December 2012

Bar the stars from restaurant reviews

December 28, 2012
Bar the stars from restaurant reviews

A publisher friend liked my recent criticism of The Courier-Journal’s restaurant grading star system, yet he added, “So what’s your solution? Don’t knock it unless you’ve got a better idea.” He’s right. So here’s how I’d craft the correct restaurant review. 1. No stars. Ever. No handful of stars can express what several hundred words are […]

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Stars and Gripes: C-J’s star ratings are an offense to serious restaurants

December 28, 2012
Stars and Gripes: C-J’s star ratings are an offense to serious restaurants

The first time I read a one-star restaurant review in the New York Times 20 years ago, I thought surely then-critic Ruth Reichl (the best there ever was) was teeing it up for a long-ball lashing. I was wrong. Reichl raved about the food as some of the best Chinese chow she’d ever had and […]

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Weekend sips: Angels Envy Cask Strength bourbon and ATG BierePoix are on our list

December 28, 2012
Weekend sips: Angels Envy Cask Strength bourbon and ATG BierePoix are on our list

If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with friends or out on the town this year, we’ve got some adult beverage suggestions we’re betting you’ve not had. First up, Angels Envy Cask Strength: This is a big-budget item worth the mention if you’ve had a good year financially—which means post-fiscal cliff, you’ll have a tough […]

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At these manly gatherings, the game is plated

December 26, 2012
At these manly gatherings,  the game is plated

Several times each summer, when temperatures are favorable, anywhere from a few guys to as many as 20 will gather at a rustic Spencer County farm for Man Camp. Named thusly by one of the men’s wives because only dudes are invited, the gettogethers are outdoor feasts — pot lucks — cooked by veteran fishermen […]

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Looming burrito brawl between Chipotle and Qdoba will prove tasty

December 20, 2012
Looming burrito brawl between Chipotle and Qdoba will prove tasty

Louisvillians will soon get tableside seats for the long-awaited burrito battle between Qdoba Mexican Grill and Chipotle Mexican Grill. According to Business First, the restaurant will open sometime mid-2013 at 315 S. Fourth St.—a mere stroll across the ring from a Qdoba store at 300 S. Fourth St. Calling this heavyweight title Mexican food fight would be a […]

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If You Haven’t Been: Main Street Café serving clever breakfast and lunch

December 20, 2012
If You Haven’t Been: Main Street Café serving clever breakfast and lunch

If you’ve already glanced at the photos and thought Main Street Café(217 E. Main) looks a lot like Main Street Coffee & Deli, you’re right. After opening as a lunch destination in March, the concept got a rebranding when it added a more extensive breakfast menu in October. And according to executive chef Larry Agnew, he […]

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English Grill featuring Col. Bill Newsom’s Kentucky Country Ham at Jan. 11 dinner

December 20, 2012
English Grill featuring Col. Bill Newsom’s Kentucky Country Ham at Jan. 11 dinner

Arguably some of the world’s finest dry-cured hams made by Col. Bill Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Ham, will be on the menu Jan. 11 when the English Grill presents a one-of-a-kind, five-course dinner with cocktail pairings. According to a news release, Brown Hotel executive chef Laurent Geroli will highlight smokehouse aged country ham, bacon, sausage and […]

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Steve Coomes: ‘Best of’ lists are great for cities, but not reflective of the truth

December 17, 2012
Steve Coomes: ‘Best of’ lists are great for cities, but not reflective of the truth

When it comes to “best of” lists, I’m not sure there’s been a year like 2012. At least for Louisville. My beloved hometown has been called one of the world’s top eight foodie destinations by Zagat and the top U.S. travel destination for 2012 by Lonely Planet. By itself, Harvest has racked up bushels of recognition this year, including […]

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Scrubbed, spiffed up and transformed, Bistro 1860 opens to the public

December 17, 2012
Scrubbed, spiffed up and transformed, Bistro 1860 opens to the public

Life’s fun when you’re not really a VIP, yet you get invited to VIP restaurant functions, like the pre-opening party at Bistro 1860 Tuesday night. You’d have to be jaded to not enjoy being among the first to touch, taste, smell and see what’s turned out to be a very impressive place since the extreme overhaul of the […]

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Praise for Kentucky nectar: First Bourbon Classic to be held here in March

December 17, 2012
Praise for Kentucky nectar: First Bourbon Classic to be held here in March

What’s interesting about Kentucky is we’re fiercely proud of our two centuries of bourbon heritage, yet it’s taken nearly that long for us to get really fired up about it and promote it seriously. The state’s whiskey makers surely are saying and sighing simultaneously, “It’s about time!” and they’re right. They’ve done their part; it’s […]

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