River Tavern – Milton

Every Friday, Roots in Alpharetta features an article on food and dining in a series I like to call Foodie Friday.

This is the forth restaurant to occupy this space in a two year stretch. If you’re keeping score at home, that’ll be Forster’s Grill, O’Keefe’s Gastropub, Mike’s 57 Grille and now River Tavern. I’m going out on a limb here, but I think the Tavern probably has what it takes to last. I’ve been impressed on my two visits.

River Tavern has been open for just eight days now. I guess you could call it a soft opening. They still don’t have a liquor license, so the “tavern” part is a work in progress. If you’re familiar with this space from one of the previous restaurants, you’ll see that they’ve made a few changes. The bar has moved and the restaurant is more open. The floor plan is simple but not very comfortable. I’m not sure if they are going for a minimalist type of decor or if a more inviting space is in the works.

The menu is like that of a gastropub. On the appetizer list you’ll find stuff like shrimp and grits, fried mac and cheese and even beef carpaccio. Their list of sandwiches includes a monte cristo and a shortrib sandwich. Entrees vary from meatloaf to trout and even a few steaks.

On my first visit I picked the grilled meatloaf. They use a combination of beef, pork and veal and lightly grill prior to serving. The portion size was generous when combined with the mashed potatoes and seasonal veggie. I wasn’t real hungry on this day but still managed to make it disappear. Very delicious stuff.

I’ve also tried a roast beef panini they offered as a lunch special. The beef was cut thick yet still tender and juicy. The mayo was advertised as having horseradish but didn’t taste of it. Overall it was a decent sandwich and was a better value for lunch.

The prices are a little steep and will probably keep me from visiting too frequently. They make up for that with an inventive menu from a talented young chef. This guy clearly knows what he’s doing. He also looks kinda like Kevin Gillespie.

I’m impressed with what I’ve seen at the River Tavern. As I said at the start, I think they’ve got what it takes to be successful. It will be interesting to see where they take this concept. Best of luck, guys!

River Tavern is on the corner of Highway 9 and Bethany Bend near Starbucks.
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