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    Jack Fry’s
    There once was a burger so great,
    All Louisvillians said they would wait.
    Since the ’30s we rise,
    In the name of Jack Fry’s,

    It’s 4:30 on Thursday, so best get in line
    To crowd into a Germantown basement and dine.
    Smoked meat worth the shuffle,
    Duck-fat fries (with truffle!).
    Just look for the hammerhead shark as a sign.

    Lotsa Pasta 
    Life’s better with a little cheese,
    So pass the Parma, pretty please.
    Lots of pasta, primavera,
    Macaroni, angel hair-a.
    Good groceries from overseas.

    Blackbeard Espresso Co. 
    How often have you woke on Sunday longing for a brew,
    And wished there was a coffee truck that could roll right to you?
    Blackbeard Espresso is, it seems,
    A figment of hungover dreams.
    So take an aspirin, put on your sunglasses, and pursue.

    Check’s Café
    Check’s Cafe could deep-fry an old boot,
    And each Germantown-Schnitzelburg hipster and snoot
    Would praise to high heaven:
    “Out of 10, they’re 11!
    Though too humble their own horn to toot.”

    Amazing Glaze Donut Co.
    Cinna-twist, banana split,
    Doughnut far too good to quit.
    Worth the drive,
    Past the Sunny Side.
    After a box, your jeans won’t fit. 

    Eggs Over Frankfort
    As the sun rises sunny side up,
    We crave omelets, a full coffee cup.
    Eggs over Frankfort: quite delish.
    Nothing too fancy — just our dish!
    A traditional breakfast to sup.

    Ramsi’s Cafe on the World
    Ramsi’s has a brunch buffet that’s legendary.
    No need for vegan friends to be wary.
    Farm-to-table, eat your fill,
    Food to nosh and drink to thrill.
    Linger on the patio and in the Highlands tarry.

    Little India Café
    The most authentic meal in town,
    Our taste buds couldn’t settle down.
    Redolent with herbs and spice,
    Bursting bellies for the price.
    The lamb korma deserves a crown.

    Plehn’s Bakery
    If caramel icing could solve the world’s ills,
    Plehn’s bakery’s karma would be stuffed to the gills.
    They take the (spice) cake.
    Since the ’20s they bake.
    The pleasure is all Louisville’s.

    Gara Empanadas
    Delicious empanada, fried
    With ham and cheese tucked deep inside.
    The real O.C.
    Is Oldham County,
    Gara Empanadas: worth the ride.

    Gasthaus German Restaurant
    Looking for German food? No doubt,
    There’s one place to go, you don’t have to scout.
    Eat some fine jaeger schnitzel
    At Gasthaus, whet your whistle
    With spätzle noodles and sauerkraut.

    Red Yeti Brewing Co.
    For funnel cake covered in chocolate fondue,
    Smoked pork belly, grilled corn, a glass of wine too.
    Trip to Jeffersonville,
    For a taste that will thrill.
    Walk over the bridge for some Red Yeti brew.

    Restaurant Salvadoreno
    To take your taste buds on a tour,
    Just open the El Salvador.
    Remember your cash,
    And you’ll be, in a flash,
    Too full to eat just one bite more.

    Selena’s Restaurant at Willow Lake Tavern
    Selena’s is Cajun-Italian,
    With portions that could feed a battalion,.
    A mimosa at brunch,
    Jambalaya for lunch,
    After eating, you could sink a galleon.

    This article appears in the August issue of Louisville Magazine. To subscribe to Louisville Magazine, click here

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    About Elizabeth Myers

    Big fan of bacon and bourbon, deep fried anything, sweet tea and sweet nothings.

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