River Rock Tap House
Third times a charm one can hope. The River Rock is located in the building that used to be occupied by ill-fated Taco Loco and the confusing Tex-Mex. This concept is simple, tried and true – pub food and beer. The key though, is good pub food and good beer, and River Rock seems to have figured this out.
BEER: River Rock claims to have over 40 beers on tap, but two of the three IPA’s up for consideration were out. I will commend them on having a great list of brews, including Green Flash and Wipe Out, would love to see some Stone brews here as well. Fortunately, no matter your beer style preference, you probably will find something you like.
River Rock only serves two burgers, Classic and the Guinness. The Classic is served dry, with red onion and tomato. Usual add-ons are available for $1 each.
- Bacon and Blue
Classic Rock Burger: Essentially the control burger, BUT this one had Pt. Reyes Bleu Cheese and apple wood smoked bacon. Of course it was ordered medium-rare, and of course it came out a perfect... medium -- dam. The bun, classically called the "Signature Bun" was good, but would have been better slightly warmed or toasted. The cris-cut fries were fantastic! All in all, a good basic pub burger.
- Classic with Guac
Classic Rock Burger: Guac this way. This burger patty alone was definitely overcooked. I ordered the usual medium-rare and I hope they were going for medium-well because they nailed it! However the good news is I didn't just have the patty, the guacamole was very tasty and very moist. The tomatoes were fresh, lettuce was crisp, all adding enough moisture to make it a great burger. I will definitely be back for another burger and this time I will ask them to toast the bun. (and shoot for medium-rare)
- Guinness Burger
On paper this burger read like the greatest thing since bacon. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed. My burger was ordered medium rare and delivered a disgraceful well done. In addition to the over cooked patty the bun was cold and the quality of meat was suspect. Whew! Now that I got that off my chest, lets talk about the positives. The over-medium egg was a welcomed addition by adding much needed moisture and it was a perfect complement to the excellent homemade Guinness gravy. Hopefully the chef was just having a bad day because the potential of this burger is outstanding. Due to the delicious criss-cut fries and outstanding appetizers, I trust they will make the improvements needed for it to be Ro sham worthy.