Rocktown Kitchen – Rocks it

Rocktown Kitchen a farm to table restaurant situated in the Icehouse complex in Harrisonburg, Virginia is a perfect place to order your food to eat while you enjoy beers at the Pale Fire Brewing Co.  also in the Icehouse complex.

Rocktown serves sandwiches, salads, and appetizers that are essentially your basic bar and grill selections but they do it really well with a bit more sophistication than basic bar food.

For example, as an appetizer they serve burrata with watercress and tomato bruschetta on a toasted ciabatta; another example the black bean burger.  And yet another example is the Pesto Chicken Salad with greens grilled red onions and grilled asparagus, olive relish, sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette.  The Pesto Chicken Salad is a great combinations of flavors and a unique combination of flavors for a salad.  It was absolutely delicious.  I am going to give it a shot in my own home.  The grilled veggies, olives and sundries tomatoes bring a depth of flavor to the salad that is not always the case with grilled chicken salads.  In fact, those items brought so much flavor that if I were to order it again – I would pass on the dressing.  I would also recommend getting the dressing on the side because as is too often the case – the dressing literally drowned the salad.

My beloved ordered a reuben that came with fries.  It was a classic reuben but stood out because it reached a perfect balance between the kraut, meat, sauce and cheese which is vital in a reuben because any reuben lover knows how heartbreaking it is to commit to the calories of a reuben but then find all you are eating is kraut with a slice of corned beef.  The bread does not swallow up the reuben innards either.  No risk of that at Rocktown.   The fries are hearty and crispy and basic that is without some jazzed up flavoring that usually simply takes away from the quality and taste of a good potato.

We had the Rocktown team bring our meal to us at the Pale Fire Brewery so, cannot say much about the ambience at Rocktown if you eat there or about the service there.  But the server we encountered who took our order and brought it to us was friendly, engaging and timely in delivering the food to us.

Definitely a spot for chow in Harrisonburg.

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