By Pamela Brownstein
The little touches at The Red Rooster Cafe create an intimate environment that makes you feel like you
could be in your grandmother’s kitchen. (If your grandma was cool and kitschy and an amazing cook.)
I quenched my thirst right away with a strawberry-pineapple lemonade that was not too sweet, but refreshing. I also like that it’s served in a mason jar.
Owner Courtney Keith offered little samples of the Creamy Turkey soup of the day that was so flavorful and satisfying, the perfect way to start a meal.
Kim knew exactly what she wanted: the Fried Green Tomato BLT, made with bacon, organic lettuce, crunchy fried green tomatoes, ranch sauce and provolone cheese on a toasted hoagie.
April and Elizabeth ordered sandwiches that they both thought were excellent. April had the Egg Salad Sandwich on wheat with a side of sweet potato fries, and Elizabeth tried the Pepper Jack Skip Jack: tuna salad, pepper jack cheese and tomato served on sourdough. She said it was creamy, with a kick.
I also had a delicious sandwich, The Gobbler. It is served on warm sourdough with roasted turkey, soft Brie, bacon and homemade strawberry sauce.
Buck and Nikki had burgers, and they were both giant, and tasty. Buck opted for the Butch Cassidy Burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon. Then Nikki tried the Rooster Cogburn
special: A half pound burger topped with spicy pepper jack, bacon, homemade chipolte and lettuce. She said it was excellent. She also got a side of the homemade potato chips with ranch that are so good it’s easy to sit and eat a whole plate (which I don’t recommend if you’re on a diet, but if you’re out with friends and treating yourself, go for it).
Speaking of treating yourself, we all shared two fabulous homemade desserts. One slice had a chocolate cookie on the bottom with peanut butter mousse and pieces of Reece’s Peanut Butter cup on top — a chocolate lover’s dream. And the other was a lighter fruit tart that we all agreed was a must-have dessert.
Red Rooster Cafe is located at 1210 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, and is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 843-379-2253.