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Plano's Holy Grail Pub Blend Their Passion for Craft Beer with Made-From-Scratch European Favorites

By Courtney Clark

Step into Plano's Holy Grail Pub for a one-of-a-kind food and beverage experience. The award-winning restaurant offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch paired with an extensive selection of craft beers and whiskey.

The Holy Grail's founders, the husband-and-wife Rudolph duo, were inspired by their ancestral heritage. Christi Rudolph describes the atmosphere they wanted to establish is based off of "lively, European village pubs that serve as a go-to spot for their community." They key is authenticity: with dark wood interiors and old world accents, the two created a comfortable feel in their pub, where guests can sit at a communal table or on the breezy patio.

The low, warm lighting and large front windows have helped grow the cozy pub into a hub for Plano nightlife. The food in the kitchen is made from scratch, serving European favorites and modern American fare with a unique Texan flare. Although the menu changes seasonally, the pub is famous for their gravy fries: hand-cut fries soaked in gravy and topped with gruyere cheese. Christi Rudolph explains that sharing a place is a "rite-of-passage for most Plano-ites."

All of the food is made in-house, from the sauces and dressings to the soups and hand-ground meat. Between the variety of burgers, the fish and chips, array of sandwiches, and vast selection of cheese boards, there's a meal for every preference.

An evening at the Holy Grail isn't complete without trying a craft beer. Rudolph says, "We may not have the most beers on tap, but what we carry is especially curated." The crew tries to carry beers that are from independent breweries, and novice beer drinkers can seek assistance from one of the beer stewards.

Guests can try bold hops such as the Deep Ellum IPA, Karbach Rodeo Clown, or the Ninkasi Hop Cooler. Dark beers include the likes of Left Hand Milk Stout and the Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, while lighter beers and light hops offer pints such as the Ace Pear Cider and Old Speckled Hen, respectively.

As for the whiskey, the website explains that the selection is of "an ever evolving list of locally distilled whiskeys as well as treasures from abroad." The Scotch selection includes Highland, Island Malt, Lowland, and blend flavors. Whiskeys are Irish, Texan, Canadian, or American. With 4 out of 5 stars on various websites and various sources awarding it with "Best Bar," this pub is a must-see for residents and Plano visitors. Stop in to see the Holy Grail of Preston Road.

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