Thursday , June 12, 2014 - 12:57 PM
Raquel Da Rosa credits the community for helping her and her husband, Fernando Gonzales, open River Burger in Morgan.
Originally from Uruguay, the couple came to the United States about 10 years ago. Da Rosa had worked in the food industry making hamburgers in her native country, but says the popular American dish is made with different toppings there.
She continued working in the food industry after coming to Utah. When the opportunity to open her own place came available, she seized it.
Da Rosa soon found that opening a restaurant was more work than she had anticipated.
Neighbors and friends stepped in to help her paint, clean and get the kitchen set up.
“They said they weren’t really doing anything special, but to me it meant everything,” Da Rosa said through an interpreter.
In April 2014, the couple opened the doors and began serving customers. Da Rosa said the thing that makes her food special is the “heart” that goes into preparing it.
“I cook the food with love to make sure the customers are happy,” she said.
Most of the food on the menu is American. However, she did incorporate a few dishes from Uruguay. The Milanesa Napolitana ($8.99) is made with beef, ham, sauce and mozzarella cheese. It is served with Russian salad made from potatoes, peas, carrots, eggs and mayonnaise. The Empanadas ($1.50/each), are small pieces of bread stuffed with choice of beef, ham, cheese or chicken.
Breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m. The breakfast burritos are big sellers, stuffed with eggs, cheese, potatoes and choice of ham, sausage or bacon ($2.99), or all three meats ($4.99). French toast or pancakes are served a la carte ($1.99/two pieces), or with potatoes, eggs and choice of meat ($5.49).
The signature River Burger ($5.49) is made with a half pound of beef, and bacon, mushrooms, Swiss cheese and American cheese on a pretzel bun. Other popular burgers include the quarter pounder with cheese ($3.49), made with all the traditional toppings of lettuce, ketchup, mustard, pickles and tomatoes; the Parmesan burger ($5.29), served on a sourdough bun; and the Supreme Double Burger ($5.09), with mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese.
For those who prefer a sandwich, River Burger serves hot or cold turkey on Texas toast ($4.59), a spicy fried chicken sandwich ($3.69), a fried fish sandwich ($3.99), or the special sandwich ($3.59) with turkey, Swiss cheese, sprouts, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles and tomatoes on Texas toast.
On the lighter side, the restaurant offers a variety of salads including chicken salad ($3.79) and taco salad ($3.99). The kid’s menu includes childhood favorites such as a corn dog ($1.29), chicken nuggets ($1.99) or a foot-long hotdog ($2.49).
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