Restaurant Review

Louisville Cream

Nulu is getting cooler and cooler and we just visited the coolest spot in Nulu, literally.  Louisville Cream is hands down the best ice cream in the city, which is saying something.  We went to visit a few weeks ago and were blown away with the flavors and the selection Louisville Cream had to offer.  I went big and ordered the smores sundae and let me tell you it did not disappoint.  It had toasted marshmallow cookies and cream ice cream, topped with a chocolate shell, and a house made graham cracker that was drizzled in milk chocolate and had toasted marshmallows on top.  This dessert will go down in my top five best desserts I've ever had.  

Louisville Cream, Nulu Louisville KY

Megan and Addison both had pumpkin roll ice cream.  It also was good but everyone had food envy of my sundae.  Their ice cream had pumpkin rolls mixed in with pumpkin flavored ice cream.  They loved it and if you don't want to spend extra money to get a sundae this is a good option.  This place is worth a trip to Nulu to visit. Stop in and try one of their unique, delicious flavors.Louisville Cream

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High Five Donuts

                                

Our family loves doughnuts. We have a tradition that we eat doughnuts on Friday mornings to celebrate the end of the week. Mostly it has been the end of a school week, but since it's summer, it's become the end of a work week instead. And you all know how we feel about local businesses around town! We can't get enough of them, so we set out to find a local doughnut shop and the girls of High Five Doughnuts did not disappoint! Located on E. Main Street in downtown Louisville, the girls of High Five Doughnuts transformed their once food truck operation into our new favorite doughnut shop in town. One of the things that sets them apart from the other bakeries around town is that you have the option to build your own doughnut by choosing the toppings that you would like to put on top. They also have some pretty amazing staples that they've become known for such as a bacon and maple syrup doughnut and a Kentucky Fried Chicken doughnut. Is your mouth watering yet? Our family tried our the maple syrup and bacon combination as well as a doughnut that had fruity pebbles onto. They were both delicious and were still warm. Yum! Those are the best kind! So if you're out and about in Louisville and are searching for a different kind of doughnut, hit up High Five Doughnuts. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

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Picnic

Picnic, Anchorage KY

My husband and I are always on the hunt for local restaurants to try out whenever we have a date. We enjoy finding new hidden treasures around town that are not part of a chain. Don't get me wrong, we also enjoy visiting some chain restaurants as well, but there is something about trying sometime totally new that you know is only offered where you live. Recently we had the chance to have a date 

Picnic Anchorage KYearly in the morning around brunch. We decided to meet at a local restaurant in Anchorage called Picnic, which is only a few miles from our house. I arrived a few minutes earlier than Mike and decided to sit outside at one of the tables and wait. Anchorage is my absolute favorite part of Louisville. I often tell my husband that I feel like I've stepped into Mayberry when we go there. It so quiet and quaint, people are always smiling, a train runs through the middle of town and I absolutely love the way you automatically are able to relax and slow down from the hustle and bustle of life whenever you're there. The atmosphere of The Picnic was no different. There were a few couples enjoying their morning coffee on the patio while Jack Johnson played in the background, and a nice morning breeze swept over the patio that was shaded by lots of beautiful trees.I was enjoying the relaxation right off the bat! When Mike joined me a few minutes later we went inside the restaurant to order. As we stepped in, there was a quiet hustle among the staff as they were preparing the salad bar for lunch. We were promptly greeted 

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Build Your Own Stir Fry at Genghis Grill in Springhurst!

I ventured over to Genghis Grill in Springhurst last week for lunch. Even though the restaurant was packed, I was pleasantly surprised that the atmosphere was relaxing and not hectic. First and foremost, I was greeted by the host and he asked if I had been there before. Since it was my first time, I was glad that he willingly walked me through the process. After being seated, my waitress came by quickly and also gave a brief synopsis of the process.

And then the fun began—creating my own stir fry! I selected my bowl size and then added my ingredients from there. The small size, even though it doesn’t look like much, was actually enough for me.  I started with selecting my protein. From chicken to steak and from crab to bacon, there are several options for protein and I could pile on as many as I wanted! Then I chose my seasoning, veggies and sauce. Let me tell you about the veggie selection! There were potatoes, water chestnuts, eggs, zucchini, spinach—really any veggie that you could every want.  All of that was in my bowl at the beginning and then once I arrived at the grill, I had the option to add one of these sides—steamed rice, brown rice, fried rice, Udon noodles, spiral pasta, tortillas, cabbage.

I have been to restaurants similar to Genghis Grill and I usually have to wait in line at the grill while they cook my food. Sometimes the line can get long and I end up waiting for awhile in-between hungry restaurant goers. Genghis Grill is different! I dropped off my bowl at the grill, the cooks took down my name and any preferences, I sat down at my table and then the cooks brought out my dish right to me! This takes the long line waiting...

Papalinos Pizza in Louisville, Kentucky

When you are not in the mood to cook, in need of a nice warm meal, and are working on a budget, what do you turn to? For me, pizza is the answer. It is no secret that just about every human indulges in a slice of pizza every now and then and they would be crazy not to do so. Pizza is quick, cheap, and full of flavor. While I don’t eat pizza as much as my taste buds would want me to, I do enjoy splurging my calorie intake here and there, and wanted to find a pizza place that made it worth me doing so. Even though I am not discrediting Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, or Dominos, (because trust me, I will take a slice of pizza from them as well), I am saying that some pizza places just get it right. So, I decided to hang up the phone with my order in pizzas and make a trip to Papalionos to see if a hidden “slice” of treasure could be found.

 Papalinos is located in Louisville, Kentucky in the Springhurst area. Papalinos is right across the street from Tinsletown. The location of Paplinos in Springhurst is great for an afternoon lunch break since shopping centers and movies are within walking distance. The atmosphere of Papalinos is also a great place to escape for a lunch break since the inside has free wifi and outlets. Though the location of Papalinos is nice, Papalinos has even more to offer. First, let me say that Papalinos is a great company that works with the community in Louisville, Kentucky in order to help those in need. Each month, Papalinos works on a new project in order to help those in need. This month, Papalinos is working with animal shelters in the Louisville...

Top 5 Local Louisville Coffee Shops

Best Local Coffee Shops in Louisville

Wake up, coffee. At work, coffee. Mid-day boost, coffee. Pairing our pallets with coffee has become a daily routine, and why not? Coffee gets us through the yawns of a tired morning, the demands of our paperwork, and allows us to get the extra energy we need in order to make it to our after work- hour events. Seeing as how coffee has become a favorite companion to most, I decided to switch up my same old song and brew and try out some local coffee shops in the Louisville area. If you are looking to leave behind your Starbucks favorite and change up your coffee-grind, these 5 local coffee shop gems are the place to go!

 

Heine Brothers’ Coffee:

Heine Brothers’ Coffee is native to the Louisville area and offers more than just your average cup o’ Joe. When Heine Brothers’ Coffee became the world’s first coffee shop to offer organic, fair trade coffee, they allowed their coffee to be inspired by both their local community, and the world. One of my favorite drinks at Heine Brothers shows the collaboration of their community and their fair trade organization: The Vint Julep. The Vint Julep is inspired by the Kentucky Derby favorite Mint Julep (a bourbon and mint drink). The Heine Brothers’ Vint Julep uses bourbon and mint sugars, as well as their fair trade beans, in order to create a cup of coffee that pays tribute to a Kentucky favorite. The...

Kentucky Hot Brown, The Brown Hotel, Louisville Resturaunts

The Brown Hotel's World Famous Hot Brown

For the past few years, my wife and I have made it a birthday tradition to venture to downtown louisville in order to ripen our tastebuds with a good ole' Kentucky hot brown from the Brown hotel. Let's be honest, nothing says birthday like getting your favorite foods placed in front of you all together! You have the turkey, the bread, the mornay sauce, the extra cheese, a juicy tomato, and let's not forget my favorite part, the crispy bacon. Some of you may say, "why go downtown for a hot brown when you can get it virtually anywhere?" The Brown Hotel is why.

The Brown Hotel's Hot Brown History:

Besides the fact that I have always received great customer service while eating at the Brown Hotel, The Brown Hotel and the hot brown go hand in hand. The Brown Hotel was the first place in Kentucky to concoct the delicious flavors of the hot brown. In 1926, the brown hotel put together what I consider to be one of the best meals in kentucky. The Brown Hotel has been a long standing resturaunt and a nice spot to lay your head down at night. The hotel is placed perfectly in downtown Louisville giving the customer a taste of Louisville and a taste of history. With the pride of Kentucky that accompanies each bite, it isn't hard to see why The Brown Hotel is the spot to choose when looking for a good Kentucky meal. 

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Village Anchor, Anchorage Kentucky Fine Dinning

Village Anchor, Anchorage Kentucky REVIEW

Megan and I have really been blessed to visit some of the top restaurants in Louisville recently with Village Anchor being one of them.  As soon as you step in the front door you can tell your in a special place the atmosphere just oozes class and charm just like the homes in Anchorage.  

The special that day was monk fish over rice and heirloom carrots and because I had never had monk fish nor heirloom carrots I had to give it a try and I wasn't disappointed.  The fist was white and flaky and the carrots were awesome.  

Megan had the Chicken Saltimbocca, she pretty much orders chicken or steak no matter where we go and never eats all of her meal, leaving me to clean her plate once she is full.  This chicken was fantastic it was tender and juicy and had a great flavor.  We also order a kettle of coffee which came with creamer and chocolate chips.  The coffee was great and not too strong so you can drink it at dinner on a cold winter day and it wont keep you up all night.  

If you are looking for a good restaurant to celebrate a big occasion or just want to make your loved one feel special the Village Anchor in Anchorage Kentucky will make you look like a hero.  There are so many unique items on their menu and the fact that it's nestled right in the middle of such awesome historic Real Estate make it a must visit establishment.  

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Napa Valley Grill Review

I have a new favorite restaurant!  Megan had a birthday on Tuesday so I took her to Napa Valley Grill in Westport Village, the place was a bit pricey but absolutely worth every penny.  For starters I had the pork chili its the best chili I've ever eaten, hands down, no competition.  Put it in any chili cook off and it wins every time by a land slide, I don't care how good you think your mama's recipe is this is ten times better... amazing! The used pulled pork instead of ground meat, it all the other traditional ingredients of your standard chili except the sauce was a redish orange instead of the traditional deep tomato sauce.  We were lucky enough to be there on a day where it was the soup of the day. 
 
As an entree I got the Menage a Trois which is the chef’s choice of fresh fish and the price and selections vary from day to day.  The day we were there it was; salmon, sea bass and Ahi Tuna…  lucky me!  The Tuna was probably the highlight of the plate followed closely by the salmon.  The Tuna was sushi grade and was encrusted with grains and spices and then seared.  I haven't had that good of sea food since our honeymoon in Hawaii, it was that good.  Each cut of fish had a different topping and was prepared differently but they all were fantastic in their own right.  They came served on a bed of fresh veggies that was really...

Napa Valley Grill

I have a new favorite restaurant!  Megan had a birthday on Tuesday so I took her to Napa Valley Grill in Westport Village, the place was a bit pricey but absolutely worth every penny.  For starters I had the pork chili its the best chili I've ever eaten, hands down, no competition.  Put it in any chili cook off and it wins every time by a land slide, I don't care how good you think your mama's recipe is this is ten times better... amazing!  The used pulled pork instead of ground meat, it all the other traditional ingredients of your standard chili except the sauce was a redish orange instead of the traditional deep tomato sauce.  We were lucky enough to be there on a day where it was the soup of the day. 
 
As an entree I got the Menage a Trois which is the chef’s choice of fresh fish and the price and selections vary from day to day.  The day we were there it was; salmon, sea bass and Ahi Tuna…  lucky me!  The Tuna was probably the highlight of the plate followed closely by the salmon.  The Tuna was sushi grade and was encrusted with grains and spices and then seared.  I haven't had that good of sea food since our honeymoon in Hawaii, it was that good.  Each cut of fish had a different topping and was prepared differently but they all were fantastic in their own right.  They came served on a bed of fresh veggies that was really heavy in the cabbage department and kind of reminded me of a really fancy coleslaw. 
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Mussel and Burger Bar Louisville KY Review and Menu

The Mussel and Burger Bar: Louisville kentucky 

Recently, my wife and I tried the Mussel and Burger Bar in Louisville, and we loved it. The Mussel and Burger Bar offers a menu that is full of variety and will satisfy even the pickiest of your taste buds. The atmosphere is very urban, trendy, and definitely a neat place to eat. The Mussel and Burger Bar is rather new in Louisville, so we decided we would give it a try. If you are looking to enjoy a tasty burger, this is your place.

Though the menu was full of eye-catching meals, I finally decided on the Mediterranean burger. The Mediterranean burger is made with ground lamb, a quince marmalade, a tzaziki sauce, and topped with feta cheese. This burger is an explosion of perfectly paired ingredients. For my side, I decided to go with the corn on the cob since our waitress claimed it was one of her favorites. The corn on the cob was rolled in mayonnaise and chili powder, topped with parmesan cheese and then grilled to perfection. I was thankful that I followed her suggestion as it did not disappoint.

My wife decided to keep it simple and go with the good ole burger. When you find a companion you like, why change it, right? Well…unless you are adding a pretzel bun to it. The Good ole burger is exactly what you would think, the classic American favorite of hamburger meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. As I noted, my wife decided to spice things up a bit and side with the pretzel bun instead of a white bread bun, but you can choose whichever “butters your buns.” The...

Cheddars Corner of Springhurst BLVD and Westport RD

Once a week my wife and I try and do a date night and we often forget about Cheddar's (located on the corner of Springhurst BLVD and Westport RD), I guess because its a chain.  I don't know why we don't go there more often it's just a mile walking distance from our house in White Blossom and the prices are unbeatable.  The last few times I have went I order the Dijion Chicken and Mushrooms.  It's a huge meal, I seldom come home with left overs but when I order this I am usually asking the server for a to go box.  It comes with two chicken breast covered with Dijon dressing and enough mushrooms and to make a meal in itself.  We usually can both eat their for around twenty dollars, you'll be hard pressed to find a better meal for twenty dollars a couple, I highly recommend! 

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Cast Iron SteakHouse

Meg and I recently were lucky enough to find a babysitter on a Friday night and ventured down to River Road to try Cast Iron Steakhouse. I drive by it every time I pick up my daughter from preschool and thought it looked great from the street but had never tried it. So I got on the opentable website and found a table for early Friday night. The food was great! We both had the Pecan encrusted chicken and the six ounce sirloin combo. For under $20.00 this was an absolute steal! It came with two sides and was big enough to take some home for later. The chicken was very unique and had a citrus flavor to it and the steak was tender and cooked perfectly (mine medium and Meg's burnt to a crisp just the way she likes it.) The price point was similar to O'Charlie’s but that's where the differences stop. I
had a really hard time selecting from the menu because it was so diverse and had so many of my favorites, and the atmosphere was somewhat swanky but not stuffy. It's really worth a try if you haven't already.  

                                       

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