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I found myself being not-so-sad when the Reef closed. Other than the rooftop, there was little else to write home about (except the pretzels, I’ll concede). The lower floors are just kinda whatever, I think there was a fishtank but really who cares.

Roofers Union is the heir to the old Reef building, and the same sweet roof is back only this time there’s a brunch menu that is concerned equally with booze.

Mimosas and bloodies, tried and true, certainly good but not really exciting. Roofers responds with “brunch punch” served in a bowl for sharing and all are artisanal and refreshing, like this campari nugget you’ll see below. Four people is the perfect amount of people to dive into that pool.

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The food menu, overseen by the ever-joyful approach to eating by Marjorie Meek-Bradley  has the staples, and then some specialties which I’ll recap.

The Chicken and Waffles is the jewel- the waffles are not too sweet and the creamy sausage gravy against the crunchy fried chicken skin is gonna change your life.

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The Hot Mess is basically a bit of everything and comes in a skillet like a hobo banquet. It’s good enough and is very filling but I wouldn’t get it again.

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The soft shell crab sandwich comes with really fancy bacon and an egg on top. The crab is nice and big, creamy and crispy.

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There’s even a sort of brunchy dessert. We had the strawberries and cream which is hard to screw up but the cream was very fresh and chilled.

This will be a good summertime go-to and is a huge step up from the old guard. and a new go-to for any slightly-to-majorly hungover weekend morning.

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