Category Archives: restaurant

Cheap martinis

Cheap, good martinis are hard to come by.  Boys may scoff at women’s love for martinis, marking it as some jaded Sex in the City fantasy.  But if you’re not careful those cocktails will knock you on your ass as they as are potent as they are delicious.  Besides, if you’ve watched an episode of Mad Men you know that a good martini can be pretty manly. With this in mind, plus my craving for a new Friday night watering hole hangout, led me to 60 West Bistro and Martini Bar on Shelbyville Road.

Cheers to my Bellini martini with Pinnacle vodka, peach schnapps, peach puree and champagne.

Having been to Drake’s next door and passing 60 West quite a few times I wasn’t sure what to expect.  A couple of things left me pleasantly surprised:

  • Holy martini list (PDF) batman. 61 martinis if I counted right. Yes I know some of the names are girly, I hate the word ‘MANtini’ and a majority are made with sour mix or sprite.  This isn’t for mixology purists.  But admit it… that list is impressive!  And my bellini was excellent.
  • When you walk into 60 West it is deceptively bigger then it looks from the outside.  A heated patio, plenty of elegant booth space, and a nice big wooden square bar. And loved the easy parking out back (coming from a downtown dweller).
  • The waitstaff/bartenders were excellent and patient with my hundreds of questions.  I’m allowed to be picky. You’re talking to a former server/hostess for 6+ years.
  • The atmosphere was appealing.  Candles everywhere, wooden accents and cool 20 x 20 ft wall of a Makers Mark art installation.  Martini bars can be fru fru. This was not.
  • Cheap drinks.  $5 martinis on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 1/2 price bottles of wine Wednesday and Friday.  You could do some serious damage to yourself with $20.
  • A decent food menu (PDF) with interesting dishes:

My pizza with maple fennell sausage, roasted tomatoes, balsamic glazed onions, shitake mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and a house made red sauce.

My bill after two martinis and this split pizza: $28 bucks. And I didn’t even order anything on special.  Cheers to that!

Open Monday – Thursday 4p to 12m.  Friday – Saturday 4p to 2a.  3939 Shelbyville Rd.

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Kitchen Nightmares

One of my besties who was a hot shot caster in NYC agreed to pass along all information to me related to casting for culinary shows so we can see more great Louisvillians on tv! Though this is probably for a restaurant that needs a little more inspiration:

Get yelled at by Chef Ramsey on national tv!

Kitchen Nightmares is now casting!  The cities they are casting in aren’t important – all restaurants should apply if interested. MUST have a good story to tell! (family owned, loan against a house, etc…) Restaurants must:

  • Have been open at least one year
  • Offer dinner service
  • Not be a franchise or chain
  • Have at least 35 seats
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Where to eat in Louisville right now

Although I have sang the praises of many of these restaurants- it doesn’t hurt to have the fine folks at the James Beard Awards agree with my tastes. Maybe they have been reading my blog? 🙂 Here’s a list of chefs and restaurants that are making Louisville so wonderful:

Congratulations to James Beard semi-finalist Harvest for Best New Restaurant.

Remember when I about melted over their chocolate pumpkin bread pudding with caramel and whipped cream? Maybe this will jog your memory:

Makes me want to grow a garden! And force their chefs to cook me food everyday. Congrats Harvest.

Congratulations to the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton for the James Beard nomination for Outstanding Service.  Although I often focus on the many exciting new restaurants opening up in Louisville, the Oakroom has not only bred numerous great chefs who were inspired to start their own ventures, but they continuously push the envelope with their food.  I have fond memories of my very first pecan pie salad with blue cheese ice cream, pumpkin soup with bison sausage, and their melt-in-your mouth ribeye.  And of course the service has always been impeccable, which everyone knows is half of the dining experience.

And in the Best Chef Southeast category, congratulations to Seviche’s Anthony Lamas and 610 Magnolia’s Chef Edward Lee. When I first moved to Louisville everyone told me I had to go to Seviche and they were right.  From the spicy empanadas, to the gorgeous tuna tacuitos seviche, Chef Anthony brings the Latin thunder. Having received this nomination for the past two years I’m crossing my fingers that this year he can go all the way.

Chef Edward Lee has been in the press lately for getting to the top 4 in Top Chef and he couldn’t have represented Louisville better.  Funny, caring, charismatic and honest Chef Lee deserves all of these great food accomplishments.  And if his day couldn’t get any better, Greater Louisville Inc. also named Chef Lee as the recipient of the Thomas Edison Award for bringing success to both Louisville and himself.  Get info on the awards ceremony and purchase tickets here.

Cheers to all of those nominated for making this city such a great place to live and eat. Now get out there and enjoy the best!

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Calling All Restaurants!

Easter Seals is a group many people have heard of, but do you know exactly what they do? Locally the Easter Seals have been supporting Louisville kids since the 50’s, helping special needs children with speech, hearing, and developmental therapy.   They protect our kids’ senses! That makes sense!

The only thing closer to Louisville than our families is our passion for great food, which is why the May 3rd Taste of Oaks at the Galt House is such a worthy event.  I’m excited to join an event that last year had 800+ fine folks sampling from 17 restaurants, all for a great cause.  Has your family benefited from the Easter Seals?

Supporting the Easter Seals of Louisville

While May is still far away the Easter Seals are in full planning mode signing up restaurants to feature their food.  If you know a restaurant that is a perfect fit for this community event, pass along the reservation (PDF) and get signed up!

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Celebrate BBC in a downtown loft with roses

Check out a shot of the coolest downtown loft located on the 3rd floor of the BBC on Main Street:

Isn’t she pretty? About the space:

The Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Loft is a recent renovation of the 3,000-square-foot third floor of The 300 Building. The contemporary lounge space includes a custom-built bar, posh furniture and modern tables, highlighted by bourbon barrel staves woven together to form a unique ceiling.

Gorgeous.  Check out the posh lounge yourself on re-vday (ha! @maddy_smiles).  Just pony up $50 pp on February 23rd, getting you a 4-course meal and an education on good bourbon and beer.  The meal includes an app of smoked beef brisket over cornbread served with bacon jam, shaved Gouda cheese and baby arugula. Next comes a baby spinach salad with pork belly, pickled red onions, sweet potato hay, toasted pine nuts, blood oranges and dried cherry vinaigrette. Third is bourbon marinated beef tenderloin served with butternut squash risotto and brown butter brussel sprouts topped with a smoked vanilla bean demi glaze. Top that off with a peanut butter crème brulee with bourbon ganache.

Plus you get to meet my buddy Jeremy Hunt.

300 W. Main Street. Need reservations? Call Melissa Purvis or Jason McGrew at 502.562.0090.

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