My friends and I had been meaning to try Red Rooster in Harlem literally for years. I don’t know what took us so long, but we finally planned a time and headed to the restaurant for brunch one Saturday.
In true Harlem style, the place is lively and colorful, waking you up more quickly than any cup of coffee can.
Greg and I were joined by Lauren and Taylor.
And Kendall and Jess!
We were ready to eat!
We started with Deviled Eggs, featuring black-eyed-pea mayo, fried capers, and onion jam.
We also had Marcus’ Cornbread, served with pumpkin butter.
Speaking of Marcus, Red Rooster’s chef is Marcus Samuelsson, a popular figure on the Food Network. Apparently he and Greg are Facebook friends, which the rest of us discovered when Marcus hilariously walked by our table, stopped, turned around, warmly greeted Greg with a handshake, and kept on walking. Who knew Greg was so connected?!
For main courses, Lauren and Jess had Poppa Eddie’s Shrimp and Grits with gumbo stew, chorizo, okra, creamy stone ground grits, and lobster.
Taylor dined on the Yep! Chicken and Waffle with a fried chicken leg and hot maple-chili sauce on an apple cider waffle.
Kendall ate fried chicken topped with a fried egg.
I chose Mama’s Breakfast Pie with Korean BBQ shortrib, creamy potatoes, and baked eggs.
And Greg had the Rooster Slam with an apple-cider waffle, French toast, beef sausage, hot honey chicken, crispy bacon, and a fried egg.
The food was delicious, and we loved the soulful twist on traditional brunch fare.
To find out more information on Red Rooster, and to make a reservation, click here.
P.S. My plaid top is by Nicole Miller. You can shop the designer here.