Elkhart Dining Days 2014: Lunch at B on the River full of surprises

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By: Victoria Jacobsen
vjacobsen@flavor574.com

I wasn’t so sure about a potato chip cookie.

I love chips on the side of a good sandwich, but I doubted potato crisps could be baked into a cookie with along with oatmeal, chocolate, butterscotch, pretzel pieces and a hint of coffee without bringing down the entire concoction. 

The Elkhart Dining Days $10 lunch special at B on the River comes with a sandwich, soup or salad, drink and cookie, and I was perfectly willing to play my dessert order safe with chocolate chip or fudge brownie cookie.

But since the lady at the counter told me the River Rock cookies were a B on the River specialty – and there was only one left – I felt obligated to try it (you know, for the sake of journalism).

I’m not the sort of person who waits to eat dessert at the end of a meal, so I settled the “Do potato chips belong in cookies” question while waiting for my sandwich.

I’m sorry I ever doubted SugaRush desserts. To be completely honest, I probably wouldn’t have been able to identify the individual ingredients as they came together in tasty, salty-sweet bites.

I can only say it was an awfully good cookie, and I now have full faith in out-of-the-ordinary SugaRush treats. (White chocolate apricot bars, you’re next.)

My dessert barely lasted until my actual lunch was ready, but I was not disappointed by the rest of my meal. I’ve never had a bad caprese sandwich, and this was no exception.

The melted mozzarella and pesto on focaccia really hit the spot. My pumpkin soup was fragrant and subtly sweet and chunky. I love pumpkin spice everything as much as the next person, but this was a nice break from the overwhelming spicy-sweetness that usually accompanies pumpkin flavor. Oh, and there was a generous serving a potato chips on the side of my panini — right where they belong. 

B on the River is located at 333 NIBCO Parkway in Elkhart. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed on Sundays. 

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