Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: Reds on the River

(c) January 2013, Kathy Fannon | Inside Reds

My parents' 49th wedding anniversary was last month and in celebration we went to Reds on the River in Rockford.

I've heard that Reds is a great place but none of us had ever been there, so we were excited to have a special occasion to go.

Reds is in downtown Rockford, MI, at 8 E. Bridge Street.

Reds offers reservations for their indoor dining room only. There is an outdoor deck, which runs along the Rogue River, that is open in the summer months. What a great view!

(c) August 2009, Kathy Fannon | Outdoor Bar & Seating

(c) August 2009, Kathy Fannon | Outdoor Bar & Seating

(c) August 2009, Kathy Fannon | Rogue River at Reds

We went on a mid-Saturday afternoon so they weren't very busy, which was nice. We were able to look around without feeling nosey, talk without feeling like we had to yell (I'm not saying it's that way when they're busy), and relax to eat without feeling rushed.

The lunch menu was reasonably priced (remembering they are on the "upscale" side) and offered items like salads, burgers, soups, entrees and sandwiches. Prices range from $6 (French Onion Soup) to $22 (Full-Sandwich Lobster Grilled Cheese with Tomato Basil Soup). Most items averaged around the $10 range.

Chef Glenn Forgie has "designed" and prepares each "item from scratch daily".

My mom and dad split a french dip and shoe string fries, which Reds so kindly put on separate plates to bring to the table. $11

Shaved top round, Gruyere cheese, au jus, French baguette

My husband had the Reds Steak Burger with shoe string fries. $10

House made from ground steak trimmings, white cheddar, mushrooms

I had the Chicken Quesadilla. $10

Chicken breast, bell peppers, onions, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, black bean and corn salsa, guacamole, sour cream

BEST quesadilla I've ever had! Fabulous!

My husband and parents enjoyed what they ordered as well, and we decided this was definitely a place to keep in mind for our next special occasion.

Reds also offers a children's menu, dinner menu, dessert menu, and an extensive wine list.

Check out some of the local awards they have won!

And lots of cool pictures in their photo gallery!

I can't wait to go back in the summer months so we can eat outside along the river!

Fun Note! If you look close, you'll see the same stones as the ones in my profile picture. Reds is technically in a strip-mall where the stone-theme is carried through the whole area. My profile picture was taken near the coffee shop, which has since closed its doors. Sadness.

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