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Riverstone Corner Bistro Serves Traditional, Farm-to-table Fare

By S. Mathur

The Riverstone Corner Bistro or RCB is a family owned farm to table restaurant in Canton GA. Reservations are recommended on the weekend, which is an indication of its popularity. There are even lines for lunch. RCB was opened four years ago by Shelly and Mike Farrar. They had previously owned a deli, and wanted to run a full service restaurant and bar.

"My son, husband and I decided to partner in this venture," Shelly Farrar said. "Since then my brother in law has joined us. We have been open a little over four years now and are in the process of buying land to build a free standing restaurant as we have grown out of our space."

As well as the deli experience, Farrar's husband, brother in law and son used to work for PF Chang's. She had done a stint at the Outback Steakhouse corporate office, so the family was well versed in the food industry.

Guests find the decor and staff to be friendly and welcoming. As well as the homey bistro interior, there's outdoor patio seating, with a fire pit for chilly fall nights. Drinks served in mason jars are a nice touch. It's a regular destination for many people for many reasons: date night, family visits, lunch hour stop, weekend night out and more.

"We are often told our atmosphere is warm, cozy and makes them feel at home," Farrar said. "It's small and quaint with a farm chic flair."

The biggest draw, of course, is the food. Every menu item has its fans, but there are some clear favorites. The vegetables are sustainably farmed and the grass fed beef gives dishes a special fresh flavor.

"Our top three sellers are our Shrimp n Grits, Southern Fried Chicken and Pistachio Encrusted Grouper," Farrar said. "We have a scratch kitchen and pride ourselves in farm to table."

The soups are rated outstanding by guests, specially the tomato basil and steak fajita soups, and the gumbo. Even regular traditional items like the burgers, seared salmon and the grilled cheese and bacon sandwich are done to perfection. Desserts include innovations like the sugar cookie bread pudding and traditional favorites like coconut or banana cream pie. Drinks include wines, craft beers and cocktails with organic ingredients.

Another reason that guests plan to return is that the owners and staff really care about the quality of their experience. For both residents and visitors, a trip to the bistro has become a regular feature. Many people will drive half an hour regularly for a weekend meal, and visitors often wished they lived closer to the delicious food.

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