Brunch / Roost

Recent West Side entry is an instant hit with the brunch crowd

Photos by Eric Frick


1502 Niagara Street; 259-9306 or


A brainchild of the same team that brought us Martin Cooks, Roost delivers the same quality of food, using only the best ingredients, local or sometimes not. Nestled inside the Crescendo building in the heart of the newly designated Tesla Heritage Corridor, with a cool and casual vibe and colorful décor, Roost seems to please suburban and city crowds alike. To our surprise, when we arrived at 2 p.m. thinking we might be a little late (their brunch service ends at 3 p.m.), there were no empty tables. After a pleasant greeting from the host and a brief wait, we were ushered to our table. There’s artwork everywhere you look (some of it might raise an eyebrow).


Signature item:

Our favorite item on the brunch menu was the breakfast pizza (pancetta, potato, fontinella cheese, egg yolk sauce, and maple syrup). The dough had the right amount of chew and crunch, the egg yolk sauce was rich but not overtly, the pancetta was crispy, potatoes cooked perfectly, and the maple syrup added a sweet balance without being overpowering. Another notable item is the wagyu burger, with charred taste from the grill elevating the sauce on the crisp bun.


Best drink:

The beer and wine list impresses with local favorites as well as hard-to-find labels.


Ambiance/best for:


Eclectic with a young and fun playlist. It’s a good location for a gathering with friends, birthdays, milestone parties (there’s a private room), or a casual brunch date. Get there with enough time, as parking can be a challenge.


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