Mill Valley Welcomes New Restaurant The Rock & Rye at Sweetwater Music Hall With South American & New Orleans-Inspired Seasonal Menu
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Jesse P. Cutler
JP Cutler Media
Mill Valley Welcomes New Restaurant The Rock & Rye at Sweetwater Music Hall
With South American & New Orleans-Inspired Seasonal Menu
Extensive Collection of American, Irish, Scotch, and Japanese Whiskeys
Mill Valley, Calif. – The Rock & Rye at Sweetwater Music Hall opens in the heart of downtown Mill Valley with exquisite South American and New Orleans-inspired dishes on an ultra-seasonal menu. The bar program showcases an extensive collection of American, Irish, Scotch, and Japanese whiskeys; as well as signature craft cocktails. The Rock & Rye houses an expansive remodeled and weatherproofed 50-seat outdoor patio and 18-seat indoor classic café adjacent to the iconic 300-capacity North Bay music venue, Sweetwater Music Hall.
The Rock & Rye introduces Mill Valley to South American recipes from Machu Picchu and Lima, Peru and the world-class meats of Argentina. The Creole cuisine of Crescent City further influences singular dishes at The Rock & Rye. Hyper-local ingredients are sourced from Bay Area farmers and ranchers (Allstar Organics, Marin Roots Farm, Pasternack) at San Francisco’s CUESA Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Fresh produce with roots in both South American and Creole dishes informs the menu with key ingredients such as okra, a wide variety of chili peppers, sweet potatoes, summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and others.
Highlights of The Rock & Rye’s opening menu include Entrees: Rye Braised Beef Short Ribs (sweet potato gratin, roasted garlic, maple syrup), Flatiron Steak (saltado sauce, mushroom puree, roasted carrots), Shellfish Gumbo (andouille, shrimp, scallops, oysters, crispy okra), Ling Cod – Manhattan Clam Chowder (bacon, fingerling potatoes, tomatoes), Buttermilk Chicken Cutlet (broccolini, shallots, black olives, aji amarillo sauce), Vegetable Etouffée (eggplant, peppers, tomato, jasmine rice), Forest Mushrooms and Grits (roasted shallots, spicy tomato sauce), Roasted Stuffed Heirloom Tomatoes (roasted garlic sauce), NOLA Burger (green onion dressing, crispy shallots, cheddar, French fries), Cornmeal Crusted Catfish (red bean sauce, maque choux), Atlantic Haddock Fish-n-Chips (sauce remoulade). Salads: Bay Shrimp & Avocado Salad (Louise dressing, cooked egg, cherry tomato), Butter Lettuce Salad (roasted beets, radish, avocado, blue cheese dressing). Appetizers: Dungeness Crab Deviled Eggs (chipotle aioli), Sunchoke-Almond Soup (pickled oysters, almond oil), Quinoa & Corn Chowder (avocado, tortilla strips, chives). Desserts: Sweet Potato Cheesecake (w/ creme fraiche), Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding (w/ vanilla ice cream).
An exceptional whiskey list includes premium tequilas, mezcals, and gins rarely collected on a single menu. The Rock & Rye cocktail menu features The Feel More (tequila reposado & mezcal infused with pineapple, lime juice, ginger syrup, jalapeño, and cilantro served w/ an aleppo chile salted rim), Great American – Melon Ball (jack daniels, melon juice, ginger syrup w/ mint and lime garnish), Red on the Rocks (rye whiskey, cherry syrup, lemon juice, egg white w/ lemon and cherry garnish), The Greek (grappa, gin, cucumber juice, lime juice, maple syrup, sea salt, parsley, olive and cucumber garnish), Tipitini (vodka, caper berry pickle brine, lemon juice, simple syrup w/ caper berry & dill garnish).
Local ingredients for the craft cocktails’ freshly squeezed juices and garnishes are from Farmers Markets in Mill Valley, Ferry Plaza, and Alemany. The house wine list exclusively includes releases from family-owned and operated small production houses in California and Argentina. Craft beers focus on Northern California breweries with five taps pouring beers brewed between San Francisco and Santa Rosa. Cans and bottled beers venture further north up the coast to Fort Bragg. A variety of Agua Frescas are made daily. The restaurant strives to produce a beverage program where patrons can experience hometown brands with The Rock & Rye’s efforts to support regional businesses.
The Rock & Rye’s patio features a warm outdoor environment with pine-colored cushions resting on contemporary wood chairs and benches at two-top and four-top tables (large parties can easily be accommodated). Intricate wood furniture patterns lend to an elegant aesthetic with year-round weather-conscious enhancements in place such as a retractable roof, radiant heaters, glass wind barriers, and cozy exterior lighting. The café has 18 seats with marble-top tables and banquet seating for a single large party (10 – 12 people).
A short 14 miles north of San Francisco just across the Golden Gate Bridge, The Rock & Rye at Sweetwater Music Hall welcomes diners and beverage enthusiasts to a premier destination in the picturesque town of Mill Valley. Whether out on the town for an unforgettable dining experience or taking in a show at Sweetwater Music Hall, The Rock & Rye will be open six days a week (Tuesday – Sunday).
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