Out for Inlander Restaurant Week 2020: Rüt Bar & Kitchen


click to enlarge The kung pao cauliflower bowl packs some serious heat, but the pickled cucumbers help cool your mouth. - DAN NAILEN PHOTO
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The kung pao cauliflower bowl packs some serious heat, but the pickled cucumbers help cool your mouth.
I'd been to Rüt Bar & Kitchen back when I was "enjoying" an attempt at Veganuary, and my first visit quickly led to several more since the beginning of 2020. The food is that good, and sure to please tried-and-true vegetarians and folks who just like a tasty meal in a classy spot.

Rüt's Inlander Restaurant Week menu is, for the most part, pulled from their regular menu, but that didn't disappoint because my past visits have quickly gotten me into a delicious rut of enjoying the spot's burgers and wraps. Restaurant Week gave me the option of exploring the rest of the menu a bit, and at just $22 for three courses, my friends and I covered a lot of ground.
click to enlarge Buffalo cauliflower wings are also available in slightly less spicy Thai ginger version. - DAN NAILEN PHOTO
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Buffalo cauliflower wings are also available in slightly less spicy Thai ginger version.
To be clear, Rüt is a completely vegan restaurant, so when you see me make mention of burgers, ice cream or sausages, just recognize we're talking about non-dairy ice cream, or Beyond Meat burgers, etc. If that worries you — don't let it. The flavors at Rüt are big and bold, and you definitely leave satisfied, even if you're an everyday carnivore.

I started with some Buffalo cauliflower wings, while one of my dining guests tried the Thai ginger version, and they were both delicious, and generous in their portions. Our third guest got the crispy Brussels sprouts — definitely our favorite first course, thanks to the dijon gastrique that gave the sprouts some pop, and the crispy onions that added a nice crunch.
click to enlarge The bratwurst bowl proves Beyond Meat's sausages are pretty great, but the real star of the dish might be the warm potato salad. - DAN NAILEN PHOTO
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The bratwurst bowl proves Beyond Meat's sausages are pretty great, but the real star of the dish might be the warm potato salad.
I'd heard good things about the kung pao cauliflower bowl in the past, so that was my pick for my second course. I like things spicy, and this dish delivers in a big way. The accompanying pickled cucumbers were a nice cooling agent, and the broccolini was cooked perfectly. The bratwurst bowl likewise pleased one of my friends. The Beyond Meat sausage was delicious, and the warm potato salad served alongside was incredible.
click to enlarge This picture doesn't do the crispy Brussels sprouts justice. The dijon gastrique and crispy onions are great additions. - DAN NAILEN PHOTO
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This picture doesn't do the crispy Brussels sprouts justice. The dijon gastrique and crispy onions are great additions.
Dessert offered a cocktail via a vanilla fig shrub, but we stuck with sweeter options. The chocolate lava brownie was nice, the candied walnuts adding some texture, but the ginger apple crisp was hard to beat, served warm with coconut ice cream.
click to enlarge The chocolate lava brownie is served with coconut ice cream and candied walnuts. - DAN NAILEN PHOTO
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The chocolate lava brownie is served with coconut ice cream and candied walnuts.

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Dan Nailen

Dan Nailen is the managing editor of the Inlander, where he oversees coverage of arts and culture. He's previously written and edited for The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Weekly, Missoula Independent, Salt Lake Magazine and The Oregonian. He grew up across the country in an Air Force family and studied at...