Tag Archives: Bardstown Road
January 8, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
When I was a student at Western Kentucky University, my friend Beth and I dubbed ourselves Pasta Partners. The name came from our affinity for the pasta station in the dining hall in Garrett Conference Center. The student newspaper office was located in this building, which meant I spent more time here than any location during my undergraduate education.
The dining room was in the basement of Garrett. The pasta station was located right between the door and the cash register at the end of a half-circle of meal stations. The Pasta Ladies were suited up in stained white chef’s jackets and hats to match, but their demeanor was more lunchroom lady than Top Chef.
Beth and I loved the pasta ladies who made each dish to order. They squirted oil into a skillet and plopped in a small spoonful of garlic to begin each order. The scooped the meat and veggies we wanted for our pasta from black plastic containers nestled in ice. Penne noodles went in next, followed by a ladle of marinara or alfredo sauce or one of each for the adventurous among us. Once the Ladies tossed everything together over their individual burners, they slid the pasta onto black plastic plates and sprinkled a handful of cheese on top of it all. A hearty helping of carbs got Beth and I through many long afternoons and evenings in the newspaper office.
October 14, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I’m in a pickle. I don’t know what restaurant to visit for the next $10 Challenge. Granted, this is a wonderful problem to have — there are so many good, interesting and/or new restaurants around Louisville that it’s hard to pick which one to focus on.
So I’ll let you guys make the tough choice for me.
Ashlee Eats readers will pick the next $10 Challenge restaurant. I have some suggestions, and I want you to vote on the one you want to read about. Vote in the poll below through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. I’ll tally the votes and post the $10 Challenge about the winning restaurant Monday, Oct. 21.
Here are the contenders for the first crowd-sourced $10 Challenge:
- Mussel and Burger Bar: This is one of my favorite newer restaurants in the area, but it is indeed a challenge to only spend 10 bucks for hand-crafted deliciousness on a bun (or in a bowl if you get the mussels).
- Proof on Main: I’m not gonna lie — some of the menu descriptions are a little scary (charred octupus?). But this restaurant inside the 21c Museum Hotel has gotten a lot of attention nationwide for its cuisine. Could I find something delicious and inexpensive?
- Simply Thai: I love Thai food, but I’ve yet to make it out to this often-recommended eatery in the East End.
- KFC Eleven: OK, it’s a “concept” dining experience from a corporate fast-food behemoth, so this pushes the boundaries of keeping the $10 Challenge local. But I’m curious to see fried chicken turned fast casual at Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road.
- Bonnie & Clyde’s Pizza Parlor: I’ve gotta throw in a South-end option. A co-worker was disappointed I hadn’t tried what she called some of the best pizza in town. Should I be the judge of that?
Ready? Let’s do this!
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)
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March 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
- The original Highlands Tap Room (next door to Kashmir Restaurant on Bardstown Road) will close after 11 years. The bar’s second location down the street at 1058 Bardstown Road will remain open. (Insider Louisville)
- Horse meat has been found in British Taco Bell restaurants. Taco Bell, which is owned by Louisville-based Yum Brands, pulled beef products from its British restaurants and issued an apology. (Business First of Louisville)
- A new restaurant called Sidebar Ice House and Grill is set to open in April on Whiskey Row, according to one of the developers of the downtown strip next to the Yum Center. This would bring the number of eateries in the 100 block of West Main Street to five. (Business First of Louisville)
- Travel publications love Louisville right now. Zagat named Louisville one of “7 Up and Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.,” and featured coffee shop Sunergos in “The United States of Caffeine: 50 States, 50 Must-Try Coffee Shops.” And Fodor’s ran a story by fellow Louisville food writer Dana McMahan that outlines “5 Reasons to Visit Louisville Now.”
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February 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
- John E’s Restaurant and Lounge closed abruptly last week. (WHAS 11)
- “Louisville residents currently spend $100 million annually on local foods and are interested in purchasing an additional $158 million each year, for a total demand of $258 million.” Noted. (Business First of Louisville)
- Dragon King’s Daughter, a sushi fusion restaurant on Bardstown Road, will open a new location in New Albany. DKD New Albany will be open for lunch Feb. 6. (DKD Facebook)
- If you’re ever in Bentonville, Ark., stop by The Hive. It’s the new restaurant in that city’s 21c Museum Hotel outpost. (The Hive website)
- Remember how the folks from Hammerheads were going to open a restaurant called Grind House? It will now be called Game. I like it. (Consuming Louisville)
September 10, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
(Blogger’s note: For more information about any of the items in this and subsequent round-ups, click on the source links at the end of the sentences.)
- Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen will open a new location in Prospect. There are currently nine Pie Kitchen locations in Louisville and surrounding counties. (Pie Kitchen’s Facebook page)
- Tom+Chee, a fancy-pants grilled cheese restaurant, is opening a location in Cardinal Towne on Cardinal Boulevard. The chain has a Bardstown Road location. (Tom+Chee’s Facebook page)
- Queen of Sheba Ethiopian restaurant has opened a second, lunch-only location in downtown Louisville on S. Fifth Street. The restaurant’s main location is on Taylorsville Road. (Queen of Sheba’s website)
- Red Hot Roasters and Wiltshire on Market are hosting a coffee-themed dinner to benefit the Center for Women and Families on Sept. 19. (Consuming Louisville)
- Yale architect students who visited Louisville and created designs for a downtown distillery have completed their work, and the designs will be on display through Sept. 24 at the corner of First and Main streets across from Whiskey Row downtown. (WFPL)
Know of other food news in Louisville and the surrounding area? Leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Boombozz, a Louisville-based pizza restaurant, debuted its new pizza in the best way. The restaurant gave it away.
On Labor Day, the first 50 customers at the restaurant’s Westport Village, Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue locations received a free medium Chicken Sausage Peppadew pizza.
I live across the street from one of these locations. So guess who was the 10th person to get a free pizza Monday?
July 20, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
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June 9, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The food truck scene in Louisville has exploded recently. Yes, we’re a bit behind bigger cities like LA and New …
December 3, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I lived in Louisville for 17 years, but there was a lot of stuff I missed. I didn’t discover all …