I haven’t been yet, so can’t speak directly to the review of On the Rox. I have heard from others that the Happy Hours are a good bargain and the fact that they have already had one Hardywood event bodes well for the future. Full review at Style Weekly.
On the Rox in Shockoe Bottom, the former Element Lounge, has a lot going for it — high ceilings, open windows, a fun but sensible menu and an experienced cooking staff. But several visits were flawed by poor service that, if not corrected, will send patrons looking elsewhere.
The french fries cooked in duck fat ($8), and buffalo chicken legs ($8) should have been far above humdrum, but a lengthy wait in the service window does considerable damage to their quality. Hand-cut and double-fried, the potatoes could have been crispy and inviting, a shareable and satisfying side with the well-intended beer and wine list. The lollipop chicken drumsticks, tastefully seasoned, would have been hearty and moist, showing off a refreshingly different blue cheese and celery slaw. But these potentially better-than-average appetizers spent too much time under a heat lamp, victims of inattentive service.