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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You can’t beat the pho at NamNam Café Wednesday, Mar 18 2020 

It’s easy to overlook NamNam Café. It’s tiny, you don’t hear a lot about it, and it’s off on a St. Matthews side street. But you really shouldn’t miss it. It’s one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants, even among a dozen strong competitors. [During the Covid-19 closure of dine-in restaurants, NamNam is offering carryout and … Continue reading You can’t beat the pho at NamNam Café

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Around the world on a plate at Diamond Street Grub Wednesday, Feb 12 2020 

I’m generally a bit skittish about restaurants that offer a mix of different world cuisines that extend well beyond the chef’s personal DNA. How can one chef master so many culinary arts? So I wasn’t sure what to expect when Diamond Street Grub & Hops came to town last summer: Its international menu draws randomly … Continue reading Around the world on a plate at Diamond Street Grub

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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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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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Pho Phi gives your money’s worth Wednesday, Jul 3 2019 

You say “pho,” I say “fuh.” Which is the right way to say it, anyway? Inspired by a couple of bowls of pho, er, fuh, at Phi Pho (“Fee Fuh”), a new, fast-casual pho shop in St. Matthews, I dug into the roots of pho, and – somewhat to my surprise, since I thought I … Continue reading Pho Phi gives your money’s worth

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