What’s a bhaji pav? Honest Indian’s new delights Wednesday, Jan 15 2020 

Way back in 1975, when hardly anyone around here knew what street food was, Vijay Agrawal took his first steps toward culinary success when he added bhaji pav – a popular Mumbai veggie curry dish served with white rolls – to the selection of his outdoor chaat (snack) cart in downtown Ahmedabad, India’s fifth-largest city. … Continue reading What’s a bhaji pav? Honest Indian’s new delights

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Butchertown Grocery Bakery bakes up deliciousness Wednesday, Jan 8 2020 

The funky, stylish storefront offers European-style artisan breads, pastries, desserts, and an intriguing menu of creative sandwiches, salads, greens and grains, plus espresso drinks, beer and bourbon out front of its expansive bakery space. Nope, it’s not Blue Dog, but it follows a similar path to deliciousness as the Crescent Hill icon: We’re looking at … Continue reading Butchertown Grocery Bakery bakes up deliciousness

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Everything is good at Ramen House Tuesday, Dec 31 2019 

Thoughts upon eating edamame at Ramen House: If you’re supposed to get at these delicious little underripe-soybean snacks by popping the beans out of the inedible pod, what’s the point in seasoning the outside of the pod? A taste of Ramen House’s amazing spicy garlic edamame ($5.50) explains it all for us. Grab a pod … Continue reading Everything is good at Ramen House

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Chef changes keep Mesh on tasty track Wednesday, Dec 18 2019 

As smoothly as a runner receiving the baton in a fast relay, new hands have taken charge of the kitchen at Mesh restaurant without missing a step. If you’re looking for casual modern elegance for holiday-season dining, Mesh should definitely be on your list. We dropped in for dinner recently with our friends Linda and … Continue reading Chef changes keep Mesh on tasty track

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Jasmine Bistro impresses with Chinese regional flavors Wednesday, Dec 11 2019 

I still vividly remember the excitement of my first tastes of Sichuan cuisine. We had to travel to New York City, San Francisco or Chicago to get such goodies back in the late ‘70s, but Sichuan, aka Szechwan, fare did get to Louisville finally, and for a decade or two, these spicy regional cuisines were … Continue reading Jasmine Bistro impresses with Chinese regional flavors

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However you pronounce SOU, we sure like it. Wednesday, Dec 4 2019 

SOU might mean “South.” It could represent “soul.” Yet the proper way to pronounce the name of this new Plainview-area eatery is not “sow” or “soo” but “So-you.” Intentional ambiguity seems to lie at the heart of this upscale dining room in a thoroughly renovated former Skyline Chili parlor, and that’s all right. SOU is … Continue reading However you pronounce SOU, we sure like it.

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Cozy comfort and creative cookery at Hearth on Mellwood Wednesday, Nov 20 2019 

The bright mustard-yellow exterior paint job that made Bistro 1860 (2013-2018) stand out is gone, replaced by tasteful off-white with light sage-green trim. The huge 54-unit Cruvinet wine dispensing machine that made L & N Wine Bar (2004-2012) special is gone, too, a victim of disuse. But the latest occupant in the historic 19th century … Continue reading Cozy comfort and creative cookery at Hearth on Mellwood

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Lola’s Kitchen, Filipino food for a “Happy lunchtime” Wednesday, Nov 13 2019 

If language reflects culture, then it’s fair to assume that the people of the Philippines love to eat. Tagalog, the Filipino national language, is the only language I know with a special greeting, tucked between “good morning” and “good afternoon,” to wish people a good lunchtime. So let’s say “Magandang tanghali po” to Lola’s Kitchen, … Continue reading Lola’s Kitchen, Filipino food for a “Happy lunchtime”

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You’ll love the chicken at The Charcoal Restaurant Wednesday, Nov 6 2019 

Humans have been cooking over open fires at least since the Paleolithic era, and 200,000 years later, homo sapiens still loves food cooked over charcoal. The folks who’ve recently opened The Charcoal Restaurant get this. Using an impressive grill table loaded with glowing charcoal to roast chickens on hand-turned spits, they turn out delicious charcoal-grilled … Continue reading You’ll love the chicken at The Charcoal Restaurant

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Las Margaritas isn’t just about the margaritas Wednesday, Oct 23 2019 

It came as no real surprise when I discovered that Las Margaritas Mexican Cuisine features margaritas at its well stocked bar. After all, lots of Mexican restaurants do. But this place takes it to the next level, offering a choice of a dozen house margaritas, from traditional models built with tequila or mezcal to hibiscus, … Continue reading Las Margaritas isn’t just about the margaritas

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