You know about the Best of the Beach burgers and fries. It’s kind of hard not to know about them when our slogan is “It’s all about the burger!”. You are also very familiar with our gigantic onion rings. They are hard to miss. They are massive and delicious. But did you know we offer some fantastic platters as well? For this month’s blog, we will highlight some of the heavy lifters are River City Cafe. Some of the guest favorites items don’t get the recognition that they deserve. This month we applaud the unsung heroes!

First up, let’s discuss the Blackened Grouper Reuben. A typical Reuben sandwich features thinly sliced corned beef topped with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and 1000 island dressing served on rye bread. We have a traditional Reuben on our menu, but the River City Cafe Blackened Grouper Reuben is different. This delicious sandwich features Cajun-spiced grouper topped with sauerkraut, Swiss, and 1000 Island on grilled rye bread. If you are curious about the Reuben and its history, check out this blog:

Next up is The Big Dawg. There are hot dogs, and there are BIG DAWGS! The River City Cafe Big Dawg has been a guest favorite for years. It features a huge all-beef hot dog topped with homemade Texas chili, cheddar cheese, mustard, onion, and slaw. The Big Dawg lives up to its name and has earned its place among our other menu offerings!

Don’t miss out on our Chicken Fingers! They feature hand-battered and breaded tenders served with your choice of homemade avocado ranch, honey mustard, or BBQ sauce. This classic platter features massive chicken cutlets lightly breaded that you don’t have to work through the breading to find the meat. These chicken tenders just get a slight crunch from the breading. This is the way chicken tenders are supposed to be made.

The last item we will feature pulls on the roots of our sister restaurants Pawley’s Raw Bar and Bubba’s Fish Shack. Our Mahi Sandwich is ready to delight your palette. Whether you want it grilled, Cajun-spiced, or fried, we will top it with lettuce and tomato and serve it with your choice of tartar or cocktail sauce. Mahi is a delightful fish and makes a perfect sandwich. If you want to know more about Mahi, check out this blog from Bubba’s Fish Shack:

All of our platters are served with fries and slaw. Below are the remaining items you can find out our Beach Favorite Platters list. We are sure you will find something you love on this list. But don’t worry, we won’t be offended if you choose to stick with your WORLD FAMOUS BURGER! But if you are looking to try something new, we recommend taking a look at these delicious items. They are Beach Favorites for a reason!


Other Beach Favorite Platter items:

Grilled ham and cheese – smoked sliced ham topped with American served on your choice of grilled rye or Texas toast. Add a fried egg and hickory-smoked bacon.

Philly chicken – fresh grilled chicken breast topped with provolone, grilled onions, and green peppers served on a toasted hoagie.

Fried shrimp – hand-breaded popcorn shrimp served with your choice of tartar or cocktail sauce

Darlington 500 – a half-pound slab of deep-fried bologna topped with grilled onions and American on grilled Texas toast

Patty Melt – juicy beef patty topped with grilled onions and Swiss on grilled rye bread

Philly Steak – shaved steak topped with provolone, grilled onions, and green peppers served on a toasted hoagie.

BBQ Sandwich – Vinegar-based pulled pork BBQ

Shrimp Po’Boy – hand-breaded popcorn shrimp on a toasted hoagie, topped with lettuce and tomato. Served with your choice of tartar or cocktail sauce


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