Best For: Ribs, Grilled Artichokes, a celebration meal
This restaurant was not a new experience, but rather, an old favorite revisited. Even though, I don’t think I know a single local who hasn’t tried this place, I thought I’d go ahead and write my review in case I have a visiting friend who’s checking out my blog.
The thing I love about Rutherford is the consistency. I have never once eaten there and been disappointed. This was the go-to spot on my visits home, and year after year, it was still just as good as I remembered it.
You will definitely have to wait for a table (no resos here), but it’s worth the wait. Your wait can be enjoyable if you grab a glass of wine and sit on their patio. Plenty of sunny tables in the summer, and a nice fireplace in the winter.
Once you’ve been seated, do not, I repeat, DO NOT leave this place without ordering the Grilled Artichoke to start. Many times I have been tempted to just order several of them as my main course. They are steamed perfectly every time and then finished off in the woodfire oven, giving them a nice smoky taste. The dipping sauce comprised of mayo, horseradish, herbs, lemon juice, and other delectable ingredients is nothing short of Heaven.
As I’ve been here many times, I could write a ridiculously long blog on each of the dishes I’ve had, but I’ll just mention a few favorites.
Generally speaking, I am not a pork fan, but I cannot get past the incredible woodfired ribs! They literally fall off the bone as you’re eating them and they are smothered in a smoky sweet barbecue sauce that will put you off Heinz forever. Sometimes, as a special, they will offer woodfired chicken alongside a half-rack of ribs, and when they do, you MUST choose it!
I’m also a HUGE fan of their housemade Veggie Burgers. They are gigantic, well-seasoned, and a nice texture. It’s surprising how hard it is to find a good veggie burger, but Rutherford nails it.
Finally, although I could go on and on, I have to mention the French Dip Sandwich. I have yet to find any other French Dip that I enjoyed. This one is piled high with tender, flavorful meat. It’s served with both Horseradish and housemade Aus Jus for dipping and even when you hit your stuffed point, you’ll want to keep eating!
Other family favorites include; the Enchiladas, the Prime Rib, the Veggie Platter, and the Cornbread.
The wine list is extensive, and I believe one of the best in the Valley for by-the-glass choices.
The nice thing about Rutherford is that you can look at the menu, pick whatever sounds good, and be guaranteed an outstanding meal.
So whether you’re a local going to re-visit, or a visitor going for the first time, please don’t forget to contact me and I’ll meet you there! 🙂