Monday, February 29, 2016


Few people will venture out to Far North Dallas, but we're here today to tell y'all it is worth the drive. We recently made the trip out to Historic Downtown McKinney, and boy were we in for a treat. If you've never been, the area offers a warm, homey atmosphere with plenty of options for shopping, dining, and staying over night. Most notably, this area is home to Rye.

Rye embraces the traditions and culture of Historic McKinney, and it is clearly evident as soon as you walk through the doors. You'll notice authentic, rustic, and cozy decor wraps around the establishment. They epitomize southern hospitality when it comes to their food as well as their guests. Forming personal relationships with everyone that walks through the door is important to them. Not only did the owner and head chef, Jeff Qualls take time to visit with us, we saw him stop by every table throughout the night. This isn't something we see too often in the city, so we greatly appreciated the effort.

When it comes to the food, the produce is locally sourced, and as the seasons change so will the menu. This is not only to create value in the menu, but to ensure that we, as the guests, are getting the best of what the season has to offer.

Our meal started with an appetizer sampler. We got to try the Crispy Parmesan Calamari, Dr. Pepper Braised Pork Belly, and the 'Book Club' Bell Peppers. All of which were simply delectable. My personal favorite was the pork belly. Every bite melts in your mouth, and the puree it is paired with is heavenly.

For my entree, I enjoyed the Cast Iron Seared N.Y. Strip with a side of cippolini-leek confit, smashed fingerlings, and chianti butter sauce.

And if you have room for dessert, I highly recommend the apple tart tatin. It comes with a scoop of ice cream, but you can get it on the side to accommodate for those who are lactose intolerant. That being said, the chef was extremely cooperative when it came to any food restrictions we had.

The new menu for Spring will be rolling out soon, and we can't wait to come give it a try! Until then, we suggest heading up to McKinney to try the Fall menu before it changes! It could be fun to make a weekend trip out of it too and stay at one of the numerous Bed & Breakfasts that Historic Downtown McKinney has to offer, explore the town, and visit Rye.

Click here to take a peek at the Fall 2015 menu.

Location: McKinney, TX, USA

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