The Roxy, which has been open in downtown Encinitas since 1978, closed at the end of March for a major remodel and concept change. With the neighborhood changing and monthly rent in the 10,000 per month range the owners needed to attract new customers.
The new concept is a 20’s speakeasy vibe, with craft cocktails and updated “New American” menu under Executive Chef Chris Gallo. Long time regulars can still find a few of the old menu’s favorites, like Falafel Burgers and an artichoke sandwich alongside the new dishes.
The remodel is still underway, plans include opening up the front so the restaurant extends to the patio area, probably with roll-up garage-style doors or open window seats. The liquor license allows the establishment to serve alcohol outside as well.
The interior is still in transformation. The walls I doubt will remain white.
The bar and kitchen area give more of a hint as to the finished look.
I tried a few dishes off the new menu…..
Fig Crostini ~ aged Humboldt fog, sherry marinated figs, basil, honey
Great flavors that work great together. Beautiful figs by the way.
Salt Cure Foie Gras Torchon ~ honey roasted fig, cognac gastrique, brioche toast.
This dish is on the dinner menu but Chef wanted to show it off, and rightly so. This is one of the best versions of Foie Gras I have had. The preparation gave the Foie Gras a depth of flavor you normally do not get. There are those figs again.
Though still in a soft open mode the Roxy is putting out good food with attentive service. The weekends feature live music acts, which is nice, we can always use more venues supporting local music.
517 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas