A place for locavores to get liquored up

Published On 11/30/2010 Published On 11/30/2010

The first rule of marketing is to come up with an irresistible name -- just take Snakes on a Plane, which grossed $34,000,000, and totally shattered the first rule of marketing. Luring you in with two sweet words: Whiskey Cake.

From the folks behind subtly named breastaurant Twin Peaks comes this high-windowed warehouse of TX-sourced comfort food where rustic touches like a partition made of stacked firewood are set off by seriously industrial touches like caged Edison bulbs dangling from pipes held in place by c-clamps; the gotta-have-it name comes from a flaky, whiskey-sauced tart attributed to a fictitious grandma figure oddly not named Tara Reid. Everything possible (even the mayo) is made in-house for a menu that runs from the grass-n-grain-fed beef OMG Burger (topped w/ an onion ring & roasted crimini mushrooms), to mussels in smoked-chili butter, to slow-roasted prime rib w/ root vegetables & fingerlings, to the Holmes Farm Bird: half a spit-roasted chicken, because as any 1970s adult starlet can tell you, trying to eat a full Holmes will send you running to the John. Belly up to the bar for 40 brown liquors (Buffalo Trace to Laphroaig), 20+ taps (Stone IPA to Dale's Pale), and cocktails from Victor Tango's former mixologist including the Maple Whiskey Smash and a ballsy margarita called "Secretariat" that features glass-bottled Coke, horseradish, and house-cured jerky -- quality product that ain't no Sham.

Cake's got lunch and brunch, too, with a pancake- and waffle-centric menu that also includes numbers like Farmhouse Eggs Benedict, a first-class meal sure to make your asp huge.

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1. Whiskey Cake 3601 Dallas Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093 (Plano)

This rustic, high-windowed warehouse-style joint features communal tables, plaid sofas, rocking chairs, and a stacked firewood partition that is set off by industrial touches like Edison bulbs. Sink your teeth into Texas comfort foods like pulled pork sliders, thick burgers, smoked BBQ, and fried chicken. Don’t be surprised by some of the more interesting items like the Thai Cashew Pork Baguette and Pork Belly Ramen … Whiskey Cake whips up fresh comfort foods that you can’t get at grandma’s. Indulge in a long list of national craft brews whiskey flights, and whiskey cocktails like Little Rye Lies (rye whiskey, black tea syrup, and orange and angostura bitters). Yes, you can enjoy actual Whiskey Cake on a porch next to a fireplace if you’re so inclined.