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    This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Louisville Magazine. 
    To subscribe to Louisville Magazine, please click here.


    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked 15 folks from Louisville’s food scene for the local dish — from a restaurant or food truck besides their own — that makes them give thanks.
    Gina Stipo, At the Italian Table
    Roast Duck 
    Oriental House
    4302 Shelbyville Road
    “After being in Italy for so long, it’s great to have amazing Asian food anytime I want, especially crispy roasted duck!” — Chef Gina Stipo, At the Italian Table (2359 Frankfort Ave.)
    Kalamity Katie’s 
Border Benedict
    Wild Eggs 
multiple area locations 

    “I don’t make it out much, but when my parents come to town we like to go to Wild Eggs. Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict is a great flavor combination of cornbread, chorizo, avocado and cheese sauce.” — John Varanese, Varanese (2106 Frankfort Ave.) and the upcoming River House on River Road
    Darnell Ferguson, SuperChefs
    The C.E.O. Burger
    Mussel & Burger Bar
    9200 Taylorsville Road 

    113 S. Seventh St. 

    “Everything from the arugula to the confit tomatoes to the truffle aïoli just mesh together perfectly.” — Darnell Ferguson, SuperChefs (106 Fairfax Ave.)
    Annie Harlow and Leslie Wilson, Hi-Five Doughnuts
    The Back Door
    1250 Bardstown Road
    “So we both agree that because we are super-nostalgic and have such a huge crush on old-school Louisville, we choose the wings from the Back Door.” — Annie Harlow and Leslie Wilson, Hi-Five Doughnuts food truck
    921 Swan St.

    “It’s comfort food to me. It’s like a really great version of what my grandmother used to make. I have waited for it for at least 45 minutes before, which is a record for me.” — Allan Rosenberg, Fontleroy’s Gastropub (2011 Grinstead Drive)
    Madeleine Dee, Fond of Louisville
    Westport Roll 
and Island Roll
    416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
    1115 Herr Lane, Suite 130 

    “I deeply admire (chef Hiko’s) fusion of French and Japanese cuisines. He’s pretty brilliant.” — Madeleine Dee, Fond of Louisville (2520 Frankfort Ave.)
    Griffin Paulin, Over the 9
    Soup Dumplings
    Joy Luck
    1285 Bardstown Road

    “Because: hangovers. Something about the dough and hot soup is so simple and perfect.” — Griffin Paulin, Over the 9 (120 S. 10th St.)
    Lawrence Weeks, Jack Fry's
    Braised Rabbit 
Cavatelli Pasta
    812 E. Market St.

    “Chef Annie Pettry from Decca did a braised rabbit cavatelli pasta with breadcrumbs and Parm. It was so simple but it was out of this world.” — Lawrence Weeks, Jack Fry’s (1007 Bardstown Road)
    Annie Pettry, Decca
    Baked Chick’n & Country Cornbread Dress’n
    Shirley Mae’s Cafe
    802 S. Clay St.

    “Because it’s a comforting classic dish that reminds me of the holidays. Plus, the people who work there make you feel at home.” — Annie Pettry, Decca (812 E. Market St.)
    Barbecue Lamb Ribs
    See above listing

    “Like, how? How did they coax all this deliciousness out of this? The texture, the balance in flavor: perfectly salty, smoked, sweet, fatty and unctuous without being cloying? I don’t even bother with barbecue sauce. It doesn’t need it.” — Ethan Ray, Roux (1325 Bardstown Road)
    Dallas McGarity, Marketplace Restaurant 
    Garden Za Pizza
    Za’s Pizza Pub
    1537 Bardstown Road

    “On whole-wheat crust with light cheese. This is what we get at home probably twice a month. It’s a lifesaver with our kids, and it’s one of my favorite pizzas in town. I almost ate a whole one the day I proposed to my wife because I was nervous. I feel like it’s my favorite comfort food in the city.” — Dallas McGarity, Marketplace Restaurant (651 S. Fourth St.)
    Joshua Moore, Volare 
    Cochinita Pibil
    The Mayan Cafe
    813 E. Market St.

    “It’s a slow-roasted pork dish, the perfect balance of flavors.” — Joshua Moore, Volare (2300 Frankfort Ave.)
    Kimchi Tofu Tacos
    Holy Molé Taco Truck

    “Not many people do tofu right in this town.” — Jimmy Mai, Tasty Tuxedo Treats 
    Pork Belly Sliders 
    Holy Grale
    1034 Bardstown Road
    Chicken Tikka Masala
    1277 Bardstown Road

    “The pork belly sliders are by far one of my favorite things to eat anytime I can get ahold of them. Other than that, I would say that the chicken tikka masala from Kashmir is also very close to my heart. I’ve been eating there since I was 12, and I’m still a regular.” — Jordan Delewis, Against the Grain (401 E. Main St.)
    Lamonte Bobo, America. the Diner. 
    Pork Chop and Collard Greens
    Fontleroy’s Gastropub
    2011 Grinstead Dr. Suite 104

    "[Allen Rosenberg’s] Collard greens are different and melt in your mouth. The pork chop is moist and tender." — Lamonte Bobo, America. The Diner. (962 Baxter Ave.)


    This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Louisville Magazine. 
    To subscribe to Louisville Magazine, please click here.

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    Images within article courtesy of the chefs mentioned in caption. 
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