100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes, No. 76: Crispy Gulf Shrimp at IdleRye

A basket of joy at IdleRye.
A basket of joy at IdleRye. Beth Rankin

Leading up to September's Best of Dallas® 2017 issue, we're sharing (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes, the Dallas entrées, appetizers and desserts that really stuck with us this year.

IdleRye may be a Deep Ellum newcomer, but it's already putting out some solid plates. Case in point: the crispy Gulf shrimp, a nod to the modern American restaurant's dabbling in both Louisiana and Eastern European flavors. Even more memorable than the Texas fried quail or the hallowed pierogis, this shareable snack is pretty addictive. Buttermilk-battered Gulf shrimp hit the table freshly fried and sprinkled with garlic and Parmesan.

Perhaps the best part: the downright drinkable lemon-herb aioli served alongside these bright, happy shrimp. Order a basket to split with the table, and once it's empty (which will happen fast), hold onto that aioli — we spent our meal dipping everything we could find in that flaxen liquid even though it's the shrimp that really make it sing.
KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
Contact: Beth Rankin