Category Archives: $10 Challenge

Our column on eating out for under $10 — by Ashlee Clark Thompson

$10 Challenge: Me Gusta Latin Kitchen

Good food shouldn’t be a luxury. In this column, I set out to prove that it is possible to eat a high-quality, low-cost meal within Louisville’s diverse and expanding food scene. My goal is to find a meal at a local restaurant that costs $10 or less (excluding the tip), an ideal limit for those of us who are cash-strapped but have a hard time sacrificing a nice meal outside of the house. Continue reading $10 Challenge: Me Gusta Latin Kitchen

$10 Challenge— Toonerville Deli

I had never eaten a Reuben before I visited Toonerville Deli. As a kid, this type of sandwich intimidated me. Maybe the flavors were too complex for my naïve palate. I wasn’t stuck on chicken fingers and French fries like some other youngsters, but what kid wants smelly sauerkraut on their sandwich? Not me. Continue reading $10 Challenge— Toonerville Deli

$10 Challenge: Wild Ginger Sushi & Fusion

This challenge is a failure that is indeed a success. As the title suggests, my goal is to spend just $10 on a meal at a local Louisville restaurant. However, the expanded bento box lunch menu at Wild Ginger was an intriguing enough deal to spotlight for this column, even though the price surpasses my self-imposed limit.

Wild Ginger, located on Bardstown Road, is a sushi restaurant with a healthy heap of Asian fusion. Wild Ginger’s lunch menu had previously featured bento boxes, which owner Jenny Wang says were popular among with the midday crowd. A bento box is a single-portion meal common in Japanese cuisine that is served in a partitioned container. Bento boxes usually contain some combination of rice, fish, meat and vegetables. In response to the positive feedback, Wild Ginger expanded their bento box menu from just a handful to 11 different types of boxes. Continue reading $10 Challenge: Wild Ginger Sushi & Fusion

$10 Challenge: Check’s Cafe

The gentrification of Germantown is on display across the two and four-tops of Check’s Café.

Thirtysomethings new to Germantown sit elbow to elbow with boomers who may have been visiting Check’s for decades. But the atmosphere isn’t so much oil and vinegar as it is peanut butter and jelly — two distinctively different personalities that are enhanced once they come together.  Continue reading $10 Challenge: Check’s Cafe

$10 Challenge — Sitar Indian Restaurant

Not your everyday buffet. Sitar delivers flavor and variety, all piping hot.

My undergraduate years sowed the seeds of my frugality. Scholarships took care of my major college expenses, but the paycheck I received from the student newspaper only covered a monthly trip to Wal-Mart and one night out at a decent restaurant (and by decent, I mean a place that had cloth instead of paper napkins). So I learned how to stretch the few dollars I had left. That meant a lot of trips to buffet restaurants. Continue reading $10 Challenge — Sitar Indian Restaurant

$10 Challenge: The Fish House & Cafe Beignet

I had to try The Fish House when the restaurant received my mother’s seal of approval.

Mommy has always been a notoriously finicky eater. And a few years ago, a doctor diagnosed her with a laundry list of food allergies ranging from carrots to cucumbers. So imagine my delight when she finds a local restaurant that addresses her dietary restrictions, offers enough menu options to please her picky palate, and provides food that actually tastes good. Continue reading $10 Challenge: The Fish House & Cafe Beignet

$10 Challenge — The Monkey Wrench.

The Monkey Wrench is a chameleon of a business that morphs into whatever its patrons need it to be. This versatile venue serves up good food, cold drinks, live music and on Tuesdays, $5 burgers.

The upstairs balcony, with blue Christmas lights under the canopy and a bar that sells cigars, feels like it belongs on a Florida beach. Customers are either in wearing sunglasses at one of the tables scattered on the patio or keeping cool with a drink at the shaded bar.

Continue reading $10 Challenge — The Monkey Wrench.

$10 Challenge: The Fish House & Cafe Beignet

I had to try The Fish House when the restaurant received my mother’s seal of approval.

Mommy has always been a notoriously finicky eater. And a few years ago, a doctor diagnosed her with a laundry list of food allergies ranging from carrots to cucumbers. So imagine my delight when she finds a local restaurant that addresses her dietary restrictions, offers enough menu options to please her picky palate, and provides food that actually tastes good. Continue reading $10 Challenge: The Fish House & Cafe Beignet

$10 Challenge — Annie’s Cafe: Vietnamese restaurants warm welcome

“It’s hard to find a place where everybody knows your name when you’re a vagabond.”

I’ve lived in seven different cities since I graduated from high school. By the time I became familiar with my surroundings in one place, it would be time to load up the Mercury Tracer and set up house in a new neighborhood in a new apartment with a new roommate. No time to become a regular at a local neighborhood restaurant or bar. But my life has changed in the past few months. Continue reading $10 Challenge — Annie’s Cafe: Vietnamese restaurants warm welcome