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This 'n That
by Anne Vargas
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My hobbies include eating and thinking about the next time I will eat.

Anne Vargas
Anne Vargas

I am assuredly not qualified as a food critic but possibly as a “foodie”. I like to have lunch with friends where the food is good. There’s a new place in town (happily, there are a lot of great new places in town to try) and the Redwood Rotisserie & Grill is one of them.

“It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what life is all about… enjoying things.”

Julia Child

Located on the corner of Kietzke and Plumb, where Carrows used to be, it opened in May after a yearlong transformation of the building by owners Steve Williams and Fernando Leal. They had a vision of a warm, timbered, atmosphere and brought that vision to life. The rafters were raised, the ceiling was sand-blasted and original redwood was discovered under three layers of paint. The extensive renovation also includes redwood accents (some of the trim also was original) and a back bar whose rock facing rises to a ceiling that's more than 20 feet at its highest point.

Redwood Rotisserie & Grill has two enormous televisionscreens.
Redwood Rotisserie & Grill has two enormous televisionscreens.

The new look is somewhat suggestive of an inviting ski lodge, complete with that kind of ambiance which is embodied by the friendly staff. It already has a faithful following and each of my several visits there have been worth another trip. It could probably be categorized as a sports bar because of the two enormous television screens on the brick wall but I was too busy studying the menu and observing the other patrons (and what they were ordering) to pay any attention. Manager George Heinemann described the cuisine intent as a modern twist on traditional favorites, taking comfort food to a new level.

It's an allday kind of place, (open from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on weekends), with a menu anchored by succulent rotisserie chicken and tri-tip. Chicken is offered by the quarter, half and whole bird and tri-tip by the quarter, half and full pound. Both include eight sides and various accompanying sauces to choose from. The chicken was very good and people at the adjacent table were raving about the tri-tip.

Tri tip and pastrami ruben

The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating.

Changing daily specials feature a variety of intriguing options such Fiesta Salad, Enchiladas, Hot Pastrami Reuben, Redwood Onion Soup/Caesar salad combo, or chef Daryl Llewellyn's distinctive Clam Chowder. On one visit, my companion had a tri-tip soft taco which she loved and I had a grilled ham (real old-fashioned bone-in ham) and cheddar cheese sandwich. My spouse and I introduced friends to the restaurant recently and they both had the Rueben, proclaiming it to be the best they'd ever had. Since I did not order that, I have a great excuse to go back.

happy hour

And if you linger long enough over lunch you can stay for Happy Hour, daily from three until six with $3 domestic non-craft beer, $4 house wine/well drinks and $5 appetizers. Sounds like a plan.

Redwood Rotisserie & Grill, 850 E. Plumb Lane, coroner of Kietzke. No reservations.

I always carry a knife in my purse. You know, in case of cheesecake or something.

Anne Vargas,