‘Relish’ a Sensational Seasonal Menu at a River Oaks Classic

Kelsey Pizzitola
‘Relish’ a Sensational Seasonal Menu at a River Oaks Classic

Melon Carpaccio and the Strawberry Chill

THE CROWD AT River Oaks’ Relish doesn’t let up as early evening turns into nighttime. To toast the pretty spring weather, a posh set is filling the neighborhood eatery’s airy bar and lush patio.


Chef-owner Dustin Teague has rolled out new veggie-forward dishes to complement the cooler sunny weather. There’s fried eggplant that’s described by the waiter as “cheese sticks but with eggplant instead of cheese.” (And she’s not wrong.) The melon carpaccio is served with a large serving of burrata, which also makes an appearance in the classic and fresh caprese salad. And cheese-lovers rejoice! There’s perfectly gooey whipped feta on the menu as well.

Vegetables also take a starring role in the entrees. The spaghetti alla puttanesca — with olives, tomatoes, capers, lemon, basil and parmesan — is tailormade to be enjoyed on a patio with a cold glass of white wine. For something meatier, try the seared salmon with white beans and leeks.

Liven things up with one of the new spring cocktails: The cereza limeade is made with tequila and sotol from Marfa. Or opt for the berry smash with mezcal, thai basil and charred lemon. Cheers!

Panzanella Caprese Salad

Cereza Limeade

Whipped Feta with the Love and Happiness cocktail

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Seared Salmon

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