I love to explore Cincinnati’s restaurants and try out different places during the week for lunch. If I’ve never been before, I find lunch to be an easy way to introduce myself to a restaurant. The Rookwood in Mt. Adams has always been my spot for Sunday brunch, but this time I decided to try out their new lunch and cocktail menu with gal-pal Ashley Reichard.
We started off our lunch with craft cocktails - a Sazerac and a Singapore Sling.
The salads sounded fresh and delicious, we went with the Heirloom Beets, the Root Down salad (shaved brussels sprouts, roasted cauliflower, radish, kale & lemon tahini dressing) and a classic Summer refresher, the Moscow Mule.
Don't judge, but I die over a good burger. Rookwood’s signature, 'The Barnsdale,' never fails. A classic burger with only the essentials, made with intention and it is utterly delicious. Then, indulgence be damned, executive chef Jackson Rouse insisted that we try his grilled cheese. I would have refused, but... I am a sucker for a buttery, toasted to perfection, grilled cheese - which can make me a harsh critic. As a kid, grandma Costa made a mean one. Just thinking about it makes me nostalgic and I never thought it could be topped. Well, Rookwood nailed it. The sandwich was an oozing stack of fried green tomatoes and fontina cheese on sourdough bread. It was basically summer -- dripping, crispy and gooey -- on a plate.
We rounded out our lunch with a quivering slice of Key Lime pie. There is something nostalgic about that dessert, maybe it’s because I grew up in the south, anyway, it was definitely a great end to a summer afternoon date.
Rookwood has a laid back atmosphere, stylish but chill. We kept our looks comfortable and simple: we both dressed in denim, lightweight summer tops, statement jewelry and fun but comfortable shoes (think vintage kicks). All things that should be staples in your wardrobe!