For those in and around Louisville who have yet to take advantage of PROOF, what are you waiting for? Yes, it’s trendy. Yes, it’s hyped. But it’s GOOD.
While they were smart to start me out with freshly whipped butter on a crusty loaf, it only got better.
I started with a roasted beet salad that arrived free-o-greens which I so appreciated. The accompanying goat cheese was perfect and the caraway flavor throughout made it.
Our table split the minted pea bruschetta which normally I wouldn’t be really into (especially as we’re now into October and the flavor just screams Spring.) But there was a spoiler to this thinking – house-made pancetta. Never met a bacon I didn’t like, but I was going above and beyond to scoop up the little slices. Why is it always the dish you’d never order that turns out to be the most delicious?
I chose the hangar steak and frites for my entrée, and I thought it was the best of my table. Bourbon onions definitely helped there! The orecchiette with fennel sausage and hot pepper was tasty if that’s what you were looking for. Hot Pastrami was scrumptious (can you go wrong with caramelized spaghetti squash?). Side of sweet corn fregola ended up empty next to me. Only dishes I wasn’t crazy about were the pork cheek – overly breaded – and the broccoli rabe (although the skillet it arrived in was charming).
And then...then, we ordered two lemon ricotta cannolis. Beyond sweet, but again, if you’re after that and of course, I think the chocolate chips are sacrilege. Only regret was that I couldn't eat more. If I could do it again, I'd throw in a pizza, the ham fritters, and a bison burger.
I’d actually stick to lunch at Proof. And absolutely give yourself time to peruse the intriguing art throughout the restaurant as well as the installations in the lobby of PIC Museum Hotel.