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ROOTS
EATERY

Restaurant Review

By ROBERT ETTLINGER, MD 

R

ecently celebrating their half-year
anniversary, Roots has gotten off to
an auspicious start with full houses. 
Located on Progress Avenue about a
half mile north of Walnut, they are the second
project of the Giannakopoulos brothers, next
door to their Peachtree Restaurant, with an
upturn in style.

thyme simple syrup, and prosecco.  The honey
syrup in my Bourbon Bash smoothed out the
bite of the spirits.

a choice of ham hock or plump shrimp.  The
Perloo Rice bowl was hot in both spiciness and in
temperature, served in a primitive ceramic bowl
for roasting.  With jasmine rice, Creole shrimp,
All of our appetizers got the thumbs up.  Andouille sausage and crunchy diced veggies, it
Scallops came with pancetta and Brussels was a tasty choice.
sprouts, pan roasted in a brown thyme butter. 
Blue Point oysters were roasted with a ham
In case you're full by this point, at least take
compound butter, and rosemary gnocchi sat a bite of your dining partner's dessert.  The
Holding a few dozen diners plus an inviting in a broth with house-made Greek sausage and Benne Seed Tuille Cake was arranged with
bar, the multi-textural dining room is a site for sauerkraut. Saganaki, fried Kasseri cheese with strawberries, strawberry sorbet, chervil oil and
high quality taste and presentation of Greek-in- preserved lemon and grilled pita chips, had a whipped cream, artfully and deliciously.  Cold
fluenced cuisine.  Our servers, Karsen and Jake, perfect density.
nitro-brewed coffee cooled down the Greek
were attentive yet never intrusive.  While the
spice of the evening.
menu is seasonal, several favorites will stay on.
A selection of prolific sandwiches includes
Muffaletta and Pork & Rabe. Salads include a
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Roots is
Starting with drinks, the bar menu had a roast beet, green and Danish blue cheese, and further proof that Harrisburg dining is, as my
limited but tempting selection of wines (4 red a rotisserie chicken with chickpeas and roasted teenage daughter would say, "lit. "
and 3 white) that are well paired to the apps tomatoes.  Thin-crusted pizzas include one with
and entrees, craft beer selections on a blackboard, duck confit and mustard cabbage.
and a few house specialty cocktails that go down
ROOTS EATERY
like a cool fruit juice. The Roots Screwdriver
Entrees are outstanding in taste and in visual
251 N. Progress Avenue
has jalapeno vodka, fresh Orangina-like orange appeal. The Fish Stew had delicious rustic
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695-4182 | www.roots251.com
juice, and basil simple syrup.  Gimme Thyme smoked overtones. Creamy grits with peas
has Hendricks Gin, blood orange juice, lime, and a roasted tomato gravy were served with
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