My series continues with yet another killer spot for food and cocktails in Deep Ellum: Idle Rye. Extremely knowledgeable servers, a subtle, not trying-too-hard atmosphere and excellent drinks set the stage for awesome food to shine. I’d describe it as a modern gastropub, but with some worldly flavors thrown in to keep things interesting. Take a look, then take out your best girl or guy.
Start with cocktails. You won’t be disappointed. If you don’t know which to choose, ask for a recommendation from your server.
Perogies. Do it.
A BLT of sorts, with beef belly as the bacon. The flavors were fabulous, from top to bottom. Acid, peppery greens, chewy bread, salty, meaty beef bacon and a savory sauce.
Truly great cocktails. It was tough to choose a favorite here. I think the Green Leaves Martini was it though.
And dessert, if there’s room. No room? Make some. This is a martini glass full of strawberry shortcake.
DISCLAIMER: As I was invited in to try the restaurant in advance and share my experience on the blog, this dinner was comped by Idle Rye. As usual, a comped meal does not guarantee a positive review. In this case, Idle Rye deserves much praise for seriously everything the kitchen churned out.
Foodbitch is an expert eater and published food writer who lives in Dallas, Texas with her exceptionally well-fed twin daughters, husband and their dogs. She’ll tell you what to eat and you’ll like it.