Category Archives: Food News
Hillbilly Tea heads to Portland and West End. What other Louisville neighborhoods need more local restaurants?Leave a comment
June 4, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
First things first. I’m talking about Portland in Louisville, not Oregon or Maine.
And a lot of business owners are starting to point their eyes at this neighborhood as the next frontier in fancy redevelopment à la NuLu on East Market Street.
Hillbilly Tea (which I reviewed back in the day — four years ago!) will open a location at 2425 Portland Ave. and a West End location at 1023 Dixie Highway, according to the Courier-Journal. The restaurant will join the good folks at Gelato Gilberto, who are setting up a wholesale operation in Portland.
Kudos to these local eateries for looking past Ninth Street to operate new outposts. It makes my heart happy to see business owners taking a chance on an area that’s not Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue (no shade to these areas, just sayin’ that they already have a lot).
What part of Louisville do you think needs more restaurants/coffee shops/eateries?
Bits and Pieces: Grind food truck, Gelato Gilberto and other Louisville food news from the web, 2.17.141
February 17, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Blogger’s note: Y’ALL. I have been buried in the delightful terror that is grad school. I’ll have to tell you about it one day. I’m blogging while I’m up for air.
- Louisville loves Liz and Jesse Huot. How do I know? I linked to a story about the pair behind Grind food truck opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and it’s the most read post EVER on the Ashlee Eats Facebook page. The couple plans to open a restaurant in the building that used to house Oasis Sushi on Preston Highway. Congratulations, you crazy kids. (Courier-Journal)
December 6, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
- RIP Grasshoppers Distribution. This local service that provided produce from area farmers to Louisville customers will shut down today. (WDRB)
- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer created a super-official work group to figure out how to make a hot spot for good food and spirits. The 34-member group includes local chefs and restaurateurs, local distillers and bourbon aficionados, and tourism officials. I assume my invitation got lost in the mail, Greg… (Insider Louisville)
- Tacos are having their moment in Louisville right now.
- El Taco Luchador, from the genius minds behind Guaca Mole and Mussel and Burger Bar, will open at 938 Baxter Avenue sometime in December. The restaurant in a particularly bad-luck spot, the same building the once housed the former Lil’ Cheezers restaurant and 14K Cupcakes. (Consuming Louisville)
- Wild Rita’s will open in the former location of Mozz at 445 East Market Street. This restaurant bills itself as a “modern Mexican and tequila bar” and is the latest creation from the Wild Eggs people (if you couldn’t tell by the logo). (Megabites Louisville)
- In non-taco news, Big Four Burgers + Beer has opened in downtown Jeffersonville. Once the Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge is open, I’d be tempted to walk over for a gourmet burger. But isn’t that defeating the purpose? (News and Tribune)
November 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Papalinos Pizza serves some of the best New York-style pizza in the city with a bevy of house-made toppings.
The pizzeria’s first location on Baxter Avenue has thrived since it opened in 2010, and I’ve rooted for Papalinos to open another storefront since I wrote about the closing of their second location in Cardinal Towne adjacent to U of L’s campus.
Did someone hear all my cheerleading for this restaurant?
Papalinos plans to open a location sometime this month near Springhurst Towne Center in the East End, Business First of Louisville reports. The restaurant, which will operate at 3598 Springhurst Blvd., will be different than the Baxter Avenue store. From Business First:
The restaurant will offer table service and will have a bar and expanded menu, including more salads and appetizers than the first store.
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November 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I feel like I’m missing something.
Restaurants are opening up around town like gangbusters, and I can’t figure out why. Is this a sign of the economy bouncing back? Has Louisville’s appetite for eating out reached epic proportions? Am I just noticing this uptick more because I write about food? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
I’m going to take a Dayquil and ponder this. In the meantime, here is a round-up of some notable openings (and a closing or two). Click the source links for more info.
- Open: El Camino (Consuming Louisville)
- Opening: Loop 22 Rotisserie and Grill (The Courier-Journal); Great Flood Brewing Company (Consuming Louisville)
- Open: Atlantic No. 5 (Ashlee Eats)
- Opening: Unnamed restaurant from the same management company behind Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar and La Coop: Bistro a Vins (Business First of Louisville)
- Closed: Ri Ra Irish Pub and Restaurant (Insider Louisville)
- Opening: Two Brazilian restaurants — Boi Na Braza and Brazeiros Churrascaria (Business First of Louisville); Tavern on Fourth (Business First of Louisville)
- Opening: Second location of W.W. Cousins (Business First of Louisville)
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October 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
LEO Weekly released its annual list of Readers’ Choice Award winners in this week’s issue of the local alt-weekly. The issue highlights the best in arts, goods, and business in the Louisville area. This is all great information, but I read this edition strictly for the food picks.
I’m happy that I’ve tried a healthy portion of restaurants that got top honors among LEO readers. Unfortunately, I haven’t made it out to every food joint in town.
These restaurants I must visit based on all the superlatives they raked in this year:
- The Village Anchor Pub and Roost — Best Fine Dining, third place; Best Outdoor Dining, first place; Best Place for a Romantic Dinner, first place; Best Restaurant (Louisville), first place; Best Wine list, first place
- Feast BBQ — Best BBQ, third place; Best Restaurant (Southern Indiana), first place
- Selena’s at Willow Lake Tavern — Best Cajun/Creole Restaurant, first place; Best Restaurant (Louisville), third place
And these are restaurants that I’m ashamed that I still haven’t visited:
- Jack Fry’s — Best Fine Dining, first place; Best Place for a Romantic Dinner, first place; Best Place to Eat When Someone Else is Buying, second place; Best Restaurant (Louisville), second place
- Mayan Café — Best Latin Restaurant, third place
- Stevens & Stevens Deli — Best Deli/Sandwich Shop, first place
August 16, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Blogger’s note: I haven’t been under a rock for the past week or so. Rather, I’ve been under the thumb of The Man. My responsibilities at the day job really kicked into gear this week. After 10-hour days of looking at a computer screen, I had to give my mind and eyes a break from the digital world when I got home. I think I’m past the worst, though. So, onward!
- A big ol’ congratulations to Louisville native Damaris Phillips, who won the reality competition Food Network Star. Damaris is a culinary arts instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College. (Eater Louisville)
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August 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I blame my lack of cable on being tardy to the Damaris Phillips party (also, my computer’s inability to play videos right now, but that’s a different story).
Damaris is a Louisville native who is one of three finalists on the ninth season of Food Network Star. If she wins, her concept for a show is called Eat, Date, Love, which sounds delightful.
If you’re reading this post before 9 a.m. Eastern time, you can still vote for Damaris to take home the Food Network Star title here.
If you’re a late riser, join a bunch of ladies and gentlemen at Molly Malone’s in the Highlands to watch the finale episode this Sunday, Aug. 11. This weekly watch party has been going on all season, so my apologies for completely missing that boat. Here’s some info about the viewing party from the Louisville blog Drinks with Many Ladies:
From what I can gather the party starts at 8pm and goes till about 11pm.
So who is with me?
Oh and this “drink up” is not just for the ladies this time.
Men, this is your chance so come on out.
Also go VOTE, VOTE, VOTE! You can vote up to 10 times a day, until Wednesday, for Damaris- http://star.foodnetwork.com/
You can follow Damaris on twitter- @chefDPhillips
If you would like more info a few good articles have been written:
Good luck, Damaris. And thanks for representing Louisville.
Bits and Pieces: KFC Eleven, food truck follow-up and other Louisville food news from the web, 7.27.131
July 27, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
- KFC gave media folks a sneak peak of the fried chicken chain’s foray into fast-casual dining called KFC Eleven located at the corner of Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue. From what I can tell from the Eater Louisville slideshow of the restaurant (slated to open to the public in August), the art is funky, the bathrooms are clean and the Colonel is sparse. (Eater Louisville)
- LEO Weekly took a look at the health inspection scores of Louisville food trucks as a follow-up to the WAVE 3 Troubleshooter story that questioned the safety of these mobile eateries (check out my reaction here). Turns out, food trucks are just as clean and safe as brick-and-mortar restaurants. Food truck friends, go ahead and drop the mic in triumph. (LEO Weekly)