Category Archives: Food News

  1. Hillbilly Tea heads to Portland and West End. What other Louisville neighborhoods need more local restaurants?

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    June 4, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A flashback to lunch at Hillbilly Tea in 2010.

    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?

  2. It’s cookie time. Have you found your Girl Scout?

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    February 19, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Sweet, glorious Girl Scout cookies. (Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar, Flickr Creative Commons)

    Want to support girls? Just want something to calm that aching sweet tooth? Here’s how you can get your hands on some Girl Scout cookies.

  3. Bits and Pieces: Grind food truck, Gelato Gilberto and other Louisville food news from the web, 2.17.14

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    February 17, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Be on the lookout for the Gelatomobile (Picture courtesy of Kristin Gilbert).

    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.

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    • 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)
  4. Bits and Pieces: Grasshoppers, tacos and other Louisville food news from the web, 12.6.13

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    December 6, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Photo courtesy Wild Rita's Facebook page.

    Closing

    • RIP Grasshoppers Distribution. This local service that provided produce from area farmers to Louisville customers will shut down today. (WDRB)

    News

    • 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)

    Openings

    • 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)
  5. Speaking of openings, Papalinos to debut second location in Springhurst this month

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    November 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A slice from Papalinos.

    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.

    For more information on the Springhurst opening, keep an eye on Papalinos’ Facebook page and Twitter feed.

  6. As a couple of restaurant doors close, many more open in Louisville

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    November 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    El Camino. Photo courtesy of ConsumingLouisville.com.

    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.

    Butchertown

     

    Douglass Loop/Highlands

     

    Downtown/River Road

    • 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)

     

    Fourth Street

     

    Outer Loop

  7. LEO Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Award winners make me hungry

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    October 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Grab your own copy of the latest issue of LEO Weekly.

    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

     

    Click here for a complete list of winners, or, if you’re like me, click here for the winners in the  dining category. Which winning restaurants do you want to visit?

  8. Bits and Pieces: Damaris Phillips, Wild Turkey and other Louisville food news, 8.16.13

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    August 16, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Damaris Phillips, winner of Food Network Star. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

    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!
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  9. 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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  • Drink, socialize to support Louisvillian Damaris Phillips as the next Food Network Star

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    August 7, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Look, a Louisville person! In Food Network Magazine! And on Food Network!

    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:

    http://insiderlouisville.com/news/2013/08/05/vote-for-louisvilles-own-chef-demaris-phillips-for-next-food-network-star/

    http://www.wave3.com/story/23044324/vote-for-louisville-chef-to-win-food-network-star-finale

    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, 7.27.13

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    July 27, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    News

    • 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)
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