1007 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204
I know I always say “I finally went to this restaurant that I’ve heard so much about.” But guys, I FINALLY went to Jack Fry’s. A Louisville classic, right? I guess I was waiting for a special occasion. Well, it was my boyfriend’s birthday and he wanted the well-known filet from Jack Fry’s to celebrate so we had reason enough to go!
I called a week prior to our date night-birthday celebration and was limited to 3 times; 5:30, 6:00, and 8:45. Live jazz music starts at 7 pm on Saturdays. We chose 6 pm so we could take our time and hear some jazz. Call way in advance if you would like a particular reservation.
We started with glasses of wine, which were good sized pours, and salads. My friends had recommended the warm brie salad ($7) so he ordered that- Kentucky bibb lettuce with warm brie, toasted almonds, and dijon vinaigrette. It was delicious. I went with the salt roasted beet salad ($11) which consisted of golden beets, mixed greens, capriole farm goat cheese, sherry pesto, spicy pecans, and fried crisp shallots. It seemed to have a balsamic flavored dressing which I loved. I thought both salads were high quality and worth the price. Bread and butter are also served with options of a cornbread and a crusty wheat bread.
Normally we don’t order too pricey of an entree especially when it is a small portion size, but he had to get the beef filet as it was part of the experience . He said it was the best steak of his life. The medium rare filet was served on top of roasted fingerlings (3 small potatoes) and topped with asparagus and prosciutto in a sage beurre blanc sauce (I had to look up what this was but who cares, it’s delicious) and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. Get it if you love steak and can splurge.
I had the shrimp and grits appetizer as my entree. It was big enough to fill me up and tasted amazing. Three big sauteed shrimp and grits served in a red eye gravy with shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, and country ham. It was definitely worth $12 and a reasonably priced dinner (especially to make up for the more expensive entree).
For the special occasion, we had to have dessert. The birthday boy chose the warm fudge brownie served with dark rum ice cream, bits of candied bacon (and one bigger chocolate covered piece), and spicy pecans. Yum!
Service was great with friendly waiters and never empty water glasses. It was pretty loud and hard to hear, but still had an intimate ambience.
Jack Fry’s is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:00 am-2:30 pm and dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30-11:00 pm and Sunday 5:30-10:00 pm. Check out their lunch and dinner menus. Live jazz music every night but Sunday.