Peanuts, the Kitchen Sink, 3-Alarm Fire are Just the Start of River City’s Appeal

Deciding where to eat dinner on a golf trip is more challenging than most anticipate. If you travel with a group of eight or more, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

People have different tastes, but we can agree on this: nearly everyone enjoys a good hamburger. (If you are a vegetarian or abstain from eating red meat, you are healthier than most of us and you can stop reading now.)

There are plenty of places to enjoy a quality burger in Myrtle Beach, but few are better than River City Cafe, a locally owned chain that includes seven locations. IfRiver City Cafe you are anywhere from Murrells Inlet to North Myrtle Beach, you are never more than a 7-iron away from River City and a menu full of mind-boggling burger options.

If you want a simple cheeseburger with ketchup and mustard, you can order with confidence, but do you order Coors Light at a craft cocktail bar?

From the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger to the Fried Mac Cheeseburger and everything in between, River City, whose walls are covered with old license plates from across the nation, isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of beef patty toppings.

River City has 29 burgers on the menu and for those who are unafraid of a challenge, unconcerned with counting calories, and confident their arteries aren’t easily clogged, River City features “Double Dawg Dare Ya” offerings, highlighted by the Kitchen Sink platter.

Why do they call it the “Kitchen Sink” platter? I’m guessing because it includes two patties topped with homemade Texas chili, hickory smoked bacon, grilled onions, jalapenos, sauteed fresh mushrooms, Swiss, cheddar, lettuce, tomato pickles, mustard, mayo, stuffed between two grilled cheese sandwiches, served with a mound of fries, two giant onion ring and cole slaw.

If you have eaten the Kitchen Sink and lived to tell the tale, please share the details with us.

Peanuts aren’t on the menu, but everyone enjoys a complementary basket to start their meal; yes, you throw the shells on the floor. If your group wants a more conventional appetizer, the Blooming Onion ($8.49) is a must.

While 29 burgers can be a little overwhelming, based on personal experience, the Three Alarm Fire Burger (Cajun-spiced, smothered in hot sauce with jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo) and the Fork & Knife Burger (topped with brown gravy, sauteed mushrooms and onions and served on Texas Toast) are winners.

Truth is everything on the menu is good, including a hearty selection of chicken sandwiches, and the hand-cut fries.

Bottom Line: Throw in televisions on the wall, a full bar, and the consistency of the experience at all seven locations, and River City is an ideal spot if your group is in search of a great hamburger in a casual environment. No reservations are necessary.

Photos for this piece from River City Cafe’s Facebook Page