If you’re in the North Liberty area, you might just want to try the new restaurant, Tin Roost, that opened its doors in August. On a recent trip to North Liberty, I met up with a group of friends to try it out. Since it was a fairly warm, late-September day, we elected to sit in the expansive open patio area. There was a large array of silver metal tables for dining, with fire pits dotting the patio area and even outdoor televisions so as not to miss a moment of the latest big game. Indeed, there were many Hawkeye fans in their gear taking in the sunshine and likely the drink specials for Hawkeye game days.
As I perused the menu, I noticed many unique offerings such as shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes. It’s definitely a varied menu with more than a hint of Southern flair. Our party ordered the fried green tomatoes and marinated cheese curds to share with the table. I had never had fried green tomatoes, but they were tasty and were served with a spicy sauce. The cheese curds were a hit and were served with a side of dressing. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the various selections available and very accommodating for special requests. A couple of my friends took advantage of the expansive ale menu, including one infused with pumpkin, and were quite satisfied with their choices.
When it came time to order our entrees, I decided on the Little Gem Lettuce-- a salad featuring fresh peaches, almonds, cornbread croutons and a sherry vinaigrette with the add-on of rotisserie chicken. It was quite delicious and the chicken was flavorful and moist. Others at the table tried the chicken and dumplings which featured a puff pastry shell over a cream-based chicken stew. While not perhaps the traditional recipe they’d known growing up, they quite enjoyed it.
The inside of the restaurant is just as gorgeous as the patio view that overlooks a walking path and water complete with a fountain. I marveled at a table for a group of eight that had that very cool rustic look of a slab from an aged tree trunk. The bar area was quite expansive and would be a great place to hang out with friends. I noticed that the space has the capacity for private gatherings with pristine smaller dining areas that are separated from the main area. And architecturally, the exterior is really a bit of a marvel.
From the food to the ambience to the service to the company, it was a great experience. I’d love to return again for supper on the patio as the sun dips and the sky turns a dusty pink-orange. So, if you want to satisfy your aesthetic, culinary, and social needs in a new and novel way, I’d suggest that you give Tin Roost a try.
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