On a recent Saturday, a group of friends and I were ready to try something new so we decided to try our lucky charms at Roosevelt’s at 7.

This establishment has been in the area since 2008 and thanks to the locals and visitors to the area it’s doing quite well.

Roosevelt’s offers great traditional fair as well as international cuisine with distinctive character in a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere. With in minutes I felt at home and I’m not exaggerating when I say this will become your home away from home. Why? Well let me just tell you about my personal experience.

Upon entering we immediately felt nostalgic for the old “Cheers” sitcom, there was however no Norm sitting at the bar, it was still pretty early. I did however notice the families and couples enjoying a nice meal with a glass of wine or just playing dominoes with the kids.

The walls are decorated with local art — in fact they participate in the Art Walk the first Friday of the month. I loved all the dark wood panels like in the ones in great Ole English pubs. The Bar area has a wide arrange of micro brews and specialty drafts — they cater to real beer lovers, you will not find anything of the likes of Budweiser and Coors.

They offer tasters at no cost so one can sample the beers.

Our cute waitress tried to answer all my questions about the lunch menu to the best of her ability.

She did recommend the Ahi Tuna and when she didn’t know something regarding the ingredients she still made an effort to find out. They had an extensive menu — so much to read so little time.

Basically, what ever you are in the mood for they have it. Pasta, burgers, paninis, etc.

My first appetizer was the Grace Kelly’s Asparagus $8 seasoned and blackened then wrapped with Spanish prosciutto topped with goat cheese and four stuffed cherry tomatoes. The asparagus had that perfect crunchy texture and the crispy prosciutto went well with the creamy goat cheese.

My friend had the Marilyn Monroe’s Spinach Dip Chicago Style $8 served with tortilla chips — it was rich and tasty, difficult to mess this dish up you might say.

Then came my Elizabeth Taylor’s Tuna $12 which is sushi — grade seared Ahi Tuna, prepared fresh to order. It was complimented by two sauces. A soy sauce and a light Cilantro and Ginger vinaigrette. I enjoyed every bite and would come back for more.

I was pretty full but was tempted to taste the John Dilinger’s Ham and Bacon Pizza $10 which looked like brick oven pizza dough and had mounds of meat and cheese. Two people could probably share that pizza and order one of their delicious salads as a meal. I can tell the Chef puts his heart into his meals. I also got a little taste of the tomato pasta and I could tell the sauce was homemade and that’s when I told my good friend Letty Guerra, I need to meet the Chef!

I was lucky enough to meet the Owner Ricardo Macias and the Chef on duty Gregory Martinez who studied at the Cordon Bleu in Austin. Ricardo had me at “We make everything from Scratch.”

Ricardo has that fire in his eye and is the real deal. He understands the importance of lending a helping hand to those in need in our community so he host at least two fundraisers a month on Thursdays.

He lived 15 years in Miami and decided to move back to McAllen and open up Roosevelt’s on 7 because he knew Main Street was the new happening place. Here you can pop in for a pint, a three coarse meal or something in between. On the last Sunday of the month they have Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also a tented patio area that has a pool table and dart boards. Inside they have shuffle board,dominoes , board games and the famous Jenga. Happy Hour is Monday — Friday 4 to 7 p.m. ($3 Beer Special).

They are open to the public 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. $$ You’ll be pleased. I promise!

Cheers Mate!,

Madame Gourmand

Roosevelt’s at 7, 821 N. Main Street, McAllen. 956-928-1994