Michael Symon's restaurant Roast in downtown Detroit is very meat-centric and their bar menu is no different. One of the items they put on their regular menu is something they call the "roast beast of the day." So on the happy hour menu, they do a "roast beast of the day taco." Well, my husband and I went to happy hour with a couple of our friends last Friday and we ordered some of our usual favorites: the roast burger (topped with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg, all on an English muffin), rosemary fries, and mac and cheese. But we figured since the roast beast of the day was goat and the taco was only $4, what did we have to lose? So we ordered it. And it wasn't terrible. In fact, it didn't really taste like much. I'd compare it to pork but I think even pork has more flavor.
|The goat taco wasn't terrible|
So the four of us shared two goat tacos among us, but we also ordered all our usuals mentions above. In fact, I come to Roast just for the burger. It is, without a doubt, the best burger I've ever had in my life. Not only is the meat of exceptional quality, but the golden, dripping yolk from the fried egg makes eating it almost a sensual experience. Whoever thought burgers could be sensual? Well, this one is. I've been encouraged by my husband to "get a room" while eating it. :P
|Easily the best burger you'll ever eat|
But the best part is, that when you come to happy hour at Roast, the prices are more affordable than the chain restaurant down the street. When I went to dinner there with a friend a few weeks ago, I had a burger, fries, and a beer and I left spending less than $15 for myself. Last weekend when it was four of us, our entire bill, with all the food we consumed (and it was a lot), was $63. For a high-end restaurant, that's almost like they're extorting money out of themselves. If you make a reservation and sit in the dining room at Roast, there's no way just two people are leaving there spending less than what we spent for four of us at the bar during happy hour. While I enjoy going to Roast for special occasions, I have to say, I've come to prefer the casual, cheap, but equally delicious bar food to the fancy meals prepared in the dining room.
If you ever find yourself in downtown Detroit during happy hour, Roast is the place to be. In fact, I'd encourage you to get there right as happy hour starts or you might find yourself not being able to find a seat at the bar - especially on Fridays.
That burger looks so sinfully good! What a great Happy Hour deal; If I ever make it to Detroit, Roast is definitely on the list.ReplyDelete
I do like Michael Symon - how fantastic that he does a casual version. CheersReplyDelete
Goat tacos? Wow, I had never thought of using goat as the filling for a taco. Cool idea!ReplyDelete
I tried a hamburger with an egg atop it at a local eatery. I didn't like it much. But, I would give the one at Roast a try since you love it so much. Now I just have to get to Detroit!ReplyDelete
I just sent this post to a friend of mine who visits family in Detroit -- sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete
We're visiting DC today and I was startled by all the Happy Hour signs at the bars and restaurants and I realized that's because Happy Hours have been banned in Massachusetts for so long, I had forgotten they were legal in other states! I don't usually like eating at the bar, but for that cheeseburger, I think I would be willing to stand and eat it!ReplyDelete
The best burger I ever had was from Basil's bar in Mustique in the Caribbean. When we were in New Zealand we ate burgers with a slice of pickled beet and a fried egg. We loved that so much ,we've made them at home.ReplyDelete
The cheeseburger looks amazing. We have a Bobby's Burger place near us and one month, I think August the burger of the month was a breakfast burger which looked very similar.ReplyDelete
I was out of town until today, which is why I couldn't comment over the weekend.ReplyDelete
Next time I'm in the area, I'll have to give it a try -- my family is in northern Ohio. That burger looks awesome. Glad to know I haven't missed out by not eating goat (tho I'd be happy to give it a try).