At noon on a cold and sunny Saturday, though, we were not the only ones with Roll-N-Roaster on the brain. Alas, we had to feed the meter for a parking spot right out front, but it was worth the $1.00 to not have to wait for that free parking spot.
When I saw the parking lot line, I feared the ordering line and was pleasantly surprised to see it was relatively short. We quickly ordered in the back of the restaurant, found a seat and listened for our number to be called.
The boys and I sat in front of the big window and played with our newly acquired balloons (not just for birthday boys, for all kids) while we waited. This is Brooklyn at its best: we saw everything from multi-generational families out for their Saturday lunch to an eccentric man literally dressed like a fish. What I'd really like to do is visit here at 2AM, purely for the people watching.
The menu ranges from burgers to roast beef to fried shrimp to pizza. Lemonade and champagne. You want it, they probably have it.
Of course we wanted the whole menu, but sampled only the following:
- Roast Beef Sandwich: JB was slightly disappointed here. The roast beef, which was supposed to be juicy, seemed dry. In our ordering panic, JB had forgotten to order the Cheez (yes, Cheez) which I think was needed. They pride themselves on their fresh Kaiser rolls which seemed on the ordinary side.
- Chicken Fingers: Again, ordinary, but satisfying. A little honey mustard went a long way.
- Burgers: Per our younger critic, Big Z, the burger was "great, awesome, meaty". He's 5 and never met a burger he didn't like.
- Fries: The fries here were circles not sticks. I was worried the boys wouldn't touch a new shape, but a fry is a fry is a fry.
- Corn Fritters: BEST thing on the menu. Fried cream corn=bite-size perfection.
- Lemonade: Amazing and fresh. Sadly, no refills. (Yes, we asked)
We had some winners, we had some losers. Will we be back? YES. I definitely want some champagne with my corn fritters next time.
Until our next Berger,
2901 Emmons Ave Brooklyn, NY
Side Dish: If you go on your birthday, you get the chance to "spin the wheel" for a prize. Prizes range from $5 to $25 off your meal. But you need ID. Little D at age 4 doesn't carry ID, so they wouldn't let him spin. So note, if you bring a child on their birthday, you need a birth certificate. Dumb policy, IMHO.