Do you ever wonder if there is a place in the Rio Grande Valley where you can find a variety of over 70 beers? The answer is Roosevelt’s at 7 – Eatery & Alehouse of McAllen, Texas. Roosevelt’s offers the widest selection of beers south of Corpus Christi featuring micro-breweries from the United States, Mexico and Europe and over 80 different bottled beers.
Roosevelt’s at 7 has the atmosphere of a pub, a tavern, with all the necessary ingredients for a very enjoyable experience. Chef Miguel, a Cordon Bleu graduate, and Ricardo Macias, part owner, have designed an original and enticing menu that includes Panini named after USA presidents, Salads named after First Ladies, Pizzas named after prohibition era gangsters, pastas named after era entertainers and a children’s menu “Little Rascals” where everything is $2.00 for kids 12 and under. “We want to encourage families to come to Roosevelt’s” said Ricardo Macias.
After savoring the soup of the day; cream of mushroom, the shrimp scampi pasta, and a “bite” of my husband’s Roosevelt’s Club, I asked Ricardo where Chef Miguel had come from, Ricardo answered, “From God”
Roosevelt’s patrons are all ages and gender, business men and women, even our winter Texan visitors love Roosevelt’s. It is an art gallery, pub and vintage parlor all mixed into one.
The best thing about this beer experience is that you are able to sample the beer prior to making the tough decision of choosing a ‘pour”. I tried a Raspberry Lambic beer, a cider beer, chocolate /cocoa beer, each with so much history and brewing tradition. The beer mixes are incredible, for example, mixing the raspberry and the chocolate beers, so creative and seductive.
After careful deliberation, the beer that appealed to me the most was the Theobroma brewed by Dogfish Head of California, served on a wide mouth glass edged at the bottom with a “D” that produces a constant bubble creating the same effect as Champagne. Roosevelt’s does not add any “garnish” to its beer, they believe in respecting its true taste; the purpose of brew masters.
All beers are designed and brewed a certain way that they need a particular glass to enhance its flavor“said Ricardo. Roosevelt’s excellence and knowledge of beers is observed in their use of different glasses to serve different beers, flute glasses for the raspberry and cider beers, wide mouth for those with high carbonation so even though you see the foam on top, you won’t taste it as you sip, and so on, service that goes beyond the expectations.
Roosevelt’s bartenders are knowledgeable and will help you decide as well as prepare the right mixes for your palate. Wine drinkers, don’t worry, Roosevelt’s offers a good selection of wines.
Roosevelt’s is located at the heart of the Art District in McAllen, Texas; it is a low-key place reminiscent of a Speak -Easy; it bears the name of President Roosevelt because it was him, who on December 5th, 1933, signed the end of prohibition right at 7:00 pm.
Sunday Brunch is served the last Sunday of every month from 11:00 – 4:00 pm. The open buffet is different every Sunday, includes the all-time favorite breakfast items in addition to crab legs, prime rib, shrimp dishes and more at a cost of approximately $25.00 per person depending on menu since menu items vary.
Beer Dinners are five course meals available the third Tuesday of every month, all feature a theme, for example “Cuban” paired with the right beer, either an eight or six ounce “pour”, dishes vary from the American Hamburger to Lobster.
Pours average $5.00, lunch specials everyday, entrees start at $8.00.
Roosevelt’s at 7
821 N. Main St.
McAllen, TX 78501