Whiskey Alley

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There aren’t a lot of bars in the Roadfood cosmos because food so often is a sideshow in places where liquor is the main attraction. Among outstanding exceptions to the rule is Whiskey Alley. Yes, the booze inventory is impressive: bourbons, scotches, blended whiskeys, rum, tequila, and more are available in countless variations that range from common brands to elaborate cocktails and high-end spirits that set you back $100 a drink. But — and this is one big but — the food is terrific, some of it downright spectacular.

For instance, the bologna sandwich. Set aside pale pink mug shots of grocery-store bologna. Instead picture a house-made pork loaf that is energetically spiced and smoked, cut into a thick, brick-red disk and grilled until its edges are crisp. Forget ordinary white bread or burger buns and envision a toasted, freshly baked English muffin that is a masterful balance of fluff and chew. Add Dijon mustard and Duke’s mayonnaise and you have a magnificent little sandwich. Cost? $5

Nothing served at Whiskey Alley is ordinary or by the book (although the “old fashioned old fashioned” cocktail is an unadulterated classic). What aficionado of regional cuisine could resist an item listed as “sloppy Joe poutine”? Sure enough, it vaguely resembles the Quebec specialty, its foundation a pile of superb dark-gold, thin-cut French fries. But atop them instead of gravy you find sweet-tomato spiced ground beef sauce not unlike Bolognese; and instead of cheese curds, the mini-mountain of food is crowned with melted mozzarella. It’s iconoclastic for sure, but the way the sauce softens some potatoes and leaves ends and edges crisp, and the way the gooey cheese clings to forkfuls add up to a memorable, original plate of food.

A similar culinary-fusion dish marries Dixie to Downeast Maine. Each “lobster hushpuppy” is a large pillow of grilled lobster tail encased in crisp, earthy corn batter. With smoked paprika aioli for dipping, these are unforgettable bites.

Do you like pickles? You will love the bounteous “sampler” of different pickled veggies from sweet beets to hot jalapeno peppers. They’re great munchies with drinks, and a brilliant companion to one of Whiskey Alley’s plush hamburgers.

It’s terrific food; and while some items always are available — burgers, ricotta gnocchi, gorgeous fish & chips, house-made pork rinds, colorful charcuterie — half the fun of returning to this place is that the menu always lists inventive, intriguing specials. A few recent such creations: kimchi-braised pork shoulder, provolone & crab grilled cheese, house-made bratwurst with house-made sauerkraut, caramelized parsnips & fennel, smoked trout dip with hand-cut potato chips.

Savory goodness is rare enough in a place devoted to drinking. Great desserts are even less expected. But if you have a sweet tooth, this restaurant is worth visiting for cake alone. Tiramisu is chocolate/espresso bliss on the fluffiest imaginable ladyfingers. Sticky bread pudding is a robust powerhouse topped with dark chocolate creme anglaise. Sticky date cake, which is moist, tender, and spicy, comes under a mantle of warm brown butter caramel sauce: magnificent! A January menu offers bananas Foster creme brulee.

Eclectic and cutting-edge with a dash of retro, Whiskey Alley is a taste-buds adventure whether or not you tipple.

Dinner is served daily; brunch is available Sunday only.

What to Eat
Whiskey Alley, Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried Bologna Sandwich
Must-Try
Classy bologna: smoky and succulent, fried crisp
Whiskey Alley, Sloppy Joe Poutine
Sloppy Joe Poutine
Must-Try
Sloppy Joe poutine is built on skinny-crisp French fries.
Whiskey Alley, Old Fashioned
Old Fashioned
Must-Try
Classic Old Fashioned: bourbon, sugar, and bitters, plus a sweet slice of preserved orange
Whiskey Alley, Pelmeni
Pelmeni
Must-Try
Pelmeni are Russian beef & pork dumplings glistening with butter.
Whiskey Alley, Hamburger
Hamburger
Must-Try
Pimento cheese and bacon jam elevate this great burger towards heaven.
Whiskey Alley, Pickle Sampler
Pickle Sampler
Must-Try
House-made pickles include sweet (beets) and hot (jalapenos).
Whiskey Alley, Sticky Date Cake
Sticky Date Cake
Must-Try
Sticky date cake is gilded with warm brown butter caramel sauce.
Whiskey Alley, Tiramisu
Tiramisu
Must-Try
Light, tender tiramisu is intoxicating more for its elegance than its alcohol content.
Whiskey Alley, Char-Grilled Carrots
Char-Grilled Carrots
Must-Try
Char-grilled carrots glazed with BBQ sauce: best vegetable ever
Whiskey Alley, Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon
Must-Try
House smoked salmon is silky, salty, svelte.
Whiskey Alley, Lobster Hushpuppies
Lobster Hushpuppies
Must-Try
Maine meets Carolina: lobster hushpuppies
Whiskey Alley, Donkey Stable
Donkey Stable
Must-Try
Vodka + ginger + lime = the Donkey Stable
Whiskey Alley, Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup
Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup
Must-Try
Fantastic hybrid: chicken soup + matzoh ball soup
Whiskey Alley, Noodle Kugel
Noodle Kugel
Must-Try
Noodle kugel (pudding) with cherries, raisins, pecans & corn flakes
Whiskey Alley, Tater Tots
Tater Tots
Must-Try
House-made tater tots, fried in duck fat
Whiskey Alley, Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
Must-Try
"Old school" Hollandaise, brown-sugar bacon, and tender poached eggs are a Platonic ideal of eggs Benedict.
Whiskey Alley, Song of Ice & Fire
Song of Ice & Fire
Must-Try
Ice & Fire: Belle Island moonshine, spicy ginger syrup, and lime juice in slushy form.
Whiskey Alley, Southwest Chicken Omelet
Southwest Chicken Omelet
Must-Try
Southwest chicken omelet is bright with chipotle peppers.
Whiskey Alley, Breakfast Quesadilla
Breakfast Quesadilla
Must-Try
House-made enchilada sauce makes the breakfast quesadilla sing.
Whiskey Alley, Polish Lovers Plate
Polish Lovers Plate
Must-Try
Polish Lovers Breakfast is built upon three magnificent pierogi.
Whiskey Alley, Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted beet salad includes little orange slices, candied almonds, and goat cheese.
Whiskey Alley, Sticky Bread Pudding
Sticky Bread Pudding
Sticky bread pudding topped with chocolate creme anglaise.
Whiskey Alley, Curve St. Sour
Curve St. Sour
The Curve St. Sour: Four Roses bourbon, lemon, local honey syrup, red wine & egg white.
Whiskey Alley, Fried Chicken Livers
Fried Chicken Livers
Cornmeal-crusted chicken livers dressed with BBQ onions, bacon & Alabama white sauce.
Whiskey Alley, Blackberry Pie
Blackberry Pie
Blackberry pie is one huge hunka dessert, intensely fruity.
Whiskey Alley, Cuban Deviled Eggs
Cuban Deviled Eggs
Cuban sandwich elements, remixed as deviled eggs
Directions and Hours
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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