244 River St., Springfield, Vt.
If you appreciate getting to know the restaurant owner over your meal, Riverside Restaurant is one of those places. Crystal Lariviere became sole owner in early 2015, but she has been associated with the restaurant “off and on” for 25 years. These days she is “chief cook and bottle washer,” helping with prep work, waiting tables, doing the books. Her personal touch is apparent, especially at holiday time. “A lot of people love our restaurant because it’s like a community, people visit with their neighbors, they’re not pushed,” she said.
Riverside Restaurant specializes in seafood, from Friday haddock fish-fry and Chef Matt’s seafood platter to daily fish and chips and Chef Brad’s sautéed seafood dishes. “Seafood is a big thing, people love our whole clams and oysters,” she said. Riverside Restaurant gets its seafood fresh from Ipswich, Mass., twice a week.
Head chef Gideon manages the kitchen and specializes in prime rib. The Saturday menu features Chicago char grilled prime rib for lunch and Western prime rib for dinner, with St. Louis BBQ ribs on weekends for lunch.
The salad bar features a choice of homemade hot soups, cold salads and fresh-baked bread, along with garnishes, dressings and fresh fruit.
The menu includes comfort food as well – sandwiches, burgers, meatloaf, chicken tenders, chicken Parmesan and Chef Rick’s chili. Lariviere also offers a complete senior menu.
Desserts and pastries are made on-site, the most popular being Sophia’s chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and Carrie’s carrot cake.
Riverside Restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. – Monday through Thursday to 8 p.m., Friday to 9 p.m., Saturday to 8 p.m. and Sunday to 2 p.m.
Riverside Restaurant is located next to Dollar General on Route 106 (River Street), about half a mile from the Springfield Plaza.