Dan here today. A few weeks ago Beth bought a Groupon for a new restaurant downtown called Rack and Rye. It advertised itself as a gastropub, which apparently means they serve fancified variations on comfort food. When we got there, it was pretty empty, and we were quickly directed to a cozy booth in one corner of the restaurant, where we perused a couple of menus. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that many of the restaurant’s offerings included the words “curry”, “Thai”, or “asian”. As I mentioned here, Asian flavors and I often don’t get along well, so I decided to steer clear of them when I ordered. Beth and I split some homemade fries for an appetizer, and then she ordered the truffle mac and cheese, while I decided to get the chicken and waffles.
The verdict: Beth’s mac and cheese was delicious, although it’s hard to mess something up when truffle oil is involved. I liked my waffles, but the chipotle flavor in the fried chicken was overwhelming and a bit off-putting. I would have been happier with regular fried chicken instead. Overall the atmosphere was pretty good, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the food. I don’t think we’ll go back, but if you like Asian flavors it’s probably worth checking out.