French Onion Soup ($11)
Oxtail, five onion broth, toasted bread, and gruyere
Crispy Pig Wing ($8)
Thai chili sauce, pickled mango salad, cilantro
I'm not normally a fan of wings, but this had more meat on it than I'm usually accustomed to, which was a good thing. The exotic spice definitely gave it a memorable taste.
Pig Candy ($8)
Pork belly, apple kim chi, miso caramel, cilantro
Yes, we went overboard with our pig ordering. I preferred this over the pig wing. There was more to it and the apple kim chi was a nice surprise. (I'm overcoming my fear and aversion to kim chi.)
Mac n cheese ($10)
Taleggio, goat cheese, cheddar, fontina, and parmesan
Brown butter, dill, parmigiano reggiano, preserved lemon aioli
We ordered a green vegetable...sorta. Brussels sprouts "on the rocks" are healthy, Brussels sprouts cooked in butter AND cheese and with aioli are not, but that's what made them so darn good.
Creative culinary concoctions are not for everyone, I'll say that. But I think if you're young and like alcohol you're going to love this place. If you're older and open to trying new things AND like your spirits, you're going to like this place. And seeing as how much DeShantz's restaurants are adored in this city, Butcher and the Rye is not going anywhere. Just remember to make your reservation plenty in advance if you actually want to dine there.