The Roost, located near the corner of 116th Street and Allisonville Road, is one of the best breakfast spots to be found in Indy’s North side neighborhood. Part of the Sahm’s family of restaurants, The Roost has mastered the art of the American diner style breakfast. From giant stacks of pancakes and heaping bowls of biscuits & gravy to fluffy omelettes and crispy hash brown potatoes, all of the classics are accounted for. The menu doesn’t end with the regulars, but tosses out some interesting new combinations such as The Garlic Gaga Omelette which is filled with: Smoking Goose garlic sausage, cream cheese, fresh herbs, red onion jam, & mozzarella and the peanut butter cup pancakes topped with fresh made peanut butter cream.
A big part of any successful restaurant menu is a focus on fresh, quality ingredients, and the Roost does not disappoint. The hash brown potatoes alone are worthy of note. Grated potatoes are cooked to the ideal balance of a crispy outside and soft tender inside. A generous portion of these well seasoned potatoes will go well with anything on the menu. Also available for a side is their signature cornbread casserole. Think of this as a sort of breakfast themed stuffing. It is a slightly sweet mixture of cornbread that gets more compelling with every bite. The pancakes are enormous in both size and flavor, but don’t let their massiveness fool you, these pancakes are as light and fluffy as a cloud. Go ahead and get the blueberry pancakes with real blueberries mixed right in, none of that blueberry topping nonsense. Even the toast at The Roost is top shelf. They use fresh baked, thick cut bread. No corners cut here either.
The omelettes are a big part of the breakfast menu and where The Roost likes to showcase their creativity. Any omelette can be made with 2 or 4 eggs, catering to large and small appetites alike. The Chicken Benedict omelette is an intriguing combination of chicken breast strips, diced City ham, fresh mushrooms, herbs, and a homemade hollandaise sauce. Not to diminish the value of this omelette in anyway, but you could cover an old shoe with their hollandaise sauce and it would probably still taste great. The Mexican omelette is a zesty arrangement of: smoked & chorizo sausages, tomatillo sauce, bell peppers, sweet caramelized onions, finely diced tomatoes, and mozzarella & cheddar cheeses.
With hours that cater only to the breakfast and lunch crowds, The Roost also has a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and melts to lure you away from their breakfast menu. If you find yourself in a lunch mood, go with the Turkey Spinach Melt. The thinly sliced wheat bread is lightly buttered and toasted to a level a crunch that most wheat breads will never attain. The underlying sweetness of the bread mellows out the mild bitterness of the cooked spinach, and the thick cut turkey and bacon slices round out a fantastic sandwich that offers a nice balance of both flavor and texture. All of the sandwiches come with your choice of one of the fourteen side items. The fries are nice, thinly cut and crispy. Feeling heath conscience? Go with the cranberry poppy seed salad. The cranberry poppy seed dressing is light, and not overly sweet. Topped with lightly roasted, candied walnuts and dried cranberries, this salad is a nice refreshing start to a meal. Don’t worry if you can’t make up your mind between breakfast or lunch; the hash browns and cornbread casserole are available for lunch sides as well.
The Roost is a hidden gem, amongst the slew of terrible breakfast joints found throughout Indianapolis. With an extensive menu of flavorful dishes made with fresh ingredients, you can’t lose. Avoid the crowded chain restaurants, and give this local establishment a chance.