Rootin’ It Out
Has anyone heard of this new organic restaurant on Haywood St. downtown called “Roots?” I saw a menu in my doctor’s office this morning, and I was wondering what is up with Roots. I can’t find a website for this place, and the menu said they were open only for breakfast and lunch, from 7am-3pm.
Due to some awkward nudity, paper robe notwithstanding, I was unable to get a closer look at the menu to see if their offerings looked interesting, or if it was just another soup-and-sandwich snore. Actually, I would be out of my mind with joy if it was a soup only restaurant. But I have a hard time getting behind sandwiches. The other day, an errant busboy posed an interesting question to me: What food can Americans truly claim as their very own?
Are sandwiches American? I remember learning about the Earl of Sandwich in grade school, but I’m pretty sure he was British. Sandwiches are typically on my list of popular “American” foods that bore me to death, with some exceptions. Also on this list: Pancakes (Sweden), pizza (Italy), chocolate chip cookies (UK?), and biscuits (USA????)
Your mission, should you accept it, is to eat at Roots. Then, report back to base.
Inquiring minds and all that.