Friday, July 8, 2016

Roy Rogers (Aspen Hill) Food Review

(Large) Roast Beef Sandwich Combo

One of these days (early 2017?) Roy Rogers is going to return to the nation's capital. Until then, I don't mind "going on the road" to get my Double R fix. Yesterday's excursion brought me to Aspen Hill... almost five months since their February 22nd opening. Shame on me for waiting so long.

There's no shortage of fast casual options in the area, but none holds a candle to Roys. Service was solid, although I had to repeat my order a few times (new cashier.) The space (smaller than Rockville, and minus outdoor seating) was very clean, and the line moved quickly throughout my visit.

Strawberry Shortcake

Prices are fair ($ 6.69 Cheeseburger combo for my cousin Dean, $8.49 for my Large Roast Beef Sandwich combo) and Roys offers iced tea (original and unsweetened) and lemonade in addition to soda (sadly, no Coca-Cola Freestyle here.) Turnaround was very quick, and the fries are still super delicious (and salty.) Roy's Roast Beef isn't quite as tasty as their burgers, but few sandwiches are. The bun's super soft (and buttered) and you get plenty of meat; but as in previous visits, I found the meat a little dry. Make sure to stop by the Fixins' Bar, and add some (spicy Boom Boom) sauce.

Who needs a charge?

Usually I devour two sandwiches per visit; but I decided to be a (relatively) good boy, and opted for dessert instead. Great decision. Roy's $2.99 Strawberry Shortcake is freshly prepared, and tastes better than it looks. Look for crunchy cake, fresh strawberries and a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Seriously, what more could you ask for? They also offer an Apple Crisp and Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae (for the same $2.99.) Trust me, save room: You can thank me later.

Also worth mentioning, there's only one TV (thankfully) but if you're close by, the sound gets muddled by Roy's background county music. It's a small inconvenience, but easily solved by hitting the mute button. Far better is the super clever addition of wall chargers at each booth. Each outlet houses two plugs and two USB ports. Genius. Pure genius. Here's hoping everyone else copies this idea.

For the record, it's not easy finding fault with Roys. I could eat there every day; and it's the one restaurant, I feel most loyal to. No small feat, when you consider how difficult it is for me to visit the same place twice, yet alone several times in the same calendar year. Aspen Hill makes a fine addition to the fold: Welcome to the family.