I really want to like this place but something about it just doesn't do it for me. Ate there Saturday night with my date, we ordered the lobster cakes app (good, but a bit too much vinegar in the sauce under the cakes), the mix (dark and white) fried chicken plate and the barbecue sampler.
The fried chicken plate was just ok to me. At least they're not doing the regular bonesless breasts anymore but it's not much difference in that they're probably just pulling the meat off the bone and frying the pieces. The fried skin, while good, would not stick to the chicken at all and would fall off with each bite. The white was better than the dark, but more so because I am a white meat fan (except for when I eat turkey or chicken and dressing with gravy). Speaking of gravy, the gravy at Rouge was bland and just salty. The biscuit was too big and probably hadn't been made recently. The collards were actually pretty darn good.
The sampler included one very thin rib, two slices of brisket, some soupy burnt ends and some pulled pork. Ok first, the pulled pork was actually really good, excellent ratio of meat to fat and a reasonably good job of not oversaucing with a vinegar/mop. The thin rib was good, the one bite I had of it anyway. I found the brisket to be dry but otherwise ok. The burnt end soup was not my bag. Cornbread was surprisingly better than the normal really sweet versions available around town, but still a bit cakey and somewhat sweet for me as I grew up with buttermilk cornbread right out of the cast iron skillet.
The service was impeccable.
Like I said, the service was great and the food ok to good, but it's just not worth the price tag to me.
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