We made a solo visit to the new Redding Roadhouse last night. As we noted when we met chef Wirt Cook at the Westport Farmer’s Market, the new menu features fresh local ingredients and some great imaginative touches.
The menu is actually pretty simple in outline, although there is a lot of imagination in how the dishes are prepared and presented. You will find most appetizers under $12, with 2 at $13 and many entrees under $25. There are three rotating specials as well: Tuesday is half price burger and beer night, Wednesday is house smoked ribs, and Thursday is southern fried chicken night.
The dining room is a beautifully candlelit room with a fireplace at one end, and there is also a separate comfortable bar area with a simple sandwich and snack bar menu and entertainment Thursday through Sunday.
We ordered the crab cakes for an appetizer. They come with a spicy tartar sauce and “Gilbertie’s baby greens,” which seemed to be mostly cilantro. The crab cakes are fairly spicy and contain bits of sweet red pepper. While they are nicely “crabby,” we did hope to find more crab than we did.
For our main course we ordered some absolutely delicious Cajun Shrimp and Grits, served with a terrific dark, garlicky sauce made with brandy. This was simply excellent and went well with a glass of Cabernet rather than the white wine you might normally think to order. The rich garlicky flavor continued in the grits (polenta) and we ate every bite of it.
Since this was ribs night, we also manage to snag a photo of their smoky barbecued ribs, served with sweet potato fries.
The dessert menu is recited, but it included sorbet, apple crisp and a chocolate brownie sundae that we devoured with abandon.
Our bill with one drink, wine and tea and tax was only $64.35. This is a really pleasant family restaurant where you can have a nice reasonably priced meal and get some surprisingly good food.