We have discussed this marvelous pub located in Plano for some years now, Holy Grail Pub. They serve many favorites, besides a great selection of beer and whiskey, including the absolute best monte cristo and bowl of red.
Chef Shimond Bradley, who re-joined the Holy Grail Pub in May 2018 after a seven year absence has elevated the menu with creative New American cuisine while improving the celebrated dishes that have earned the pub multiple accolades for best bar food in Dallas and Plano. After stints at Casa Rubia in Dallas and Flora and Secco in Richmond, VA, Bradley has returned to the Holy Grail Pub with extensive knowledge of gastronomic science and culinary presentation to create a menu of approachable, quality food.
The new food menu offers more shareable plates to better reflect the feel of a central gathering place for the neighborhood and beyond. The English pub mainstay, mushy peas is re-imagined as the Smashed Pea Toast, as house made farmer’s cheese, pea tendrils, sliced baby tomatoes, and pickled onion top grilled sourdough bread. Chili-glazed Pork Ribs are rolled in sesame seeds and served with a slaw mix. Caramelized Cauliflower is tossed in a green pepper Romano sauce with craisins and candied pecans.
The entrée menu has a balance of seafood, beef and poultry. The popular Steak Frites has been re-imagined as a teres major steak cut accompanied by a salsa verde and aioli for the hand cut fries. Shrimp and Grits is given the hearty Southern treatment with marinated peppers and Alabama White Sauce. The Mac and Cheese has been promoted to entrée status with a larger portion that includes lardons and a drizzle of jalapeno jam. The Grilled Half-chicken is first cooked via sous-vide and placed atop a green garlic pistou sauce along with mashed potatoes.
Two entrée sized salads are new, a Wedge with everything dressing and the Spicy Kale, with serrano pepper vin and taco spiced pepitas. In addition to the permanent menu, Bradley plans to roll-out a weekly seasonally-inspired entrée special every Friday.
Last December, the Holy Grail Pub expanded to double the available bar seating and add six new booths. The new bar space offers more taps and shelf space to display the Holy Grail Pub’s selection of more than 200 European and American whiskeys, some of which are rare, limited release spirits. The same ebony wood and old world stone accents enrich the cozy feel of the new space.