PRO: Great burger, Great View, nice wait-staff
CON: Chowder too sweet
Our July 2014 visit to the downtown Portsmouth River House yielded an outstanding burger, too sweet chowder, and a good salad. The River House, which is a rustic-yet high-end seafood restaurant adjacent the bay has a great bay view. The young wait-staff work well together to treat customers well. For such an old building the River House had good handicap accessibility via a side door which required only on step to enter the dining area.
* Cowboy Burger for $13 – Though expensive for a burger, was fantastic. It was by far better than Ray’s Hell Burger in Virginia, which President Obama visited and better than the BGR chain. The half-pound burger is a great mixture of chuck, short rib and brisket meat with a spicy dry rub. Their homemade spicy catchup was delicious.
* Bowl of seafood chowder $10, which won awards, was far too sweet; however, it had a thick creamy texture and heavily loaded with shell fish (lobster, sea scallops, shrimp, clams) and some haddock.
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