Thursday, January 2, 2014

Remembering a year's great dishes

The Local Burger at Mussel & Burger Bar.
Looking back over a year in Louisville food and dining, it's easy to focus on the venues, thinking about the establishments and dining trends that made the year's culinary experiences memorable.  But then I decided to go for a new wrinkle, thinking instead about a double fist-full of specific dishes that rang my chimes.  Here's the intro to my review on and in this week's Voice-Tribune, with links to the full report.

A Year of Delight in Memorable Dishes@TheVoiceTribune review by Robin Garr 
Ho hum, it's New Year's Day, or mighty close to it, anyway. Shall we do another boring end-of-the-year wrap-up on the Louisville eats beat? Hmm. NuLu, NuLu, Nulu, small plates, locavore, snout-to-tail, Food Network, tapas, noisy, trendy, comfort food.  Naah.  Been there, done that, over and over again. 
Let's try something a little different! To mark the cosmic calendar's flipping over to 2014,  I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the dishes I've enjoyed over the past year in restaurant reviews – along with a couple more picked off in casual dining expeditions over the holidays. 
It's fun to go for Chinese on Christmas afternoon, so we headed out for a perennial local favorite, Oriental House, and found it jammed with hungry, happy crowds. ...

Mussel & Burger Bar has become one of Louisville's most popular eateries since it opened before Derby. You've almost got to order both mussels ($8 to $11) and a burger ($9 to $12). 
Read my full review on, or click here to view it in the Voice-Tribune.