I’ll confess to you that I should have written this while I was still on my gluttonous meat phase because the menu is pretty heavily weighted with meat. However Proof on Main has become one of my favorite lunch places. The art and ambiance of the place not to mention the interesting people you see and the conversations you can’t help but overhear make it a destination in and of itself. The food though more than holds its own and the few vegetarian options are interesting enough to keep me coming back.
During the summer of my fall off the vegetarian wagon B and I would make meals of an order of country ham fritters and a shared bison burger and fries. It was blissful gluttony that I encourage all my meat eating friends to indulge in from time to time. My recommitting to the mostly vegetarian ideal is good for the foodie in me because it will make me actually order other things from the menu since thus far I’ve not been able to force myself to order anything but the bison burger because it’s just that good.
For some reason I always end up ordering dessert at Proof as well. I think it’s because the dessert menu changes frequently and the selections are always interesting things I can’t/won’t make at home. Like cherry bourbon gelato. Good mercy that was good and it’s certainly something I’m not making.
I never order iced tea at restaurants but I sometimes want to at Proof because they bring you a tiny cafafe of simple syrup to sweeten your tea with. I can’t tell you how much I love that little detail. It’s part of a commitment to service and making a meal a Proof into a dining experience that makes me enjoy Proof very much.
A meal at Proof isn’t cheap, even for lunch. I think it’s worth it to splurge for occasionally though. The price, the non-common foods on the menu and the contemporary art that permeates the space make Proof perfect for some and, well, not so much for others. That’s ok though I think everyone should go at least once because the combination of art and food and commitment to service really is an interesting experience. One note though, it tends to be a leisurely experience. Lunches stretch on for quite sometime. It’s not the service is slow per se it’s just….leisurely. It could probably be sped up if I wasn’t savoring over every bite and order both appetizers and dessert. So never mind, it’s my meals at Proof that are leisurely.
I’ve hung out in the bar at Proof a few times, most recently for Social Media Club happy hour (the next one will be Tuesday August 26 by the way). It’s a hip, trendy place that I’m way too not-cool to be in. Like the food the cocktail menu is on the pricey side. $10 for a cocktail very nearly gives me palpatations but I ordered two (2!) of them at last month’s SMC Happy Hour I couldn’t help myself because the Capri Martini, a combination of limoncello, triple sec, orange juice and champagne is just so very tasty. Forgive a girl for occasionally subscumbing to ridicously expensive girly cocktails.
After all that fawning allow me one moment of constructive criticism: Dear Proof, please turn off the automatically playing music on your website. I really don’t want to hear it. Those that do want to hear it can push play. I freaking hate autoplay music on websites. If it’s a band website maybe but definitely not a restaurant website. Love, Michelle.
Proof on Main
702 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202