Photos by Cal Bingham
Monday marks Roadhouse LA's soft opening act — the new fusion barbecue restaurant cheffed by NY vet Robbie Richter (Hill Country, Fatty 'Cue), with a helping hand from Umami's Adam Fleischman — at The Improv on Melrose. Take a look around the rustic number, characterized by enough weathered wood, vintage signage, and farm tools that hopefully will not fall from above.
Richter's menu, which early on teased dishes like jerk chicken and Punjabi poutine, isn't your typical Southern charmer, with large plates of Brooklyn Brisket (cheddar, pickles, jalapeños, onions, Texas toast) and a Burnt End Patty Melt made with beer cheddar. One will also find fries topped with aged butter and garlic, and even a Spam tea sandwich. There's nothing typical or familiar about this menu except for maybe the Mexican Coke served alongside. But, there's also a whole set of alcohol-free drinks flavored with tamarind and spiced apple-honey syrup, and a list of adventurous $12 cocktails by bar master Dave Fernie (Harvard & Stone). Wines and craft beer, too. An official debut is planned for February 6. Limited soft open hours until then.
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