Rappahannock River Oyster (RRO) is totally overdue for its own topic here on dr.com. Of course, that assumes it doesn't already have a topic on here somewhere? I only found scattered mentions in other topics like for Union Market or under shopping as an oyster source.
Bet many of you didn't know:
- RRO dates all the way back to 1899 and is still owned by the same family?
- Rappahannock has an amazing 8-10 seat shack in Topping, VA by the bay with super, interesting and incredibly fresh and local seafood. Has anyone been?
- They just opened up their latest and most grand restaurant in Richmond at 320 East Grace St.?
- That said restaurant managed to pry open (pun intended) the Columbia Room enough to get bartender Katie Nelson to consult on a drink menu paired with RRO's seafood?
- That the Croxton cousins, the owners, plan to open more places to slurp, eat and drink in/around DC/VA?
- That these guys really are among those leading the effort to restore the Chesapeake oyster industry and claw back market share from those pesky west coasters, canadians, kiwis and gulf coast types?
- That you don't have to go all the way to Topping (or Richmond) to slurp some fine oysters since they're up and running at Union Market (okay, most already know that )
I've now eaten my way through most of the menu at the very popular RRO Bar at Union Market. Wonderful oysters whether raw or grilled. I especially like the Stingrays and Rappahannock River oysters. Raw oysters sell for $2 each. Likewise on the tasty clams. Oh, and that oyster chowder which I think is made with Olde Salts (one of the four varieties they cultivate)! And, the more substantial meals:
- the crab cake is both ample and packed with blue crab (served with a very nice celeriac salad); perfect for lunch ($14)
- wonderful, large, sweet sea scallops with a healthy peppery arugula salad ($14)
- an interesting and satisfying "lamb and clams" dish with sofrito, fingerlings and one other ingredient I'm forgetting. ($14)
The bar at Union Market also has a short but nice wine list and friendly servers. Need to get a report from someone on the new Richmond outpost as soon as a rockwellian makes it there. Maybe it'll be me...but probably not knowing how far-ranging dr members are. Nothing stays unreported on long around here.
An interesting Food & Wine article about the company and it's history written by Tom Colicchio
Washingtonian's coverage of the new Richmond restaurant
RRO's nicely done website