Norton Commons announced Friday that the northeast Louisville community will host its second annual “restaurant week” Monday, January 22 through Sunday, January 28. Eight restaurants will offer patrons three-course dinner menus including appetizer, entrée, and dessert from $15, $20, and $25.
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 — A comprehensive update on the local restaurant scene
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
Wild Ginger, 1700 Bardstown Rd., is beginning a lunch service of bento boxes, the popular Asian multi-course packaged lunch to go. The 11 selections include teriyaki California with chicken or shrimp teriyaki or beef bulgogi, Katsu bento with chicken, a 5-piece chef’s choice sashimi or sushi, and eel or salmon teriyaki — all served with 4 pieces of California roll; or a maki combo with California, spicy tuna and cucumber rolls, and a yum yum combo with yum um and spicy tuna rolls. Continue reading Bento box lunches in the Highlands