It took a little longer than expected, but popular Dallas transplant The Rustic — co-owned by Texas country music star Pat Green — is finally open in The Rim. The restaurant from FreeRange Concepts, which also owns and operates The Rim’s The General Public and Bowl & Barrel locations, was supposed to open after a concert in late September, but it was delayed due to fire system installation.
The menu features classic American fare like deviled eggs, burgers, and shrimp cocktail with Hill Country and Southwestern influences. Empanadas are stuffed with chorizo made in house with ancho chile and Texas tequila, ribeyes are served with a pat of ancho-lime butter, and cactus fritters take the place of fries on the starters menu. Sides are unexpected, with spoon bread, white hominy, and a corn and black bean salsa subbing in for ubiquitous steamed broccoli. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even order up some calf fries (they are served with buttermilk ranch).
The full bar features cocktails using mostly Texas spirits like a margarita made with Dulce Vida lime, raspberry liquor, and Cointreau with a sangria frozen pop, and frozen Moscow Mule made with Deep Eddy vodka. The beer list has the same commitment to the Lone Star State, featuring a large tap list of all-Texas brews ranging from household names like Shiner Bock to cult drafts like Martin House’s The Salty Lady.
On weekends, the restaurant gets lit with the “Jam and Toast” brunch featuring live music (the restaurant collaborated with Texas country star Pat Green on Pat’s backyard — the spaces outdoor live music area). Family-style plates, ranging from baked eggs to Nashville-style hot chicken are paired with cocktail pitchers and carafes of mimosas (single pours are available, too, as well as spiked coffee drinks). Stick around for the evening meal on Sunday and you can feast on one of Sunday Supper, a weekly deal featuring a chicken or pork chop main and unlimited sides.
Speaking of, first responders with proper ID will get a free Sunday Supper on October 8 from 2 pm to close.
“Due to our desire to achieve the highest quality safety systems possible and thanks to the help of San Antonio’s amazing fire department, we now have one of the most sophisticated fire safety systems around,” said Kyle Noonan, co-founder and owner of FreeRange Concepts, in a release. “We really appreciate all of the support we received from local first responders as we were getting ready to open, so we wanted to do something special to say thank you.”