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.

Hot Brown on a Stick from the Kentucky State Fair

Chunks of turkey and tomatoes deep fried with an awesome cheesy sauce. Definitely a great fair food, although $8? Seriously? Best eaten in conjunction with the deep fried derby pie served at the same booth. 

If you’re on a diet this weekend you’re doing it wrong.

Pros of going to Brazeiros Churrascaria: 

  • For $38 bucks, it’s all the meat, salad bar and side dishes you could possibly want. 
  • You get this little button, and when you flip it to green that means you’re a go for meat. 
  • Waiters walk around the dining room with giant skewers of everything from pork sausage to prime rib to leg of lamb, and you can eat AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. 
  • Salad bar is incredible, stuffed with fresh mozz, smoked gouda, pickled asparagus, you get the idea. 

Cons: 

  • You cannot possibly eat enough meat in one sitting. 

I’m happy to announce that I’m one of the Ambassadors for Taste of Innovation 2014, a tasting event on October 1, 2014 from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Churchill Downs on Millionaire’s Row. 

Taste of Innovation is part of the Idea Festival, and (not that I’m biased!) I think it’s the best part. This year, Taste of Innovation is celebrating the farm-to-table movement, of which I’m quite fond.

There are a bunch of restaurants already confirmed (pictured above: Ghyslain, Hillbilly Tea and the Mayan Cafe, photos courtesy of their Facebook pages) but there is still opportunity to participate if you’re interested. 

Come on out! See more information here! 

Anonymous asked: 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. 

Hopefully that answers your question!

This has been, bar none, the best summer of my entire life. Swimming at the quarry, dinners with my friends, Lauren’s baptism, dancing half the nights away at Seidenfaden’s, Best of Louisville, family nights, long bike rides, farmer’s markets, more freelance work than I can possibly handle, our trip to New Orleans…I am incredibly blessed and happy and full of joy. 

This has been, bar none, the best summer of my entire life. Swimming at the quarry, dinners with my friends, Lauren’s baptism, dancing half the nights away at Seidenfaden’s, Best of Louisville, family nights, long bike rides, farmer’s markets, more freelance work than I can possibly handle, our trip to New Orleans…I am incredibly blessed and happy and full of joy. 

Duck fat gravy and lamb sausage. 

At this point in my life, I’m just trying to see exactly how many different kinds of meat I can cram into one meal. 

Magic lilies in Georgetown. Biking through certain parts of Georgetown (Indiana) feels like biking through 1955.. 

Guest Review: Teacup Talks about the Lono Lounge at the Monkey Wrench

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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!

Happy eating!

Teacup

Essential Places to get a Summer Drink in Louisville: 
The Lono Lounge above the Monkey Wrench (pretty much anything, it’s all very summery.)
Meta (anything. Actually anything there.)
Garage Bar (lavender honey lemonade)
Joy Luck (Jade Geisha, for sure.)
Hilltop Tavern (key lime pie martini, yes please.)
The Silver Dollar (Gold Rush. Obviously.)
The Village Anchor (The Daisy Buchanan) 
Anyplace I’m missing? Any suggestions?

Essential Places to get a Summer Drink in Louisville: 

  • The Lono Lounge above the Monkey Wrench (pretty much anything, it’s all very summery.)
  • Meta (anything. Actually anything there.)
  • Garage Bar (lavender honey lemonade)
  • Joy Luck (Jade Geisha, for sure.)
  • Hilltop Tavern (key lime pie martini, yes please.)
  • The Silver Dollar (Gold Rush. Obviously.)
  • The Village Anchor (The Daisy Buchanan) 

Anyplace I’m missing? Any suggestions?