May 26 2012

First Take: Rockwell’s American Grill in Cary

(Closed in 2012, Re-opened as Dean’s Seafood Grill and Bar) Located deep in Cary country, Rockwell’s American Grill is the newest concept from Rocky Top Hospitality (Draft Burgers, Tribeca Tavern). Focused on American comfort food, Rockwell’s menu covers sandwiches, soups, pizzas and diner type entrees (pot pie, shrimp and grits, steak, grilled seafood) sourced locally. And while the menu is broad, it’s not deep giving you only a handful of offerings in each food category. Inside, the space is basic polished woods and padded booths but they do have quite a nice, large patio wrapping around the outside. I had come in for lunch so you know I was outside with the sunglasses on for my meal!


My lunch combo of grilled cheese with bacon-tomato on multi-grain bread was solid. A large sandwich, well grilled along with a side of my favorite skinny fries. The starter split-pea soup was decent if not memorable and the whole combo meal came out to about $12, not exactly cheap. They don’t really have a lunch menu at Rockwell’s so it might be a better deal to come here for dinner. And now that I think of it, this place reminds me of the old Bogart’s minus the flavored martinis! Service was pretty average here, for some reason whenever I eat out in the suburbs I feel the younger staff is rarely well-trained enough to make for an impressive visit. Overall I like Rockwell’s Grill but due to its pricing, I’d rather do an evening meal here. And yet there’s nothing in this area that would draw me over at night so my guess is that it’s a better destination for local suburban families. Just think of the old Bogart’s Grill on South Glenwood plopped down in the middle of a strip mall cause that’s what Rockwell’s Grill is all about. Definitely worth the effort if you’re in the neighborhood…


Rockwell’s American Grill
1080 Darrington Drive
Cary, NC 27513

Menu at Rockwell’s American Grill
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