Roast Social Kitchen
Roast Social is called Social Roast at least as often as the outdoor shopping venue, Cumberland Village, is called “the new mall” by Tylerites. We think maybe it’s because owners Nick and Jen Pencis put as much love and care into the Tyler community as they do their craft cocktails and creative dishes. That plus high-quality ingredients and ever-evolving recipes means Roast captures all that is good about East Texas inside a building that looks as if it was once a Pizza Inn. We had no choice but to start with the Texas goat cheese pomodoro with sourdough bread and the strawberry salad, which mixed greens with goat cheese, cilantro, and candied pecans. Though we don’t usually venture out past the invariably perfect pizzas, on this visit we gave the shrimp and grits with cremini mushrooms, pancetta, and buerre blanc a go and found it a solid rival for the pizza. Full disclosure, we did order a Bee’s Knees pie to go, because who can pass up the opportunity to feast late at night on roasted garlic, cheese, calabrese sausage, and Mike’s Hot honey?