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
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)LB
(San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)Selba
(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
, 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.