Have you had the chance to check out “ModMex” Manny & Merle on the corner of 2nd and Main downtown? This cool eatery features an à la carte taco menu, STRONG margaritas by the pitcher, as well as bourbon drinks. From the creator of Tony Palombino of BoomBozz Pizza, this urban venue is relaxing with it’s exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and shotgun style dining space with room in the front for a band. Here’s what I ate:
The margaritas, though strong, were very tasty because they didn’t have that sweet syrupy taste that many canned Mexican places have; you could really taste the lime juice and the tequila. Fresh is a common theme in Manny & Merle’s. There is no freezer on the premises. For my appetizer I tried their three different types of guacamole with their house made chips. The roasted corn and poblano guacamole were good but the star was the pineapple guacamole. I had no idea avocados and pineapple went so well together!
The taco menu is tiny with only six options ranging from $3-$4 each, served family style on one large tray with a group order, but way better than your only choices being chicken or beef at other restaurants. I ate the braised beef brisket taco, topped with caramelized onions, peppers, cilantro and queso, as well as the crispy fish taco, which is PBR beer battered and topped with shaved cabbage, salsa fresca and baja cream.
The meal was inexpensive and delicious. Just remember this eatery is 100 yards away from the Yum! Center so check the event schedule prior to getting there or you will never get a seat.…
4th Street Live is constantly reinventing itself, and with the newest tenants building in the ashes of the Improv Comedy Club and the former Angels Rock Bar, we will soon see the latest makeover. Three Cordish owned bars are opening this spring and summer: The Kill Devil Club, The Marquee Bar, and The Tavern. When it opens, The Kill Devil Club will boast the largest rum selection in Louisville. The focus of this lounge bar will be the cocktails with made-from-scratch elements from a master mixologist. Expect house-made syrups and fresh squeezed juices in your rum drinks.
Adjacent to The Kill Devil Club will be The Marquee Bar, which is aiming to be a stylish nightclub. Don’t expect the typical top 40′s music to be pumping through the speakers. The Marquee Bar is focusing more on dance music classics, dousing dancers in their state of the art sound and lighting system. Expect two Italian marble bars, a spacious dance floor and “luxurious fabrics and finishes”.
Finally The Tavern, which is due to open this summer, will be a huge 30,000 square foot bar opening above The Sports & Social Club and incorporate the former Improv Comedy Club. The Tavern will use the former comedy club’s stage to create a room called “Tavern Hall” where a majority of the live performances will be happening. I’m most excited about the Tavern opening because a spacious indoor music hall would be a great addition downtown, and rumor has it the bridge that connects the former Improv to PBR may even be turned into a beer garden. But that’s just hearsay at this point!…
Downtown Main/Market Streets are becoming an exciting entertainment district stretching from Proof on Main all the way to Rye. Filling in the gaps across the street from Actor’s Theatre is newly opened Down One Bourbon Bar, which opened its doors on February 25th. The 3-for-one comes into play when 321deli, a New York-style deli, and 2 Dips & a Shake, “crafting twists, shakes and floats”, joined Down One Bourbon Bar, all opened by the same locally owned group Al. J. Schneider Co. Being a downtown dweller it is easy to pass Down One if you aren’t looking carefully. It is a basement speakeasy type of bar, boasting an impressive 100+ bourbons, wooden and glass antique furnishings, and one particularly cool looking British red telephone booth. The surprise? When you walk through the telephone booth you enter another private dining area for 25. And you feel like James Bond!
The food itself (PDF) is reasonably priced with a focus on soups, 8 different types of sandwiches and salads. If I had to call it, the breakout star in the sandwich selection would likely be the “Three Little Pigs”, which has roasted pork belly, pulled pork, AND bacon served with mustard, BBQ slaw, and pickles, served up from 321deli. The deli also sells meat by the pound, cheeses, pickles, and sides to those who want it to go, which is great news for downtown residents.
Down One Bourbon Bar at 3rd and W Main Street. Open M – Th 11 am to 11 pm, F – Sat 11 am to 1 am, closed Sunday.…
Man is this March weather getting me down! Sunny and gorgeous one day, snowing the next. And if you really aren’t into basketball then you are doubly not liking March. I’m really looking forward to April not only for the great weather, but for some really exciting food and drink events coming up. Mark your calendars now!
April 12: Louisville Street Food Alliance is hosting a food truck event at Apocalypse Brew Workson Melwood Avenue from 5p-10p. Expect music, beverages, and lots of great local food trucks. On deck for this fabulous food event is Lil Cheezers, Holy Mole, Grind, French Indo Canada (a Vietnamese food truck), Bluegrass Brick Oven Pizza, Johnny’s Diner Car (serving up cheesesteaks with the meat cut fresh on the truck), and Sweet ‘N’ Savory (home to gluten-free sweet/savory crepes and smoothies). Get the details.
April 15: 2nd Annual Tale of the Horse Cocktail Competition 15th at 5:30p at Varanese. This event is free to the public and includes appetizers and drink specials. Bartenders from around the city will compete by creating their own unique post-Derby cocktail designed to act as “hair of the dog” and get you in a more energized, yet relaxed, state after surviving weeks of Derby activities, parties, wins and losses. Last year’s winner was Tina Hardison, bartender at Bourbons Bistro, and with her recipe (below) “Bananas and Joe”. And I happen to be one of the judges at this event. Twist my arm! Get the details.
April 18: The Bourbon Women have a freaky ghost tour coming up at Buffalo Trace Distillerywith tastings and hors d’oeuvres with Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley from 5:30-8:30 pm. Legend has it there are more spirits residing at Buffalo Trace Distillery than just those residing in the warehouses. Most notable is the ghost of Colonel Albert Blanton, according to the TV show “Ghost Hunters”. He started working at the distillery when he was 16 as an office boy, and worked there for 55 years ending as president. When he died he is rumored to still be haunting the distillery. We’ll blame him on the empty glasses! Get the details.…