River City Brewing Company- Jacksonville, FL

4 out of 5 sprouts

4 out of 5 sprouts

Along the banks of the St. John’s River just across from the skyline of downtown sits an icon on the Jacksonville restaurant scene for more than 20 years.  I have always thought this was merely a glorified brewpub- a place where the locals gather to chug beer and eat wings and burgers.  I was very wrong.  Wings and burgers don’t even exist on this menu.

River City Brewing Company

Instead, the River City Brewing Company offers up some fantastic southern style fare including a Lobster Po’ Boy, Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp and Grits.

I did not partake in any of the beer as I was there for a quick lunch during a workday.  I arrived at 11am and by noon the place was packed with local business men and women, leading me to believe this is a popular place for a power lunch in the Jacksonville area.

Coconut Crusted Shrimp River City Brewing Co

I started with the Coconut Crusted Shrimp appetizer.  Six extra large shrimp placed atop a horseradish-orange marmalade sauce.  It was delicious.  The shrimp had a slight coconut flavor that paired well with the spicy and sweet marmalade sauce.

Goat Cheese and Golden Beet salad River City Brewing Co

I also ordered a half-sized portion of the Goat Cheese and Golden Beet salad.  Normally served with prosciutto ham, I asked to have the ham left off which was not a problem for the kitchen.  In addition to the goat cheese and beets, the salad also had candied walnuts and mixed in a mango balsamic vinaigrette.  It was a nice lite salad to accompany the coconut shrimp.

River City Brewing Comapny

River City Brewing Company Jacksonville

The atmosphere was nice though the décor was very dated.  However, views of the Jacksonville skyline made the restaurant unique and obviously a popular place.  I have passed by here at night when people are sitting out on one of the many decks overlooking the river.  By day, this is a place for a business lunch, by night, the River City Brewing company turns into a great spot for Happy Hour with friends.  The restaurant also offers brunch on Sundays until 2:30pm.

River City Brewing Company Hungry Sprout

Four out of five sprouts.

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3 comments for “River City Brewing Company- Jacksonville, FL

  1. Helen Corbin
    October 22, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Have to find a recipe for the horseradish-marmalade sauce :-)

  2. Chad
    October 23, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Nice view!

  3. Denise
    October 23, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Someone just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I just “Liked” his page and now came to your site. I love when people share blogs. Denise

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