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“Hit & Miss”
Review of River Nile - CLOSED

River Nile
Price range: $7 - $10
Cuisines: Deli
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Description: The River Nile is a local family owned restaurant established in 2000. We are located in beautiful historic downtown Dothan Alabama. Serving the best homemade soups, breads, pastries around. Coffee and Espresso bar is wonderful for that afternoon pick me up. Menu features unique sandwich and salad creations including the "Pharoah"- homemade chicken salad on fresh baked sundried tomato bread!!!!!
Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

A Panera-style salad/sandwich cafe, this place has a nice look. Neat outdoor eating area.
Kids got grilled cheese -- pretty standard, good. Kids meals are all $3-4 with drink and a side (fries, chips, or grapes).
The Miss. I got some strange-named... basically their Club. Multiple meats and cheeses. It was disappointing: 2 thin slices of each meat, dwarfed by the abundant amount of bread, which was slightly stale and dry. Overall bland. Got the side salad with vinaigrette. It was simple with romaine, croutons, and 2 tomato slices.
Now on to the Hit. Wife got the Pharoah. Freakin good! Awesome moist sun-dried tomato bread, and incredible filling, whatever it was. She got the upgraded side (+$1) of sweet potato fries -- also awesome. Came with some sweet homemade dip. Yummo.
Overall not too bad -- $36 for 2 adults and 2 kids, with drinks.
Side note: their credit card reader was acting up and wouldn't work, so the manager accepted all my cash as payment instead, all $25! And gave 5 to the waiter. Definitely gonna eat here again when in area.

Thank Aaron M
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

My "regular" go-to lunch place! Since I work downtown, River Nile is my usual choice. I'll admit, I'm a creature of habit so I usually get the 1/2 Pharoah & cup of soup since I really LOVE their chicken salad, but occasionally I can be tempted to try something new! Always consistent, you know it'll always taste the way you want it.

Thank Rita F
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

It has rained for the past 24 hours and I had just mentioned to T some tomato soup sounded good, a friend called and suggested we meet up here. Having never been, it seemed it was destiny! River Nile is housed in downtown old Dothan, N. Foster street, an area that a mysterious "renovation" society is in charge of. Parking consists of about 20 spaces for the entire block, #1 problem there. Due to rain and no awnings make for inclimate weather lunches difficult. We were greeted warmly and our friend was waiting at a table next to a huge storefront window, great for people watching, another day. Let me say a few about the place itself. It consists of about 3 stores, sans walls making a cavernous interior. There are many beautiful items of art for sale, there is plenty to look at while waiting. The furniture is shabby chic taken to a higher meaning. Huge farm style tables mixed and matched for large groups, varying chandeliers from fancy crystal to iron with patina. There is a beautiful outdoor area with tables, fountains, ferns, like steppong back to a peaceful time if only for a meal. The menu was limited to soups, sandwiches and salads. The special today was cream of tomato with grilled cheese,deja vu! Menu items are King Tut, Rameses, The Pharoah,etc. The grilled cheese was on a thick,dense bread, but it was not grilled, tasting more like toast. There was 1/4" of tagy cheddar, ooey,gooey,what bread?LOL! The soup was so thick the spoon could stand unassisted, thick with tomato chunks, cream, basil, just perfect. This ranks in the top 10 soups I have ever had. T got the Tut, a huge roast beef, served warm on sourdough with provolone and au jus. The only downside was the amount of jus, as it was so tasty the bread needed to be a sponge. The other T ordered the Rames, a turkey breast and cheese sammy that apeared to be chock full of turkey breast, thinly sliced, but unremarkable. The House Special Roasted Red Pepper soup served with it is a different story. It was cooked au gratin! In an individual ramekin, this thick fragant soup had added crouton and baked until bubbling. The soup was sicy but not heat, a ix of the pepper and cream....a perfect pairing. The three of us split a Creme Brulee Cinamon Bun. It was heated with a thick buttery cinnamony syrup, covered in candied pecans. oozing with cream cheese brulee, a decadent piece of heave, big enough to share, but why? An in house bakery provides for the restaurant breads anddesserts, another great pairing. The server was very young and "green". We could tell when it got close to closing as she began to hover, sometimes returning to the table in less than 2 minutes. It became a other. Overall, we will return, if nothing else for the pastry item. There is also a varied coffee house menu if diabetic coma is your idea of a great way to go! This place is what this dwntown needs, a non chain, not afraid, new idea idea type place. The food could use some polishing, but considering what the competition is, this one rises to the top.

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Thank franklinmilford
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

The food is really good here but every time I have gone the service was lacking. It was really slow and non attentive waiters. Last time we sat in courtyard and it is very neglected! Wish they could get service and courtyard to match food.

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Thank Ashleydothan
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We were looking for a change from the "Chains" restaurant scene, more "hometown flavor". They got that part right. We arrived and waited 20 minutes for someone to take our order. We were addressed by two different servers, each unaware of what the other had done. We ordered the Pharoah and Shrimp Corn Chowder (which was the "soup of the day"). The order itself was in the kitchen for 26 minutes. When it arrived the kitchen guy dropped it on our table without comment. The sandwich was good, but the soup was chicken veggie. We were very hungry by then so we ate without complaint. Only after we were finished did the server approach us and tell us they were "out of soup of the day". Then we asked about dessert. They were out of cake. He said we don't know when we will get one in". Sadly this restaurant came highly recommended by a friend. Couldn't help noticing while waiting for our food. Quaint is good, but this place needs a good cleaning to remove the chains of dust hanging from the overhead A/C vents.

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1  Thank Lunchdate818
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