Archive for November 7th, 2013

OK, I am not going to lie, I have fallen in love with Kentucky and Louisville in particular. When planning my road trip I thought a day in Louisville and a day touring the Bourbon Trail would be enough – but it really wasn’t. I could have spent a week exploring Louisville and I can’t wait to come back in the future.

In addition to all the natural attractions to the area, Louisville’s museums and other cultural institutions are varied and many as is the shopping and sporting events. However, one also needs time for a full exploration of the food scene in the city. If my small taste of Louisville is anything to go by I will enjoy coming back over and over again. Here’s a little of what I have found so far… Dining out in Louisville.

The Blind Pig

LBPThe Blind Pig in Louisville’s Butchertown neighborhood is a great place for a quick lunch (like what I did) or a full night out with friends.

About The Blind Pig: “The Blind Pig is a gastropub located in scenic Butchertown near downtown Louisville, KY. We were established in March, 2010 by Joe Frase (Owner/Head Chef) and Michael Grider (Owner). We specialize in house made European comfort food and offer an old-world centric wine program, innovative cocktail list, and wide reaching beer list. All of our food is prepared in-house from curing and smoking our meats to stuffing our sausages by hand. Our wine list emphasizes a hands on and sustainable approach to winemaking, with a majority of our wines coming from sustainable (or better) estate grown producers. We make all of our bitters and other miscellaneous cocktail accouterments in house.”

Try the “Bacon Butty” sandwich – bring the Lipitor.

See more about The Blind Pig in Louisville – including menus – here.

Harvest

LHARVLouisville’s Harvest restaurant is a gem in the revitalized “NuLu” district of the city. What makes Harvest stand out in a crowded restaurant market is their commitment to source most of their dishes from Kentucky farms.

About Harvest: “We are exceptionally proud of our reputation for being one of the most celebrated restaurants in Louisville Kentucky, situated in the vibrant Downtown NuLu arts district of East Market Street, just 5 minutes from downtown. Our mission is to serve outstanding, regionally inspired, seasonal “farm-to-table” cuisine. 80% of our ingredients are sourced locally from within a 100-mile radius and many of our foods are baked, cured, smoked and preserved in-house.”

Try the roasted buttercup squash hummus – the perfect autumn twist on the classic dip.

Visit Harvest and check out their menus here.

Holy Grale

LHGThe Kentucky countryside may be full of bourbon distilleries and wineries, but one of the coolest establishments in Louisville doesn’t serve bourbon or wine… just beer. Holy Grale, in the classic Highland’s neighborhood is a converted church that worships beer and pairs an amazing selection of dishes with beers on tap from all over the world.

About Holy Grale: “Good beer and good company is the only thing we pray for in this house of worship. Built in 1905, this small Unitarian Church in the heart of the Louisville’s Original Highlands neighborhood is now home to the Holy Grale. Here you can come taste a variety of ever-changing beers from all over the world poured from one of our 26 taps, or opt for our bottle list.”

Try any beer new to you paired with any dish from the seasonal menu. You will be pleased.

Check out Holy Grale here.

Meanwhile…

…for a quick bite or a fresh artesian bread, you must try Blue Dog Bakery and Café – at 2868 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville.

…for a nice cup of coffee with a side of hipster chic, check out Quills Coffee – at 930 Baxter Avenue in Louisville.

I met this lovely curious lady while touring the Kentucky countryside…

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