Rye opens in Mission Farms
It’s been in the works long enough for this girl to work up an appetite as well as some pretty high expectations. Last weekend, both of those were more than satisfied when I got a sneak peek inside Rye, the new restaurant in Mission Farms.
With bluestem owners Megan and Colby Garrelts at the helm, I was expecting top-notch cuisine. What I didn’t anticipate was the gorgeous and comfortably unique environment that makes this dining experience about far more than the food. It’s a place you want to spend some time, settle in, and indulge in great conversation and down-home cooking. Let’s be real, a restaurant won’t make it without great food and from what I tasted at Rye, Chef Colby could sell this stuff out of the back of a van and have folks lined up around the block.
While I’m not gonna review Rye in this post as it wasn’t officially open when I dined there, I will tell you how excited I am to have a venue of this style and caliber in Kansas City. The Midwestern theme runs strong in both the menu and decor, but all done quite elegantly. The menu has an entire section devoted to BBQ and fried chicken. I didn’t get to taste the ribs, but heard from the next table that they were phenomenal.
I sampled both the fried chicken and the Buttered Hot Sauce Shrimp. The plump, moist shrimp were served over a cloud of creamy cheddar grits surrounded with a savory jus that had a nice kick. The crispy pulled pork atop the dish was like a bonus prize really bringing the dish together and setting it apart from your typical shrimp-n-grits.
The fried chicken was superb! The batter was perfectly crisp without overpowering the wonderful flavor of the meat. And the seasoning was right up my alley – aggressively peppered and generously salted along with more subtle flavors.
We finished the meal with one of Megan’s always stupendous desserts. The lemon tart was plenty sweet and creamy rich with a wonderful toasted meringue on top.
I can’t wait to go back for a full meal with a big crowd so I can taste everything on the menu!