Happy Hour at Chris Yeo's Roots & Rye is Tuesday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm, and all night on Wednesdays. Last month I pulled off the freeway to wait out traffic in its industrial-chic lounge.
Best bite was a trio of fried devil egg halves, $4. Crunchy, panko-crusted whites filled with mousse-like flavored yolk filling spiked with chipotle were garnished with spicy chorizo crumbles. The pair of pork belly sliders, $7, were not bad either with marinated slabs of tender fat-striped bacon cut and tangy cucumber kimchi though the buns were mushy.
The Paloma cocktail (tequila, aperol, lime, grapefruit, agave), $8, was as sweet as candy and low on grapefruit. My server noticed that I was not drinking it and then offered to adjust it with lime and more seltzer. Now palatable but no longer grapefruit-forward, it did not taste like a Paloma any more.
With cushy overstuffed seating, modern restrooms, good happy hour discounts and menu selection, and free parking, Roots & Rye was a good watering hole for an end of day attitude adjustment.
Roots & Rye
3055 Olin Ave, Suite 1005
San Jose, CA