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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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Always a Fresh Harvest

Harvest is the epitome of the farm-to-table movement in Louisville.  I knew it the moment I walked in.  From the giant black and white photos of the farmers who made our food, the large cork board art piece pinpointing the exact location of the local farms, and the curious nondescript menu.  But nondescript in this case is good. For example, when you order the Harvest pizza, you get a choice of meat or vegetable, set at market price.  Market price? Typically you only see that with seafood.  At Harvest the reason they don’t tell you the toppings depends on the farmers crops and meats that week.  It’s like fresh dining roulette! But without leaving broke and angry. That night my pizza was a chicken confit with a spicy corn salsa. Who knows what meat pizza will be next week!

The fresh details are also in the cocktail menu.  When I ordered my favorite drink the Old Fashioned, the bartender whipped up a version with peach puree, black walnut bitters and Old Forestor. Fresh is good.  And so is their southern style comfort food.

Take a look at what we ate (the bread pudding stole the show):

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Speaking of pizza, catch my chat with The Ramsey Brothers on Lite 106.9 tomorrow morning at 7:45 am where we discuss some of the most unique pizzas in Louisville and what is new to our dining scene. Got a place I have to talk about? Let me know on my FB page.

Harvest is located at 624 East Market Street. Open for lunch Tuesday thru Friday 11a-2:30p.  Open for dinner Tuesday thru Thursday, 5p-10p and until 11p Saturday and Sunday.

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