Everywhere these days seems to have pizza on their menu. If you wander into any bar, they’re bound to have pizza on the menu. The pizzas will vary from simple cheese pizzas to the “extravagant” pizzas with mushrooms and peppers on top, but what if I told you there was a better way to experience pizza? The Rivers Eatery doesn’t just make pizza, but they offer a unique dining experience in the northwoods that my wife and I have come to enjoy.
Claire and I found ourselves getting stagnant with the places we were going to have supper. Now there’s nothing wrong with having your hometown favorites where you usually order the same thing on the menu every time. There’s a simplicity and comfort found in that. But then there are times where you want to go outside of your comfort zone. Test your taste buds a little and make sure they know other flavors besides a cheeseburger, fries and a Spotted Cow. That’s how Claire and I ended up out at The Rivers Eatery on a Wednesday night in Cable, WI.
This wasn’t our first time out at The Rivers Eatery and it surely won’t be our last. With over 10 unique kinds of 10 inch stone oven pizzas on their menu, there’s something different for everyone depending on what you’re in the mood for. Their pizza names are true to the northwoods and rivers with names like the Eau Claire, Saint Croix, Brule, etc. It also gives one the opportunity to quiz their out of town friends as they hear them try to pronounce names like “Namakagon” and “Nemadji” (doing this after a round or two of their several craft beers on tap is highly encouraged as well.)
The atmosphere inside The Rivers Eatery is an ode to the outdoor activities often enjoyed in the northwoods. With bicycles all over the walls as well as racing bibs, you can tell that this is a place where stories from out on the trails (whether biking or skiing) have been shared and stretched over the course of an evening. The indoor dining area is spacious and offers several tables to sit at as well as the bar, whether you’re on a date night or with a group of friends. What Claire and I really enjoyed this time of year was the opportunity to enjoy their outdoor seating. With a small tree line tucking you in to their outdoor seating and limited bugs (from what we could tell) it made for an ideal summer night of munching on pizza and sipping on brews.
Claire ordered the Eau Claire pizza which consisted of Big Butz Cranberry BBQ, oven roasted chicken with organic cranberries, mozzarella, cheddar and provolone cheese. I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy a few bites of her pizza. I also let her try a few bites of my Amnicon pizza which included marinara, roasted red peppers, Canadian bacon, mandarin oranges, pepperoncini, mozzarella, provolone and cheddar cheese. I was a little leary of the mandarin oranges being on my pizza (because I mostly survived on Jack’s Pizza in college) but it was something I’m glad I ventured out of my comfort zone to try.
We didn’t have room for dessert, but if we did, we would’ve been able to wander over to Tilly’s Pies right next door. Tilly’s Pies offers a wide variety of homemade, freshly baked pies in which you can enjoy with a scoop of ice cream on top if you desire (which, I mean, why wouldn’t you?)
The next time you’re in the car wondering where you’re going to go for dinner, we recommend taking the little extra drive out to Cable, WI to visit The River’s Eatery. They offer a great atmosphere, pizza, brews, and pies. Also, they have a small indie bookstore at the front of the shop called Redbery Books. While you're there, you can also help support local authors (like myself) by browsing through their collection of books for adults, teens and children. Who knows? We may just run into you out there!
The Rivers Eatery Hours:
Wed-Fri = 4pm - 8pm
Sat = Noon - 8pm
Sun = 3pm - 8pm