Sitting on the corner of 11th and Bitting in Riverside, among beautiful trees and quaint apartments, next to a little barber shop and disc golf store, is R Coffee House. It’s a place where everyone in the neighborhood hangs out to enjoy coffee, good food, live jazz, open poetry and stories.
The small building has been a coffeehouse for many years and holds a special place in the Riverside community’s culture. Angelo Rodriguez purchased the business, formerly known as the Riverside Perk, in September 2012 and has received much praise from the neighborhood since. The Rodriguez family also owns Anna Murdoc’s Cafe downtown, known for its creative recipes that focus on authentic, feel-good Mexican food with a contemporary, experimental twist.
Rodriguez is known for his creative, in-the-moment daily menu options, and I was encouraged by a group of customers to follow the Facebook page to find out what special entree is being featured each day. Recently, featured entrees included barbecue brisket, enchiladas, carne asada burritos and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.
Angelo also hit an iced-coffee-lover’s home run with a drink called the “Yin Yang” ($4), featuring a shot of espresso, a splash of half and half, and a few drips of caramel and white chocolate poured over a snow cone. It was brilliant. I can’t say enough about this uniquely creative drink. This is a must-try item.