Whiskey Cake: Like Deliverance, But with More Fancy Whiskey and Way Less Gang Rape

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Walking through the front doors of Whiskey Cake on Christmas Eve, my father says it best: "I feel like I'm in the movie Deliverance." The abundance of rustic wood, plaid and whiskey barrels lend a backwoods-stillhouse vibe that's further reinforced by our handsome blonde server, who sports suspenders (mandatory) and a handlebar mustache (optional, I assume).

The dim lighting and hip soundtrack -- think Tegan & Sara and The Shins -- offer a welcome refuge from the wilds of suburbia. Thirty minutes spent searching for a parking space at Willowbend and epic long lines at Target have left this city dweller fiending for a stiff drink. We manage to snag a table near the bar and survey the menu, pleased to find something other than appletinis and frozen sangria-ritas at this Plano hotspot, however oxymoronic the phrase..

Whiskey Cake, unsurprisingly, specializes in whiskey drinks like the old school Sazerac and a tasty-sounding Maple Whiskey Smash, but as that particular breed of brown liquor seems bring out the inner Snooki and J-Woww in my sister and me, we declined to sample them. We could think of better activities for Christmas Day than being bailed out of
the drunk tank by our parents.

First up, then: The Blood Orange Gimlet, a festive mix of vodka, blood orange puree, and fresh lime and pineapple juices, shaken till frothy and garnished with an aromatic thyme sprig. Nicely balanced and hardly sweet, the freshly juiced pineapple is key to this drink,
giving it a nice twang. Whiskey Cake makes nearly all of their bar components in-house, from the citrus juices to the simple syrup, and it's this attention to detail that makes their drinks worth the $8 to $12 prices.

If you're looking to sip something a little more avant garde, consider the Secretariat Margarita. A savory twist on the classic, it combines horseradish-infused Cazadores tequila and Coke along with the usual lime juice and Cointreau. It arrives in a tall glass filled with special extra-large cubes of ice and is adorned with a chunk of (housemade, of course) peppered beef jerky. Ours could have used a little more citrus to cut through the horseradish bite, but it's worth trying for the novelty alone.

Other beverages of note are the West Side Swizzle, similar to a Moscow Mule but with lemon standing in for lime and a splash of housemade grenadine -- which bears little resemblance to the candy-sweet bottled variety found in most bars -- and a Negroni that's aged in a charred oak barrel for six weeks prior to being served up on the rocks.

If you find yourself in need of nourishment, chow down on caramelized french onion dip and kettle chips for a mere three bucks, or roughly what it cost me to get home via the Tollway. The namesake Whiskey Cake, a dense cake rich with brown sugar, dates and a bourbon sauce is totally worth the calories. Just make sure you get enough in your
stomach to soak up some of that moonshine. It's a long drive home.


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14 comments
Kergo 1 Spaceship (by X-mas!)
Kergo 1 Spaceship (by X-mas!)

Wow, what a weird headline.  Two things that don't need to be taken lightly-rape and suicide.  Me really likey Whiskey Cake.  Finally, something in the neighborhood!  What are the trendsters and hipsters gonna think of this?  No write up about a place in Uptown, State Thomas, or Oak Cliff?  WTF?  And don't come up this way; actually, I don't think the bus is running this week anyway.  AND, ya'll wont find anyone in fedora's, with tons of extreme tat's and piercings.  So just stay in the 10 mile X 10 mile radius of COOL. 

PS- I made my yearly sojourn down past 635 (went to Specs), and rushed back to take a bath.  Being cool means being dirty dirty?  Welp, ya'll can have it then. 

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Just another chain restaurant with an updated decor and different gimmick, lets not get carried away and claim its some non-suburban in the suburbs fold in the space-time continuum. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Their burgers are pretty damn good. Not always worth the wait among the crowd of Plano people who want to be seen, but it's a solid selection.

And I know CoA treats Plano like you need a passport to visit, but come on, Willow Bend is two words. I don't live anywhere near there, but I know it's not Oakcliff.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Deliverance=Awesome movie, Methinks the pinnacle of Burt and Angelie Jolie's daddy's acting careers

Deliverance=Horrible idea for marketing/reviewing of a restaurant

Beda
Beda

I have to agree with Kergo about the headline (I know that a lot of times the author of the story doesn't write the headline).  No matter what your age, there are always topics that shouldn't be taken as lightly as this headline.  Whoever wrote this one was trying WAY too hard to be clever (hip?)

Jtand3
Jtand3

It's NOT a chain, Gus. There is only ONE Whiskey Cake... duh....

Larry in Frisco
Larry in Frisco

Hey, here's a clue.  No what you are talking about before you speak, or write.  I detect Dallas Patio Dweller Tat Wearin' Backward Hat Man 30 K Millionaire.  See you in Frisco when you grow a pair of nuts, or grow up. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

See, if it was in dallas, itd be cool, but since its the burbs, it has to be chain...right? 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

If they had slapped it somewhere Knox/Hendersony it'd be a mecca for Dallas douches with elitist foodies gushing all over it.

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