Sunday, February 14, 2010

Riverbank Café

Riverbank Café
102 Main St.

Craig's List has helped me and Steve sell plenty of stuff over the years, and it's also responsible for numerous purchases we've made, but I never imagined that it would point me toward the best veggie burger in the Tri-State. But hey, I gotta give props because Craig's List took us through downtown Hamilton on our way to pick up an Electra Townie 7D, a bicycle that we'd had on our "want list" for over a year. We'd seen other Townies listed here and there, but sellers were asking more than we wanted to pay. This Townie, however, was priced to sell - and in the color we wanted! We could barely contain our excitement. Once we'd secured the bike we decided to celebrate our good fortune at the Riverbank Café, which we'd noticed on our way through town.

Riverbank Cafe

The restaurant is located in the historic Rumple Building, built in the mid-1850's and named for Squire Rumple, who operated an ironworks and hardware store in the space. Other tenants over the years include Beeler Drugs, which occupied the building until 1941, and Burg's Mens Clothing Store, which called the Rumple home for the next 50+ years.

At first glance the menu isn't anything special, but then you start to notice items like sweet potato fries in cinnamon sauce ($3.95), and the French Picnic appetizer ($6.95), consisting of grapes, a variety of cheeses and assorted crackers. I was surprised and pleased to note the number of vegetarian-friendly items sprinkled throughout the menu, including roasted tomato Alfredo pizza ($12.95), jumbo cheese ravioli in marinara or Alfredo sauce ($11.95), and fried lasagna rolls ($10.95), as well as the aforementioned veggie burger ($6.95).

Best veggie burger around

Now normally I eschew veggie burgers if there are other vegetarian options on the menu, but our server sold me on it, and I'm glad she did because this homemade patty of minced veggies was astonishingly tasty. The burger comes with a side of potato chips and a pickle spear, as well as the traditional burger fixings of lettuce, tomato and mayo on the side. The tomato looked as though it had seen better days, but thankfully trimmings and condiments weren't necessary because the patty packed so much flavor.

Steve opted for the Roast Beef Open Stack with a side of green beans

Weekend mornings find an array of breakfast omelettes at The Riverbank, and I'm itching for a revisit to try their Spinafuccini, made up of spinach, feta and Swiss cheese, onions and diced tomatoes. And who could resist the groovily named Hippie Hash ($6.95)? Comprised of shredded, golden brown hash browns mixed with mushrooms, onions, broccoli, green peppers and crumbled feta, it's the sort of dish I used to look forward to finding on Shakedown Street when I frequented Dead shows.

This friendly neighborhood restaurant has a full bar and offers live entertainment at weekends. Jazz trios certainly have their appeal, but if you choose a window seat overlooking Main Street, you might just catch another form of live entertainment at The Riverbank Café: frisky puppies frolicking in a shopfront window across the street.

How much is that doggie in the window?

Riverbank Cafe on Urbanspoon


Anonymous said...

YAY! You visited Hamilton and survived. :) Remember when we all went to Chinese Lantern a billion years ago? A bunch of us went here afterward for a beer. I've never had their food but I'm glad to know that you recommend it.

Veggie Option said...

Lando - next time you & The Greg are in town we should do the Lantern again. That was a fun evening!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! It's a nice in between spot for folks in Dirton and the Nati.

vincent said...


We bumped into your blog and we really liked it - great recipes YUM YUM.
We would like to add it to the

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
and benefit from their exposure on

To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use or just go to and click on "Add your site"

Best regards,