburger inside a donut, not really sure if they split one donut in half or slap the meat between two glazed pieces of love. I'm not even sure if they still offer it but I know they did once upon a time.

          I had also heard about this being offered at Phillies games but can't confirm it personally.

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            GDSinPA RE: Prax1134 Jul 10, 2007 07:56 AM

            Hmm... This could lead to an interesting home experiment.

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              Prax1134 RE: GDSinPA Jul 10, 2007 07:26 PM


              The home made picture in that link is disgusto. But at least I wasn't just dreaming that this thing exists. Good luck with your experiment. =P

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                GDSinPA RE: Prax1134 Jul 10, 2007 07:45 PM

                Oh my - that is a bit of strange picture. Not sure why you would create so it can't be eaten normally, but hey whatever.

                In my area, right before Ash Wednesday, a lot of folks (including my church) make fastnachts (basically a less sweet yeast donut without the hole). They're about the size of a hamburger bun, and I've made ham and turkey sandwiches out of them before. Not sure I would have thought to take a glazed one to make the sandwich. If anything, I'd use one donut sliced in half.

                I'll let you know when I get a chance to try it.

      2. FrancisdeR RE: Jdbc Jul 7, 2007 11:02 AM

        A few times at lunch, usually in the context of a goodbye lunch for work. It's what I would call your average bar and grill, maybe slightly above average. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find something on the menu that you won't find pretty decent. Myself, I go for the crabcakes.


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          Jdbc RE: FrancisdeR Jul 8, 2007 05:12 AM

          Does anyone have any better suggestions in the Exton/Downingtown area?

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            FrancisdeR RE: Jdbc Jul 8, 2007 05:16 AM

            The Drafting Room, on Rte. 100, a few streets north (NE corner Ship Rd.) is in very much the same style, a notch better IMO. Same price range.

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              mschow RE: FrancisdeR Jul 8, 2007 10:38 AM

              Agee with Francis. Drafting Room is much better than the Firestone. Firestone is not bad, just not great. I've had lunch there many times with clients; not outstanding but passable.

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              elayne5 RE: Jdbc Jul 9, 2007 07:00 AM

              Doesn't Vickers do lunch? It's a little more upscale than the Drafting Room. You could go a little farther down 100 to Ludwig's Corner Oyster House.

              IMO I'd take Riverstone over the Drafting Room.

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                Jdbc RE: elayne5 Jul 12, 2007 02:23 AM

                Thanks for the suggestion. We went to Vickers and it was lovely. Nice leisurely (maybe a little too leisurely with my elderly parents, but that's a personal thing.) Food was good, and I loved the menu.

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                  HughD RE: elayne5 Nov 10, 2007 06:17 AM

                  Agree completely, elayne5, we much prefer Riverstone to the Drafting Room and go there frequently. The food, atmosphere and the service have always been good.

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              DrZibbs RE: Jdbc Jul 29, 2007 05:16 PM

              Food is OK but for lunch, check out Vickers Tavern. I had a hot roast beef sandwhich there about 2 months ago and it was the best I've ever had. Great roll, great cheese - perfect!

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                percyn RE: Jdbc Nov 10, 2007 07:02 AM

                Been to Riverstone a few times for brunch. Our usual brunch spot used to be Brafting room or Brickside grill, but occasionally went to Riverside for their "make your own bloody mary" and raw oyster selection.

                They also have a brick oven (wood burning?) oven similar to brickside grill and used to serve "tapas" during weekday evenings.

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                  foodsmarts RE: Jdbc Nov 10, 2007 11:00 AM

                  I had a crabcake sandwich there that I would rate as very good. The oyster selections are interesting (though I would take Ludwig's over Riverstone), and the wine list is pretty good, though it seems as though none of the bartenders understand it well.

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