Tomball, TX (KTRK) — Randy Rucker had a restaurant in Houston before finally deciding to move to the Northeast a few years ago.
He spent some time in New England, but has been making waves in Philadelphia’s food scene for the past three years with his restaurant River Twice in south Philadelphia.
The idea behind River Twice involves multi-course meals that serve “modern American” dishes such as oysters, seafood, wagyu beef and duck.
“We offer two menus,” says Rucker. “We offer a seven-course menu that feeds about 10 people, and we have a chef’s counter serving about 18 courses.”
Rucker and his wife Amanda take great pride in serving food sourced from the Delaware Valley and the Mid-Atlantic United States.
“The menu changes all the time,” he said. “We keep it funky as hell.”
Rucker was named the best chef in the city by Philadelphia Magazine in 2021 and the best new American restaurant in 2020. Rucker said the community has supported his efforts since coming to town in 2019.
He sees some similarities between Houston and Philadelphia.
“We all know Houston is a melting pot of all these great cultures,” Rucker said. “I found the same one here in Philadelphia.”
When it comes to this World Series, Rucker said he will come out on top regardless of the outcome.
If the Astros win, his hometown team will win another title. I noticed.
“I will always remain an Astros fan,” he explained. “I’ve learned to really enjoy watching the Phillies.”
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