My favorite birthday/anniversary/special occasion spot is, hands down, Jack Fry’s. It’s a classic.
The atmosphere, even on a random Tuesday, is always great and has that big city feel that’s lacking in a lot of local restaurants. Not sure what it is – the piano player, the close proximity of the tables, the history – but it feels so different than other local spots.
And that’s before we get to the food. I’ve never had a bad meal at Jack Fry’s. The lamb lollipops may be my favorite meal in town and the pork chops are Drew’s go-to. Go hungry because you’ll probably want to get an appetizer – the shrimp and grits are so flavorful and rich – and dessert. If you’re celebrating, they usually bring you a special off-menu dessert – it’s a warm vanilla cake that is SO insanely good. It may be the reason why I normally go when we’re toasting to something special.
Reservations aren’t required but are highly encouraged (you can use OpenTable). That being said, you can always try to grab a seat at the bar to eat, drink and people watch.
For a Girl’s Night: Ostra
Ostra is relatively new, it opened last spring/summer, but has quickly become a favorite. Ostra is the newest restaurant from Chef Adam Burress, who is behind Louisville favorites Game, Hammerheads, and Migo. It’s tapas-style with a mix of seafood-focused and heartier South American-inspired dishes. I’m not a big fan of seafood so I can vouch that there are a lot of options that aren’t straight from the sea.
The menu changes pretty regularly but my favorites on the current menu include the chicken chorizo empanadas, the duck grilled cheese, the szechuan plantain tacos and the crispy brussels. It’s great for a girls night because, for some reason, I feel like it’s easier to order a ton of small plates and split them with girl friends. And if you want to eat outside, they have a patio big enough to accomodate a larger group (which is sometimes not the case).
If you go, plan on ordering a bunch of different options and sampling a little of each. I’d also encourage you to be a little adventurous since sometimes combinations that look strange on the menu pair really well. And make sure to order one of their spicy margaritas. They’re the perfect mix of tart, sweet and spicy… almost too perfect. Last time, I think I had three (hand to face).
Plus, after dinner you can walk next door to The Champagnery to keep the fun going.
Address: 1758 Frankfort Avenue