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“Good Eats on the Bayou”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of River Front

River Front
Ranked #4 of 52 Restaurants in Abbeville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Charleston, South Carolina
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“Good Eats on the Bayou”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

Six of our family met in Abbeville to enjoy the annual Giant Omelet festival. While there we had lunch at the River Front Restaurant. The restaurant sits on the banks of the Bayou Vermillion. The inside is spacious with a rustic appearance. The walls have rough driftwood pieces above a course of brick like wainscoting. Photos of old Abbeville contribute to the local charm of the restaurant. There is a deck outside where you can sit and enjoy the view of the bayou and the occasional passing boat. We had a nice variety of orders so were able to get a good sense of the overall quality of the food. We started off by sharing an appetizer of fried alligator bites. I had never had alligator before so was interested in trying it out. The bites were good and served with a honey mustard sauce. It seemed to me to have a slightly rubbery texture and tasted like a combination of chicken and mild fish. We were told the meat came from the tail of the alligator. Most of the entrees came with a choice of two sides. Our samplings included:
• Grilled chicken served with corn grits and a stuffed potato. Judged good
• Crab cakes served with corn maque choux and cabbage and tasso. Tasso is smoked ham or pork and the corn dish is corn kernels cooked with bell peppers, onion and tomato. The crab cakes were a generous size and very lightly breaded. It was mostly crabmeat and very little filler. Judged excellent.
• Chicken Angelo which was a grilled chicken breast over angel hair pasta topped with parmesan cheese and béchamel sauce. The béchamel sauce was excellent and there was enough of it to keep the dish from being too dry. There were only a few pieces of the grilled chicken. The combination of ingredients was good and it would have been perfect if there had been more chicken and instead of being laid on top of the pasta incorporated into it. Judged very good.
• Seafood gumbo with all three seafoods – shrimp, crabmeat and crawfish. Judged excellent.

We decided to share a dessert and chose the homemade bread pudding. A warm and fragrant large portion was brought to the table. The pudding had a praline rum sauce over it with a distinct cinnamon taste and was divine. The only thing I missed from this version of bread pudding was raisins. But this recipe was so good we got over that. The dessert was also judged very good.

We enjoyed it all so much we went back for lunch again the next day. If you’re ever in Abbeville, get to the River Front.

  • Visited November 2011
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Houston, Texas
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“from studewood tx”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

Food was great and corn grits was HITTIN!!! Had steak and fish was great and the price was right topped with desert Bread puddin!! UUUHHH GGGOOOOODD!!

  • Visited September 2011
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“wonderfull”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2008

great place to eat or hangout on deck near river for a drink,even has a deck for boat traffic in river

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