My first time and I am already eager for more. To begin, the bar tender was quality. We waited in wonderment for about 30 seconds before we were warmly welcomed to come hither. The bar tender basically asked us what we like and hooked us up with a nice match. Wouldn’t have preferred it any other way since I would have taken the time to actually read the novel-like wine, beer, and cocktail list.
We settled down on the outdoor communal benches with a recommended Riesling that ended up equating to some of the best tasting we’ve had yet. Candlelight was the only flickering illumination on this warm summer night in hipster Humbolt Park. We learned that the owners of Rootstock are wine-hunters and whichever eloquent variation they discover becomes the themed wine of the month. This month we were lucky enough to treat our taste buds to, as they called it, “real” Riesling.
Emst Clusserath was pure; a perfect balance of acidity and flavor that lingered with hopes of forever. I believe this wine is capable of teaching balance to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was neither sweet nor bitter, tart, or overpowering in any arena. Intoxicating on another level.
We enjoyed fresh meaty olives that swam in a pleasant lemony oil, and a plush salad filled with greens and other fresh findings.
Despite my discontent with the name and subject matter of the Suckling Pig dish, I was enticed by my friend’s adamancy for the fried pork belly. It turned out to be fantastic! Served over a warm, creamy corn and bean succotash like combination. The pork had minimal fat, perfect flavor and tenderness, and a light airy crisp (almost crumble) to the outer ends. Ooo, was it ever delightful. Remember, this is coming from a borderline vegetarian. Looking forward to tasting and talking more with the knowledgeable, super friendly folk who took the time to share their passion for food and good spirits at this hot date spot.