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Redd's in Rozzie... Rough and Ready.

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Redd's in Rozzie... Rough and Ready.

gourmaniac | Jun 13, 2011 08:04 AM

Four of us ate at Charlie Redd's (formerly of Coda) chef owned restaurant replacing Geoffrey's in Roslindale Village. What's ready? Food was remarkably good and fills a niche; mid priced southern food by a CIA trained chef who grew up in the Carolinas. Hush puppies were crisp and light with a bacon and onion ragout to complement. Pulled pork sandwich (with one side) was tasty and enormous and my side of beans was excellent and a little healthier option than the fries but not as healthy as the salad. It was very good value for $10. Fluke, gnocchi and chickpea casserole were all enjoyed. Desserts are enormous and tasty. Bottled beers are pricey but cocktails are cheap (both $7), if not best in show.

What's rough? Service was poor and amateurish. Three different waitresses served our table with no coordination. Several mistakes (a dessert that didn't show up; a beer that was charged but not received; long waits for ordering and service). The house comped the dessert, which was a nice gesture. The place is new so they may be still getting their house in order. Please go for the food though. I have hopes for chef owned place that other cities (e.g Portland ME) do well and I welcome such enterprises in our fair city.

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