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Four Pegs

1053 Goss Avenue Louisville, Kentucky 40217

Chicken and waffles have been new to me since I moved to Louisville. I don’t know if it was moving a little South or if it was a food trend that exploded, but I like it! My favorite and most reasonably priced in town is the chicken and waffle sandwich at Four Pegs for $11. Lightly breaded and fried boneless chicken breasts (with a little kick) between 2 Belgium waffles with a buttery syrup sauce, need I say more? Oh, and they’re served with handcut fries which are the perfect level of crispy.

Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

I haven’t had much else on their menu because I want the chicken and waffles each time I go but the rest of the menu looks tasty! On this visit, we shared the smoked salmon wontons dipped in a sweet and sour sauce. We love smoked salmon, cream cheese, and the usual crab rangoon, so we enjoyed them but they’re definitely interesting! The fried green tomatoes are not pictured from a previous visit but also recommended!

Smoked Salmon Wontons

Smoked Salmon Wontons

Throughout the week, they have $10 Tuesdays, $4 Pint and Game Night Wednesdays, Open Mic Night Thursdays, and Trivia Night Sundays. Check out their website for details!

Seat yourself, pick out a beer on draft or bottled from their chalkboard, and order at the bar! Four Pegs is open Tuesday- Sunday 11 am- 2 am but they stop serving food at 11 pm. Check out their food menu here.

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Mussel & Burger Bar

9200 Taylorsville Road Louisville, KY 40299

I’ve heard nothing but great things from anyone I’ve talked to about Mussel & Burger Bar. So when I went last week with work friends, I had to post about it! The atmosphere and decor are a strange blend of classy and country that I actually love. It appears to be on the fancier side but then the tables are covered with brown paper and drinks are served in mason jars. The staff are wearing jeans and M&BB t-shirts, so feel free to dress it up or down!As far as appetizers, we tried the calamari ($10) and the short rib nachos ($10), which some people actually got as their meal. The calamari is lightly fried, then topped with pickled Italian peppers, capers, and green onions. The spicy sweet sauce gives it an Asian flare.  The short rib nachos were a big hit with everyone and very much recommended! The meat was perfectly tender and topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, monterrey jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, and a delicious sauce with a sour cream drizzle.

Fried Calamari

Sweet and Spicy Calamari

Short Rib Nachos

Short Rib Nachos

My friend and I split the seafood burger and the blue cheese beer pancetta mussels. The seafood burger is pretty much a crabcake but also with lobster and shrimp with a bit of peppers, onions, and chives. It was messy but amazingly delicious. Crabmeat aioli. Pretzel bun. Avocado. Yes, please. Most burgers, which range in price $13-16, are served with french fries. Oh sorry, pomme frites. We asked to sub for sweet potato fries which are served with a smoked pineapple sauce-yum! My non-carnivorous friend had the vegetarian burger which she highly recommended.  I’ll have to try it myself sometime because it’s made with beets and red quinoa and topped with goat cheese on a pretzel bun, all of which I’m a fan!

Seafood Burger

Seafood Burger

The blue cheese beer pancetta mussels were so good! Obviously, you have to like mussels or be adventurous to try them. If you haven’t had them, I would describe mussels as a little chewy and slimy, which is not a good description, but all I can think of to say. You can order an appetizer portion for $10 or as an entree for $13. The difference between them all is the sauce- ours consisted of pancetta, Belgium beer, blue cheese, shallots, garlic, and butter. I soaked up the sauce with the french bread, it was that good.

Pancetta Mussels

Pancetta Mussels

Despite our large party of 12, our server was on her game, taking orders, serving food and drinks, and getting our separate checks correct. Speaking of big groups, Mussel and Burger Bar has the space and tables to accommodate you and your family or friends. Be aware though, I hear there’s a long wait on weekend nights and they don’t take reservations.

Mussel & Burger Bar is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm, Friday 11 pm-11 pm, Saturday 12-11 pm, and Sunday 12-8 pm. Check them out on the Facebook page.

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Superchef’s Breakfast and Lunch

307 Wallace Avenue Louisville, KY 40207

Super Chef’s has to be the most random restaurant I’ve ever been to in Louisville. It’s in the back of a consignment shop. It’s decor consists of superhero posters and home decor signs. 70’s music plays from “Play That Funky Music” and “I Want You Back.”

We arrived around 9:45 am on a Saturday morning; there’s a short line but we’re seated not long after. We started by ordering coffee while we perused the menu. I got really excited reading the unique entrees such as the Hunger Games omelet with BBQ pulled pork, caramelized onions, cheese, and egg whites-interesting but I’m not feeling that gutsy this morning; and the Elvis waffles layered with peanut butter and bananas topped with chocolate syrup- delicious but probably too sweet for breakfast.

We split an order of waffle bites which were good, warning: they’re very sweet and overpriced ($5.99 for this amount below).

Waffle bites

Waffle bites

My friend and I decide to split The Hulk sandwich because it sounded so big and came with hash browns. I would recommend not sharing because it wasn’t as much food as I thought. It’s a green waffle sandwich with homemade sausage, candied bacon, egg, cheese, and then drizzled with syrup. I really liked the candied bacon and the sausage wasn’t bad, but I didn’t think the waffle added anything to the sandwich. Our hash browns were never served to us but after seeing my boyfriend’s which looked like they came from a frozen bag and weren’t that good, I didn’t bother bringing it to the attention of our server(s). The Hulk was good but worth $12.99? I’m not so sure.

The Hulk

The Hulk

My boyfriend went with The Superchef’s Omelet which is made of diced candied bacon, sausage, spinach, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cheese; with a side of hash browns and mixed greens for $11.99. He really liked it and the veggies were fresh. Again though, I think you can get a better deal for an omelet with tastier hashbrowns.

The Superchef's Omelet

The Superchef’s Omelet

My other friend had the Veggie Breakfast Sandwich, which has egg, spinach, diced peppers, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and mixed greens on a pretzel croissant. I think this is more reasonably priced for what it is at $7.99, as it also comes with hash browns.

Veggie Breakfast Sandwich

Veggie Breakfast Sandwich

In regards to service, you don’t have the standard one waiter; all of the servers waited on us which led to a slightly chaotic dining experience. We also waited 45 minutes for our food to be served after ordering…

Superchef’s also serves lunch items including pizza, burgers, superdillas (named after superheros), soup, and salad. Entrees range in price $7.99-9.99.

Superchef’s is open 6 days a week (closed Monday) 7 am- 3 pm. Check them out on facebook or on yelp.

Monkey Wrench

1025 Barret Avenue Louisville, KY 40204

Let me start off by saying that I’m obsessed with the rooftop bar at Monkey Wrench! Obviously you need a nice day which is perfect since it’s summer. I feel like I’m at a restaurant/bar on an island (just don’t look across the street).

I first went to Monkey Wrench for a New2Lou social and another time for a spontaneous sangria on their rooftop one night-both great experiences and good drinks. I finally went back awhile back with some friends for Sunday brunch around 10 am. Around 10:30, bluegrass music commenced. If you want to eat on the rooftop, go after 11 am, which I recommend if it’s nice outside.

If you’re interested in a morning cocktail, Monkey Wrench has a DIY mimosa ($5) and Bloody Mary ($7) bar. The Bloody Mary is probably the better deal and there’s more options in the DIY bar. The mimosa bar could have had a variety of fruit juices to go with their fresh fruit skewers.

Mimosa bar

Mimosa bar

Bloody Mary Bar

Bloody Mary Bar

My friend and I split the Kentucky Style Eggs Benedict and the Bourbon Sourdough French Toast to have a good mix of sweet and savory. We were a fan of both! The former consists of fried cornbread cake, poached eggs, roadside hash, fathers country ham, and house mac n’ cheese sauce. The latter is made of Bluedog Bakery sourdough french toast, bourbon and sorghum syrup, vanilla, orange zest, and topped with whipped cream. Yum!

Kentucky Style Eggs Benedict

Kentucky Style Eggs Benedict

Bourbon Sourdough French Toast

Bourbon Sourdough French Toast

All brunch items are $12. You can also order: Monkey Wrench Classic Big Boy Breakfast, White Cheddar and Country Ham Quiche, Biscuits and Gravy, Cornbread Pancakes, and BBQ Shrimp and Grits. So I feel like there’s something for everyone!

I’ve only eaten there for brunch but I’m looking forward to trying dinner soon! Monkey Wrench also has “Downhome Sundays” 5-9 pm, which is a country dinner served family style. On Wednesdays, they have live bluegrass music around 9 pm. Check out their Facebook page for other events!

Monkey Wrench is open Tuesday-Saturday 4 pm-2 am and Sunday 10 am-2 am.

Hammerheads

921 Swan Street Louisville, KY 40204

This awesome restaurant I’ve heard so much about is down there? It looks like you’re going into your next door neighbor’s basement for dinner. Yes, the air is filled with smoke from the kitchen, but it smells amazing and your food will taste even better. Make sure to duck if you’re too tall and watch your step on the unlevel flooring. I’ve been to Hammerheads three times so far and haven’t been able to do much after because I was so full. Most recently, my boyfriend and I went with another couple. Expect a wait time of 30 min to 1 hour. Even the time I went with my work crew promptly at 5 pm when it opened, people still got there before us-get there early if you don’t want to wait!

We started with beers from the fairly extensive selection and crispy mac & cheese balls with hollandaise. Three decently sized fried balls of mac and cheese goodness for $7 are worth trying.

Mac & Cheese Balls

Mac & Cheese Balls

For dinner, I got the roasted duck sandwich. If you haven’t had duck before, I’d describe it as a greasy pulled pork or chicken with great flavor; opt for the pretzel bun for $1 extra. The downside is that their sandwiches cost around $12 but do not include fries or other side. Therefore we ordered a basket of grippo fries, which were that perfect crisp you want in a fry with a hint of barbeque and a little bit of spicy, a generous portion to share for $4. Other fry options include regular, truffle, garlic herb, and sweet potato; all of which can be fried in duck fat for an extra $3. My boyfriend had the chicken and waffle- a freshly made sweet potato waffle with 3 chicken wings on top and maple syrup on the side. One of the better chicken and waffles in town at an understandable price of $12.

Roasted Duck Sandwich

Roasted Duck Sandwich

Chicken & Waffle

Chicken & Waffle

Grippo fries

Grippo fries

 

Our friends ordered the elk burger, which he described as having little flavor if it wasn’t for the sundried tomato aioli, and the PBLT (pork belly, lettuce, and tomato sandwich), which she described as melt-in-her-mouth good.

Elk Burger

Elk Burger

PBLT

PBLT

Overall, Hammerheads is a unique restaurant of Louisville I’m always recommending to locals and visitors alike.

Hammerheads is open Monday-Saturday 5-10 pm and closed Sunday. You cannot make reservations or call ahead. Check out their menu here. They also own Game (see my previous post) and recently opened Loop 22.

Game

2295 Lexington Road Louisville, KY 40206

Game has been on my list of restaurants to go to since they opened. I don’t know what took me so long, but I finally made it!

I felt like we were walking into a ski lodge for dinner with wooden walls and tables that were cross sections of tree trunks. After hearing we should get there early, we arrived around 5:30 pm on a Saturday night and there was a 20 minute wait for a table. (There’s not too many tables, so don’t try to go with a big group of people.) We decided to sit at the bar which was fine with us so we could easily talk to the waiter. He was very friendly and knowledgeable regarding the food and drink menus and provided recommendations which I always love to hear before ordering.

Sitting at the bar

Sitting at the bar

We both started with a Bells Winter White Ale, which was a light winter beer. I did like the selection of beers on their menu with many I had never heard of before.

There’s the option of getting meatball samples of the different types of game for $2-6 each depending on the game. However, we wanted the full burger effect for our first visit. We were both a little adventurous picking different chef recommendations on the menu. I chose the kangaroo burger with greens, cheddar, and tomato jam on a pretzel bun. The waiter informed us that kangaroo is a leaner meat like bison and should be cooked medium or medium-rare so as to not be overdone. I really enjoyed my game selection, but by the last couple bites my crisp pretzel bun was soggy; maybe from the tomato jam? My boyfriend had the antelope burger with greens, tomato, swiss, and roasted garlic aioli (which was delicious and you could really taste with my one sampling bite) on a brioche bun. Both burgers had an herby taste to them with overall great flavor. Don’t worry vegetarians, there are two veggie burger options. We also had a basket of sweet potato fries on the side, which was a generous portion for $4 but weren’t crispy enough for our taste. I think I’ll be a little more daring next time and try the bone marrow like those dining next to us at the bar.

Kangaroo burger

Kangaroo burger

Antelope burger

Antelope burger