on February 20, 2010
The exterior of this fabulous local institition is understated, to say the least! In fact, could be described as "dive like". Do not let this dissuade you from experiencing the very best food that Louisville has to offer. This restaurant is very popular for business lunches and even more popular for dinner for adults. There is no children's menu. Children are tolerated but not encouraged. I strongly suggest reservations as wait times can be lengthy!Inside, Jack Fry's is all white tablecloths, comfortable booths and elegant chairs. The walls are covered with photographs from the restaurants 60 year history and the city's famous citizens, visitors and horses (remember, this is Kentucky!). There is patina of age, comfort and thousands of glorious meals on every surface of this place. The dining room is divided into two sections with the larger, rear room being the "in" one. There is popular, but small bar. Live entertainment is provided Thursday-Sunday-- an aging, slightly drunken pianist who adds exactly the right note of well bred debauchery.The menu is a single, well chosen page. Food is local, traditional and extraordinarily well prepared. Appetizers include a fried oysters with kentucky ham and gravy over grits dish that is so spectacularly good that I dream about it on a regular basis...... Also to die for is the shrimp, red eye gravy and grits appetizer. Moving on to salads--The Warm Brie salad is a local legend: creamy butter lettuce with a tart dressing, toasted pecans and melted brie...Entree are every bit as good with an emphasis on traditional "restaurant" foods (salmon, pork chops, steaks, etc) perfectly prepared. For vegetarians, there is one outstanding dish, the Potato Gratin, but by and large, this is not a vegetarian indulgent place. There is also a truly great cheeseburger.Desserts follow the same format-- classics, beautifully prepared. Typically, there is cobbler (my favorite is pear), a lush chocolate cake and baked custard. Full bar, good wine list. Pricing is $8-$12 for appetizers, $16-$30 for entrees. I have dined here 30 or more times in the last 10 years and have never had a bad meal.This is Louisville's best dinner restaurant!
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