A Crispy Combo

Just six months old, R’z Café and Catering in Fort Branch, Ind., is fast becoming a favorite of locals and travelers alike, and it’s easy to see why. From the eclectic atmosphere to the diverse menu, owners Candy and Dan Yancey pride themselves on bringing something unique to the area. In addition to on- and off-site catering and outdoor dining, R’z also offers daily specials and a popular Sunday brunch.

One dish served only during brunch is Chicken and Doughnuts. An obvious twist on the Southern tradition of chicken and waffles, Chef Matt Camp (also known as a guitarist for the local band Blame the Radio featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Evansville Living) looks to create “grown-up” versions of classics, and this is no exception. Hand-breaded fried chicken strips are joined by two large homemade doughnuts, sweet potato straws, and caramelized cantaloupe, and is served with bourbon maple syrup and brown sugar crema. The combination of savory and sweet keeps you coming back bite after bite.

If you can’t make brunch, other guest favorites include a Ribeye Steak Sandwich, Szechwan Chicken Wrap, and Low Country Shrimp and Grits. New dishes frequently pop up as specials, which are announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page. No matter the choice, you won’t leave hungry, as the portions are large, and the desserts are equally enticing.

Candy Yancey says that “R’z” stems from a take on the word “ours,” as the entire family pitched in to make the restaurant a reality. That dedication is evident in the quality of the food and service.

R’z Café and Catering Company is located at 104 N. Main St. in Fort Branch, Ind. For more information, call 812-615-0039 or find it on Facebook. R’z is open for lunch Tuesday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., dinner Thursday-Saturday from 4-9 p.m., and for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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