We love the grilling season, which we extend beyond the summer into a year-round cooking experience. But for most, summer is the time to break out the grill. No matter whether you are a traditional charcoal griller or a fan of the quick-starting gas grill, a balmy summer evening is the best time to be outside enjoying a cocktail and savoring the aroma as the food begins to cook. Continue reading Easy Entertaining— Grilling Outside the Box
Suddenly, Nashville-style hot chicken is popping up all over in the form of new restaurants or as menu items at others such as KFC and O’Charley’s. In Louisville, Joella’s Hot Chicken and Royals Hot Chicken both opened in the last year, and those restaurants are regularly packed. Those in the know who have long had their favorite Nashville chicken spot — Prince’s (supposedly the first), Hattie B’s, Bolton’s or others — or newbies working their way up the heat ladder to the tantalizing (or terrifying) top, may have wondered if it is possible to make hot chicken themselves, at home. I’m here to tell you that it is possible, though a bit of a challenge, and it may take some experimenting to reach the right heat level. Continue reading Cooking with Ron—Nashville Hot Chicken
The peaches I have been finding at the farmers markets this season, from local orchards and growers, have been tip-top. But if you have not been able to get to a market in time to select some local peaches, the sort of famous Nashville Peach Truck will return tomorrow, Saturday, July 23 at two suburban locations. Continue reading Nashville’s peach truck returning tomorrow
502 Bar & Bistro has been in the works for a while, and this week the staff has started to work out any last minute kinks with a soft opening for friends and family. Tonight, Thursday, July 21, the restaurant at 10401 Meeting St., Prospect, will open to the public beginning at 4 p.m.as part of the soft opening workouts, but the grand opening is set for Monday, July 25. Continue reading 502 Bar & Bistro opens in Norton Commons
Another pizza chain, MOD Pizza, which originated in Seattle and has outlets along the West Coast and throughout the Midwest, is opening its first Louisville location today. The Grand Opening will be at 3085 Breckenridge Ln., in the Hikes Point area. Continue reading MOD Pizza opens today in Hikes Point
Sapporo Japanese Grill, the popular, long-running Highlands restaurant, has suddenly closed its downtown restaurant, at 649 S. Fourth St. The handsome renovation of the site that had once been the popular African soul food restaurant Kilimanjaro, had had a six-year run.
According to a story in Insider Louisville, the downtown site closed with a simple posted sign on the door: “Our apologize, but …we will be closing. Thank you for your support for the past 6 years.”
The Highlands location remains open, and the closing sign encouraged patrons to visit the Highlands store, which was extensively renovated within the past year.
Craft House had planned to begin its soft opening today, Monday, July 18, of its second location, at 1030 Goss Ave., a little over 6 months from announcing the intention to renovate an undistinguished building in Germantown. But an unexpected delay in delivery of the tabletops has delayed that opening until Thursday, July 21. The site had been a veterans rehab center, and most recently the office of Underhill Associates developers. Continue reading Germantown Craft House opening delayed
Fernando Martinez and his crew at Olé Restaurant Group are at it again. Monday, July 18 the newest restaurant in the group’s portfolio, Red Barn Kitchen, will open at 8131 New LaGrange Rd. in Lyndon. The site had been for many years Joe’s Older Than Dirt, “but Olé has completely overhauled the space,” according to a press release. Continue reading Red Barn Kitchen to open Monday in Lyndon
Forecastle, the big annual summer music event on the riverfront, is upon us. There will be lots of music to choose from, lots of people to see, lots of good stuff to eat and drink. F&D thought it might be useful to give an overview of the food and drink available for you hungry and thirsty music fans. Continue reading Explore food and drink at Forecastle, too
Fourth Street Live has been undergoing a sort of renaissance this past year, and a fixture on the scene, the Sports & Social Club, has undergone a recent renovation to keep itself as lively as its compeers. A quart-million dollar investment has sleek, contemporary finishes, new furniture and booths and refinished hardwood floors. Continue reading Sports & Social Club at 4th St. Live spiffed up