I'll try to organize this a bit. I like most all ethnic food and good ole pub food and burgers as well. Smokehouses are nice too though I haven't found one that is better than what I can do at home. Here's a list of some good places to check out if you're wanting to mix it up from where you usually go. Louisville is loaded with some of the best food in the country. It's awesome. I suggest an app called urban spoon. We have a huge luxury that the city is covered up in good food and you don't have to travel across town for something, chances are something outstanding is a stone's throw. Has to be one of the best burger and pizza towns there is...
-Sim Sushi & Steak
in Elizabethtown is amazing. I know none of you are going to pass two dozen sushi places in Louisville to ever try this but this place is legit.
in Lyndon is great. Nice atmosphere. Upscale and a little dressy. Great sushi.
on Bardstown Road in fern creek is another one of my favorites.
on Bardstown Road in the highlands. Really good as well.
in clarksville, in and Elizabethtown. Really good sushi and hibachi and some interesting sides. A couple times I've gotten a baby octopus salad and it's actually a lot better than it sounds. Considering it's a salad with about a half dozen whole baby octopussys.
Please don't say Sapparo's. That place is the most talked up place in Louisville and although I've only been once, it was the worst sushi experience food-wise I've ever had. On the other hand I sat back to back with Peyton Siva and his now wife and had a nice long chat with him after we both paid for our dinners. I proceeded to tell him as a freshman that he would go down as one of the greatest PG's in Louisville history. I'm a man of my word.
speaks for itself. I'm sure everyone has been there. If you have not, do yourself a favor tomorrow. Best fried seafood I've ever had from here to the florida keys. A seafood platter is about $25 but will feed two people with leftovers. They do have a weird setup where you order from a podium and they call your name and you go pick your food up and go back to your table. It wasn't always like that or maybe it's only like that sometimes. I don't know.
-Joe's Crab shack
actually isn't bad for a chain. Their seafood platter is pretty solid really. They have these things called fireballs or something like that have I think scallops, cheese, jalapeno and then are breaded and fried and their delicious.
is a place I haven't been since I was a kid but I remember it being really good. Don't know which direction it has went since then.
I've heard good things about a couple other places in Louisville but my experience is limited. Which is a shame. I love seafood. I could live off of it.
-Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot (F.A.B.D)
is a pretty good smokehouse. Good barbecue and fair priced. There were two locations. I went to the one on bardstown road, which doesn't make much sense. lol. I'm sure the original on Frankfort Ave is better. Not bad at all. I don't remember a huge beer selection but the one I went to was kind of a small hole in the wall type place. That location is now closed.
-Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse
down on main is worth a shot! They have 6 custom brews that all have a unique flavor and you can get the six 4oz sampler for $7. That's 3.50/beer basically, not bad at all for a craft beer. There was one that I got at room temperature. I didn't like that one. lol. I asked the waitress about it and she said that it wasn't supposed to be at room temperature..so I'm sure that one would have been good as well. They have a smoke beer that is excellent. Really unique flavor. Tastes like pulled pork liquified lol. Their nachos are the shit. Kettle chips topped with pulled pork, jalapenos and feta cheese. Hell, I'd consider getting them as an entree. I got Brisket which was tender, flavorful and juicy with a side of new potato salad and kale greens. The potato salad was the best I ever had not put together by my mom or grandma. They have big tv's too and a bar. Serious contender for a meet up sometime.
in Clarksville is another good chain place. They have a myriad of different smoked entrees with all different kinds of sauces and some really great unique sides. A solid smokehouse option if you want to go mainstream. Been a couple times and I'd go back.
-Mussel and Burger bar
is a nice place. The line on a weekend is discouraging. It was like an hour wait to be seated and standing room only around the bar. Those are the down sides. Maybe some of the newness has worn off since I went. They have a decent beer selection and some nice mixed drinks including "The Cardinal". As a starter we got an order of greek mussels that were fabulous. They were cooking in a cream sauce and served with black olives and feta cheese. Really nice pairing. I just had a local beef burger topped with local veggies. Nothing fancy but it was good. The mussels were worth going back. Pretty much all of the burgers were chef recommendation pairings.
is my favorite place in Louisville right now. As you all know, I'm a big outdoorsman and hunting a huge passion of mine. It's really nice to have access to a place that serves such a wide variety of game meat. You can have Bison, Elk, Antelope, Wild Boar, Kangaroo, etc. And all in burger or meatball form as an appetizer. Only downfall is that you're pretty much limited to burgers as an entree. But they're fucking damn good burgers. They too have the chef recommendation burgers for pairing each meat. But a build your own section on the back that you can customize literally top to bottom. About 6 different bun types, 8+ cheeses, wild game of your choice, fresh or grilled veggie toppings and unique flavorful sauces. Simply amazing restaurant. Need a better reason? I'll try to attach a picture of the Beer selection. The menu is very well designed and the wait staff is friendly and helpful. You're not going to order some obscure craft brew with a long name and it be a complete shot in the dark as to what you should expect. I was as impressed with the beer menu as the food menu. Hopefully everyone adopts this style. I'm a bit of a beer snob/connoisseur myself. I had a Stillwater as Follows Belgian style beer that was 9% alcohol and smooth as silk. Two of them and I was feeling nice. I think I decided to go with the elk burger with Brie Cheese on a pretzel bun with fresh greens and onions and grilled mushrooms topped with a jalapeno ranch drizzled on top. Fabulous. I tried a little of the kangaroo burger and I ordered a wild boar meatball for all of us to get a taste. All of it was exceptional. This place is a MUST GO.
-Five Guys burgers and fries
isn't bad. From what I knew they pretty much invented the build your own burger concept and I built a good very filling burger but it wasn't too special. I'd go there again. Their fries were a little over seasoned. Then again, I'm not big on salt. Not bad in a pinch.
is good stuff. Great beer selection and offers up some good burgers. I got a nice bison burger from there that hit the spot. I'd stop in without hesitation.
Odds and Ends (Cause I gotta wrap this up sometime!)
is cuban food that you'd love. Highly suggest this place. Excellent food. Good service. Started out with Papas Rellenas and they were delicious. Then I ordered a Churrasco chicken sandwich and my friend got the Havana Rumba. They were both big portions and very flavorful. I'll definitely be going back. The only downside was that the "craft beer" selection was very weak and a little pricey for beer you can find anywhere. Going back soon.
. Fucking outstanding. I didn't know I like Thai Food until I went here. Go to the one over by Trinity. The Thai Pepper or The Wasabi Dumplings are excellent ways to start off any meal. I've tried bites of other good things on the menu but I'm stuck on Pad Thai Chicken heat level 3/5. Amazing starter thai dish. Going to try some curry one day soon. May encounter a wait on the weekend. It's worth it. Grab a beer and relax.
is another solid chain. I'm not a huge chain guy but I like this one. Their lettuce wrap appetizers are amazing as is the calimari and spring rolls. Of course your entrees are going to be head an shoulders above a chinese buffet. Servings are big. It's best if you can get a few people together and orchestrate some food swapping.
...I think on market. It was an old service station that they turned into a restaurant/bar. Good pizza. Not your traditional chain style pizza, if that's what you're looking for. Rolled Oysters were terrific and I had never liked them before in my life. Excellent beer. Very neat enviroment. However, overpriced and under portioned. $16 for a 12" pizza cut into 6 slices. Also be prepared to pay $6.50-$7 for a draft beer. It was nearly $60 for three of us after 2 pizzas, 2 drafts and an oyster appetizer and to be honest I wouldn't say we were all full. I'd go back to give it another shot. Niche place. Made Andrew Zimmerns bizarre foods america show.
-Old Spaghetti Factory
neat the YUM has decent food at a decent price. Very inexpensive relative to the area. Never had an entree that wasn't good. Maybe not go home and rave about it good but a pretty nice atmosphere too. Went here for the first time on my 18th birthday before heading to Deja Vu. Holds a special place in my heart.
is another solid chain. Probably has better pasta dishes than OSF but has a higher ticket price as well. I'd go if I was in the area.
-Bazo's Fresh Mexican grill
are the motherfuckers that invented what Moe's, chipotle and Qdoba is getting stupid rich off of nowadays. They still make a mean burrito. Support your local shop. I was eating here in '04 years before I had even heard of qdoba, it was a novelty at the time.
-Last but not least...Joe's OK Bayou
. I have an affinity for cajun cuisine. I love it. Love their spice. Love everything about it. The only place I know in Louisville that serves gator right now that I know of. If you've never had fried gator tail, you're doing yourself an injustice. They make a nice jumbalaya, gumbo and etouffe. Crawfish, gator, Catfish whatever your cajun heart desires. I always get the gator tail with a side of crawfish etoufee (basically a gravy made from crawfish over white rice) and a little jumbalaya.
I'm sure I'm leaving some out but this'll do for now. Tomorrow I'm going to come at you guys with my wish list and see what your thoughts are on places that you've tried that I want to go to.