Food for Thought


One of Roost’s greatest claims to fame is that all of its food is “soil to city” or “farm to table.” The restaurant chooses to support local producers rather than the big market agribusinesses. These local farms are not always in South Carolina, but they are all found in places within at least one day’s travel time.
The chefs at Roost are determined to provide delicious meals that are fresh and relatively healthy. Most items on the menu are simple in order to allow the natural flavors of the food to be the focal point. Even the sodas are all-natural, which may not appeal to every diner.
One of the specials was a fresh catch of salmon served with creamy risotto and garnished with grilled asparagus, which turned out to be a great pairing. Another entree is a lemon-arugula chicken dish with fall vegetable succotash. The succotash was one of the most popular items at the table, mixing cooked beans, carrots, corn, peppers, and tomatoes to create a warm, savory taste.
Although Roost is located on Main Street, the venue is not overshadowed by all the other shops and restaurants. There is a large fountain that separates the patio part of the restaurant from the sidewalk, which prevents diners from feeling as if they are on the street, but still allows them to view the hustle and bustle of downtown. The inside dining area has a modern look, but the lighting gives it a warm, cozy glow.
Head to Roost for a unique experience of fresh food before taking a stroll downtown.