If you're someone who craves a well crafted, expertly executed, and yet not pretentious food and drink experience then run, don't walk to Rock and Rye Tavern. From the perfectly lit tavern room, to the polished stone bar, the atmosphere sets the tone for what is always a pleasurable experience.
The cocktails are not your average well swill, they are well thought out, often historically researched, and always executed divinely. The sublime and unique flavors of these classic cocktails are expertly coaxed from a perfect combination of house made syrups, garnishes, and liquors chosen not only for type, but also for their specific ability to offset and highlight the subtle flavor profiles of each other. Here the cocktail has been restored to its rightful place as an art. If beer is more your taste, you will still be pleased. The beer selection while not as extensive as some, is well rounded, often mostly local and always surprising and delicious. From the varying selection of bottles, to the seasonal offerings on tap, or perhaps most exciting, the handcrafted and freshly tapped cask ales, any craft beer lover will rejoice.
Ready for something to eat? Rock and Rye will delight you again with a seasonally influenced and locally sourced (as much as possible) menu which has something for everyone. Whether you are in the mood for the more traditional, such as a locally raised beef burger or steak accompanied by hand cut french fries or onion rings, or you would prefer something with a lighter flavor such as a delicate fish in a light and refreshing broth, you will always leave happy.
In response to an earlier reviewer's opinion of the Caesar Salad as merely average I find it necessary to say that unlike the majority of restaurants today, the Chef at Rock and Rye actually makes a classic Caesar salad and dressing, from scratch, with all the traditional ingredients that give the Caesar it's allure. If someone found Rock and Rye's Caesar to be average, then I can only assume they were taught that the exemplar of the Caesar would come out of a bag, with a packet of corn syrup laden dressing and have no resemblance to a true Caesar excepting that they both contain lettuce!!
On top of an amazing location, expertly crafted drinks and fantastic food, the people here are friendly, knowledgable, and always helpful.
Going out for dinner or drinks at Rock and Rye is like stepping back in time to your local speakeasy where everyone knows your name, your drink and your pleasure..... with no password necessary.
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