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Rumplings

2009 Highland Avenue Louisville, KY 40204

We were on our walk home from a night out celebrating our friend’s 30th birthday and walked by Rumplings, which is in the previous Baby D’s Bagel Deli location. I had seen it on fellow bloggers’ posts and I was hungry so it seemed like a great idea. And it was!

The crew inside was very friendly, telling us about the “Slurp Shop” while making their homemade ramen noodles and serving up some fresh bowls of ramen.

I was feeling cheap for my late night snack so I ordered the Rookie, which consists of hormone free organic chicken and pork broth with a tea egg and scallions for $5.50. Even with basic ingredients, the broth, homemade ramen, and egg were perfect to fill my belly.

Rookie

Rookie

My boyfriend chose the Miso Honey, which includes red miso, enoki and seasonal mushrooms, red curry, almond milk, and scallions for $8, and then he added an egg for $0.50.

Miso Honey

Miso Honey

My friend got the Banh Mi which consists of pickled tofu, carrot, daikon, celery leaf, bean sprout, and siracha for $10. We were a fan of all three and as you can see the ingredients are very fresh!

Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Next time, I want to try a more adventurous ramen soup and a dumpling! Can’t wait to visit again!

Rumplings is open Wednesday-Thursday 6 pm-2 am and Friday-Saturday 6 pm until they’re out of food (hours found on a recent Facebook wall post). Check out their facebook page for updates.

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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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Queen of Sheba

2804 Taylorsville Road Louisville, KY 40205

If you remember from previous posts like Sari Sari (Filipino food), I like to branch out and try ethnic restaurants. So when my friends recommended Ethiopian food at Queen of Sheba, I was excited to try it out! I’ve actually been there twice now, so I must like it.

Upon entering the restaurant, you can smell the Ethiopian food filling the room. There is plenty of seating; we didn’t have to wait long to be seated at 7 pm on a Saturday night. They only take reservations for parties of 6 or more. You can get a drink while you wait at the small bar right inside the door.

Traditionally in Ethiopia, people eat with their fingers, tearing a piece of Injera (Ethiopian flat bread) to pick up their food and eat it. Food is served on a big round tray of Injera and shared with the group. Queen of Sheba will serve your meal on a separate plate and provide you with silverware upon request.

The four of us decided to order the vegetarian combo for two ($18) and the meat combo for two ($23), which was served on the large tray with each of us getting our own side salad and kik wot. Kik wot is a split lentils stew, simmered in onions, garlic, and berbere. Berbere is an Ethiopian hot spice made with red chili peppers, but my wimpy taste buds could handle it.

The vegetarian combo includes:

-Misir wot = lentil stew simmered in onions and garlic seasoned with turmeric and herbs.

-Atakilt = cooked sliced cabbage, onions, and carrots in a mild tomato sauce

-Gomen wot = cooked collard greens, onions, and potatoes in a mild sauce

The meat combo consists of:

-Doro wot = spicy chicken stew with chicken drum sticks cooked in minced onions, fresh garlic, and ginger with berbere sauce

-Sega wot = beef stew with lean cubed beef, slow cooked in minced onions, garlic, and fresh ginger with berbere sauce

-Alicha sega wot = mild tender beef stew with onion, potatoes, garlic, ginger, and turmeric

Yes, all of these ingredients were copied from their menu online because I have no idea what each word means. My favorites of the combos were the lentils, collard greens with potatoes, and both beef dishes. Each item was flavorful and the meats were all perfectly cooked. We ate it all, we were full, and we paid ~$15 per person including the cost of a drink- not bad at all!

Our waitress was meh.. She did what she had to but we felt like we waited for her to come to our table each time.

Queen of Sheba is open for lunch every day 11:30 am-2:30 pm and dinner Monday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday-Saturday 5-10:30 pm, and Sunday 5-9 pm. Check out their lunch and dinner menus on their website.

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