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.

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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!

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