The Dressing Room: Food with a Taste of History

By RaeAnne Marsh

All the wonderful things that deserve to be told about this enticing eatery in the trending Roosevelt Row area of Downtown Phoenix will be shared as soon as we all get our lives back into our familiar patterns.

At this time, however, the story is all about great food and great service.

Pivoting at this time of uncertainty to address the needs of a public who want to enjoy tastes of restaurant dining while accommodating the reality of social distancing, The Dressing Room serves customers with increased delivery service and pickup. And the website makes the can-do attitude very clear!

Pickup, by the way, offers patrons a chance to take in some of the location’s historical vibe as the former dressing room for performers at the then-female-impersonation venue across the alley.

A trimmed-down menu still offers choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, available from the from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. closing (note: These new hours go with the trimmed-down menu, and are different from those posted on the restaurant’s general website pages). In that regard, the All Day Burrito is particularly aptly named. This handful is a tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, American cheese, bacon, corn, hash browns and avocado well-moistened with fresh pico de gallo.

The menu ranges to more exotic dishes with Vietnamese Pork Belly Fried Rice, with a sunny-side-up egg atop a mound of aromatic vegetable compote called mirepoix mixed into fried rice.

One of The Dressing Room’s signature dishes is the Roro Burger, which takes the everyday all-American hamburger-patty-on-a-bun and elevates it to international cuisine. It starts with the English muffin that holds the sandwich together, soft but with a nice firm texture. Bacon, lettuce and onion add some crunch, smoothed out with the mildly tangy Gruyère cheese, all of it brought together with the spicy Russian dressing — which fully lives up to its name.

And everything is always served with a friendly smile.

The Dressing Room

214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix

(602) 777-0763


Fried Cheese Curds: Served with dip of bleu cheese, malt aioli or spicy Russian dressing, $9

Vietnamese Pork Belly Fried Rice: Mirapoix, aromatics, sunny-side-up egg and green onions, $14.50

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