There is a new hot spot in West Ashley and this time it is not in Avendale.  It is The Original Ms Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails located at 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd in the Northbridge area.  The previous restaurant, Sunfire Grill, has been completely bulldozed. 
   Ms Rose’s has a hip yet timeless vibe.  Some parts seem modern and some parts seem to scream a 1950’s diner.  The dining area is opened up and has a nice long bar that wraps around most of one of the walls. Two 4 foot high project screens scroll a rotation of beautiful images. I have not seen this done before in a restaurant but I can see how this would make the wall “art” easy to change for the seasons or for special events when a specific mood needs to be created.
   I sat at the bar and order 3 snacks and a chicken soup for this cold December lunch.  I get the cornmeal hot pretzel with house made mustard butter, Jamaican meat pies, and the jalapeno-cheddar cracklins from the snack menu. They are $3 each and are allvery high quality items. All of them were impressive and beat expectations.  The cracklins were actually still making loud cracking noises as they sat in the dish waiting to be eaten.  That is a good sign that they are fresh!  Even the food knowledge of my server (the bartender) was very high.  The staff seems genuinely excited about the food and happy to serve.

   

The chicken soup is full of chunky and firm fresh veggies like small onions, carrots and celery.  The broth was good too. It seemed more full flavored than normal chicken soup broth…maybe some extra chicken fat cooked in by the use of a good amount of dark meat?  It was the perfect ending to a cold day’s lunch.

I will be leaving Ms Rose’s without having tried about a dozen menu items that caught my eye…..mushroom turnovers, boiled peanuts, dirty rice fritters, beef fat-fried fries…and we haven’t even talked about their sandwiches and entrees yet! 
   The kitchen seems ready and eager to create, improve, then recreate. They brought over chefs Jordan Moore and John  Holmes via Tristan downtown. This is a restaurant that promises to be a regular stop for me!  It gets my highest recommendation and wins my best new restaurant in West Ashley 2012 Award.