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July 30, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I need to allot a portion of my paycheck to the owners of Havana Rumba Restaurant. I visit the restaurant’s Middletown location when I want to enjoy the weather on the lush patio. I go to Mojito Tapas Restaurant, a slightly different concept from the same owners, when I feel a little fancy. And when all else fails, I can count on the original Havana Rumba location in St. Matthews to provide consistently good Cuban food, strong tropical drinks and an atmosphere that will liven up any weekday.
Now, the creators of Havana Rumba have gone and opened another restaurant, or, as I shall call it, the Highlands Depository of Ashlee’s Hard-Earned Money.
Havana Rumba Express and Tapas Bar opened last month at 2210 Bardstown Road, close to Douglass Boulevard. This new branch of the Cuban food family is two restaurants in one — a fast-casual restaurant perfect for meals on the go and a tapas bar for a casual evening out.
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)
March 13, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Chipotle is located at 315 S. Fourth Street, and it will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The restaurant faces Qdoba Mexican Grill, a similar restaurant concept with its own legion of fans. Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill, a local eatery, is right down the street, too, so the battle for Mexican food supremacy could get interesting.
If any of you plan to hit Chipotle for lunch or dinner, let us know what you think in the comments.
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December 13, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
It could get downright ugly down on Fourth Street.
This puts the fast-casual restaurant across from Qdoba Mexican Grill, a very similar competitor. My office-mates and I have already had heated debates over the merits of each of these Mexican-ish chain restaurants. The fans on both sides are passionate and decisive.
I’m on Team Qdoba. Here’s why:
- Qdoba is all I know. I’ve only been to a Chipotle once. I’m not opposed to eating there; I’m just rarely in the same city with a Chipotle franchise. I live across the street from a Qdoba. Convenience is important, people.
- Qdoba has some pretty sweet rewards. With a Qdoba card, you get a free meal with every 10th meal. On Tuesdays, you can get double points for your meal. And if that’s not enough, you get email coupons out the wazoo.
- Qdoba has wheat tortillas. A small triumph in my battle against white grains.
So where do you stand in the Battle of Mexican-ish Fast-Casual?
September 7, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
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