Saturday, April 11, 2009

The River Dog Coffehouse and Cafe, Linville

For a quick bite or a cup of Joe, this place is a cozy spot to visit. Located in a rustic looking shopping center the cafe has outdoor seating, tables inside and a few sofas to the rear of the storefront. The decor is rustic and comfy with local art for sale on the walls.

Order from the counter and grab a seat. The wait staff will bring your food to the table. If you are getting plain coffee, they will give you a cup and show you where the coffee station is, to the right of the entrance. All other fancier coffees are mixed behind the counter and brought to the table.

They carry drip coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso, macchiato and iced coffee plus water, tea, soft drinks, smoothies and frappes. The sandwiches are pretty basic - Reuben, Cuban, Muffaletta, Turkey, Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese and Veggie with specials available daily. They also serve breakfast, soups and salads. Prices range from $3.95 to 8.95.

If I don't get a coffee here I will always order a gelato. They give samples if you can't make up your mind from endless variety in the case just inside the door. Flavors like Bananas Foster, Vanilla Custard, Chocolate Mint and Double Fudge Mint tempt you to pass on dessert. The gelato is deliciously smooth, creamy and the flavors everything you would want them to be. The small cup is $2.95 and the large goes for $3.98. The small is plenty - they are not skimpy on the servings.

Hours are 7am - 6pm Monday thru Saturday. Closed Sundays. The hours will change with the seasons so call ahead for the times. 828.733.9333.

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