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Mar 2, 2010 11:44 AM

Anyone been to the Rivershack Tavern?

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

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  1. 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. 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. 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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        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          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.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            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?

            1. re: nomadchowwoman

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

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

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

                1. re: Hungry Celeste

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

          2. 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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            1. re: midcity

              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)

              1. re: collardman

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

              2. re: midcity

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

              3. 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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                1. re: edible complex

                  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.

                  1. re: paz5559

                    Thanks for the info, got to try it someday.