Slideshow: Red Rooster: Well Designed But Still Finding Its Legs

Fried Yard Bird ($18)
Fried Yard Bird ($18)
Deep fried and served smothered with a mace-scented gravy and a metal can of their signature spicy "Shake," it's still a work in progress. At times the crust is too crunchy, bordering on tough, and the meat is occasionally dry despite the brining. The good news: I've had it three times, and each time it's been better.
Crab Cakes ($10)
Crab Cakes ($10)
They've always come packed with sweet crab, but on opening night there was not much sauce to speak of. They're much better now—great eve—with the spiced mayo.
Spiced Duck Liver Pudding ($14)
Spiced Duck Liver Pudding ($14)
The rich pudding has no problems with seasoning, but arrives overcooked, with a curdled texture, though the dense and meaty thick-sliced duck breast pastrami it comes with is perfect.
Chocolate Tart ($9)
Chocolate Tart ($9)
Essentially a high-end Snickers bar that strikes the right salty and sweet balance.
Spiced Pudding ($8)
Spiced Pudding ($8)
A winner with a moist, coarse crumb.
Glögg-Poached Pears ($8)
Glögg-Poached Pears ($8)
An oddly savory dessert with pears poached in mulled wine served with blue cheese and thinly sliced endive. The best thing on the plate was the shot glass of the plain glögg.