Members of The Voice-Tribune team share their must-try dining locales
There’s no shortage of restaurants to try in the Metro Louisville community, but everyone has their go-tos. This week, we highlight a few of our favorites.
Monnik Beer Co.
1036 E. Burnett Ave.
Germantown’s Monnik offers more than your average brewery. They have an unparalleled selection of brews available to order in three sizes – sample, full pour and growler – but the food is what makes it a true staple. For the ultimate comfort feast, order one of their burgers with a side of curry fries and two sample-size beers. For a lighter meal, try the beer cheese appetizer or the Thuis salad with wine or a cocktail (I recommend the Debronze – their take on a classic mule).
Every Tuesday, they host trivia starting at 7 p.m. Occasionally, they’ll have live musicians perform or hold special events along with their Germantown neighbors. As for the atmosphere, it can become fairly loud and boomy at peak times, but the disruption is minimal if you’re sitting at a table instead of the bar. Monnik’s intimate beer garden would make for a perfect first-date spot and it’s dog-friendly.
– Mariah Kline
Heart & Soy
1216 Bardstown Road
Over the past 10 years Huong “CoCo” Tran has donated more than $35,000 to nonprofits in our community with money raised through her beloved Louisville restaurants: Egg Roll Machine, Café Mimosa, Zen Garden, Roots and my personal favorite, Heart & Soy.
I’ve tried nearly everything on the all-vegetarian menu and you can’t go wrong. They have Asian street-food-style options from Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Their tofu is slightly crispy on the outside, firm but not dry on the inside. Most of their dishes contain more fresh vegetables than I’ve seen in other local restaurants so the color of everything is very appealing. Plus, the price is right with most entrees around $9.
They have a soy manufacturing machine in a glass room so you can watch them make it. You can also get bubble tea and vegan desserts that are already packaged to go. Favorite things: Jicama Rolls, Yellow Curry Soup and Singapore Noodles.
– Britany Baker
1318 McHenry St.
I love anything to do with Southern Louisiana culture, particularly the culinary culture. So I was very excited for the opening of Couvillion (pronounced coo-vee-ohn) in Germantown, located in the historic building behind the Germantown Mill Lofts. I am always hopeful when a new Cajun- or Creole-inspired restaurant opens, but I am usually disappointed by a bland and weak attempt. That’s not the case here. Couvillion’s Cajun-inspired Southern menu is rich in flavor and deeply satisfying. The charming atmosphere complements the vivacious food with its pleasant open dining area, great patio and inviting bar. Friendly staff and tasty cocktails also bring smiles. I recommend the Catfish Couvillion, the Red Beans and Rice and the Duck Creole entrees.
– J. Cobb
Chik’n & Mi
2319 Brownsboro Road
Chik’n & Mi piqued my interest when it joined the Clifton neighborhood last year, setting up shop in what’s commonly thought of as Brownsboro Road’s restaurant graveyard. The one-of-a-kind fusion menu has challenged the street’s history, however, focusing on Asian-inspired fried chicken and ramen dishes.
The menu’s comfort food offerings and rustic interior are the perfect destination for a casual Friday night. If you’re looking for shareable options, try the starters and sides (like the kimchi mac and cheese!), but the real attraction is the ramen. Choose from a rotating list of generously-sized bowls, including garlic miso, chicken and vegetarian. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, try the fried chicken sandwich, which comes topped with kimchi slaw. The kid-friendly atmosphere extends onto the patio, which we love for summer nights.
The spot also has a thriving happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., with bites like the pork belly steam bun, street corn and bonito fries served for pocket change, along with an extensive sake list.
– Baylee Pendleton
Hull & High Water
324 E. Main St. in New Albany
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Dining out has become a rarity for me now that my daughter is nearly 2 ½ years old. It’s easier to prepare meals at home for myriad reasons, including my desire not to infringe on my fellow diners’ experience. So, restaurants that are truly kid-friendly are appreciated. Hull & High Water welcomes patrons of all ages and the lively environment offers a reprieve when my toddler needs a bit of redirecting (read: no one seems to notice). I have a healthy little eater who loves the grilled fish tacos with a side of veggies ($7) from the Fish and Ships Menu for kids 12 and under. When it comes to my order, I love to start with the Bloody Mary Shrimp Gazpacho ($8) or a dozen raw oysters ($20) to share with my adult companions. Then, I usually mull over ordering one of the delicious Po’ Boys (prices vary), a selection of tacos ($5 each or three for $12) – try the Baja – or a Low Country Boil (shrimp, crab legs or a combo of both, all at market prices). But I almost always opt for the peel and eat shrimp (¼ pound, ½ pound and a pound for $8, $12 and $20) served with drawn butter. If you go, try the Smoked Tuna Dip ($10) or the Seafood Tower (market price). Even though the nearest body of water is the Ohio, the seafood tastes like it was freshly caught from the ocean moments before. Hull & High Water has indoor and outdoor seating, which includes a newly-finished rooftop bar.
– Angie Fenton
Editor in Chief
4107 Oechsli Ave.
This is my favorite steak and seafood restaurant in Louisville. Del Frisco’s is not new or exciting, but the food is wonderful. I always get the filet mignon and often crab legs or a lobster tail. You can cut your steak with a butter knife or even a spoon, and their sides are just as good. I always get the green phunque casserole and the potatoes au gratin. The appetizers and soups are fantastic and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Lastly, the desserts are to die for and if you have room left, I would recommend the tiramisu or crème brûlée to finish off your feast. This nice, quiet, neighborhood eatery sits in a nondescript strip mall in St. Matthews and has fed Louisvillians for more than 30 years. I strongly encourage you to stop if you’ve never been or if it’s been a while. You will not regret it.
– Rich Hild