I am enamored by a new restaurant in Louisville, and its name is Rye.
Although it may not sound not very promising for a gluten-intolerant person such as myself, many of the items on their ever changing menu are gluten-free, and a handful of the ones that aren’t can be made GF to order. Thankfully the staff was very helpful and courteous with my questions, which is refreshing in an industry often marked by skepticism and ignorance concerning allergies and intolerances.
The space is an immaculately remodeled car dealership on the corner of Campbell and Market, i.e. the heart of NuLu. The interior (done by NuLu neighbors Bittners) has some nice, subtle touches, such as the mis-matched matte black chairs, or the “W.C.” sign by the restrooms (an homage to Europe in a New American restaurant? More likely a shibboleth to remind customers of their own cultural savvy), which are offset by the obligatory exposed brick wall. Most notably the kitchen is in full view, which heightens the anticipation of your food as you can both watch and smell it cooking.
I ordered the monkfish, which was wrapped in bacon and served with cabbage and apples. The bacon complimented the tender, savory monkfish quite well, which was filled out the sweetness of the apples and cabbage. Julie had the Hanger Steak, served with Yukon Potato, a blu cheese puree, and sherry glazed onions. She let me steal a bite or two and I think it may have been one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Sweet, juicy, and cooked to perfection. The meal was everything we hoped for: creative and unexpected ingredients served in a tasty and palatable manner. The service is fantastic and the atmosphere hip. Rye is well on the way to becoming one of Louisville’s best (and my favorite) restaurants.
Expect to pay 50-60 dollars for a dinner for two, before drinks or tip.
*photo from website.