A Sandwich a Day: Roaster Beef at Roll-n-Roaster
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Located on a scenic stretch of Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Roll-n-Roaster is about as far south and east as you can get while still in Brooklyn. Their signature Roaster Beef sandwiches have been the draw since 1970, and on a recent afternoon, it seemed that nothing has really changed—not the lines, not the dated (yet oddly appealing) brown and orange color scheme.
Served on a sesame seeded kaiser bun, the Roaster Beef ($4.45) can be ordered rare, medium, or well-done with the option of cheese and onions. Ordered rare, my roast beef was pleasingly pink and smothered with plenty of caramelized onions and lots of drippy Cheez Whiz; the beef was tender and flavorful, the bun pleasantly squishy and chewy. Other menu options include cheese fries, corn fritters and a beer and wine selection that (to my great surprise) includes a bottle of Moët Champagne for the bargain price of $59.95.