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Friday, April 23rd, 2010—Bar 103

Day 103—Thursday, April 22nd
Rye House (Originally scheduled for the Chat ‘n’ Chew, then Rosa Mexicano, some days aren’t easy on this bar crawl!)

First off, once more I need to thank Michael Heaton, Cleveland’s Minister of Culture. Not only was he a great and fun host while I was there, he wrote a column about 365 Bars and you can read it here:

365 Bars in Minister of Culture

There’s also a video in the Plain Dealer that you can watch right here:

Micheal Heaton Interview

Thanks again Michael, I owe you mucho beers the next time we crawl together, my friend!

Okay, this is going to go up super early tomorrow morning because the 365 Bar Crawl is on the road again! I’m flying out to Peoria tomorrow and then at the end of the week I’m going to be in Chicago for two days. So while I will be posting every day, times may be erratic. I have my trusty laptop, but there’s no internet at my folks house (I love that!) and I’m hoping to be able to tap in to my brother Tom’s internet at his apartment. So be patient for the next week, but there will be a daily update, it just may not occur around the noon hour like it usually does.

So today I’m off work and I’m going out early in the afternoon to a restaurant down the street called the Chat ‘n’ Chew.
It’s a fun place and I’ve gone there for years. They have a little bar in the front and I thought I’d have an early dinner and drinks there and then come home and pack. So are you ready to chat and chew? Then let’s make tracks!

Okay, I went to the Chat 'n' Chew and was told the manager had to okay photos. So I asked to talk to the manager and she said it was her last day and she couldn't approve it. They were nice about it, but I thought, "If it's your last day, let's go nuts!" I guess not everyone thinks my way, so I left.

So I went to this place which is a block away, Rosa Mexucana. At night the bar here is always packed and the margaritas and food are great. However, when I asked the waitress if I could do the bar crawl thing here, she said I'd have to talk to a manager. So I did. He told me I would have to call the corporate offices and schedule an appointment. Well, I think I'll call their corporate offices right now: Hey corporate offices, sorry I tried to give you free advertising, assholes!

By now I was getting a little reluctant of restaurant bars, but I knew of one a block away, BLT Fish, so I headed in that direction, but lo and behold, on the way there I see a bar I've never seen before. Let's go here!

It looks nice in here, let's see if I can do my bar crawl thing in Rye House.

And before you know it, bartender Aleksy is handing me a beer.

Hooray, the bar crawl is under way at last!

This is just part of the massive whiskey selection available at Rye House.

And when I say massive I mean massive, here's two pages of whiskey and bourbon selections available.

And if you're not a whiskey person, there's plenty of draft and bottled beers to be had.

Tables and booths line the walls opposite the bar.

There's a long communal table in the back.

There's also leather banquettes for private drinking and dining.

They've only been open for six months, but have already won food awards from Time Out New York Magazine.

Speaking of food, here's my dinner, the Pittsburgh Sandwich. It's a sausage sandwich with french fries and cole slaw packed right inside. It was delicious!

Fire! (It never gets old for me! Goodnight everybody, see you in Peoria!)


Rye House is a new whiskey bar in the Flatiron section of Manhattan, they just opened six months ago. The bar is elegant art deco  yet comfortable all at the same time. The front granite bar is impressive and the long communal table in the back guarantees lively converstations with friends old and new. Wooden tables and chairs line the walls for those that want to have a private party or date.

The name is Rye House, so naturally whiskey and bourbon are the stars of the show in this bar.
There was too many for me to count on the menu, suffice to say, if you like whiskey, you need to check this place out. Beer and wine drinkers aren’t left out either. There’s a good selection of bottled and draft beers to be had and the wine list is stellar. The food menu isn’t huge, but filled with eclectic delights like: Truffle grilled cheese, Greek pita, the Rye House Burger and drunken mussels. I had the Pittsburgh sandwich and it’s grilled andouille sausage, provolone, slaw and fries. And it’s all stuffed in between grilled rye bread and it is delicious!

Okay, now I’m off to Peoria! Sneeze you all sometime tomorrow.

Rye House

11. W. 17th St.

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I wouldn't patronize any bar which had a "Corporate Headquarters", let alone one which requires permission from said headquarters before taking pictures.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen K.

Nice bar! Looks classy. And the food sounds delish. I'll bet that Mexican joint is owned by Bob Evans.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

I'd have to eat one of those Pittsburgh everything sandwiches before getting into any serious drinking in that place. With that selection of whiskey and rye, I'd be walleyed in no time! Oh, Marty, speaking of Peoria...did anyone you know there ever hear of that Catholic Girl's school I mentioned to you once, the one that blew up sometime in the fifties or early sixties? I grew up on Kenwood Avenue, it was about a block away from my house.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

I used to make a banger sammie at work like that.. with the leftover bangers and the chips..we kinda were always rushed to eat between customers so i made food out of whatever leftovers i could find. bonus to working in a pub adn shop:)
Have a safe flight:)

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Great article by Michael Heaton! Have fun in Peoria, Mr. Graw!!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Isn't this bar 103 ?

It's funny -- I go to NYC this weekend -- and Marty is gone !

I'm gonna use his list to visit some new places myself !

Party !!!

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGene

Great Interview and the Michael Heaton column was on the money.
Have a safe trip and see you next week and we'll see what kind of trouble we can get into.

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

As always Great !! Your going to be a Rock Star !! If this turns into a TV Show , I will watch TV again .
There is a Indian kebab Restaurant in France that puts Belgium Fries in there sandwich wraps , but I prefer to eat them by themselves , not in the sandwich , I miss France .

haha cool video ! Yes I confirm, French and Australian people love your bar crawl because we like to drink so (too) much !! :D
....... 8 days and I'm in New York for 3 months !!! woo hooooo !!!!

I like common tables !!!!!

Loved the Heaton article and interview! And that sandwich looks mighty tast'y!

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Great article by the Minister of Culture. I liked the video interview also. It's nice to put a voice with a face. Sorry you had so much trouble finding a bar to crawl but it seems Rye House was the winner for some free advertising.

April 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGina

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