Mint Julep Tours adds half-day Louisville tours

Mint Julep Tours has begun two new “urban adventures” – a sightseeing tour of Louisville landmarks called Discover Derby City and a beer tour of the city’s best craft breweries called Brew in the Lou. Each half-day guided excursion is led by an enthusiastic tour leader in one of Mint Julep Tours’ vehicles. Continue reading Mint Julep Tours adds half-day Louisville tours

A good week for special dinners

Late summer seems to energize local chefs and stimulate their desire to stretch and try some new things, which they then put on menus for special dinners. This week you can try pairings of wine with international barbecue dishes at LouVino, taste a range of wines from the Languedoc region of France at Brasserie Provence, try out a little-known Italian wine varietal (and help save Golden Retrievers) at a benefit dinner at Cuvée Wine Table and support food literacy at the Food Literacy Project Field-to-Fork Dinner. Continue reading A good week for special dinners

Comings & Goings

[Originally published in the Fall 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine]

The past three months have seen much activity in the local restaurant world but not at the higher end of the economic range. All of the fine dining establishments seem to be holding their own with no newcomers to that market and no casualties. Of the 27 restaurants that have opened since the last issue of F&D in May, at least 8 serve ethnic cuisine ranging from Turkish to Somali to Vietnamese. Another nine serve familiar American cuisine — or 12, if you include pizza along with burgers, wings and BBQ as quintessentially American food. A few outliers complete the list of new food businesses — a vegan café, a cereal restaurant, and a chef’s performance/demonstration space. Fifteen restaurants have closed for good, and two other businesses — Louis’s the Ton and Me Gusta Latin Kitchen — didn’t so much close as change their identities in mid stride, to The Butchertown Social and El Barrio Tequila & Whiskey Bar, respectively. And eight multi-outlet businesses closed one or more locations, but they are still serving elsewhere. Continue reading Comings & Goings

New mac and cheese restaurant  to open soon in J’town

Mac’s Dough House is planning to open at 10509 Watterson Trail in Jeffersontown, in space that formerly was occupied by Johnny V’s pizzeria. It will feature variations on macaroni and cheese geared to suit tastes from the simplest child’s to a sophisticated adult’s. Continue reading New mac and cheese restaurant  to open soon in J’town

Top Round Roast Beef Hosts Grand Opening

Top Round Roast Beef, a California-based purveyor of “chef-driven fast food,” will have its Grand Opening today, Wednesday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m. at its first Louisville location, 4214 Shelbyville Rd.  Both the originator of the brand, Steven Fretz, and the Louisville franchise owner, Billy Rapaport, will be on hand, along with local invited dignitaries. The public is welcome, of course. Continue reading Top Round Roast Beef Hosts Grand Opening


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In this issue:

(PROFILE) August Moon — Behind the Scenes with Mimi Dabbagh

(SPIRITS) Four Roses Blossoms Again

(PROFILE) Becoming The Seafood Lady

(PROFILE) Ciao Ristorante — Casual, Chic & Inviting

(COLUMN) Comings & Goings

(COLUMN) Easy Entertaining — Elegant but Easy Summer Party

(COLUMN) Cooking with Ron — The Past is a Strange Place

(HUMOR) A Short List of Things That Restaurateurs Hate

Himalayan Restaurant open now

In a rather quick turn-around, especially by restaurant-renovating standards, Himalayan Restaurant opened yesterday at 1578 Bardstown Rd., in the space that had been Brownie’s The Shed sports bar. Though the owner, Teknath Niraula, is from Nepal, which is reflected in the name of his restaurant, his menu focus will be primarily on northern Indian cuisine, along with some Thai dishes. Continue reading Himalayan Restaurant open now

Quills NuLu now serves food

Quills Coffee, the ambitious local coffeehouse that now has three locations in Louisville, one in New Albany and one in in Indianapolis, is expanding its food service at its newest local store, called The Firehouse, at 802 E. Main St. There, in addition to the usual pastries to go with coffee and tea, an expanded menu offers sweet and savory (and vegan) waffles, skewers, savory filled buns and quinoa bowls. Continue reading Quills NuLu now serves food

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