by Anne Vargas
I do not present myself as a food critic; I just like to eat lunch with friends. Where the food is good. There’s a new place in town (happily, there are a lot of new places in town…) and the Redwood Rotisserie & Grill is one of them.
Located on the corner of Kietzke and Plumb, where Carrows used to be, it opened in May after a yearlong transformation of the building by owners Fernando Leal and Steve Williams. They had a vision of a warm, timbered, atmosphere and brought that vision to life. The rafters were raised, the ceiling was sandblasted and original redwood was discovered under three layers of paint. The extensive renovation also includes redwood accents (some of the trim also was original) and a back bar whose rock facing rises to a ceiling that's more than 20 feet at its highest point.
The new look is somewhat suggestive of an inviting ski lodge, complete with that kind of ambiance, embodied by the friendly staff. It already has a faithful following and each of my several visits there have been worth another trip. It could be probably be categorized as a sports bar because of the two enormous television screens on the brick wall but I was too busy studying the menu and observing the other patrons (and what they were ordering) to pay any attention. Manager George Heinemann described the cuisine intent as a modern twist on traditional favorites, taking comfort food to a new level.
It’s an all-day kind of place, (open from 11 a.m. 9 p.m., Mon - Th; 11 a.m. 10 p.m. on weekends) with an all-day kind of menu anchored by succulent rotisserie chicken and tritip. Chicken is offered by the quarter, half and whole bird and tritip by the quarter, half and full pound with eight sides and various accompanying sauces to choose from. The chicken is terrific people at the adjacent table were raving about the tritip.
Changing daily specials feature a variety of intriguing options such Fiesta Salad, Enchiladas, Hot Pastrami Reuben, Redwood Onion Soup/Caesar salad combo, or chef Daryl Llewellyn‘s distinctive Clam Chowder. On my last visit, my friend had a tritip soft taco which she loved and I had a grilled ham (real old-fashioned bone-in ham) and cheese (cheddar) sandwich that was so incredible the memory keeps beckoning...I’m going back tomorrow.
And if you linger long enough over lunch you can stay for Happy Hour, daily from three until six with $3 domestic non-craft beer, $4 house wine/well drinks and $5 appetizers. Sounds like a plan.
Redwood Rotisserie & Grill, 850 E. Plumb Lane, coroner of Kietzke. (775) 824-9564. No reservations.