Lunch at Rye McKinney + Gingerbread Hot Toddy Recipe

December 12, 2018

As much as I love living in Dallas, there are many places I miss in north Dallas. One of those places is Downtown McKinney. There’s something so magical about that square. McKinney has done an excellent job at keeping it unique and not bringing in any chain restaurants. Rye McKinney is a great example of an incredible restaurant with creative staff to make a memorable experience for you. 

Read through for the delicious gingerbread hot toddy recipe. It’s the perfect cold-weather drink to get you through these chilly winter days. 

About Rye

Rye reopened several months ago with a fresh idea. They wanted to create a restaurant that encourages trying new foods, sharing small plates, and being together with friends and family. 

They use locally sourced ingredients, including meats and cheeses. The menu changes seasonally, so you know you are getting the freshest vegetables and items. 

I haven’t experienced their dinner menu, but their lunch menu is creative and delicious. In addition to dinner and lunch, they also offer brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm. If you are dining with a group over 8 people, you will be offered the chef’s tasting menu.

What to drink

Their full drink menu is available at lunch time, with the addition of seasonal concoctions. Currently, they are featuring Christmas cocktails, and I had such a hard time choosing what to drink. 

The Rum Old Fashioned is similar to a regular old fashioned, but it’s made with rum. It’s sweeter than your typical old fashioned, but it has the same bold orange and cherry flavors you love.

I don’t usually order bourbon drinks, but the Hot Toddy is made with Fistful of Bourbon. If you remember a couple months ago, I shared how this particular bourbon has me becoming a fan. Read below for the recipe.

If hot drinks aren’t your thing, the Peppermint Mule will definitely get you in the holiday spirit. I don’t know about you, but peppermint is one of my favorite flavors and scents of Christmas. I’m spoiled and don’t want to drink a regular mule again. 

What to eat

Lunch at Rye will have you reminiscent of your childhood. Every lunch is served in vintage tin lunch boxes with perfectly-sized portions. 

Each lunch box comes with a main, side, kettle chips, horseradish pickles, and a dessert. You can add a second side for $3. There are 6 “main” options and 4 “side” options. 

If you are in the mood for eggs, order the Breakfast Sandwich. It comes with scrambled eggs, and an over easy egg, smoked gouda, pork belly, shallots, peppers, jalapenos, and garlic. 

We both loved the Burger and highly recommend it. Made with local Japanese wagyu and a variety of cheeses, this burger will impress your friends, and your tastebuds.

Since there was two of us, we each ordered two of the sides and shared, so that we could try everything. The Japanese Elotes was fantastic and creamy. If you want a more colorful side dish, the Beet Salad has a variety of vegetables. The Brussels were served cold like a salad, and had a hint of sweetness with the cranberries, honey and chèvre. My favorite side dish, that is also available as a main, is the Smoked Gouda Mac. It comes with bacon, shallots, scallions, and bread crumbs.

We finished off our meal with a scoop of homemade ice cream.

Gingerbread Hot Toddy Recipe

Thank you Rye McKinney for sharing your recipe with us!

2.5 oz Fistful of Bourbon or other
2 oz hot water 
3/4 lemon
1 oz. gingerbread syrup (store bought or homemade- see below)

Mix all ingredients together in a mug. Serve with a spiced graham cracker or with a clove studded lemon peel. 

To make sure it’s extra hot, or for parties, you can make the recipe ahead of time and then warm it up in a kettle. 

Gingerbread Syrup – Rye’s recipe

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 Tbls honey
2-1 in pieces of ginger cut very small
2 Cinnamon sticks broken up
10 cloves
1/2 tsp whole allspice
1/2 tsp whole peppercorn
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

  1. Toast the spices in a saucepan until aromatic. Allow to cool completely. 
  2. Add sugar. water, honey, and ginger to the spices. 
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. 
  4. Let cool for 30 minutes. 
  5. Strain into a bottle.

Thank you Rye McKinney for hosting us. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own. I would never recommend any place I didn’t truly love. Thank you for supporting brands that support Love You More Too.