White Rock Alehouse
On the edge of a shopping center near White Rock Lake, this gastropub draws a neighborhood crowd as well as weekend hike-and-bike traffic (the parking lot bridges the Santa Fe Trail and the outdoor beer garden). Inside, the din of drinkers, diners, and music bounces off concrete floors and high ceilings. Exposed ductwork lends an industrial feel, but wood accents and tables add warmth. The bar boasts 36 taps, including a few for wine and house brews, but the menu of ale-friendly foods draws more than just beer geeks. We indulged in fried Tater Kegs: giant house-made tater tots with a bacon-cheddar-chive filling; their greaseless, crunchy crusts took well to dunks in jalapeño ranch dip. The Brewben, a Reuben-esque sandwich, was pretty good, but could have used more of a sharp bite to balance the sweetness of the Thousand Island dressing. For lighter fare, we liked the flatbreads, their thin, crunchy crusts sturdy enough for the generous toppings. A boozy tiramisu, laced with Bailey’s Irish Cream and stout, made a light, shareable dessert.