Rock and Rye Oyster House

Written by on August 27, 2016 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(rockrye.com) – Downtown Bellingham, Washington

Rock and Rye 2

How I heard of this place: My brother-in-law’s workplace holds their annual holiday party at Rock And Rye and my sister has not stopped raving about it for two years! It was high time (our fifth anniversary) that we took advantage of free babysitting and had an evening out.

Rock and Rye Menu

Type of cuisine: The menu consistently reflects the passion of the Rock and Rye kitchen, creating food that the staff and management find new and interesting while channeling inspiration from classics and modern cuisine, such as in-house cured meats. General Manager Harrison Gilbert works tirelessly to put out the best product there is on every single plate.

Rock and Rye Bar

Our kitchen team brings experience from many popular restaurants in Bellingham including our sister restaurant Bayou on Bay, as well as from outside the area. Chef de Cuisine Jacob Grisham and Sous Chef Dan Powell bring skill and culinary creativity to Rock and Rye, crafting seasonally-inspired dishes.

Rock and Rye View to Front of Restaurant From Bar

Being surrounded by water, oysters from local providers are a staple in the selection Rock and Rye offers, along with showcasing oysters from around the country, bringing in varietals that are tough to come by in the Pacific Northwest. Rock and Rye is a true oyster lovers oasis.

Rock and Rye Entry

Ambiance: Opened in summer of 2014, Rock and Rye Oyster House is one of the latest additions to Bellingham’s restaurant scene. Rock and Rye is located in the historical Herald Building downtown in Bellingham on State Street. The cultivated historical building lays the perfect framework for the refined yet familiar restaurant.

Rock and Rye Entry Brick & Decor

The exposed brick wall, high ceilings, hanging schoolhouse lights and dark wood finish all come together in the cozy atmosphere which encompasses the prime ambience for sipping on a whiskey and indulging in a plate of oysters or partaking in a pint and a house-cured pork belly carbonara, there is something for everyone.

Rock and Rye Front Room Seating

Rock and Rye strives to be a contemporary casual restaurant offering a product that delivers quality, locally sourced ingredients integrating a big city feel while honoring our small town roots and the community that supports Bellingham.

Rock and Rye Bar & Bar Tables

What I ordered: Being our first visit, we decided to sample a number of items including the Roasted Beet Salad ($9): roasted red and gold beets, grapefruit supremes, upland cress, goat cheese, cracked pepper,

Rock and Rye Roasted Beet Salad

Poutine ($9) – of course: house cut russets, duck gravy, pork belly, beeches cheese curds, scallions,

Rock and Rye Poutine

one cup of the weekly special Chanterelle Soup ($4): potato, chanterelles, gruyere, butter, cream, sage, sherry,

Rock and Rye Chantrelle Soup

and, because we were at an oyster house, one cup of Oyster Chowder ($6): shiitake mushroom, taylor shelf-fish pacific oysters, cream, pork belly.

Rock and Rye Oyster Chowder

For the main entrée (mostly my husband), we shared the Fish & Chips ($14): fresh true cod, ginger beer batter, fries, smashed peas, malt vinegar tartar.

Rock and Rye Fish & Chips

What I loved: The roasted beet salad was my favorite part of the entire meal, followed by the creamy chanterelle soup and the fries! The poutine, too, was perfectly decadent and satisfying.

Why I loved it: Food that tastes like it was created by people who love what they do and take pride in it.

Cost: Average to high ($14 – $27 per dinner entrée)

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