Just got back from a VERY satisfying trip to Eiderdown, a recently opened German... well... almost gastropub! in the Germantown/Schnitzelburg area of Louisville. Went there with a friend for their draft beer list, which did not disappoint, and ended up having some seriously delicious food as well.
Cozy, dimly-lit, with exposed brick walls and rustic, rough-hewn tables and a long, shiny bar, I can see it becoming a favorite place just for the chill but comfy ambiance. Dining partner and I split an order of crusty bread and the beer cheese du jour. We weren't ravenous, so we also split a burger (timed perfectly to arrive just as we finished out beer cheese app), which she pronounced "kickass" -- and it was! It came with our choice of a side, and we chose the German potato salad, which was equally kickass, a warm mixture of potatoes, caramelized red onion, and a tangy but not overpowering kick of vinegar.
Their daily specials are interesting and creative (daily beer cheese, daily stew, daily cut of prime local beef prepared according to the chef's whim and the local ingredients that look the best), the beer list surprising and varied, and the wine list full of unique and carefully-chosen options. Our waitress was friendly, prompt, and attentive, and the prices reasonable. The most expensive entree is less than $20; everything else runs in the $8-14 range.
EVERYTHING on the menu looked amazing, and I can't wait to go back.
983 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217