The fresh spin comes with a price hike, with most appetizers and salads clocking in between $10 and $15, but certain appetizers are worth the cost. The snackable zucchini chips with buttermilk dipping sauce are crispy and crunchy, meaning even the pickiest eaters won’t mind that they’re eating their vegetables. And despite the pub-style description, the spicy buffalo cauliflower comes in an Asian-inspired presentation, with scallions and a sweet-not-spicy sauce that would make this dish an ideal replacement for a greasy Kung Pao chicken craving.
The Rock’s successful plates are ones that lean into the greasy expertise of our beloved Bair’s Sports Grill—burgers, hand-breaded chicken fingers and any of the fried appetizers. When the healthy replacements come into play, the dishes tend to fall flat for our liking. For example, in the Peri-Peri chicken sandwich, the veggie burger and the lo mein, a restraint in seasoning and toppings makes enticing-sounding dishes taste one-note. Some of the lighter options, like the Ahi avocado salad, keep things interesting with a mix of crunchy textures and bracing wasabi vinaigrette, but in other starters, the addition of healthy ingredients throws the composition off-balance—the much-better-for-you date syrup in the smoked pork belly biscuits skews too sweet, and the nachos’ homespun spinach artichoke dip doesn’t feel right with the thoroughly Mexican toppings.