Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Butcher and the Rye

A few weeks ago we went to Butcher and the Rye. We've been there several times, but I don't think I've actually written a post in a while. Since we were already in the city for a show, and since it was just after SP's birthday, this was his choice for a birthday dinner.
We always enjoy the cocktails. This time, he started with a special: Wisconsin Old Fashioned (Jim Beam, Brandy, orange, cherry, if memory serves). It was yummy! I also had a delicious, and far to easily and quickly downed, cocktail, Hey, the Gardens (ketel one, grapefruit, rose, lemon, oat straw honey).
As always, we started with Brussels (brown butter, dill, parmigiano reggiano, preserved lemon aioli). So good. And as always, Brussels make for a terrible photo, a blob of a mountain covered with parmesan snow.
One of my favorite dishes in the city: Sunday Gravy (lamb neck, tomatoes, ricotta, olive oil, warm country bread). So. Good.
We shared this cocktail. Sadly, I do not remember the name, and it's not listed online. I remember bourbon and a mulled wine syrup (I think). It was really, really good.
We shared a special: Chicken & Biscuits. Oh my. This was delicious. I wish it would be added to the menu! Hearty and comforting on a windy, cold day. Lots of chicken, shredded into the sauce and the leg in the middle. I couldn't stop eating the shredded chicken gravy.
Coffee to counteract the booze and extra warmth before going back into the cold. 
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Coupe (dark chocolate cremeux, chocolate mousse, vanilla chantilly cream, chocolate streusel, palmiers). Also delicious. SP probably would have preferred the Apple Bread Pudding, but bread pudding sounded like too much. 
We still really like Butcher and the Rye. We ate a lot less than normal, but that could be because SP was sick and didn't have his usual appetite. We both were stuffed, though, so maybe we usually overeat?! This is the first time we had a seat with a view of the bar and we both enjoyed watching the bartenders climb the ladder to find whiskeys and mix up drinks. We always sit on the first floor (wheelchair) and are happy B&tR has a wheelchair ramp up the one step to the non-communal table dining area. Our server was great, helping me when I was debating between a couple cocktails. Still one of our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Previous meals at Butcher and the Rye:

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