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Anyone been to the Rivershack Tavern?

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Davo7 Mar 2, 2010 11:44 AM

Saw this on Drivers Dine In's and Dives, looks like fun...Anyone been?

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    roro1831 RE: Davo7 Mar 2, 2010 11:56 AM

    Numerous times. A friend's band plays there, or at least used to quite a lot, not sure as I no longer live down there. Food is really good for bar food from what I recall. Always was a good place to go.

    1. uptownlibrarian RE: Davo7 Mar 2, 2010 12:04 PM

      Yep, it's a regular stop on our Sunday afternoon drives and bikes on River Road. Some of the best, maybe THE best, fried pickles in town. Fried seafood is good. Sandwiches are meh; specials are usually good. And as roro mentioned, it's a nice place for live music.

      1. nomadchowwoman RE: Davo7 Mar 2, 2010 02:40 PM

        Good, solid bar food--better than most bar food, I'd say. I like the red beans and rice. (I've never had the fried pickles, but might have to try them next time.)

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          Hungry Celeste RE: nomadchowwoman Mar 3, 2010 06:08 AM

          I waited out the last bout of serious street flooding at the 'Shack. It has parking spots slightly higher than surrounding terrain (micro-elevation becomes incredibly important when it is raining hard)....the onion rings and cold Harp would have made for a perfect rainy afternoon, except that some bonehead decided to play every Tom Waits song on the jukebox....drove me right back out onto the flooded streets.

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            nomadchowwoman RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 3, 2010 09:41 AM

            Funny. Tom Waits in only amuse bouche-size portions, please. (Not sure, however, the word "amuse"--in any language--belongs in the same sentence as Tom Waits.)

            But glad for the tip on onion rings. I love me some good onion rings. Thick or thin?

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              Hungry Celeste RE: nomadchowwoman Mar 3, 2010 10:14 AM

              Thick, but not too heavily battered. Can you tell me of any good thin rings around town...always lookin' for thin rings.

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                nomadchowwoman RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 3, 2010 11:13 AM

                Not really thin (have to make those myself, not my favorite undertaking), but I love the rings at Lee's Hamburgers.

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                  kibbles RE: Hungry Celeste Mar 3, 2010 12:02 PM

                  Charlie's Steak House, and Mahoney's both have thin.

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            midcity RE: Davo7 Mar 2, 2010 03:15 PM

            At one point, they were also known for having gourmet lunches. I've never been because I work far away, but they were supposed to be good.

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              collardman RE: midcity Mar 3, 2010 01:32 PM

              I wouldn't call them gourmet lunches but what I've had was good. I would recommend it for lunch and I do recommend it as a local must see roadhouse.

              (Well, on second thought they may be gourmet as the chef did offer some lunch specials that you would see for lunch in much fancier and expensive surroundings)

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                edible complex RE: collardman Mar 3, 2010 07:20 PM

                chef worked at Rene's Bistor pre-K. he has cred.
                his thai bouillabaisse will blow your mind.

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                midcity RE: midcity Mar 3, 2010 04:06 PM

                I should add--I have been there for dinner, got fried seafood something, and it was awesome.

              3. edible complex RE: Davo7 Mar 2, 2010 07:21 PM

                for their lunch specials, get there by 11am.
                red beans on mondays are a must. the roast beef po boy is debris style. or get a tex mex burger. or share a seafood platter. it's all good. and don't forget a white russian for dessert.

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                  paz5559 RE: edible complex Mar 4, 2010 06:12 AM

                  Their week day lunch specials are extraordinary, and, I would contend, clearly gourmet. I have gone as late as 2pm and still be able to get them.

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                    Davo7 RE: paz5559 Mar 4, 2010 06:36 AM

                    Thanks for the info, got to try it someday.

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