In June of 2004, Chef Bruce Rinehart opened Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine at the corner of 28th and Penn. Rinehart created an “little island of fine dining” with East Coast style fresh seafood, killer pastas and a huge variety of favorites from the New England area. Over the last decade, Rinehart has created a culinary brand know for quality. The “original” is still going strong, along with the second Rococo location in Northpark Mall and an event catering division.
So what exactly does East Coast style mean? According to Rinehart and long time cooking partner Chef Jason Bustamante, it’s “simple with a focus on fresh seafood”. Rococo is known for the freshness of their seafood, including overnight deliveries of specialties like steamer clams and non-farm raised salmon. But of course, Rococo is best known for having the best darn Crab Cake around, a lightly baked collection of Maryland Lump crab and secret ingredients. No frozen then fried hockey puck here.
The Clam Chowder (say “Chowda” when ordering) is always a crowd pleaser along with exotic dishes such as Hawaiian Poke, Escargot and Rococo Cookies which are savory (not sweet) bites of various flavors.
There’s a lot of chophouse fare are Rococo as well. Steaks, Pork and Duck are always on the menu. Because Rococo is chef-driven, the menu changes seasonally and multiple daily features are the norm. Rococo also has Vegan and Gluten-Free options. If you want to impress guest or simply have something different for dinner, think Rococo.