Restaurant Review: The Roost, Lawrence

I can make a mean omelet (okay, a veggie and egg scramble), and there’s nothing difficult about making a mimosa at home for Sunday brunch. Still, I like eating out for breakfast. This probably has to do with clean up.

I’ve frequented many places to get weekend brunch in downtown Lawrence. 715 is great (even if they cater to meat-eaters) and I’ve tried Genovese, but prefer their dinner menu. Last summer we were all about Milton’s in their new location, but they raised the price on my favorite (vegetarian hash), have limited seating, and their mimosa isn’t anything I couldn’t whip up at home. My family did the Mother’s Day Brunch at Ten at the Eldridge Hotel, and while it was good, the desserts were not made in house and it was extremely overpriced.

So, what is the best breakfast spot in Lawrence, you ask?

The Roost has easily become my favorite brunch spot in Lawrence. (It’s also good for lunch).

The proprietors used to work at the location when it was Milton’s. They used Kickstarter to fund the opening, and I’m so glad the community responded. Lawrence desperately needs more quality, local brunch spots.

cocktails at The Roost

So this Champagne Supernova might have a something to do with it. Vodka, mint, OJ, and prosecco are a delightful way to start any morning.

bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs

Mister BS likes their classic breakfast, the Kansan. It offers a choice of bacon or sausage, eggs any style, and pancakes, potato pancakes, or french toast.

sun dried tomato, feta, spinach omelet


I always get their sun-dried tomato and spinach omelet with goat cheese. Though it doesn’t have fresh basil, like my favorite frittata, the eggs are always well-cooked (I’m picky about my eggs). I do wish they cooked their potatoes a bit crispier, but I love their local bread and the homemade strawberry jam is to die for.

There’s usually a wait, but if you put your name on the list, it’s easy to kill your wait time in The Toy Store next door.


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