Just returned from and a quick report on today's brief Louisville adventure:
1) Second meal I've had at Jack Fry's probably best described as a Modern American bistro with changing seasonal menu. Tried 2 of today's specials and each was very good. The first was 4 pan-seared diver scallops surrounding soft polenta and arugula with small bundle of pancetta-wrapped roasted asparagus served with mango salsa and roasted red pepper coulis ($12). The second special was New England-style seafood chowder ($2/$4). the liquid component being more like a bisque, but with more apparent vegetables, small chunks of potato and medium to large pieces of flounder (I believe) and haddock and a pleasant briny flavor. Also sampled were 2 staples of the establishment: their "signature" tomato-artichoke heart soup ($1.75/$3.75) and their roasted vegetables sandwich on soft herbed focaccia with well-seasoned grilled portobello, roasted yellow peppers and goat cheese.
Jack Fry's - 1007 Bardstown Rd - 502/452-9244
M-F L>11-1400h, 7d D>1730h
2) After that went in search for De la Torre for 2 or 3 tapas only to find printed sign in their window announcing that now they are only open for dinner M-Sat at 1730h.
De la Torre - 1606 Bardstown Rd - 502/456-4955
3) Then to Mayan Gypsy (purveyors of Yucatan and Guatemalan dishes) to find that they too, at least for the summer, are only open for dinner from 1630h.
Mayan Gypsy - 624 E. Market St - 502/583-3300
4) Did happen to notice a sign outside of Palermo Viejo stating that they are now open for lunch M-F>11-1400h; not sure if that's good news or bad. After noshing (but not over-noshing) at Jack Fry's, my stomach just didn't think it advisable to take on the Argentine route at that point, but I may have to make another run for it sometime next week.
Palermo Viejo - 1359 Bardstown Rd - 502/456-6461
M-F L>11-1400h, M-Sat D>17-000h
5) Same story at Rudyard Kipling for burgoo: M-Sat D>1730h
Rudyard Kipling - 422 W. Oak St - 502/636-1311
6) After checking out a few former haunts of a dearly departed friend, I wound up at the Dizzy Whizz Drive In for some curb-service and a Dizzy Whizz burger and onion rings. Good cooked-to-order 2-patty burger with the 3rd slice of bun in the middle with cheese, shredded lettuce and "special" sauce with ketchup on the window tray as an option (similar to Big Boy, but not pre-processed and dry). The onion rings, though not hand-breaded, were of good quality and hot. The place has been there since 1947 and must be doing something right as witnessed by the 3 pm eclectic group of customers including a hard-tail Harley rider, a hospital worker in scrubs and especially the couple that must have been in their 80's sitting under the awning in their brand new Cadillac with engine idling, windows rolled up and the AC on, awaiting their 2 sack takeaway order.
Dizzy Whizz Drive In - 217 W. St. Catherine St - 502/583-3828
M-Sat BLD>~06-0000h, Sun D>16-0000h
Curb service M-Sat>11-closing, Sun>16-closing
Louisville is such an interesting city and not only for food. Must get there more often........Enjoy.