Review: Rooster's Kitchen

Mac and cheese—that liquid gold, carb-laden comfort food—gets its moment to shine at the recent Mass Ave eatery, Rooster’s Kitchen. The menu, focused on unpretentious home-style items, features favorites like the brisket melt and the damn good grilled cheese, but the showstopper is the build-your-own Mac and Cheese menu.

Tender elbow macaroni noodles coated and drenched in a delightfully rich and sublimely creamy from-scratch béchamel can be customized with your choice of fixings. Add some savory house bacon or tender chopped brisket. Toss in some roasted jalapeno or charred carrots. Better yet, add giardiniera for some unexpected zing. And finish with an umami-packed potato chip topping or fried pork rinds. No matter the combination, you are sure to satisfy all of your carb cravings at Rooster’s.

Of course, Rooster’s is not simply a one-trick pony. From their warm, crispy fried pork rinds—the best I have had in the Midwest—to their sandwich and salad selections, Rooster’s dishes out comfort food in all its forms.

In the midst of upscale dining spots like Vida and Mesh and Black Market, Rooster’s Kitchen is a welcome haven for relaxed dining on Mass Ave.


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