Roost Opens Tonight

I drove past Roost today, at SE 14th & SE Belmont, and noticed the paper was finally off the windows. It’s spare inside, just blonde tables, black chairs, and a row of pegs along the east wall, but it’s much cuter than that dive bar that used to occupy this corner.


Tonight is the soft opening, according to the chef, who was chopping ham in the kitchen when I popped my head in the back door. She’ll initially be serving dinner, and brunch is a possibility in the near future. I know I should have gotten more information but I had a car full of takeout from Lilikoi and I was distracted by the thought of the Kalua pork sandwich and guava strawberry cream cake waiting for me.

Here’s a picture of the restaurant and the menu. There’s a reflection on the menu pic, if you can’t see it, here are the dishes:

Grilled Herbed Flatbread with Avocado Butter $6.50
Ham & Spinach Croquettes with Herb Salad and Mustard Cream $9
Corn Fritter and Avocado Fries with Buttermilk Sauce $9.50
Grilled Shrimp and Tulelake Horseradish Sauce and Charred Green Onions $10.50

Trout Chowder wiht Bacon, Corn, Potato and Ham Hocks $8
Shredded Escarole with a Deep Fried Egg, Crisp Chicken Skin and Toasted Garlic $11
Avocado, Orange, Celery, Cucumber and Tomato Salad $11
Spinach Salad with Avocado, Blue Cheese, Warm Bacon and Smoked Trout $13

Beef Burger with Sharp White Cheddar, Fried Onions, Hand Cut French Fries $14
Pan Roasted Cod with Gazpacho Water, Tomatoes and Shrimp “Eggs” $23
Grilled Skirt Steak with Blue Cheese Butter, Griddled Corn Cakes and Tomatoes $22
Chicken Paillard with Panko, Arugula, and Pecorino $16
Bacon Chop with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Braised Escarole and Mustard Butter $24
Spaghetti Pasta with Proscuitto Cotto, Scallions, Arugula, Black Pepper, and Pecorino $15

20oz Draft beers are Heater Allen Pilsner and Hopworks Cross Town Pale, both $5.50. There are four bottled beers (Heater Allen Coastal Common and Bobtoberfest, Caldera Lawnmower Lager, Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout $5.50-$6.75), four white wines by the glass and seven reds.

If anyone goes tonight, let me know what your first impressions are!