As projected, we did return to Louisville just to try this place for lunch last Thursday. We were the first at ~1115h in the bright, spare and clean place. Turns out Federico was working the front of the house with Francisco in the kitchen. We started by ordering the 3 varietal empanadas and the noquis (gnocchi) with salsa rosada and asked Federico to pick an assortment of the ensalada items for our sides as well as his pick of a malbec. But before he could leave the table, I realized I wanted to try another dish as well, and that the noquis should travel well (and they did, light and yummy for dinner that night: I'll do that again), so I ordered the grilled salmon for the table and the noquis for takeaway. While waiting, a few other tables were filled and the sounds of Francisco in the back picked up including the sound of what we deduced as potatoes hitting the hot oil in the fryer. We were served and the chimichurri was so good we requested extra just for dunking the empanadas (especially the beef). The salmon was a nice luncheon-sized chunk grilled perfectly with a few vegetable garnishes. The ensalada was a lightly vinaigrette-dressed fresh assortment (could always use a few more hearts of palm). As we were nearly finished, an oval metal platter of the fried potatoes went by for one of the outdoor tables and ......the SMELL! So for dessert, my SO ordered the very custardy flan-like dessert and I the fried potatoes. The salty potatoes with their garlic and parsley were so good and made an excellent dessert and actually went very well with the few bites of the not-overly-sweet flan allowed me. Federico just substituted my fries for the side that was to go with the noquis as takeaway, so to my mind: free.
I readily recommend this place (neat website, too) and look forward to the next trip perhaps lunch of oysters at Mazzoni's and dinner at Palermo Vieja for their La Parrillada..........Enjoy.
*Palermo Viejo - 1359 Bardstown Rd (Midland Ave) - 502/456-6461, (palermoviejo.info) - Argentine serving 5 aperitivos such as baked Empanadas de Mamina (1 with capicola and havarti, 1 with chicken, 1 with beef) or jamon crudo con melon ($5); camarones con salsa golf ($7) (5 tail-on chilled jumbo shrimp on lettuce leaf with few hearts of palm and golf sauce like remoulade); provoleta ($5) (melted Provolone with olive oil and dried herbs served with bread) - Selection of platos principales (all $10) including empanadas and a variety of lightly breaded and fried Milanesa dishes featuring steak, chicken or fish, plus empanadas, fideos (fresh spaghetti), canelones de Mariana (pasta containing mix of fresh spinach, onions, garlic, ricotta and with choice of sauce), pescado alla Milanese (3 thin fried sole fillets) (order with generous platter of a la carte garlic- and herb-fried potatoes, $2) - Charcoal-grilled house specialty La Parrilla (lah Par-e-SHAH-dah) del doctor ($15/person) served on grill brought to the table with meats including flank steak, beef short ribs, sweetbreads and housemade choripán (chorizo); ½ lemon and herb pollo asado ($15) served on large charcoal-fired grill - Housemade Argentine-style (which means Italian-style) white baguette loaf served with whipped butter - Salads with choice of any 3 from list of ingredients such as iceberg lettuce, tomato, hearts of palm, cucumbers, yellow peppers, cucumber slices, corn kernels ($2 a la carte, included with parillas) - Abbreviated and less costly M-F lunch menu including Italian-style sandwiches ($7.95 each) with choice of side [Papas a la Provenzal (fresh FFs with garlic and parsley), ensalada, arroz con azafrán (saffron rice) or mashed potatoes] and ~8 Platos Principales ($7.95 each) with choice of side including good Ñoquis (gnocchi) with Salsa Rosada and Salmon a la Parrilla basted in chimichurri sauce and grilled - Reasonably-priced wine list including Alamos Ridge malbec ($17) (check availability of Trapiche brand wines) - Seasonal umbrellas and sidewalk seating - Owners Federico and Francisco Elbl - Casual - No smoking - $$-$$$, MC/V - M-F L>11-1400h, M-Th D>17-2200h, F-Sat D>17-2300h