Every day at all of El Nopal’s locations, cooks whip up fresh batches of salsa, chips, and beans. The sauces and sides accent chicken or beef chimichangas, handmade tamales, and nachos smothered in cheese. All El Nopal locations offer complimentary chips and salsa with every meal, and some locations have outdoor seating areas. Performances by live bands at select locations serve as a pleasant distraction from meals, unlike a judge with highfalutin ideas about not eating in court.
Colonel Eure opened his first pizza restaurant in 1964 and when time came to open another franchise five years later, he named it Gatti's Pizza in honor of his wife's maiden name. The Gatti's Pizza empire steadily expanded over the next four decades, thanks in part to a commitment to high-quality ingredients such as real cheese, yeast-risen dough made fresh daily, and a 16-ingredient secret sauce protected by Swiss bankers. Today, chefs prepare specialty pies such as the barbecue chicken and bacon double cheeseburger pizza and bake custom creations from a choice of 17 toppings and three crust options. Many Gatti's locations boast a dining room complete with a big-screen TV, and some include a Veggie Tales room, a sports room, and a game room.
Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery began producing wines in the late 1990s as Bullitt County's first commercial vineyard. In 2006, after initially plucking grapes from 2.5 acres of vines and squeezing them using telekinesis alone, Wight-Meyer’s founders converted their barn into a bustling wine production facility. The vineyard’s award-winning wines include a barrel-aged Kentucky norton and a rosé, some of which can be sipped during group tastings in the facility’s new tasting room.
With its lavender- and khaki-colored walls, cozy seating setups, and fireplace, Forest Edge Winery comes off more as a family's living room than a business. At the heart of its warm presentation sits a wrap-around bar, with pantries and shelves and cabinets nearby filled with, what else, but bottles of wine. That community-driven theme carries throughout the facility, including a downstairs children's room stocked with a television and creative activities. Outside, visitors venture in from the edge of the historic Bernheim Forest on Clermont Road–the start of Kentucky's bourbon trail.
The culinary crew at El Campesino grills up delectable Mexican favorites to create an extensive menu that caters to meat eaters and vegetarians alike. El Burro Grande’s oversized flour tortilla cradles grilled beef or chicken, heaps of onions and bell peppers, and drizzles of sour cream and enchilada sauce ($10.25). Not since Meat the Beatles has a medley of protein performed as well as the steak, chicken, and shrimp showcased in the combo fajitas ($15), and the quesadilla a la Mexicana ($10.99) sings with layers of cheese, chorizo, and chicken. Meat-freers rejoice upon tasting selections from the vegetarian menu, such as the chilis poblanos stuffed with mexican cheese and deep-fried in egg batter ($8.50), and carnivores sink all four rows of canines into the tacos de carnitas, three flour tortillas filled with morsels of pork and served alongside accouterments of rice, beans, and tomatillo sauce ($9.99).
The chefs at El Rincon Cuban Restaurant & Bar treat diners to the tastes of Havana with a menu of authentic Cuban cuisine. Before entrees take the stage, an appetizer of papas rellenas warms taste buds with its orbs of breaded, fried mashed potatoes, each filled with seasoned ground beef, much like most asteroids. Diners can quell lunchtime belly rumblings with the chuleta natural, seasoned grilled-pork-tenderloin steak served with yuca with mojo sauce. Inside the fricassee de pollo, a bone-in quarter chicken simmers in potatoes and a white-wine-and-creole sauce, and the grilled sandwich cubano culls together ham, roasted pork, and cheese. Live musicians belt out festive tunes on weekends, and staff members lay out tarps for late-night salsa dancing or impromptu slip 'n' slide competitions.
Inside Siggy’s Pizza & Pub, one might never feel alone. The rustic eatery is populated by not only a lively staff and buzzing crowd, but also a moose, 12-point buck, and cougar. Situated throughout the bar and restaurant, a variety of prized finds are mounted and posed—including an enormous brown bear who holds his arms outward in a never-ending plea for hugs. The wooden bar grows colorful with plates of beer-friendly eats, including wings and pizzas littered with toppings such as green peppers, sausage, and fresh mozzarella.