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Feb 1, 2011 06:53 AM

Roast - Melville

Stopped here for a sandwich and salad for lunch. Got the Roast Beef Melt - onions, swiss, garlic horseradish on a hero roll. Very good, very juicy, nice roll.

Roasted beet salad was also good.

Order at the counter, a few small tables. Nice and clean looking. Very small parking lot.

827 Walt Whitman Road.

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  1. Hi, Siobhan. Yep, I like the place too. There's also parking in the back if that wasn't evident (you have to go down the side street to reach it).

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    1. re: Scott_R

      Didn't see it but , of course, the snow.....

      1. re: Siobhan

        there's a little break between the building that houses Roast and the one just to the south (a jeweler or something). You can't get through there to the back (those concrete parking thingies) but that show where the rear parking is, accessible from the street at the light, across from the 7-11.

    2. is this where Dinos was and Peace Street?
      Never got to dino's, but i liked peace street most of the time. that location is a nasty location.
      there was also gringos there after peace st.

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        1. re: Scott_R

          Went. it's a bit expensive (not as much as coliseum deli), but it's a damn good sandwich. I hope they will survive. they should do catering to businesses that care about their employees.

          1. re: Jeffsayyes

            Most of the sandwiches are under $8. That's for components that are pretty much all house-made (where applicable). That's expensive?

            1. re: Scott_R

              We ate there tonight, it's downright cheap, if you ask me, for the quality. We shared a turkey cobb salad and a roast beef melt on sourdough. The quality of the ingredients (dark leaved baby lettuces, beautiful just firm yolk on the hardboiled egg, fabulous bacon and dressings) and the care taken with prep is so much better than other places charging more. Very friendly and enthusiastic vibe, and the place was full up when we got there, not long before closing. I don't eat bread as a rule, but the salad was very good, and so was the part of the sandwich I tasted. Two thumbs up from our house.

              1. re: mcf

                I went back last week; had a very good sandwich, but the fries were disappointing.

                1. re: Scott_R

                  bummer. I don't eat fries, and I really don't eat bread, so as much I I liked the food, I pretty much don't go. The salad I had was good, though, as was the one bite of bread I had.

                  1. re: mcf

                    I rarely eat fries, but my lunch companion ordered it so I had some. I *do* love bread, though (so much that I rarely get toast when I go out for breakfast, because it's almost invariably disappointing), and their's was better than average.

                    On the other hand (I think I ran out of hands), I hate mayo, so much so that the mere smell of it puts me off, and most of the sandwiches here have mayo--or its close cousin, aioli--so I pretty much always ask for it to be left off.

                    Oh, why can't they use more mustard! The King of Condiments.

              2. re: Scott_R

                if by under 8 dollars, you mean 7.99, then yeah you could make that argument. The panini's and wraps are in the 7-8 dollar range. I'm not used to paying that much for a sandwich, but as I said, it was "damn good"

                1. re: Jeffsayyes

                  Totally agree. The sandwiches are particularly good, including specials, with lots of appealing and varied options. Soups and salads also good. Really nice people, smooth operation. More than worth the price.

                  1. re: burton

                    My only criticism is not about the quality of food, but the ratio of protein to bread... not enough in between the slices, but it all tasted very good and I liked the proprietors.
                    Tough location, so I hope the buzz about them lasts.

                    1. re: mcf

                      Have you found that so for all the sandwiches? I've only had the panini there, which would, I'd guess, seem to have a higher ratio (the bread having been compacted by the press). OTOH, I might be biased, as I've come to the way of thinking that we're a protein-obsessed society, and that we don't need so much, though that translates into my wanting more plant matter as a consequence, not simply less inside.


                      1. re: Scott_R

                        I haven't eaten all the sandwiches, but we are a carb fattened society that's too often protein starved, and while I eat boatloads of veggies, eating them *instead* of protein foods rather than with them is a recipe for public health disaster. Switching to a diet of mostly protein and fat plus veggies has improved my health in a way nothing else could.

                        1. re: mcf

                          Not trying to hijack the thread totally OT, but I've been that route and it didn't last; I've greatly reduced my meat protein intake and am in the best shape I've been in 15 years. Rather than going into the issue here (i.e., keeping it off the thread), did you happen to read the NY Times link I posted?

                          Back on topic. What I meant by my question about the sandwiches is that the Roast menu is separated into "Sandwiches" and "Panini's [double sic] & Wraps"; I've only had the panini. The sandwiches, listed separately, might have a higher bread to innards ratio than the panini do.

                          1. re: Scott_R

                            Have you read Gary Taubes or the online journal Nutrion and Metabolism? Unlike Bittman, they're purely and accurately scientifically oriented and accurate.

                            I developed severe metabolic syndrome on carby/plant based diet, and reversed all the diabetic damage I'd acquired from it over a decade now of increasingly low carb, high fat and protein eating without any meds.

                            I didn't have panini, but the bread slices for sandwiches were huge. The inside was good quality and tasty, but slim pickings. My meal was salad with roast beef, typical for me at home, too. Just too shy on the protein for my needs, though it's clearly how they keep prices down. That's why poor folks are simultaneously the most obese and malnourished; starchy carbs are cheap and readily available.

                            1. re: mcf

                              Taubes? This guy?
                              I've heard him on WNYC. Again, like I said, I'd been down that route years ago.

                              A foodie site posted a picture of one of Roast's panini:
                              It seems to have a high ratio of protein to bread.

                              1. re: Scott_R

                                Just a quick request that this discussion remain focused on the food at Roast, rather than general conversation about nutrition and diets, which is off-topic for a regional board. Thanks.

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                                  Anybody try Gimme 2 yet? across from the mall...
                                  its much cheaper, though small sandwiches. I had a couple of sandwiches. the fries are great, and the mini brownies are fantastic actually.

        2. is it because it's a cold winter that all the sandwich fillings are cold while the toasted bread is hot? every visit the same issue. i'm sorta working around this area and have stopped in a few times.

          prices are a bit expensive, fillings are skimpy, but on par with the other foodstuff offered around here.

          WHITE CHEDDAR GRITS. . . . . . $3.99
          Buffalo Pork Belly, Green Onions
          *tiny portion (for $4) otherwise ok.

          ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND CARROTS . . . . . . $2.99
          *basic, OK, small.

          SWEET POTATO TATER TOTS . . . . . . $2.99
          *mostly sugar, and they dump a LOT of sugar ON these as well. avoid.

          NEW ENGLAND CLAM CHOWDER - Homemade Croutons . . . . . . $5.50 . . . side $3.50

          ROAST TURKEY CLUB . . . . . . $8.29
          Applewood Smoked Bacon, Balsamic Red Onions, Avocado, Tomato and Garlic Aioli served on Grilled Sourdough
          *better than other items, but, still cold inside. most fillings were on the one half of the sandwich. if both were filled like that, I'd return regularly.

          BBQ ROAST PORK . . . . . . $7.99
          Grilled Pineapple, Charred Red Onions, Cheddar, and Roasted Poblano Aioli on Ciabatta
          *besides the cold fillings, and canned pineapple chunks in heavy syrup, it was also skimpy.

          CALIFORNIA BLT ROAST BEEF . . . . . . $8.59
          Field Greens, Tomato, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Garlic Aioli, Avocado, and Grilled Onions on Ciabbata

          BRAISED BRISKET GRILLED CHEESE . . . . . . $8.49
          White Cheddar, Swiss and Havarti served on Thick Cut Sourdough
          *sounds promising, doesn't deliver. needs cheese with flavor. and it needs cheese to be called a grilled cheese. skimpy. I opened it up to find brisket. that shred of havarti (or was it the shred of Swiss, or the shred of Cheddar?) was bland and boring for a grilled cheese. and semi-melted (cold)

          SANDWICH HOUSE MEATBALLS . . . . . . $8.59
          Caramelized Onions, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, and Parmesan Cream Sauce on Garlic Toasted Cuban Hero
          *does "Sandwich House" mean COLD mini meatballs?

          and the "Applewood smoked bacon" here doesn't really do it. bland.

          Do I have to visit in summer to get hot sandwiches?

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          1. re: Gastronomos

            You call that expensive for house roasted, better than average quality meats? Maybe White Castle is cheaper, but...

            I did find fillings skimpy on the ratio to bread, but very good quality and prep.

            When I want a hot sandwich, I order it that way. I can't imagine they'd refuse.

            1. re: mcf

              Any time I've been there the sandwiches were hot.

              1. re: Scott_R

                It's been so long for me, I don't recall it. I just don't get bitching about a place if you didn't ask for it, or give them a chance to make it right.

                1. re: mcf

                  I think I gave them several chances to make it right. My repeated business is more than enough of a chance. I think that my "bitchin'" might be that I do want to like this place. I have been a few times. I tried different things. I observed and felt the hipster vibe and the truck stop belligerence of some of the patrons. I do feel that they are a good place, but the guy assembling the sandwiches in the back might need a swift kick in the ass to show some care recently.
                  But if you mean that I should send it back to be heated or reheated to a proper temperature. No. That will not happen. Ever. Here or elsewhere. I came back on several occasions and ordered again. That is more than a fair "chance to make it right.” I got the same indifferently made stuff. Sloppily made and cold inside. If I stop by again when the weather is warmer, which I might…will the sandwiches be hot?

                  1. re: Gastronomos

                    If I want to like a place, I let them know what's wrong so they can fix my sandwich and get a heads up about an issue in the kitchen.

            1. Happy to report that the warm weather is here. That also seems to mean that the sandwiches served at Roast are smokin' Hot! (just like the girls that work there ;-)

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