If we think of American food, generally we think of BBQ, burgers and fries. How, we wonder, does such an influential country not have more of a presence in Madrid, Spain’s capital city? The foodies in the capital are in luck with Roll. With Ryan Day at the helm, this restaurant adds to the very limited supply of places in Madrid trying to approach the American comfort food genre. Originally from Chicago, but adopted by Madrid, Ryan and his wife Claudia make classic American favorites, which some would consider risky for the Spanish palate. Some known favorites like buttermilk fried chicken with coleslaw and biscuits, or the fried oyster po’ boy (a submarine sandwich typical of New Orleans with saffron sauce,) or lesser known dishes like the south Chicago catfish served with hush puppies. They are plates that make you feel at home, they may even make you feel that you are in the land of stars and stripes. Jamie Downing is the chef at roll, and the man behind the juicy Neo-American menu. If you want something on the spicy side, go for the huevos rancheros breakfast chimichanga with sausage, egg, bacon, grilled tomato, cheese, and salsa. For something more traditional, go for the eggs Benedict with salmon or bacon paired with a bloody mary, mimosa, or a michelada. The atmosphere is young, cozy, and friendly, and bright with wooden tables made by Ryan himself. New tastes of a new country is what you will find at Roll.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 2:00 and weekends from 11:00 to 2:30
Average price : 20 euros
Text: Paula Cell
Photos : Marcos Ortiz
Translation: Brett Piron