Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The Restaurant Meme
My friend Andi recently did a very cool restaurant meme, and even though she didn't tag me directly (breaking my heart in the process) I've taken it upon myself to do it anyway. So there.

The rules:1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you (or in my case, the person who completely ignored you).

Include the city/state and country you’re in.
Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Okay, here are my Top Five. I'm not saying these are the five best restaurants in town; they're just the ones I enjoy the most.







Good Tex-Mex food is almost non-existent in this town, but El Mundo does "upscale" Mexican food in a very downscale atmosphere. Their fine menu is complimented by their selection of daily specials (I get the rock shrimp burrito when it's available). They also have the city's best guacamole and only use 100% blue agave tequila in their margaritas.








I never had Cuban food until I moved back to Louisville and friends kept telling me about Havana Rumba . I can't believe I went so long without experiencing the culinary bliss of lechon asado or a delicious Cubano sandwich served with sweet potato fries. For dessert, I recommend three or four of their signature mojitos.








If you're ever in Louisville and want to find Lynn's Paradise Cafe, just look for the giant red coffee pot. This is probably the weirdest place you'll ever eat unless you've been to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, and it's mercifully free of skin-bleached pedophiles.

But I don't go there for the atmosphere; I go there for the breakfasts. They have the best biscuits and gravy on earth, and Lynn's Bourbon Ball French Toast was recently featured on the Food Network. However, the thing I like best about Lynn's is their sponsorship of the annual Ugly Lamp Contest at the Kentucky State Fair. That's what I call giving back to the community.





No mention of food would be complete without a shout out to the perfect meal, pizza. The best pizza I've ever had comes from Impellizeri's. They're opening in a new location and don't have their website up yet, so here's a picture of the pizza itself. A photo doesn't do justice to this masterpiece, though. It's the most flavorful pizza I've ever eaten. I challenge anyone, even my friends from Chicago, to find a better pie.










For my fifth and final restaurant, I'm traveling thirty miles east of Louisville to Shelbyville, KY, for a Sunday buffet so good...uh...so good I'd set foot in Shelbyville just to eat there.

The Science Hill Inn buffet is a feast of crispy fried chicken, country ham, mashed potatoes, beef brisket, shrimp and grits, cornbread, biscuits, and assorted casseroles and salads. This doesn't remind me of how I ate as a kid - I'm a city boy - but every single item on the buffet is prepared to perfection. Probably the best fried chicken I've ever had.
After all that, there's a choice of desserts, but if you don't get the biscuit bread pudding with Maker's Mark bourbon sauce you're a fucking tool.





Ok, I'm hungry now. I'll tag Ubie, Kendra, Brooke, Steph, and Ms. Hellion.

Ms. Hellion is a friend of mine who also lives in Louisville, but I'm choosing her because I hope she picks Kashmir, a great Indian restaurant that almost made my list.

If you haven't been tagged feel free to either do this on your blog or leave a brief review of one of your favorite restaurants in the comments. I'd like to know where to eat in case I ever travel.


24 Comments:

Blogger miss kendra said...

i'm on it, but i'm cheating.

rulz wur made 2b brokin.

Blogger Nicole Tan said...

Well done!! the purpose of the tag wasn't to get the top 5 restaurant of a plce anyway! it was to see which place is frequented by the locals....mmm yummmy...that pizza pic lookso cheesy!!

ps thanks for doing the tag..hope you had fun! and do feel free to drop me a message if you know of anyone doing the tag!

Blogger Doola! said...

Like you, I done tagged my own damn self, just because I felt like it. Results here.

Blogger Übermilf said...

I'll do it tomorrow.

Blogger DogGirl said...

I live just over the border of Philly and we've had an influx of top chefs.

Eh, too tipsy to list here.

Blogger DogGirl said...

heh, i'm with ubermilf

Blogger robiewankenobie said...

from ms. kendra's joint...i'm in lexington. i've been to lynn's, of course, but now i'm going to have to try some of those others...

Blogger Steph said...

GAh! Todd, that's HUGE! I will try to do it on the weekend, but damn boy, I thought this was one of those "what colour undies you wearing" types of memes. Now I'm gonna have to actually THINK!!!

Blogger yournamehere said...

kendra,
cheaters never prosper. Ok, yes they do.

nicole,
this thing is exploding. I don't usually like memes, but this one is great. I'm going to do my five favorite places to drink.

doola,
thanks for participating.

ubie,
your enthusiasm is inspiring.

doggirl,
too tipsy to blog? You need to email me some suggestive photos.

robiewankenobie,
try 'em all. The new Impellizeri's opens in early June. Meet us there on a Sunday for happy-hour pints at Cumberland Brews and then the best pizza you'll ever have.

steph,
uh, what colour undies are you wearing?

Blogger vel said...

Hehe.. Wow... Havana Rumba looks like the place for me :D Hehehe..

Really great for you to do the tag. Love the list you provided. Hemm shall jot it down :)

Blogger katarina said...

Oh. My. God.
I want that pizza right now.
I want to roll around naked on it.
I want to rub it on my naughty parts.
After it's cooled off, of course.

Blogger pentimental said...

New Hyde Park, NY: Eddie's Pizza - Thin crust, piquant sauce, try the pepperoni and fresh garlic. A line forms on the weekends at this neighborhood bar/restaurant. Home of the 230 calorie bar pie.

Manhattan: Mesa Grill - Bobby Flay's should-be-eponymous restaurant. Incredible steaks, drinks, appetizers with a Southwest flair. The blue corn tamales are a taste sensation

Hawaii Kai, Oahu: Roy's The sauces are the key in this Pacific Rim icon. I have never had a bad meal here, and no one I know has either.

Fort Worth, TX: Lonesome Dove - In the Stockyards, which is a place one might not expect to find a gourmet restaurant. It's a bit pricey for the neighborhood, but it approximates a big-city culinary experiece quite nicely. Ironically, a Manhattan outpost did not review well.

Lyon, France: Pierre Orsi - A culinary delight in the culinary capital of France. A gin and tonic will cost you about $20.00, however. The food is incredible.

Blogger The Stormin Mormon said...

Here in Seattle we have a PILE of great restaurants.

My most recent favorite is Blue Ginger, a Korean BBQ and Sushi restaurant.

What? No White Castle? SACRILEGE!!!

Blogger Übermilf said...

I did as you asked. Where's my cookie?

Blogger Andi said...

Trying your best to get me to Louisville, aren't ya? :)

Blogger brookelina said...

I will do this meme as soon as the thought of food doesn't make me vomit.

Blogger Melissa said...

Wow. That pizza picture made me want to lick the monitor or something.

Blogger Blonde said...

I LOVE Cuban food.

Gotta love a culture that makes a meal almost entirely of carbs and then fries it. YUM.

I also love Mojitos...

Blogger amera hearts said...

wow! havana rumba sounds amazing! thanks for the good tips!

i also did this food meme so check it out on my page if you want.

Blogger Toad734 said...

Ill take the Pizza challenge

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