Ragin River Steak Co. in Independence

Ragin River Steak Co., is now Independence Grill 

Wow, had it really been over a year since N and I first dined at Ragin River Steak Co.?  Both of us thought that was plenty of time to wait and return for a second dinner.  We were curious to see how business was going.  Besides, the two of us have a weakness for steakhouses.
When we arrived from the north end, we noticed something was happening down the highway from Independence's city center.  Traffic was backed up all the way to J. Bella's.  Lucky for us, our location was next door to where the traffic ended.  The restaurant had about 5 groups of diners in the dining room and a handful of customers in the bar.  Not bad for a little past 7pm on a Wednesday night in a small town.

The waitress escorted us to a booth and told us there was a $12.95 prime rib special.  It was difficult to concentrate on their menu after hearing that.  After our initial order of two Widmer's Pitchblacks, we both went with the special--medium rare with a baked potato, and asked for the addition of two dinner salads.

While waiting for our meal, we looked around and noticed that the owner's plan for a balcony hasn't been added yet.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love the character of these old buildings?  It can't be an easy task remodeling them into a business.  Particularly a restaurant that's as pleasing to the eye as this one.  I took a picture of the historical photograph hanging on the wall above our booth.  The description read, "arrival of  hop pickers".  It reminded me of a recent post on the Capital Taps blog, where he was musing over whether picking hops might have been a summer recreation for families back in the 1800's.  The pictured crew sitting atop railroad cars looked more like migrant laborers than tourists, but that's just one snapshot of the past.

Our plates of prime rib and baked potatoes arrived just before I finished my salad.  N was wishing his slice was hot instead of warm, but I was pleased with how mine was more tender yet just as flavorful as the first time.  So good!  Plus the 8 oz slice was just right.  It left me plenty of room to totally enjoy my baked potato--crusty skin and all.  After dinner we ordered a slice of chocolate, pecan, caramel cake to share.  It was delectable, though a bit on the expensive side.

If you haven't eaten at Ragin River yet, I suggest you give them a try.  Besides, it's such a nice drive--especially this time of year.  Oh and I understand they can get busy on the weekends, so don't forget to call and make a reservation.

Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tues.-Fri.
Dinner: 4 to 10 p.m. Tues.-Sat. & 4 to 8 p.m. Sun.
Happy Hour: 4 to 6 p.m.

Ragin' River Steak Company
154 S. Main Street
Independence, OR


Salem Man said...

$12.95! Is that a regular special on Wed. night? They have really good prime rib there.

Chuck Bradley said...

Not sure about the special Salem Man. But this is one of our favorite eateries. Well worth a pleasant summer evening drive to Independence. Good freinds introduced us to Ragin River shortly after it first opened. We've been back many times since. This is a first rate restaurant just minutes from Salem. Excellent food and top flight service. The young proprietor (Alex Trevino) is conviviality and friendliness personified. He has a real winner here!

KandN said...

I know they have a different special each night. This was definitely one that appealed to NandI, of course!
Speaking of beef ... we bought a small brisket at Saturday Market. Can't wait to see what N does with it. :)