Eating My Way Around CT: Hamden’s Roost

What do you think of when you think of delicious, fast food fried chicken? Chances are you’re thinking of Chic-Fil-A.

However, there is a new place in Hamden that could give Chic-Fil-A a run for its money. And, I am a huge fan of Chic-Fil-A.


That place is called Roost. Located on Whitney Avenue, Roost has the same focus as Chic-Fil-A: chicken. You also can get fries and a variety of shakes. But, their menu doesn’t stop there. In addition to the classic chicken sandwich, you can also get bowls, chicken and waffles, and so much more. And, of course, you can dip your food in Roost sauce as well.

I have been to Roost twice since it’s opening and have had chicken and waffles and the original chicken sandwich. And, of course, I also had the fries.

Compared to Chic-Fil-A, their chicken may be fried, but it tastes fresh. And, when you order a side of fries for your meal, you get a ton. When you leave Roost, you definitely are leaving full.

The only bad thing I will say about Roost is this: there is no lemonade like Chic-Fil-A has. However, you can still get Foxon Park.


Many people while eating Roost will think: is this a more local version of Chic-Fil-A? In some ways, yes it is. With the bigger menu, Roost has some unique qualities that will draw in more people. They also serve wine and beer as well. And, the major difference between the two? Roost is actually open on Sunday.

So, if you’re in the New Haven area, I highly recommend that you check out Roost — even if it’s just to satisfy your Chic-Fil-A craving on a Sunday.

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