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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Shirley Mae’s puts the soul in soul food Wednesday, Oct 16 2019 

Some say that the art of soul, in music or in food, can never be mastered by white folks, and I can buy this hypothesis: Lacking a history of slavery and oppression, we just don’t have the tools born of heritage. But we can certainly enjoy soul, and honor it, whether we’re listening to Aretha … Continue reading Shirley Mae’s puts the soul in soul food

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District 6 brings a taste of Vietnam to St. Matthews Wednesday, Oct 9 2019 

If you think “District 6” is an odd name for a Vietnamese restaurant, think again. This moniker honors the heritage of its owners, Hanh Duong and Vinh Thai, whose parents hail originally from the District 6 neighborhood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, formerly known as Saigon. Ho Chi Minh City’s District 6 is part … Continue reading District 6 brings a taste of Vietnam to St. Matthews

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The Table does well by doing good Wednesday, Oct 2 2019 

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if every restaurant followed the pay-what-you-can model of The Table in Portland? What if Vincenzo’s or Jeff Ruby’s, for example, made its menu pricing variable depending on what the diner could afford? Or offered creative alternatives like putting in a few hours serving tables or helping out with kitchen … Continue reading The Table does well by doing good

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Six Forks: simple, affordable quality Wednesday, Sep 18 2019 

A restaurant doesn’t have to be expensive to be good, and it doesn’t have to be elegant to be pleasing. I present in evidence Six Forks Burger Co.

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