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Roost Chicken Salad & Deli offers new takes on an old favorite
Madilyn's chicken salad, with macadamia nuts, pineapple and coconut, is pictured in the foreground with other chicken salads at Roost, a new restaurant specializing in chicken salads and deli sandwiches. They also bake bunt cakes and cookies. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Roost Chicken Salad & Deli offers new takes on an old favorite

Writer: ROY MAYNARD / Tyler Morning Telegraph

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of a good half-hour for lunch is in want of a chicken salad.

At least, that’s what restaurateur Scott Nordon believes. He’s one half of the team that took The Catch from one restaurant in 2015 to a total of 16 by the end of this year, and six to eight more lined up for 2018.

But Roost Chicken Salad & Deli, on Troup Highway just inside Loop 323, is all his. He was looking for a niche in Tyler’s highly competitive restaurant environment, and he believes he’s found it.

 “Chicken salad is universal,” he said. “It’s truly universal. Everyone loves it. When you think of chicken salad, you think of your grandmother’s chicken salad, or your mother’s. It has good connotations. So that was our starting point.”
 Roost has 11 varieties of chicken salad on the menu, ranging from the traditional (Roost) with minced celery and the restaurant’s own seasoning blend, to more exotic varieties such as Thai Peanut, Curried, Roasted Jalapeno and Honey Walnut.”

Nordon, who has been in the restaurant business for most of his life, spent six months developing the menu.

 “I wanted something with multiple flavor profiles, appeal across generations,” Nordon said. “We want Roost to appeal to millennials, baby boomers, and the 50 and up crowd. We wanted to be able to appeal to all palates, from savory to sweet to spicy. So we started generating recipes and testing them out, then refining them.”

It’s not just chicken salad, though. Roost also offers deli-style sandwiches.

“These are all old-school deli portions,” Nordon added. “One of our mottos is, ‘All bread, no meat – not here.”

The sandwich offerings include a Reuben, a Cuban and the traditional Monte Cristo, but also some originals. The most popular, by far, Nordon says, is the Rooster.

“On the Rooster, we start with shaved brisket – eight ounces worth – then add ham, smoked bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, roasted jalapenos, half a mashed avocado, a fried egg, on a jalapeno bun.”

He says there will be some comparisons drawn with another local creation – the Mother Clucker sandwich at Stanley’s Famous Barbecue.

“Stanley’s has the Mother Clucker, and we have our Rooster,” Nordon said. “We have our own take on the sandwich. Someday maybe we’ll challenge Stanley’s in a test of sandwich superiority. Maybe for a charity event. We’ll have some fun with it.”

Roost also has a bakery and offers fresh Bundt cakes and mini-Bundt cakes, as well as cookies.

“We’re ready to do some catering,” Nordon added. “We’re already getting calls from some folks in the medical district. We’ll have a van soon and we’ll be available for anything you need.”

Roost Chicken Salad & Deli is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TWITTER: @tmt_roy

IF YOU GO

What: Roost Chicken Salad & Deli

Where: 3314 Troup Highway

When: Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pro-tip: The mini-Bundt cakes are $16 for a dozen and they won’t last long at your office.

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