Fried Pickles, Crab Dip & Tuna Burgers at THE RIVERWALK, Yorktown, VA
I had really great weekend! Yesterday, I lunched with some new Southern friends in the historic Yorktown, Virginia at the Riverwalk Restaurant. Located at 323 Water Street, we arrived via speed boat from Gloucester and rode the waves of the North and York Rivers to find ourselves at this delicious and affordable spot, that showcased breathtaking views and sufficient service.
I had never even heard of Fried Pickles, let alone tried them before yesterday, so when I spotted them on the appetizer menu at Riverwalk, they were an immediate order! To my relief, they were deliciously scrumptious! I really just got into pickles a few years ago and now I love them on sandwiches or as sides! These crunchy appetizers were sweet and salty without being overwhelming and served with a ranch dip. I found the entire idea of frying a pickle to be prized like a delicacy – exquisite, succulent and inventive and Riverwalk’s take did not shatter my illusion.
We also had the calamari which was standard, but the portion was even more disappointing! There were six of us and hardly enough to go around. The crab dip was rich and warm and plentifully served with pita chips that were toasty and sturdy. They complimented each other wonderfully! The menu at Riverwalk is limited, but the few items they have are perfect for overlooking the beach, the people and the bridge in the quaint, brick-laden, vivacious neighborhood!
While the entrees included saltine-crusted shrimp, baby back ribs and local crab cakes, they were not available until after 5pm, so this was utterly unsatisfactory, but I grinned and bared it, and ulitmately settled for a tuna steak burger with pepper jack cheese and bacon! The sandwich was hearty and flavorful, but I should have gotten the crab cake sandwich. I was too enticed by the cheese and bacon combo, that unfortunately fell flat. The kaiser roll was un-toasted and too hefty for the sandwich. I ordered my tuna medium and it was practically well-done. But for $10, who am I to complain? I also had a martini that cost me another $10 (again an amazing price considering I pay $20 in Manhattan for one). And while the flavor of the drink was to my liking, it was served in a stemless glass and was only half full! Upon immediate inspection, I could easily see why it shouldn’t have been a dollar more!
I was able to get a shot of me in front of the Coleman Bridge as we pulled up to Riverwalk, so I thought I’d share that with you!
FYI, I actually enjoyed Riverwalk Restaurant. Unfortunately, we could not snag a seat outside although there was ample seating available… Apparently, not enough staff to cater to our needs, so we had to sit inside and endure the air condition or wait 45 minutes. I really wanted to make out with the sun while I dined, in hopes of coming back sunkissed, so I was a bit dismayed… Not only that, I really wanted to take in the ambiance of sitting outside, to watch the boats sail by, the people peruse the historic cannons, and prayed for some eye-candy. None of this happened, but with luck, I’d gladly return to Riverwalk for an ultimate experience. Because although I felt slighted on seating and dining options, I must admit, Riverwalk makes for a great spot with family, friends or that special someone! With phenomenal prices, a limited but ingenious menu and accommodating service, I’d happily return for dinner to get a chance to dine al fresco under the starry night and take in the history of Virginia once more!