There are so many good things about this restaurant that its hard to decide where to begin. The eatery is beautiful, washed with white, light wood, and rustic decor and seating, making this a modern, but cozy place to nosh and sip.
This restaurant is situated in Old 502 Winery’s former tasting room and gift shop and focuses on small plates, sandwiches and of course wine from Old 502 Winery and Falls City Beer.
The menu is my absolute favorite in Louisville. It is limited but the options that they have are nothing less than magical. (Did she just say that?…Yeah, she did.) They’ve created a menu full of small plates large enough to share and a plethora of burgers and sandwiches with amazing protein options to fill your belly to the brim! A few of their meats include bison, Angus, chorizo, lamb and tuna and each are served with perfectly paired sauces, jams, cheese and breads. And the best thing? They top at $12.00.
A few of my favorite dishes that I’ve have had here so far is the bison meatball sandwich with spicy marinara, melted cheese and Italian bread and the lamb nachos with fried wontons. I’ve also had a few of their sides, I highly recommend the French fries to split for two bucks to go with the sandwiches, or the gooey breadcrumb covered mac and cheese. The Scotch duck eggs made with bison, charred scallion aoli and Lingonberry jelly will be my next plate for sure! I was excited to try there take on the Scotch egg, but my stomach could take no more.
Do you want to know the secret behind this delicious, creative and affordable menu? Well, Chef Griffin Paulin who is the former chef of Hammerheads and Roux assisted heavily in creating the menu, with an emphasis on making the plates pair perfectly with the alcohol served from Old 502 Winery and Falls City Beer. So if you like these restaurants, I’ve got a feeling you’ll love the food here.
I’ve got to say, Old 502 wine is DELICIOUS. While visiting I had the wine flight, four wines for $12.00 and each one was unique and fun to taste. No serious business with these, just enjoyable sippers. I tried Bach’s wine (slightly sweet, my second favorite), Kentucky Lady (quite sweet, smooth and fruity, my number one favorite), Bourbon Barrel Red (a teensy bit oaky, smooth, a bit dry, highly enjoyable) and the Reese-ling (my least favorite). I’ve also had their Bore Dough, the first dry wine I’ve ever actually loved. Their wines are absolutely perfect for beginners and while I get my wine wings I will never come here and not get the flight. There are just too many amazing wines to choose from.
They don’t forget the beer lovers either. At any given time they have at least four Falls City beers on tap, some exclusive to just Louisville, and plenty of guests taps to choose from. They also offer a flight of four beers for a slightly lower costs than the wines.
Overall: One of my favorite places in Louisville. Do I wish it was anywhere else but Portland? Yup, but I will always drive here for this place. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want an affordable, fun meal full of unique flavors with a knowledgeable (albeit VERY busy) staff. This place embodies the spirit of Louisville, it just gets me man.