Review by KandN:
(Ragin River is now Independence Grill)
Attention all meat eaters! There's a great steak house in our area! Yes, it is across the river in Independence, but it's well worth a visit or a permanent spot on your short list of places to eat.
The Ragin' River Steak Company caught N's and my attention last Sunday when we ate at Andy's Cafe on the other side of Main Street. After breakfast, we strolled by their front windows and checked out the menu, making a mental note to find an excuse to return and eat soon.
And we did return - on Wednesday evening. :>) The owner greeted us as we entered and led us to one of the booths up against a lovely old brick wall. Our waitress arrived directly afterwards with menus. I asked for a run down of the beer they offered (several, plus a nice wine list featuring local wineries) and settled on a porter. N was curious enough to taste an apricot hefeweizen, but opted to have a porter, also. (I could smell apricot clear across the table! Maybe with chicken?) Amanda, the waitress answered our questions and made suggestions. BUT she made the prime rib ($21.95- 10 oz) sound irresistible to both of us. Salads aren't included with the dinners, so we both ordered a side salad ($2.25) to start things off. A basket of rolls were brought out to our table. They were light and tender, with an appealing shiny exterior. The salads had everything I like; varied greens, carrots, cucumber slices, tomatoes, croutons and dressing on the side.
While we sipped our beer, we took in the beautifully furnished and decorated interior of this old downtown building. The owner has paid attention to every detail during the renovation and he's not done. He said he has plans to add a mezzanine level with a possible martini/appetizer bar.
Our prime rib arrived, looking juicy and well marbled - fork and knife ready. The flavors of the rub came through nicely, but didn't over power the flavorful beef. They stock organic grown beef and ask that you let them know if you're not pleased with your steak.
N and I enjoyed a nice chat with the owner. He shared that he's friends with one of Wild Pear's owners and that they're planning an art/music/food/wine/beer event at the Riverview Park Amphitheater in June. Sounds like a calendar worthy event, put together by local business owners.
We were pleased and we'll definitely be back. Next time I plan to order either the halibut or the t-bone.
Ragin' River Steak Company
154 S. Main Street