We always stop in Louisville en route to Cincinnati. In theory, this is to rest my back. In fact, we stop to have a good meal. Our Louisville dinner on the way to Cincy was rather disappointing. Our trip back through Louisville was much more satisfying.
Returning home, stopping in downtown Louisville:
Milkwood; I hesitated to try this place. We love seafood, and the menu is focused on meat. I want to thank Milkwood for getting us out of our comfort zone. We began with a glass of the "on-tap" wines, followed by Crispy Sweetbreads and Bone Marrow. The sweetbreads had an interesting flavor, but were rather too crispy for us. The bone marrow was good. We then had the Chicken Plate and the Pork Shoulder. MC preferred the chicken, but I fell in love with the pork. Intriguing flavor, and very moist. Both were accompanied by a nice red. I rounded out the evening with a Southern Expansion bourbon drink. We both enjoyed the location, in the same building as the Actors Theater. You get such a fascinating mix of people and dress.
Manny and Merle (the next day); We went for the tacos. A fun place, styled as a 1920's bar with honky-tonk music. Live music at night but we were there for lunch. We had a decent margarita to begin, and then split five tacos. While small, they were quite good. Creative ingredients: As an example, the green chili pulled pork taco was presented with green chili jam, roasted garlic crema, and cilantro. Also, a wild mushroom taco and a chorizo taco, with a house made sausage.
Both of the above restaurants deserve return trips. Unless, of course, there are even more new downtown Louisville restaurants.