Recently, we took a trip out to Root & Branch Restaurant to find out what the hype is all about. You can follow along in the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at our experience.
From the very beginning of our visit, it was clear that we were in for quite a treat. But before digging into some of their delicious food, we sat down with chef and owner AJ Kraft to talk about how Root & Branch came to be.
AJ has been working in restaurants for more than 20 years at this point. He has always wanted to start something of his own, and now that dream has been realized. “It was a passion project,” says AJ. When he made the decision to open Root & Branch, he thought to himself that it was “time to give Clermont something [he hopes] they’ve been looking for.”
As for why he chose Clermont, AJ’s answer was simple: In the 10 years he’s lived here, he’s noticed a lack of fine dining options. Root & Branch, therefore, manifested as a response to this untapped culinary niche.
Another thing that sets Root & Branch apart is their farm-to-table menu. Their meat comes from a farm in Summerfield, their fish are caught from local waters, and their other ingredients are locally produced, as well. The dishes here are fresh, delicious, and crafted with seasonality in mind.
Whether you try their shrimp and grits, hand-cut grouper, or one of their many other amazing menu items, don’t forget to also pair your meal with something from their wine and beer bar. Like their food, the selection at their bar follows a “locals only” rule. No matter if it’s their food, wine, or beer, freshness and quality are guiding principles here at Root & Branch.
There is truly something for everyone here. Those with gluten sensitivities, for example, will be happy to know that Root & Branch offers gluten-free dining options. After all, in AJ’s words, Root & Branch was built “for the community.”
We highly encourage you to drop by and experience this restaurant for yourself. They have plenty of open seating, as well as a small private dining area perfect for birthday parties or other events.
You can find more information about Root & Branch, including their menu, location, and hours, here.
When you try Root & Branch for yourself, please reach out. We’d love to hear what you think!
And, as always, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.