Any farmer will tell you that a rooster is the only alarm clock that can double as breakfast and, when necessary, transportation, a hat, and a close confidant. Today's deal for Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen will double for pretty much any meal you want: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet Southern-infused cuisine and drinks at the Barclay Downs establishment. Since half the fun of Rooster's is watching the food get wood fired and tossed by a tight team of expert chefs in the restaurant's open kitchen, this Groupon is good for dine-in only.
Founded by Jim Noble of Noble's Restaurant renown, the unassuming striped awnings and pale bricks at Rooster’s conceal an unconventional dining interior dominated by a wall of wine on one side and a wall of stuffed roosters on the other. The dinner menu offers Noble's tomato basil bisque ($7) as a soothing opener to a charcuterie sampler ($18) of chicken-liver mousse ($6), house-cured duck ($7), house-smoked salmon ($8), and other cured delicacies. Gourmands with a taste for heartier fare can skip ahead to sweet potato gnocchi with hazelnut pesto ($10), rib-eye filet ($22), or spitfire-roasted Carolina BBQ pork shoulder ($9) served with a side of Anson Mills grits with bacon ($6). All entrees pair well with assorted mushrooms fresh from the woods ($10), fire-roasted asparagus fresh from the garden ($7), artisanal cheese fresh from the artisanal cheese tree—and especially with the ginormous selection of French, Spanish, Italian, domestic, and sparkling wines.
Fans of mutant hybrid meals, on the other hand, can dispel last night's debauchery with a brunch menu featuring diurnal delights such as smoked salmon terrine (with herb cream cheese, arugula, capers, red onions, bagel croutons, and a hard-boiled farm egg, $12) and fried Grateful Growers duck eggs (with grilled shrimp, asparagus, pancetta lardons, and shrimp buerre blanc, $14). You can also use your Groupon on the lunch menu, Rooster's cocktails, and the chef's special wine dinners, which pair four specially selected wines with an exquisite four-course meal.
Bring along three friends or more and combine two Groupons for $80 worth of food and drink. For added fun, try to guess which rooster on the wall you're eating, then give it a name and an elaborate backstory.
- Pan-fried corn, with lots of pepper, is a classic, simple offering (Noble's wife's grandmother's recipe), and perfect each time I've gotten it. Pan-roasted sugar snaps: ditto. Rotisserie chicken boasts juiciness; wood-fired-oven-done pizzas are small, thin and tasty (check out the speck - a cured ham - and cheese). Beef short ribs melt; a pancetta, mozzarella and arugula sandwich shines; spinach gnocchi acquits itself well. – Helen Schwab, Charlotte Observer
- The waiter was professional and friendly and very service oriented… – OpenTable user who dined on 12/05/2009
- Very few can deny that the desserts are awesome. Best pecan pie I ever had, and the pistachio gelato is creamy, with a perfectly balanced blend of sweet and salty flavors. – pollyjean23, TripAdvisor