My friend Ellen Sinnock, donut queen of the bayou, occasionally guest posts about the places she eats. Enjoy!
Yeah, yeah. The Highlands has some interesting grub spots, but if you want your lunch to be super fresh while still maintaining the artsy scene we all love, get off the beaten path of Bardstown road and walk a block to Joe Davola’s. Located on Breckenridge and Barret, Davola’s does the sandwich right.
It doesn’t look like much. On the outside, the wood is worn and the windows are written on with white paint sticks.The inside is completely open, with a chalkboard menu, bar stools, and a few tables. There is local art on the right side wall along with a TV nook. They offer typical sandwiches with fresh ingredients and a few tasty twists. The names are quirky with such titles as Treacherous Tarragon Chicken Salad, Belligerent BLPT, and Violent Veggie “Meat” Loaf. The salads share the same attitude: Won-Ton Endangerment, I Art-ti-choke-ya.
I could not resist the pull of the How Long Ya Benedictine sandwich. Cream cheese and cucumber, my fav. The sandwich comes on thick cut hunks of wheat bread that bind the fillings in their place. The homemade Benedictine is generously layered and joined with cucumber, tomato, lettuce, and bacon. I’ve said that I was sick of bacon everywhere, but these sandwiches put bacon exactly where it belongs. The taste was fresh, not to mention, there had to be an inch of Benedictine between my wheat slices. I was in heaven. I dug it. I dug it real hard.
I grabbed a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips and some water for less than $7 altogether. All that and a free cookie; That’s a lunch like mom used to make. The workers are always smiling and conversational. I doubt I’ve seen more than six different faces, making a small, but quick crew. I received an additional cookie for being excited about the first, but graciously declined. I gave my initial cookie to my father, in the hopes of saving some room for donuts later. My favorite part of Joe Davola’s is the TV nook. The television is always playing episodes of Seinfield, even if it is on mute with indie music coming from an iPod. They have a copy of the infamous portrait of Cosmo Kramer right beside the television. It’s like a Seinfield fans dream. Diner and Jokes.
I found out that Joe Davola’s also has a delivery service now. The number is(502)690-5377 and the sandwiches are $5.25 each. Jimmy John’s now has a bit of competition when it comes to my sandwich delivery choices. Eat fresh at Joe Davola’s. It’s close, it’s local, it’s Crazy Good.