Five Star SexiMexy and I visited after work on Wednesday evening to try out some cocktails and indulge in a few Happy Hour dishes.
Roast is located on the ground level of the Westin on Washington Blvd in Detroit. We easily found ample street parking one block away (just make sure to go feed your meter after two hours, or else park in a lot!).
We snagged a seat at the bar. There were lots of people partaking in Happy Hour when we arrived around 6:00 PM! Very lively.
We were really excited to try some of the cocktails from the new spring menu, featured on an interactive iPad menu.
The giant, inventive list of craft cocktails features many unique, spring-inspired ingredients that are not to be found elsewhere, such as:
- Strawberry-Infused Chartreuse
- Sugar Snap Pea-Infused Gin
- Rhubarb Bitters
- Orange Flower Water
- Pea Tendrils
Five Star also pointed out the abundance of Latin-inspired ingredients scattered throughout the cocktail menu, including:
- Jalapeño-Infused Gin and Jalapeño Syrup
- Cilantro-Infused Gin
- Xocolatle Mole Bitters
- Muddled Avocado
For our first round, I couldn’t pass up the rye whiskey, and ordered (right, below) the:
PRCPU: Old Overholt Rye, Fernet Branca, Tawny Port, Aperol
And Five Star tried (left, below) the:
Phosphene Dream: Mindo Cocoa Tea-Infused Bourbon, Averna Amaro, Orange Flower Water, Xocolatl Mole Bitters, Mezcal Rinse
My cocktail was very smooth, yet the spicy rye whiskey was very present. We loved our first round of sophisticated libations. Can you tell that we are big bourbon and rye whiskey fans!?
View behind the bar at Roast:
It seemed like everyone in the place was getting these amazing-looking plates of foods (especially burgers!) brought out, so we decided to try a few dishes off the Happy Hour food menu, featured Monday-Friday between 4:30 and 6:30 PM.
This 5 oz. Roast Burger was the highlight of our eats! The five ounce beef patty, made of high-quality aged beef, was amazingly flavorful, and served just right – a super juicy, cooked-to-order medium doneness. On top was cheddar, a perfectly-cooked over-easy egg, and savory thick-cut bacon. All of this amazingness was served inside a pillowy soft, warm English muffin, resulting in one of the most buttery burgers I have ever tasted. This is an absolute steal at $4 during Happy Hour.
Five Star and I shared two other Happy Hour dishes, including this absolutely incredible Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese. I have heard so many people say that they think Slows serves the best mac ‘n’ cheese around, but I will take Roast’s goat cheese mac over that any day. (No disrespect Slows – you guys have great food!).
This mac was so awesome, you guys.
And order of sausage-stuffed chiles was also shared. These were tasty as well (especially the tomato ragu served atop the dish!) but could have used more meaty filling.
Five Star, a hot sauce aficionada, requested some Sriracha and received this dainty dish of hot sauce. So special! (By this point in the evening, we moved to a booth in the back of the giant restaurant).
But now, back to those drinks!
Our next two drinks were The Last Straw and Bar Fly.
Here is the pretty Bar Fly, which Five Star was drawn to for its Fig-Infused Gin. I tried a sip and this was absolutely delish.
And my cocktail, the favorite of the evening, was The Last Straw. I definitely wanted to try this cocktail for its spring-inspired ingredients:
Sugar Snap Pea Infused Gin, Strawberry Infused Chartreuse, St. Germaine, Fresh Lime, Strawberry Garnish.
The light zingy citrus from the fresh lime was the defining feature of this drink, and the vegetal notes from the sugar snap pea-infused gin made for a really unique fresh cocktail. The bright Chartreuse color also screamed spring. I raved about this one!
We were having such a lovely time that we couldn’t resist Roast’s dessert menu. We went with the Roast Bar Manager Joe Robinson’s recommendation:
Beer and Pretzels
Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (my favorite beer!) Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Caramel Foam. Oh yes!! I can see why this has been a mainstay on Roast’s dessert menu. Definitely a great choice. Serving the pretzels with a chocolate coating is a wise choice, as it allows the pretzels to stay nice and crispy, even by the time you dig down to the bottom of the dessert glass!
To accompany our dessert, we sipped on two mini beer cocktails which were made from two of my verrrrry favorite ingredients: Bell’s Stout and Bourbon. Amazing.
Roast is a wonderful choice if you’re in the mood for a unique, quality cocktail. The ambiance was very appealing, warm, and relaxing.
I highly recommend stopping in to try out one of the new drinks on Roast’s giant spring cocktail list!
Another great ladies’ night!
I’m still dreaming of that Roast Burger, four days later!