Category Archives: Insider Louisville

Gravely Brewing to partner with Commonwealth Cure for Sunday brunch

From Insider Louisville, 10/12/2017

Commonwealth Cure sandwich
Photo courtesy of Community Cure.

By Kevin Gibson

Gravely Brewing Co. is the first Louisville brewery to have a permanent food truck in Mayan Street Food, which is operated by the owners of Mayan Café, but the truck doesn’t serve on Sundays. Enter Commonwealth Cure, which will offer dishes featuring its handmade meats each Sunday, starting this week, Oct. 15.

Commonwealth Cure opened downtown in 2015 and produces a variety of foods from lamb dogs to pesto to bacon. Sometimes, owners Austin Cummins and Michelle Hill push the envelope pretty far — the Ofaly Drunk, made with pig heart, pig liver and red wine, is a good example.

“They’re different than what you would find traditionally,” Cummins says, noting they enjoy using ingredients many would consider throw-aways. “We take weird things and make it into things we think people will like.”

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A refreshing trip back in time at the eternal Cottage Inn

From Insider Louisville, 10/10/2017

Cottage Inn exterior

In Louisville’s hyper-competitive dining scene, where new trends blended with Southern tradition seem to be a driving force, some places seem to sit still while time goes flying past.

Nothing drives this home like a visit to the Cottage Inn, the enduring little restaurant on Eastern Parkway that incredibly has been in business since 1929. It had been a good two decades since I’d been somehow, even though each time I drive by, I think, “I need to go back to the Cottage Inn.”

How is it that some restaurants can be forgotten? Is it because we simply expect them to be there forever, giving us an excuse to simply put it off a while longer? As if we’re going to be here forever? The Cottage Inn may well outlive us all, so we may as well enjoy it while we can.

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New concept LOX takes over lunchtime space at RYE

From Insider Louisville, 9/29/2017


By Kevin Gibson

NuLu has another dining option for lunch.

LOX, which opened Sept. 14 as a concept-within-a-concept at RYE, focuses on cured salmon and bagels, among other sandwich and salad options.

Lox, the Jewish term for brined salmon, is a staple in East Coast Jewish delicatessens — Russ & Daughters was cited as an example of LOX’s inspiration — and is often served as a sandwich on a bagel. Brined salmon from Nova Scotia is often called Nova lox, while in some countries it is referred to as Gravlax.

RYE Chef Zach Chancey said with some former New Yorkers in house, a lox and bagels concept seemed appropriate.

“That kind of food is kind of a favorite around here,” he told Insider.

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Mayan Street Food brings salbutes, quality to Gravely Brewing

From Insider Louisville, 9/21/2017


By Kevin Gibson

A tradition at breweries that don’t have operating kitchens is to feature rotating food trucks on busy nights and during special events. It’s sort of a roulette of food that can bring about some fun surprises.

But Gravely Brewing Co., which opened this summer in the Phoenix Hill/Irish Hill area, has a permanent truck — it’s there every day. What that means is whenever you go to Gravely for a craft brew, you’ll have Mayan Street Food at the ready to help fill any missing space in your belly.

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Falls City Brewing unveils switch to cans, redesign and new slogan

From Insider Louisville, 9/20/17


By Kevin Gibson

Since it began distributing packaged beer in 2010, Falls City Brewing Co. has been available via retail exclusively in bottles. But with a new brewery and taproom under construction, the brewery, which traces its roots back to 1905, decided it was time for a change.

Starting the first week of October, Falls City beers will be sold retail in 12-ounce aluminum cans, the brewery announced today. A can release party will happen Thursday, Oct. 5, at Molly Malone’s in the Highlands.

Falls City general manager Drew Johnson said the decision to make the change was an easy one.

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Waylon’s Feed & Firewater makes for fine addition to St. Matthews

From Insider Louisville, 9/18/2017

Waylons Exterior

By Kevin Gibson

After Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, formerly Manny & Merle, underwent its transition last year, I stopped in for a meal (or two) and was delighted by what I found.

When Waylon’s Feed & Firewater, an offshoot owned by Tony Palombino, opened in St. Matthews, I had to test the waters. Would the menu be the same? Would it live up to the Merle’s experience? Was transitioning the small space on Shelbyville Road from a Boombozz Pizza the right call?

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El Taco Luchador finds an eager audience in St. Matthews

From Insider Louisville, 9/12/2017

El Taco Luchador St Matt

By Kevin Gibson

The long-anticipated St. Matthews location of El Taco Luchador is open, and the eager crowds have already made it a go-to spot in an already crowded neighborhood, with go-to spots such as Spinelli’s, Mellow Mushroom, Highland Morning and many others within easy walking distance.

I stopped by for lunch on a recent Saturday and found the place buzzing with activity — the patio dining area was full, the two window areas with bar seating were full, and people stood by awaiting their orders.

One family spread a blanket out on the front yard of the small building, which previously was home to Meridian Café, and ate their Mexican fare there as customers walked past, coming and going.

To sum it up, the new location of El Taco Luchador is much like the original in the Highlands, with a familiar menu and the same bright and colorful décor.

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Mi Sueño is the answer in Buechel for Cuban fare and fine value

From Insider Louisville, 9/5/2017

Lamb shank at Mi Sueno.

By Kevin Gibson

Friends had told us for months if not longer that Mi Sueño near Buechel was a spot my girlfriend Cynthia and I needed to check out. We said we would, and life always had a different plan. We finally went, and now we wish we’d taken a more active approach to making our Mi Sueño trip happen sooner.

Serving Cuban fare cafeteria-style, the restaurant in a former Taco Bell on Bardstown Road not only has wonderful food but great value to boot.

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Craft Beer Throwdown brings special beers, benefits Coalition for Homeless

From Insider Louisville, 9/3/2017


By Kevin Gibson

When the inaugural Craft Beer Throwdown happens at Bowman Field on Thursday, Sept. 7, you’ll get more than just the same old, same old. Six local breweries will compete for attendee votes to see which one is the victor.

Along the way, the event will raise funds for the Coalition for the Homeless, a local organization aimed at ending homelessness in the Louisville area.

A preview tasting held last week at Falls City Brewing Co. unveiled a sneak peek at one of the competitors, a barrel-aged chocolate pecan brown ale. In essence, the beer, which is simply named Y’all, is like a slice of Derby Pie paired with a side of bourbon — Kentucky in a glass.

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Gone in a flash: Saying goodbye to a canine friend

From Insider Louisville, 8/24/2017

Darby IL 3

By Kevin Gibson

He was there, and then he wasn’t. The whole thing was like a wisp of a breeze brushing past me on a frisky, spring day. Yet the relationship lasted nearly 12 years.

That’s what it felt like when Darby, my sweet-beyond-words Lhasa Apso, passed from life in my arms last week. How could he be gone so soon? I only just adopted him. Didn’t I?

He came to me by way of a rescue league website based in Tennessee. Someone found this little dog with no tags or chip, wandering the back roads of Knoxville. He was starving, dehydrated, matted and battling heartworms. And yet he was impossibly filled with joy and brightness.

Most dogs with heartworms are euthanized immediately in public shelters, but someone had the foresight to know this one was special.

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