Stout Burgers and Beers in the Highlands is Stout Indeed

Around the beginning of July the new burger and craft beer joint out of Los Angeles, Stout Burgers and Beers, opened its doors on Bardstown Rd in the Highlands. It’s very exciting to see this addition to our neighborhood since the former La Bodega / De La Torres spot sat vacant for so long even after Louvino took over half of the space. I was able to grab lunch there on July 7th and I will definitely be back. Here’s what I learned on this official business trip. Continue reading “Stout Burgers and Beers in the Highlands is Stout Indeed”

Bardstown Bound Beer Tour

The 12th annual Bardstown Bound will take place on May 16th, and this year it is focussed on craft beer. Each year, Bardstown Bound kicks off the Summer season with some sort of themed jamboree to get the neighbors together and enjoy the weather. This year a craft beer tour has been added to the existing Valu Market beer festival. The finest restaurants and pubs in the city open their doors and participate in this annual Highlands favorite. Here are a few highlights: Continue reading “Bardstown Bound Beer Tour”

The Finest Fries Found in Louisville: With or Without Sauce

Ketchup-lovers may not like my criteria for the best fries in Louisville and I’m OK with that. I’m not a ketchup guy. If I don’t love the flavor of that delicious fried potato “as-is”, then I won’t give it a second chance. After I eat the first naked fry to make sure that the taste measures up, then I can move to the sauce. Keep in mind that “the sauce” is never ketchup for me. I know that there have to be other people out there like me, so I decided to put together a list of my favorite fries in Louisville. All of these fries can be eaten as they come with nothing else, but some Louisville restaurants have such delectable sauce options that even the biggest ketchup fan might switch teams. Continue reading “The Finest Fries Found in Louisville: With or Without Sauce”

Hillbilly Tea Shack Baxter Ave: Perfect Highlands Addition

HillbillyTeaIf you’re unfamiliar with Hillbilly Tea, a hit Louisville eatery downtown on 1st St with one of the most interesting concepts in the city, then you may not have noticed their most recent spot, which landed in the Highlands back in the fall. There has been a lot of talk recently about Portland and all the great things that are supposed to be happening in the West Louisville neighborhood, including a Hillbilly Tea location, but few people have mentioned Hillbilly Tea Shack on Baxter Ave, the recent addition to the Highlands in one of the most awkward and overlooked locations in the neighborhood. Continue reading “Hillbilly Tea Shack Baxter Ave: Perfect Highlands Addition”

Flanagan’s Ale House Beer Cheese Philly Steak: Your New Favorite Louisville Sandwich

About a year ago I published a list of my favorite Louisville sandwiches. Since then, two of those sandwiches have been pulled off the menu, one restaurant closed, and I have been disappointed a couple of times by my former Philly Cheesesteak pick. In my quest to replace some of these delightful treats I found a new cheesesteak. It’s not really new at all, but it was something I never tried from a location that was already familiar to me. Since one of my favorite sandwiches, the chicken cordon bleu, already comes from Flanagan’s Ale House on Baxter Ave, it has been hard for me to try something new there. A couple of months ago I pulled the trigger on their Beer Cheese Philly Steak, and I won’t be turning back. Continue reading “Flanagan’s Ale House Beer Cheese Philly Steak: Your New Favorite Louisville Sandwich”

From L.A. – Stout Burgers and Beers Opening in the Highlands

The spot formerly known as La Bodega Tapas Bar, which was sister to De La Torres Spanish Restaurant, a Highlands favorite for 25 years, has been leased! After De La Torres closed its doors in April of 2014, one of the best new restaurants of the year, Louvino, opened its doors. Since then we have all been patiently waiting for someone to take over next door where La Bodega used to dwell. Recently I noticed that vacant Highlands restaurant had been marked as a pending lease. One day later, I found out that we are getting a new addition from the west coast. Continue reading “From L.A. – Stout Burgers and Beers Opening in the Highlands”

How Many Tables? That Would Be 10 Tables

Ten TablesWith somewhere around ten new independent Louisville restaurants opening in the last 6-12 months, our “foodie” (I hate that word) scene is expanding at an incredible rate. Some questions have been posed as to whether or not these chefs and restauranteurs will have equal shares in this market, or if some of these places might flicker out. I can confidently say that after personally eating at seven of these ten restaurants, I just don’t see any of them getting taken out by another. The list of new Louisville restaurants is diverse, and the competition, in my eyes, is not really competition at all. If you produce a great product, you will have repeat customers and market share no matter how many restaurants there are. Three of these new chef-owners want to prove it to you by creating a dining club in which they invade each other’s kitchens and collaborate on a special menu. Continue reading “How Many Tables? That Would Be 10 Tables”

Rumplings Slurp Shop: Tragedy, Love, and Lots of Experience

10012688_588306437958165_321149970781069771_oWhat does an almost fatal accidental shooting, a group hug, a helping hand, a few different kitchen jobs, and a zen-like noodle-sharing experience all have in common? Holy crap, I have no idea. What I do know is that these, among other amazing stories, came out in a recent sit-down conversation I had with the three very passionate chefs behind the brand new Ramen restaurant, Rumplings Slurp Shop, which is set to open in the Highlands this week.

Griffin Paulin, co-owner of Rumplings Slurp Shop at 2009 Highland Ave, describes his relationship with executive chef Chip Hartley, and “dough ho” / sous chef Ethan Ray, as “a total contradiction…but, my life is a total contradiction,” Paulin said, “and this restaurant will be nothing if it’s not me.” Continue reading “Rumplings Slurp Shop: Tragedy, Love, and Lots of Experience”

Rumplings: Authentic Ramen and Homemade Dumplings

As I reported last week, Louisville is getting its first authentic noodle shop, which is moving into the spot on Highland Ave formerly known as Baby D’s Bagel and Deli. What I couldn’t tell you last week is that the new owners are Griffin Paulin and Dustin Staggers. Yes, these are the same guys that just opened Roux, a New Orleans-themed restaurant, which took the place of La Gallo Rosso next to the Highlands Bristol. They’re busy, and that’s good for people like you and me. These guys are extremely talented and they crank out amazing food, so I will take any opportunity I have to support a new venture from them. Not to mention that the Louisville restaurant scene needs some homemade noodles and dumplings. Continue reading “Rumplings: Authentic Ramen and Homemade Dumplings”