The River Seafood & Oyster Bar will begin offering Sunday brunch, for the first time since opening in 2003, the popular downtown restaurant will welcome foodies for a fabulous a la carte brunch showcasing chef/owner David Brachaâ€™s take on brunch classics as well as a number of creative dishes that reflect Brachaâ€™s and the Riverâ€™s signature culinary style. Diners who are settling in for the duration can choose from unlimited Bloody Marys or Mimosas for $30 each; or choose from tempting new cocktails especially created for brunch including the â€œWake up Call,â€ a classic milk punch â€“ bourbon, milk, and nut meg â€“ enhanced with a double espresso; â€œWhatâ€™s Up Docâ€ featuring Zacapa 23 rum, fresh carrot juice and ginger; or the Bloody Caesar, often known as the Canadian Bloody Mary with clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce and tabasco; among others.
Perfect for sharing with friends or just ordering a composed dish, the menu covers the gamut. For groups who want to sample a lot of different things but have hard time picking and choosing, The River offers up the Smorgasbord ($90) a literal buffet at your table. Serving 4 to 6 people, the Smorgasbord arrives on a beautiful wooden tray and is bursting with a cornucopia of tastes including jamon Serrano, queso Manchego with carrot salad and honeycomb, marinated olives, rabbit pate with cornichons, whole grain mustard and pickled onion relish, crab salad ravigote, bacalao croquettes with saffron aioli, mussels escabeche tapenade, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon with heirloom tomatoes, scallion, cucumber, and whipped cream cheese, deviled eggs with paddlefish caviar, slab bacon, sausage and assorted breads.Â For those who would rather work their way through the menu dish by dish, or just view the smorgasbord as a starting point, appetizers ($5-$18) include The Riverâ€™s famed iced oysters and oyster shooters as well as the signature fire roasted oysters; fresh berries with homemade granola, Greek yogurt and local honey; and Smoked duck and Andouille gumbo, just to mention a few.
Entrees ($9-$25) begin with the basics and ascend from there â€“ to mascarpone stuffed French toast with caramelized apples, maple butter and whipped cream or banana-pecan pancakes topped with vanilla butter, rum caramel and dark chocolate for those looking for something on the sweet side of the menu. Those looking for savory entrÃ©es will enjoy the cheddar cheese omelet topped with crawfish Ã©touffÃ©eÂ or a lobster omelet stuffed with chanterelles, goat cheese, and chives ; or perhaps a sandwich like the Riverâ€™s updated â€œBLTâ€ â€“ pancetta, burrata, arugula and tomatoes on brioche or the egg sandwich â€“ a decadent mess of pork belly, fried eggs, romesco and Manchego, served with pickled fresnos on house baked brioche. Other canâ€™t miss choices include fried mahi mahi tacos, â€œfish and gritsâ€ featuring braised snapper in a spicy tomato-lime broth served with creamy grits or for the truly hungry steak & eggs, featuring grass fed rib eye, a wild mushroom hash, fried egg, truffle butter and toast.