Burger vs Burger: It’s a win-win at Shady Lane Cafe Wednesday, Feb 2 2022 

Ahh, Shady Lane Cafe! This lovable little East End diner-style cafe has been a popular lunch (and weekend dinner) spot since Bill Smith and Susi Wood opened it around 2004. It earned deserved popularity for its iconic Brownsboro burger and much more. All good things eventually move on, though, and in August 2019 Bill, short-order … Continue reading Burger vs Burger: It’s a win-win at Shady Lane Cafe

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Simple, delicious American fare at Cheddar Box Too Wednesday, Oct 27 2021 

Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com I don’t guess it comes as a major surprise to disclose that I’m a huge fan of world food. Follow my foodie trail and you’ll usually find me checking out another Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Venezuelan, African or other delicious immigrant-cuisine meal. That goes double during these pandemic-remnant times when simple economics … Continue reading Simple, delicious American fare at Cheddar Box Too

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Currito impresses with flavorful grains, greens, and more Wednesday, Oct 13 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com I don’t review chain restaurants often. I’d much rather talk about Louisville’s great independent local eateries. But when a new corporate shop like Currito comes to town and people tell me the food is really good, I’m willing to take a look. I believe the last time I did such a … Continue reading Currito impresses with flavorful grains, greens, and more

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Kayrouz Cafe does food and safety right Wednesday, Sep 15 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com Show me a fourth generation family restaurant that traces its heritage back through several locations to the 1920s, and I’ll show you a restaurant that’s doing things right. That would be Kayrouz Cafe, and it should come as no surprise that the current generation is handling Covid safety with style and … Continue reading Kayrouz Cafe does food and safety right

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Peking City Express cracks the Chinese restaurant code Wednesday, Sep 1 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com If you’ve never wondered why so many Chinese restaurants use what appear to be very similar menus, you probably don’t get much Chinese takeout. The menus look alike, and the dishes are pretty much the same wherever you go. What’s that about? It took me a lot of digging, but the … Continue reading Peking City Express cracks the Chinese restaurant code

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Fill up on great sandwiches at Starving Artist Wednesday, Aug 18 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com Not that I’m worried about the Delta variant or anything – well, not too much. But it may have been a factor the other day in my decision to try takeout for the first time in a while. This is how I ended up at Starving Artist Café & Deli in … Continue reading Fill up on great sandwiches at Starving Artist

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Noosh Nosh satisfies at any time of day Wednesday, Jul 21 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com Here is the eternal question about dining out: Do we want to go someplace excellent but pricey, or shall we hit an eatery with great affordable fare? Thanks to the wit and wisdom of Chef Anoosh Shariat, you can jump in the car and hold that decision until you swing into … Continue reading Noosh Nosh satisfies at any time of day

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Wild Eggs scores with every plate Wednesday, Jun 16 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com One cloudy, stormy looking March afternoon last year, when lockdown had just begun and we all were starting to reckon with the scary reality that the pandemic was here to stay for a while, I got out and walked through a completely deserted Westport Village. I walked up to the big … Continue reading Wild Eggs scores with every plate

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We welcome Half Peach back after a rough spell Wednesday, Jun 2 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com It has been almost two years since a maintenance-related roof collapse abruptly closed four popular restaurants in the Gallerias at St. Matthews strip on Oechsli Avenue in St. Matthews. The roof remains unrepaired, the building is up for sale, and litigation is pending. Under the added weight of the Covid-19 pandemic, … Continue reading We welcome Half Peach back after a rough spell

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Jasmine Asian Bistro offers first-rate Chinese fare Wednesday, May 19 2021 

By Robin Garr LouisvilleHotBytes.com If you’ve got a hankering for Chinese food, you can take comfort in this statistic: According to the trade journal Chinese Restaurant News, there were more than 43,000 independent Chinese restaurants in the United States in 2019. The pandemic has surely seen closures, but still, that was triple the 13,443 U.S. … Continue reading Jasmine Asian Bistro offers first-rate Chinese fare

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