River City & Espresso

River City Cafe & Espresso

At A Glance

What We Are Known For
  • Best French Dip in Fairbanks

  • The only place Chuck Norris buys his coffee

  • Soups & desserts homemade daily

  • We can cater your event!

  • Amazing Kaladi Brothers coffee (take some home, sold by the pound)

  • Free WiFi

  • Delivery available

  • Our employees love you and want to know your name


Memberships & Associations
  • Downtown Association of Fairbanks

  • Locally Owned

About Us

Set back a few paces from busy 2nd Avenue, River City Cafe & Espresso is a locally owned and operated shop specializing in tasty beverages and quick eats – sandwiches, soups, salads, and sweets. Made from scratch cuisine meets friendly service as your Kaladi Brothers Coffee accompanies breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Welcoming and warm, if the smells emanating from the open kitchen don’t get you, the ambiance and local art on display certainly will!


Bobbi Eller
Bobbi has owned the cafe since 2007. She is the master chef and Pro Slicer, and is easily recognizable in her ripped up t-shirts. She loves bacon and caffeine and is well known for her crazy sandwich combinations (peanut butter and pickle)! In her spare time likes to listen to comedic podcasts, read Stephen King books, and watch The Walking Dead. Oh, and she is the world’s best boss, of course!
Celebrity Crush: Si Robertson
Favorite Sammie: Hot Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Riley Dukes
Riley has been working at the cafe as Bobbi’s soup sous chef since 2010, you’ll recognize her from her eccentrically dyed hair and loud Irish music. She’s a Doctor Who fanatic and is in love with Daryl Dixon. In her spare time she helps take care of her family’s goats and chickens (you can buy farm fresh eggs from her!) and is an avid reader. She has an alter ego called Boomdot Saint who is a kick-butt Roller Derby Girl.
Celebrity Crush: Garrett Hedlund
Favorite Sammie: French Dip

Delaney Eller
Delaney, who has been at the cafe since 2008, is our resident hipster who loves to go thrift store shopping (her favorite find being a vintage typewriter that she likes to use to leave messages for her roommate) and has a passion for photography. She loves elephants, is addicted to scary movies, and is a Friends junkie. She is the only one (other than Grannie) who is actually related to Bobbi and you can always find her sipping on a delicious caramel white chocolate mocha. In addition to being the first friendly face you see when you come into the cafe, she’s also our tech savvy employee.
Celebrity Crush: Robert Downey Jr/Alex Pettyfer
Favorite Sammie: PB&J

Angelica Majors
Angelica has been working at the cafe for since early 2013. She is a chai tea expert and loves nothing more than an enjoying a frothy cup of it. She’s a cheerleader at Lathrop High School and loves to collect seashells and play guitar in her free time. Beware, there is a danger she will talk your ear off – she is self proclaimed chatterbox!
Celebrity Crush: Trey Songz
Favorite Sammie: Hot Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Mia McClain
Mia has been working at the cafe since 2010 and is known for her funny faces, love of tanning, and peacock-colored hair. In her spare time she loves to make cakes (check her out on instagram #MamaMiaCakes), is addicted to Desperate Housewives, loves pigs, and has a massive piggy bank collection. At the cafe she’s known for being the most gullible and making a mean cup of joe.
Celebrity Crush: Ryan Gosling & John Mayer
Favorite Sammie: Chipotle Black Bean Burger

Tahnee Raymond
Tahnee has been working at the cafe since early 2013. She’s an expert closer and is the cafe’s biggest sweetheart, enjoys singing and dancing, plays soccer and is a track star. She is a devotee of the White Chicken Chili cult and never misses the opportunity to have a bowl every Friday.
Celebrity Crush: Paul Walker
Favorite Sammie: French Dip

Leslie Siegfried
At the cafe since 2009, Leslie is The Girl with the Harry Potter Tattoo. She is the resident klutz and nothing goes in glass containers anymore because of her. She is biology major and gets really excited to dissect things and use microscopes, loves Game of Thrones, going on cinematic adventures, and is a major candy addict and bookworm. She is knowledgable about coffee beans, how they’re grown and roasted, and enjoys making coffee even though she prefers drinking tea!
Celebrity Crush: Michael Fassbender/Christoph Waltz
Favorite Sammie: BLT

Jarod Want
Since 2010, Jarod has been working his legendary panini making skills which quickly helped promote him from dishwasher to Panini Master. He loves sports (especially basketball and baseball) and hopes to pursue a career in film editing. He is also the cafe’s resident heavy lifter, loves music and in his spare time likes to DJ.
Celebrity Crush: Emma Watson
Favorite Sammie: French Dip

Grannie has been baking all her life and is the master baker at the cafe. She is always smiley and bubbly (even at 6:00 am)! She owns practically any kitchen you can think of and is very arts & crafty. She loves anything pumpkin spice.


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  • House


    Green salad, apple, celery, dried cranberries, croutons

  • Caesar


    Romaine, parmesan cheese, roasted red bell, croutons

  • Spinach


    Fresh spinach, bacon, mushroom, red onion, egg

  • Chef


    Green salad w/ham, turkey, beef, cheese, egg, tomato, cucumber, croutons

  • Cobb


    Romaine, chicken, bacon, tomato, avocado, blue cheese, egg, croutons

  • Taco


    Tortilla chips, green salad, seasoned beef, cheese, tomato, red onion, black olive, avocado, sour cream, catalina, salsa

*Soup selection is subject to change

Cup: $4.00  /  Bowl: $7.00

  • Monday

    Wild rice mushroom & sausage

  • Tuesday

    Split pea

  • Wednesday

    Potato corn chowder

  • Thursday

    Chicken enchilada

  • Friday

    White chicken chili / Clam chowder

  • Saturday

    Salmon chowder

  • Sunday

    Chefs selection

*Add a bag of chips to any item below for $1.00

  • Chicken bacon Ranch Wrap


    Tortilla, chicken slices, bacon, ranch, tomato, onion, black olives, and pepper jack cheese.

  • Thai Chicken Wrap


    Roasted chicken, sauteed slaw and onions, & peanut sauce.

  • Teriyaki Wrap


    Homemade teriyaki chicken with pineapple on romaine and sauteed slaw

  • Chicken Caesar Wrap


    Romaine, roasted red bells, chicken, parmesan, caesar dressing.

  • Turkey Club Wrap


    Turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, ranch dressing.

  • Chicken Caprese Wrap


    Roasted chicken with tomatoes, mozzarella, romaine, and house dressing.

  • Hot Buffalo Wrap


    Hot buffalo chicken, blue cheese crumbles, and romaine

  • French Dip


    Roasted beef, mozzi, provolone cheese, on garlic toast served with au jus sauce.

  • Rueben


    Rye, corned beef, sauerkraut, onion, swiss, and 1000 island dressing.

  • Meatball Hoagie


    Italian meatballs in a tangy sauce with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

  • BLT


    Bacon, lettuce, & tomato

  • Italian Hoagie


    Ham, Salami, pepperoni, provolone, tomato, onion, lettuce, pepperoncini, mayo and olive oil & vinegar

  • Chipotle Black Bean Burger


    Black bean and corn burger on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, onions, pepper jack cheese and salsa

  • Veggie Melt


    Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, mushrooms, sweet peppers, and avocado on toasted hoagie

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly


    strawberry, grape, or raspberry

  • Grilled Cheese


    Your choice of bread and cheese



(907) 456-6242


523 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701


Monday – Friday:
7am – 9pm

Saturday: 9am – 9pm

Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Our Location

543 2nd Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701