photography by Kevin Marple The pub's interior.

Restaurant Review: Holy Grail Pub

Though it looks like a typical pub, its beer selection is anything but.

Dallas is celebrating an exciting beer revolution, one that reaches all the way up to Holy Grail Pub, which opened in 2009 in a northwest Plano strip center. With its dark interior and wooden booths, Holy Grail looks the part of the prototypical pub, but with a selection of brews you won’t find in a typical neighborhood bar. Owner Brian Rudolph offers 43 beers on draft, including eight that rotate according to season, with unique items such as the golden Midas Touch from well-regarded craft brewer Dogfish Head. For beer nerds, such a selection might be enough. But the food at Holy Grail was also outstanding, with obsessive attention to the smallest details. Meat loaf incorporated three meats: beef, pork, and turkey, ground on-site and served with from-scratch mashed potatoes and gravy. “Pork and beans” were actually ribs, braised overnight in beer, with Boston baked beans, still resisting with a hint of bite. Tiny candied jalapeño slices, strewn over, popped with notes of sweet heat. The pub even makes the blackberry preserves for the Monte Cristo deep-fried ham and cheese sandwich. Get the doughnuts for dessert. They’re doughnut holes, really, dredged in confectioner’s sugar, all crunchy and warm like beignets. And this being Holy Grail, there’s a perfect pairing: refreshing Crispins hard cider, served over ice in a tall glass.

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