Cochinita pibil at Mayan Cafe takes us straight to Yucatán Wednesday, Oct 21 2020 

Cochinita pibil. These two Spanish words – one common, the other not so much – shine a bright light on both the Mayan cuisine of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula and neighboring Guatemala and into one of Louisville’s favorite South-of-the-Border restaurants, Mayan Cafe. So what’s a cochinita pibil? A little pig – that’s the easy part – … Continue reading Cochinita pibil at Mayan Cafe takes us straight to Yucatán

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Gourmet Provisions provides tasty fare Wednesday, Sep 30 2020 

Gourmet Provisions! You might think this is an upscale grocery, or maybe a shop with fancy pots and pans and kitchen equipment. But you’d be wrong: It’s a new restaurant, and a very good one, too. Gourmet Provisions, which opened Aug. 5, is the brain child of Matt Rich, who has worked as a server … Continue reading Gourmet Provisions provides tasty fare

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Parlour’s pizzas hold up all the way home Wednesday, Sep 23 2020 

I’ve been doing my small part to keep local restaurants alive during the pandemic by giving them my takeout business, but there’s a problem with that: I really hate eating lunch on my lap in the car. I want to take the food home, dammit! I want to plate it nicely and enjoy it in a … Continue reading Parlour’s pizzas hold up all the way home

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Queen of Sheba offers an Ethiopian feast Wednesday, Sep 16 2020 

If you like to eat Ethiopian food the traditional way, you’ll eat with your hands, tearing off pieces of tangy, tan injera flatbread and using it to grab morsels from the common plate while your friends are doing the same. Unfortunately, the pandemic has put an end to that practice at Queen of Sheba restaurant … Continue reading Queen of Sheba offers an Ethiopian feast

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Morels smokes serious ‘que … without meat Wednesday, Sep 9 2020 

Following on his success with vegan takes on popular fast-food dishes like the Farby, an Arby’s knockoff made without a molecule of meat, Morels Cafe’s proprietor Stanley Chase has now turned his attention to a seemingly even more impossible task. Behold, Morels Vegan BBQ Smokehouse, where Chase is creating vegetarian barbecued pulled “pork” and meat-free … Continue reading Morels smokes serious ‘que … without meat

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Tiny Thai Cafe ranks as a favorite Wednesday, Sep 2 2020 

Since the pandemic started, I’ve been focusing on how we can enjoy local eateries and support the restaurant business while still assuring ourselves maximum protection against the pandemic. That approach consistently leads me to places that make it easy to order and pay online and pick up my food via no-touch curbside delivery. But it … Continue reading Tiny Thai Cafe ranks as a favorite

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What pandemic? El Mundo Highlands is up and running Wednesday, Aug 26 2020 

It takes a certain bold spirit and lack of risk aversion to open a new restaurant during a pandemic when, at best, restaurants face an extraordinary burden of regulation for our health and safety. That didn’t slow down the folks at El Mundo, though. Not only did they open their second restaurant – El Mundo … Continue reading What pandemic? El Mundo Highlands is up and running

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Get your sushi on the go from ToGo Sushi Wednesday, Aug 12 2020 

One of the great pleasures of sushi for me is the opportunity to sit down at the sushi bar, admire the artfully arranged rows of beautifully cut seafood and fish, and talk with the chef about what’s interesting and good. But I have to be honest: During the pandemic, the idea of joining a few … Continue reading Get your sushi on the go from ToGo Sushi

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Secrets of the burger chefs Wednesday, Jun 24 2020 

Some days you feel like a burger. Some days you feel like a steak. But let’s make one thing perfectly clear: This is not a matter of better and best. The simple, honest burger in no way takes second place to the faux nobility of the tenderloin, rib eye, strip, or porterhouse. Sometimes, when you’re … Continue reading Secrets of the burger chefs

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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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