Epicurious Louisville

Louisville Kentucky is a treasure trove of amazing eats. I blog about them here. Y'all pull up a chair and sit awhile.

Crab Rangoon from Joy Luck on Bardstown Road. Expect to hear much more about Joy Luck from me (I’m writing about them for the Mag) but for now, suffice to say: you need to go. I’ve never been so impressed with Asian food in Louisville. 

Lobster Cigar (lobster, cream cheese, vegetables wrapped with an egg roll) and Fire Fire (spicy crab, shrimp tempura, wrapped in an egg roll) are two deep-fried delicacies from BARcode 1758 on Frankfort, where Maido used to be, close to the Silver Dollar. Really good, interesting, Japanese-Korean fusion food. 

Blackberry soft-serve from Gralehaus. I went twice in one day I loved it so much, and this soft serve was incredible. Also pictured: the cutest boy in the whole wide world, my bestest best friend, who I’m privileged to call my husband. 

Ain’t life just grand.

curlyjules asked: The LA boy that I am seeing is about to visit Louisville for Labor Day weekend!! :-) Basically, I am probably going to be the most excited ask in your inbox today haha. What are your suggestions of the foodie, classic "Louisville," romantic, and just all-around-fun variety? I want to show him the best time!

Oh my gosh, that’s such exciting news!! GOOD FOR YOU GIRL! 

First suggestion: dinner at the Holy Grale (their back garden is insane) followed by soft serve and fizzy green tea at Gralehaus. New favorite spot. 

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Another new favorite: Joy Luck. Such good food, such an insanely good cocktail list. Beautiful place. 

And again, another new hangout: Frankfort Avenue, appetizers at BARcode 1758, drinks at The Silver Dollar, dinner at Hilltop Tavern, dessert at the Comfy Cow and sneaking a peek into Jerry Lotz’s wacky wild and weird back yard. 

Also always a classic: 21C. Hope this helps! 

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I went to Gralehaus this morning. Chief among my culinary sins (they are many) is that I have yet to visit either Holy Grale or Gralehaus, despite often recommending them. It was absolutely perfect and beautiful. 

  • The modbar espresso system is some next-leval coffee making bliss. 
  • Fizzy, cool, unsweet tea is my new favorite summer beverage. 
  • The macchiato had the most velvety, fuzzy coating of froth imaginable. 
  • Garden was gorgeous, utterly instagrammable. 
  • Menu was small, can’t wait to try everything on it. 

New favorite coffee place. It’s official. 

If you don’t have anything nice to say, drink your brandy and shut your mouth.

If you don’t have anything nice to say, drink your brandy and shut your mouth.

Yummies from Hilltop Tavern. Cheap, delicious, fresh, fantastic, and the guys who own it are absolute gems. I interviewed them for a bigger piece I did for Louisville Magazine, and they’re just peachy, definitely the kind of people you want to support. 

We went to Mike Linnig’s last night, and guys, it’s totally fantastic. The portion sizes are phenomenal, the prices are good, and the atmosphere is kind of down-home, easy going, fun. We got way too much food and now my fridge is full of heavily breaded and delicious slabs of fish. Good problem to have!

Also, their cheeseballs are great. Highly recommend. The only thing I didn’t like? They charge for extra tartar. Ridic. 

Time’s running out for you to get your Best of Louisville tickets! Not to talk about the same thing too much, but I’ve been helping plan this event and it’s going to  be one of the best of the whole summer. Come for the food, come for the dancing, come for the awards, come for the fun!
Buy your tickets before tomorrow, because they’re about to go up in price!
Buy your tickets here! 

Time’s running out for you to get your Best of Louisville tickets! Not to talk about the same thing too much, but I’ve been helping plan this event and it’s going to  be one of the best of the whole summer. Come for the food, come for the dancing, come for the awards, come for the fun!

Buy your tickets before tomorrow, because they’re about to go up in price!

Buy your tickets here!