Dinner at River and Rail (SW)

We last visited this restaurant in August of 2012, shortly after its June 14th opening. We enjoyed it immensely. Two sets of couples opened the River and Rail in the old Lipes Pharmacy building. The head chef, Aaron Deal, has been nominated for the James Beard Award and appeared on CBS' "The Early Show". River and Rail has also been included on Southern Living’s “100 Places to Eat in the South NOW” list. The menu is perpetually changing because they buy their products from local providers based on what is fresh and in season..

*Deviled Farm Eggs
*Rappahannock River Oysters on the Half Shell
*Jar of Pickles
*Smoked NC Trout Rillette
*Chicken Liver Mousse and Toast
*Country Ham and Bourbon Mustard
*Spicy Pork Rinds

*Berrier Orchard Nectarines—cherry tomatoes, crispy cornbread, basil pistou, goat cheese
*Spring Greens and Arugula—shaved vegetables, herbs, mustard vinaigrette
*Chilled Cantaloupe Soup—curtin’s goat cheese, country ham, buttermilk
*Roasted Rabbit Fettuccini—heirloom tomato sauce, herbs, schmaltz breadcrumbs, lemon
*Sneads Ferry Clams & Lamb Sausage—mild curry broth, herbs, grilled bread

*Beef Hanger Steak—adirondack potato gratin, caramelized onion jus, shiitake mushrooms
*Four Corners Chicken—breast and sausage, dirty rice grits, smoked pepper puree, fresh VA figs
*Heritage Pork Loin—chopped belly, baked field peas, swiss chard, purple mustard
*Market Vegetables—grains and greens
*Black Sea Bass—served whole, carolina rice midlins, sorghum shoyu, wax bean slaw
*NC Black Grouper—smoked VA mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, wax beans, corn pudding

Sides: purple cape beans, roasted wild mushrooms, mustard greens, yukon potato puree

*VA Blueberry Hand Pies—black pepper dough, lemon ginger frosting
*Banana Pudding—cornbread crispies, jalapeno coconut sorbet
*Nectarine Upside Down Cake—nectarine jam, brown butter cake, blueberries, blueberry ice cream
*Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding—toasted oat streusel, chocolate sorbet
*Milk Chocolate Cheesecake—macerated blackberries, cocoa crispies


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great crowd to dine with.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Kayla

    One of the best nights, and meal, this year. Love these people.

    1 · October 25, 2013

  • Liz


    October 25, 2013

  • Christa

    Sorry to cancel. Have to go out of town for a family emergency.

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to have to cancel on this one

    October 23, 2013

  • Mary B.

    Sorry I can't make it. Got asked to go to nashville at the last minute. Have a great dinner!

    October 15, 2013

  • Shannon

    Sorry to cancel. I already have plans that night.

    September 4, 2013

  • Kayla

    Hi Everyone. A large company has rented the entire River and Rail restaurant next Tuesday, 9/10--I have to reschedule.

    September 3, 2013

  • patt p.

    Sorry...sounds like a great place and they have cheesecake! Of all things I'm getting my carpets cleaned

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love this place! Regrettably, cannot attend.

    August 25, 2013

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