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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rooster's Coal Fired Pizza & Tap House Review ~ Augusta, Maine

This past Wednesday I had to go to Augusta to meet up with my Mom and Gabrian. It was the day before my birthday, so it was the perfect excuse to have a dinner out. We are not super familiar with the Augusta area and usually default to a nearby chain restaurant. We would rather give the business to something local (besides it is usually way yummier) so we hit the web and used our trusty Trip Advisor

We decided on Rooster's Coal Fired Pizza & Tap House based on the reviews and the menu. We liked the selection of appetizers, pizzas, and sandwiches they offered. On top of that, the prices seemed reasonable for our budget.

We always meet up at Augusta Civic Center. We were surprised to see that the Restaurant was in the same complex (attached to a hotel). It made the drive super easy for us.

Walking in, we were warmly greeted by the Hostess. It wasn't very busy at the time and we were brought to a booth. The restaurant was very inviting and it felt like you were at a neighborhood hang out. If I was alone, I would have loved to sit at their bar.

Our waitress was friendly enough but very inattentive. She was hard to flag down when we needed something and would leave us hanging for long period of times. When we were ordering we were a little indecisive and she just walked away! I guess she decided we were done. We were close enough to have ordered from the Happy Hour Menu (a good range of $5 appetizers and mini martinis) but we couldn't get her attention.

We went with an appetizer and pizza to share. My Mom ordered a draft Bud Light ($3) and I ordered a Diet Coke ($2.75). I am not going to lie. I was pretty ticked and thought it was ridiculous that my soda was only $.25 less than the beer. Something that cost them about $.02 should not have cost that much. Besides the fact that I could never attract the waitress's attention to get a refill. On the other hand, Gabrian's chocolate milk only cost a $1.

Their kitchen was on the ball and our food came out with a pretty fast turn-around. We started with the Traditional Rooster Chips (Large - $10).

We asked for sour cream to be served with it and thank goodness we did because it needed it. These were such a disappointment. If they were served with tortilla chips, I would have a completely different opinion of it because the toppings for it were actually quite delicious. The chips were too hard and tasted horrible when you got one that was burnt from the broiler. Anything that had the meat topping on it when beyond being soggy and brought it to an entirely new level of grossness. 

We finished up with a Meatball Supreme Pizza (Medium - $12). Be careful when you order these. The waitress suggested we try it with a flavored crust but never mentioned that it would cost extra (does anyone else hate when a server does this...I don't like being surprised on my bill). To be fair it is listed on the menu with the up charge but I hadn't noticed and the way the waitress suggested it, it sounded like it was just included (like Pizza Hut offers the flavored crust). Fortunately my Mom had noticed the extra charge and we went with a normal crust.

The pizza was definitely better than the chips but not by much. Part of this is because I have discovered (while eating this pizza) that I do not like a coal fired pizza. I found the crust to be dry and have a slightly burnt taste. The sauce was barely there (like it had been painted on) and you definitely missed it in the flavor profile of the pizza. I think the meatballs were frozen (I hope they were and that they weren't making meatballs on site that tasted that flavorless). We did however love the ricotta cheese and caramelized onions. I definitely plan on putting ricotta cheese on our next pizza night at home.

Overall we just found our experience mediocre at the Rooster's Coal Fired Pizza & Tap House. If you want to try them out for yourself, they are located at 110 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine.