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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Emmer & Rye Restaurant Review: Named for two ancient grains, Emmer (also known as faro) & Rye presents a surprisingly affordable menu of seasonally-inspired, modern dishes in a cozy Victorian house. Chef/owner Seth Caswell sources local ingredients with an eye towards edible plants and presents inventive small and large plates designed to be shared. Signature appetizers may include pork belly with sunflower seed pesto and arugula; a golden and chiogga beet salad on a bed of heirloom lettuces with smoked blue cheese and hazelnuts; and garlicky clams with ham and chilies. Entrées range from a fragrant seafood stew brimming with sturgeon, local shellfish, fennel, pork belly and potatoes to wild mushrooms prepared with goat cheese, new potatoes and wilted greens. A grilled rib-eye is accompanied by roasted Brussels sprouts and a black truffle-sunchoke gratin. Beef Bolognese with red wine sausage and cider braised pork shoulder are good bets for hearty appetites. Desserts can be ordered in two sizes, which inspires sweet sampling. Our favorites include cheesecake with wild huckleberry sauce, Mexican spiced chocolate pot de cream with chocolate-caramel popcorn, and cranberry-pear bread pudding. The wine list is surprisingly affordable. Prepare for earnest, if inconsistent, service. On warm days, enjoy lunch or brunch on the patio.