It’s possible that telling you about listening parties for the Serial podcast is the very reason Consuming Louisville came back to life.

Starting on December 4, Please and Thank You is going to be hosting listening parties in their back room on Thursdays at 9AM. Gather together with fellow devotees to enjoy delicious P&TY hot chocolate, breakfast goodies (or the world’s best chocolate chip cookies) and listen to the latest episode of the most talked about podcast since…ever.

jarritosI think The Ville Taqueria has been open for a couple months now. We only made our way there on Sunday and I’m kicking myself a little for missing out on Mexican food awesomeness in St. Matthews for so long. But made it we did and the report is a very positive one. Located on Westport Road, essentially behind the St. Matthews BBC, The Ville Taqueria makes its home in a building that previously held a frozen yogurt shop and before that a seafood restaurant. Let’s hope this is the business that sticks around and is successful in this location for a long time.

The space is smaller than it looks from outside. There are really only a handful each of tables and booths and ordering is handled at the counter. The menu (PFD) is broken down into styles and fillings. You’ll first choose your style of tacos, burritos, quesadillas or tortas. Essentially these styles represent everything that goes into your burrito/taco/etc that isn’t meat. Then you’ll choose from things like masa crusted tilapia, Dos XX braised brisket or tequila citrus chicken to round out your items. There is a vegetarian option for fillings but it’s a little unexciting. So I ordered a heavily modified burrito (I hate vegetables and thus can never order a vegetarian entree the way it’s described on the menu). I’d happily pay a ridiculous upcharge if they’d make tofu or seitan an option for fillings.

B had both chicken and beef tacos. She raved about the tacos at large and specifically about the tortillas they came wrapped in.

cornThe true highlight of the meal though, for me, was the corn. It’s a whole ear of corn that has been grilled and then slathered with mayo and then sprinked with cotija cheese and chile powder. It’s a sweet, savory, unexpectedly delicious combination. I really really hope they buy a ton of local corn that is super sweet in late summer and have a party to celebrate the awesomeness that corn prepared in the Mexican street food style.

Sidebar: I’ve always seen corn on the cob done in this style called Elote. The Ville Taqueria lists it as Esquite though.

They offer a wide variety of salsas. I’m a pansy when it comes to spicy food so B tried several salsas and told me not to even taste most because I would make a face when my tongue started burning. She liked the ones she tried a great deal. Except the one that was the exact color of Doritos. She wasn’t feeling that one.

The food is cheap. So cheap that we had a metric ton of tacos, burritos, corn and rice for a little over $20. It was a great deal for a really excellent meal.

While The Ville Taqueria doesn’t have fountain Coke Zero (or fountain drinks of any kind for that matter) it does offer Mexican Coke and Jarritos, beer, margaritas and a concoction I’m equally fascinated and horrified by: BourbonRita. You go try that and report back to the class how it is.

The Ville Taqueria
3922 Westport Road
Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 721-TACO (8226) (outstanding job on the phone number)

Let's see if we can have fun with this site again.

Grace has missed you.

Grace has missed you.

Late in 2013 I realized I was burned out with Consuming Louisville. I’d been writing, on a near daily basis, on the site for more than 5 years. I was tired. The grind of the site had surpassed the joy of the site. So I put Consuming Louisville on hiatus in March.

I thought I’d soon revive it as a long form feature site instead of a traditional blog. Something like The Bitter Southerner, except Louisville focused. But, to be honest, I lost interest in that idea pretty quickly. It would have been more work than I had been doing and my heart wasn’t in it. So, if you had asked me in say August, what the future held for Consuming Louisville? I’d have said “Nothing.” But here we are, so what changed?

Since the day I first created Consuming Louisville I’ve felt a responsibility to its mission and its audience. A responsibility to get the word out about cool stuff and to help people find awesome things to buy, eat and do in Louisville. One of the reasons I felt ok with putting the site on hiatus was because Eater had rolled out a Louisville site and was doing a good job sharing information on new restaurants, menu updates, restaurant closings, etc. So it felt like Consuming Louisville wasn’t really needed. But a few months after I shuttered this site Eater decided to abandon Louisville. And since that time I’ve noticed new restaurants coming to my neighborhood that I’ve seen before I heard about. None of the sites that I read have been talking about them (or I’ve missed those posts, a very likely possibility) and none of the foodies that I’m connected with on Twitter or Instagram have been rehashing their visits. This makes me think that there’s once again, perhaps, a need for Consuming Louisville.

But whether or not Louisville needs this site, I need it again. I need an outlet to tell you about the awesome taqueria that B and I had lunch at yesterday. I need a spot to tell you about the Mediterranean place that moved locations and is now delivering in the Highlands. I need a place to note interesting and important events happening soon. I feel compelled to tell you these things. And besides, my wife told me “I want you to start Consuming Louisville back up again.” I’ve been successfully pair bonded for 19 years by doing what my wife wants, I’m not about to stop now.

So welcome back to Consuming Louisville.

I’m still hammering out kinks so if something look wrong or doesn’t behave correctly on the site please let me know. I nuked the database from the previous incarnation of Consuming Louisville so we’re starting completely from scratch. It’s a like a new notebook and fresh pencils on the first day of school.