The Rookwood in Mt. Adams is home to the former studio and manufacturing facility of the well known Rookwood Pottery Co. That's why the inside has the look and feel of a giant kiln. Instead of scoring the bottom of your clay vase, here you score big with the drink menu. I stopped by a couple of Wednesdays ago and while waiting for my guest to arrive in the wet n' wild rush hour traffic, enjoyed the Tailored Misfit.
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Though I'd usually be just as happy to drink bourbon on the rocks, I enjoy the artistry of a good cocktail. This one has a hint of sweetness but not overpoweringly so. I can't believe I'm saying this but maybe the Porkopolis mindset is wearing on me. I think a fun addition would be a bourbon fig wrapped in bacon. Yay, nay?
After finishing my first drink, I walked towards the most difficult crossroads any man has to face: a.) Do I take the path already traveled and stick with bourbon; b.) Do I take the path partially traveled but switch poisons; or c.) Do I turn around, pass go, collect $200 and enjoy some of Rhinegeist's Truth?
I chose b, which resulted in El Estrangulador
I'm not sure if the name quite fits the drink, but I don't argue with tequila and that way tequila doesn't argue with me.
We complemented our drinks with bruschetta. Don't be confused, however. This isn't bruschetta with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella and a light balsamic drizzle; this is chicken pate, golden raisins, and arugula. I'd be lying if I said I don't prefer the former, but hummusified chicken parts can be pretty tasty, too.
That brings me to the end of my night, but I'll be back and more frequently. Not only are the drinks good but equally as important, they have parking, a rarity in Mt. Adams. Those are the kinds of free gifts you don't take lightly.
The Rookwood is located in Mt. Adams at 1077 Celestial St.