Louisville’s 19th-century shipping tycoons traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Today’s deal lets you dine in similarly high style: for $18, you get $40 worth of contemporary American cuisine and drinks at Avalon in Highlands.
An inventive menu of small plates, sandwiches, and dinner plates takes shape in Avalon’s modern bistro, offering something sophisticated to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Stop by with friends for lunch or dinner to sample a variety of petite platters, such as pow-pow shrimp with mango habanero glaze and cucumber cream ($10.50), crispy calamari served with a trio of dipping sauces ($8.50), and truffled lobster mac ‘n’ cheese ($13.90; served as a small plate during dinner only). For a more hands-on feast, choose a mitt-fitting sandwich such as the salmon burger with panko breadcrumbs and dill cream cheese ($10 at lunch; $10.90 at dinner). A large plate of 12-hour braised beef short ribs with Weisenburger grits and green onion jam ($22.90; dinner only) has the ability to quell even the most raging belly-fires before they erupt out one’s mouth and singe a date’s hair. Top your ascent to dizzying culinary heights with a dessert of fried apple pie with sea-salt caramel and vanilla-bean ice cream ($6) or something potable from Avalon’s menu of more than 40 fine wines.
Back in the old days, when folks walked uphill both ways, fine dining consisted of one baked bean and a can of potatoes. Avalon provides a much higher standard of dining, thanks to their impeccable taste and attention to detail. Reservations are required, so call ahead or reserve a table online.
Not valid on New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day.
Seven Citysearchers give Avalon an average of 4.5 stars, 10 Metromixers give it an average of 4.2 stars, and 81% of Urbanspooners like it. The Courier-Journal reviewed Avalon in 2008: > * In season, there’s a wildly popular outdoor dining area, and throughout the year the bar offers a cozy refuge. Every detail, from the stylish flatware to the meticulous service, seems well-considered. – Marty Rosen, Courier Journal > * I have been to Avalon numerous times, and it is hands down some of the best food I have ever had in Louisville. First you get to pick from a varitey [sic] of appetizers, which are all amazing (hummus is my favorite). Then you move on to the salads which are so light and delicious and different from anything else I have ever had. There is a wide range of entrees to choose from, including vegetarian dishes which is a plus for me. – ecg, Citysearch
1314 Bardstown Rd.
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