Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen
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Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen Restaurant Review: The chic, bistro-like atmosphere at this cozy uptown hot-spot is worth a discussion, but the inventive menu is what really has people talking. Chalkboard specialties may offer various departures from the traditional European-influenced fare. There are Southern touches on the menu, too, like Anson Mills grits and polenta. But the restaurant’s namesake is the star: tender and comforting Ashley Farms natural, wood-fired chicken, served in half and whole orders. We recommend starting with a bowl of tomato basil bisque or the mushroom and Campo de Montalbán (a Spanish cheese from La Mancha) hand-made pizza. Lunch offers a raft of such dishes, plus house-made pasta, sandwiches and salads. House-cured meats may be another special item. Expect Southern flavors on the dessert list as well --- think coconut cake and caramel cake. The gluten-free menu presents a number of choices from the main menu that will pass muster with patrons needing to adhere to that dietary restriction. Don’t miss a look at the extensive wine list, beer and microbrew menu, and cocktails for a pairing. We applaud the inclusion of the occasional North Carolina wine in a line-up that visits a wide range of wine-producing regions in Europe and the New World. Also located at 6601 Morrison Blvd., SouthPark, 704-366-8688.