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Bring on the Pierogies and Po’Boys

Nov 10, 2017 03:57PM ● By Dia

Everyone might be talking turkey this month, but not at IdleRye. Here at Deep Ellum’s newest hotspot, Polish and Cajun cuisine take center stage in the kitchen. The laid-back gastropub specializes in modern American fare with Polish influences and plenty of Louisiana flavors. From schnitzel and shrimp to house-made sausage with some tater tots thrown in for good measure, the menu offers an enticing assortment of comfort foods with a variety of cultural influences. Whether you’re turkey-ed out or you just want to try something different, IdleRye will reinvigorate your taste buds.    

Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, IdleRye specializes in shareable plates, although there are plenty of just-for-one dishes on the menu. If you don’t often eat Polish food, IdleRye’s pierogies are a must-try. Crispy potato dumplings are filled with fresh chives, cheddar and sour cream. With a delightfully crispy exterior and a buttery onion topping, these potato-stuffed pockets are downright euphoric. The Crispy Crabcake is another house favorite that will rock your world. A seven-ounce blend of jumbo lump and claw crab, spicy chili aioli, chives and onion straws come together for a dense cake chockfull of flavorful lumps of crabmeat. Grab a fork—you’ll want to partake in this cake.

IdleRye also serves up the brunch of your dreams. Though there are many local options to enjoy a bubbly mimosa with your omelet, the restaurant offers extra-special delights that are worth the drive. If it just isn’t brunch without a heaping plate of hotcakes, you’ll love the Buttermilk Vanilla Pancakes, which are served with a drizzle of maple-bacon-pecan-bourbon sauce. The Breakfast Board, a flight of house-cured breakfast meats, pickles and toast, is another satisfying way to kick off your Sunday Funday.

If you happen to be in Deep Ellum catching a show, check out the pub’s late-night menu. We recommend stopping in for Spiral Sweet Potato Chips (served with chili-bacon glaze, blue cheese and chives) or Crispy Risotto Balls (breaded and lightly fried with Parmesan and roasted pepper sage vinaigrette) before taking your Uber back to the ’burbs. 

As for the drinks, if you love whiskey, you’re in good company at IdleRye. Whatever kind you’re into, you’ll find it here—from rye to American to sour mash. The pub’s drink menu features a swath of whiskey cocktails plus a handful of other libations inspired by the Prohibition era. We love a classic Old Fashioned, but we’re not afraid to mix it up. Plus, there’s something about the atmosphere at IdleRye that makes us want to get our Great Gatsby on. The What’s Your Fashion (bourbon or rye whiskey with simple syrup and bitters) will have you drinking like it’s 1920.   

The restaurant has a suburban heritage—the owners also operate The Table in Flower Mound—but it has its own unique look and feel. Designed with Edison-style lighting and plenty of galvanized metals and distressed woods, IdleRye’s vibe is more steampunk than suburbia. It has a bit of an edge, but it’s also welcoming. A secluded back courtyard, covered patio and intimate booths will invite you to kick back and stay awhile. Between the scratch-made dishes and local beer, wine and libations, you have plenty of reasons to get comfortable.

With a handcrafted cocktail in your hand and a Crispy Schnitzel Sandwich on your plate (or a Gulf Shrimp Po’Boy if that’s more your thing), IdleRye is just the place to idle the day or night away. Planning your Thanksgiving menu can wait—at least until you polish off your pierogies.



2826 Elm Street