We dine well at a proper distance on Selena’s patio Wednesday, Jun 3 2020 

I’ve never been tempted to sample fugu, the Japanese pufferfish whose internal organs are filled with poison so powerful that even a speck left in your sashimi by a careless chef can drop you dead after a few horrifying hours of pain. Plenty of Japanese gourmands will pay upwards of $200 for a fugu meal, … Continue reading We dine well at a proper distance on Selena’s patio

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Carry out your Guinness, and dinner too, at Irish Rover Wednesday, May 27 2020 

Some people crave potato chips or chocolate. The other day I started craving Guinness stout. The more I thought about that dark, malty, bitter-chocolate beer with its creamy head so thick that you could float a farthing on it, the more I wanted a pint. Thanks to Kentucky’s newly enlightened alcohol laws, a call to … Continue reading Carry out your Guinness, and dinner too, at Irish Rover

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Soft shell crab tacos lure us to Red Hog Wednesday, May 13 2020 

It all started, as things so often do, on social media. I was browsing Instagram, tapping through a lot of the local restaurants that I follow, when a simple white-on-black text image caught my eye. “Taco Tuesday,” read the post from Red Hog Artisan Butcher. And then the clincher: “Fried Soft Shell Crab Tacos!” “Taco … Continue reading Soft shell crab tacos lure us to Red Hog

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Agave & Rye brings a new generation of flavor Wednesday, Mar 11 2020 

OK, Boomer, buh-bye. Yo, Millennial, come on in! That’s the sound of generational change on the north end of the Baxter Avenue strip, as the classy Bittner’s furniture and upscale fare of the defunct Ward 426 makes way for the bright street murals and fancy tacos of Agave & Rye. Ward 426, a venture of … Continue reading Agave & Rye brings a new generation of flavor

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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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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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The 502 Bar & Bistro, a jewel in Norton Commons Wednesday, Jul 10 2019 

For any chef, an invitation to come cook at James Beard House in New York City is an honor devoutly to be wished. To get there before turning 30 marks a young chef as a rising culinary young gun. Now meet Louisville’s Chef Ming Pu, 29-year-old executive chef at The 502 Bar & Bistro: This … Continue reading The 502 Bar & Bistro, a jewel in Norton Commons

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