Hi! You probably don't want to include any chains in your French Fry list, but there's no denying Five Guys has great fries. Hammerheads (truffle!) and Mussel & Burger Bar's duck fat fries are at the top my list. Ghyslain at Westport Village has good duck fat fries, too. I haven't tried them yet, but there's lots of hype about the Village Anchor's sweet potato fries with marshmallow cream. -Susan (from Newtolou)
Thanks so much! I’ve tried the sweet potato fries at the Village Anchor, they’re amazing. The sweet potato fries at Mussel & Burger Bar come with a smoked pineapple dipping sauce that’s to die for.
what are your thoughts on hillbilly tea? do you also have any particular thoughts on the gentrification of louisville; expensive restaurants/stores popping up around downtown- New Lou- Old Louisville?
I like Hillbilly Tea! I had a few negative experiences there but overall I think it’s an absolutely fantastic restaurant.
On to your question about gentrification: I have to selfishly tell you I have roundly enjoyed the gentrification of NuLu. I believe in progress, and I don’t think bringing businesses and restaurants, even if they are on the more expensive side, is particularly bad for a community, AS LONG AS business owners and people who patronize those businesses are careful to be respectful and inclusive to the people who are already living and working in that community.
This means giving people that are living and working in that community pre-gentrification the chance to benefit from the gentrification. Pay better wages than the McDonalds down the road, and I don’t care what you choose to charge for a latte. Don’t cultivate a snooty, exclusive attitude about the people who browse through your store, and be a reasonable human being. There’s nothing wrong with opening an art gallery, a nice restaurant, a boutique, whatever in a community that hasn’t had one of those before, but please make sure the people within that community have a chance to benefit from the business you’re drawing to their community.
Guest Review: Teacup Talks about the Lono Lounge at the Monkey Wrench
Regardless of the fact that I had been sent a “Tornado Watch” advisory earlier in the day, I decided the best thing to do was go sit out on the roof of The Monkey Wrench. I figured if things got bad at least there would be delicious booze and food to quell the startled patrons (including myself).
I wish I could give this menu the review it deserves, for I dearly love the new direction their kitchen is headed in. Dustin Staggers is a genius and my taste buds applaud his endeavors to create a menu that is the delicious compilation of contemporary country it is today. If you want to explore some more choices I suggest venturing up to the top deck where they have named their menu “The Lono Lounge at The Monkey Wrench”. This menu takes a much different approach compared to the one downstairs in the main eating area. And a much spicier one too!
Unfortunately I am cursed with a sensitive mouth (insert joke here) and any time someone says “oh, it’s not that spicy”, I know it’s a red flag for me. Although I would have loved to satisfy my foodie curiosity and really explore this menu, I had to pass. My waitress was INCREDIBLY kind and helped me pick out foods that wouldn’t set me on fire. I opted for the vegetarian Banh Mi ($7), made with a la rosa de oro french baguette, pickled carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts, jalapenos (I opted out these little devils), cilantro, and lemongrass aioli. The bread was delicious and easy enough to tear into. And the aioli was a much welcomed surprise, light and refreshing with that lemongrass flavor not taking over my other sandwich fillings.
P.S. I LOVE BEAN SPROUTS! OMNOMNOMNOMNOM!!! I love meat and am all for some tasty protein, but throw some bean sprouts my way and I am in love.
My dinner accomplice had the Kim Chi Ropa Vieja ($6), made with a house quick pickled kim chi, shredded cuban style harned ranch beef, and sticky rice. Although the meat was slightly too tough and needed to the assistance of a knife, the flavor was all there. Delicious and dark with all sorts of spices that made this an excellent choice.
We topped our cavalier-esque adventure off with house made sangria ($6 for a glass). Now to be honest I’ve never had sangria, but I was delighted with what I had ordered. They carry both red and white, I chose the red. It was a perfect mixture of a light fruity flavor and the dark sweet red wine I know so well. I have to say I could become seriously hooked on this concoction. If anything I’ll need to try more to make a better comparison.
I wish I could give you the review this menu deserves. However, regardless of my limits I was not let down. The staff was incredibly friendly and did not shame me for being so wimpy. Even after I had to send back a side of their fried corn they didn’t charge me to replace it for some macaroni and cheese. And you are still able to order from the regular menu if you can’t find anything you like up top! All in all it’s a great space to enjoy the hot summer air. So kick back and relax a bit on top of The Monkey Wrench, you’ll feel worlds away!
Random question for ya: do you have any suggestions for places to visit in the surrounding states? I am gonna check out Cedar Point, and I might go to Nashville with my boyfriend during the week of our vacation. I thought I would ask you for stuff to check out. It could be anything from restaurants to shops to museums or whatever. Just cool stuff to visit. What do you think?
I have no idea about Ohio, but Nashville is definitely an amazing place to go to eat. As cliche as it is, definitely hit the Pancake Pantry, I love that place. Definitely the Pharmacy Burger Parlor, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, and pretty much any place that serves that great, down-home Southern food you really start to get in TN.
I hope you have a great time! I need to go hang out in Nashville a little more.
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.
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.