Root 174 Aug08

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Root 174

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Rating: 3.7/5 (9 votes cast)

There are just over three-dozen seats inside Root 174, a small neighborhood restaurant at 1113 South Braddock Avenue in Regent Square, and they are rarely empty.

Owner-chef Keith Fuller opened Root 174 just a few months ago, but he’s already got a loyal customer base.

I thought the food was off the charts good.

The menu reminds me of Salt of the Earth in Garfield, with such intricate appetizers as Confit chicken wings with coffee spice, fresh green curry spice and dehydrated bananas ($9), Day-boat sea scallops, grilled peach and scallion hash with bacon-black pepper jam ($12), or Root salad, roasted beets, pea tendrils, frisee, fennel, and candied walnuts, chevre ($7).

Main courses featured Falafel, Miller Farms tomato carpaccio, pickled cucumber salad and black cardamom yogurt ($15), Wahoo, “zucchini linguini.” (one of Fuller’s signature dishes) bacon, peas, parmesan, and tomato puree ($26), and Vegan vegetable cakes, mole, roasted corn salsa, and fingerling potatoes ($16) .

Those diners looking for a little more protein can order Chicken breast, popcorn grits, mole, roasted corn salsa, and spicy popcorn ($22), or Grilled hanger steak, blue cheese croquette, fingerling fries with a port wine demi ($24).

Root 174’s name is as unique as its menu. Fuller took the neighborhood’s two main zip codes (15218 and 15221), added them together, took the square root, and rounded it off to 174. To make sure he never forgets his first restaurant, Fuller had “Root 174” tattooed just behind his left ear.

Fuller is determined to keep the locals coming back, offering diners who live in the 15218 or 15221 zip codes a 10% discount Tuesdays through Thursdays. He also plans movie nights on Monday with the feature film inspiring the menu.

Right now, Root 174 is BYOB but Fuller is entertaining the idea of a liquor license. For the moment he’s entertaining his guests with delicious, sophisticated food and spot on service.

 

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Root 174, 3.7 out of 5 based on 9 ratings