I confess I still don't understand why everyone pronounces "Rogue" as "rouge" in French since the spelling is obviously different. Yeah, there's the red "G" in it, but the spelling is still wrong, people.
Whatever you want to say about the Rogue brand, they have nice spaces. Their West Broadway location features generally bright spaces and a variety of seating styles and areas that look nicely maintained.
On Friday night I attended a free Italian Concert featuring Carlo Rotunno and Carmela D'Auria presented by the Federazione Pugliese della BC followed by a mini food fair with free samples. Afterwards we asked for recommendations for Italian food and were directed to Marcello Pizzeria or Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, both on Commercial Drive -- totally oblivious to the protest there that night.
We escaped from the Commercial Drive sardine can and wandered up to West Broadway where we tried Banana Leaf as it had a sign that said "open all day". Nope. Closed at 10.30 PM (how is that "all day" if you are not 24 hours?). Then, following Yelp and "Open Now" restaurants we tried Ebisu. But it was close to 11 PM and literally as we walked to the restaurant, they turned off the lights.
Rogue was nearby, so we just walked in with 2 hours before they closed.
2 pints of beer ($9.98)
2 virgin mojitos ($7.98)
Hand Tossed Artisan Pizza - Chewy super-thin crust Neapolitan style, but probably without the strict certification. About 15 or 16 inches in diameter, which is much better than the 11 or 12 inches you might get at a speciality Neapolitan pizza location like Famoso, and for roughly the same price. Comes with two oils at your table -- a weak chili and a strong olive oil with a large sprig of rosemary sitting inside -- and the standard issue chili flakes.
Pizza - Quebec Whaaa? ($16.99) white sauce, sliced potatoes, braised beef short rib, cheese curds, garnished with gravy, parmesan, & fresh herbs
- Looked like just one ring of large, thin, potato slices.
- Pulled short rib was very unevenly distributed. The gravy looked like it mostly settled around the middle. The result was, depending on which slice you got, you may have had a very different experience.
- Overall, sounded fun but turned out boring and not very tasty.
- Rather salty. Otherwise okay.
- About 1/4 of the potato slices (the portion curled up off the pizza) was burnt black.
- The mushrooms were burnt black. they started out brown, but everything facing upward was burnt and thinner slices were crispy black.
- On the Quebec Whaaa?, the underside had large areas of burnt-to-crispy-black that was bitter enough to dominate the taste, so we tore those off. The Funghi pizza was okay.