We finally made it to Hammerheads last night for dinner and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.
It’s amazing how different the space feels now than when it was the Swan Dive. Additional lights and lighter color paint make it feel more like a cozy hideout than a dark basement (don’t get me wrong, I love the Swan Dive but it did feel like a dark basement right?). It’s still cold in there, I mean it really is a basement, so we sat away from the front door and nearer the space heater. The bar was filled with people enjoying beer.
Speaking of beer B ordered one she didn’t like. I could have told her she wasn’t going to like it but she didn’t ask me. We debated what to do for a minute and I told her just to order another beer, something she knew she’d like and we’d just pay for both, no big deal. But the Hammerheads people were very cool and said “no, no. You don’t have to pay for a beer you don’t like.” Seriously, that’s very cool of them because they didn’t do anything wrong, we ordered it. Thanks for that. Also on the atmosphere/vibe thing food comes served not on plates but on wooden trays or actually kind of like little wooden platforms. It’s different and kind of neat. I was concerned about putting ketchup on it though, I kept thinking “oh no I’m staining this wood ketchup red!”
B and I both partook of the TVP Sloppy Joes so I don’t have much food variety to report on. Well that’s not true, we each had different fries! B had the Grippos fries (fries flavored with the same blend of spices that are used on Grippos barbecue potato chips aka one of B’s most favorite things in the world). I wish you could have seen the grin on her face when she took that first bite of a Grippos fry. I had the regular fries and had an equivalent grin. They were perfectly salty: not too much that you immediately need to gulp water, not too little that you needed to add more. The sandwiches were excellent as well. Really yummy comfort food reminiscent of my childhood and yet vegan! That’s an awesome accomplishment.
I have heard from some carnivorous friends that the meat options at Hammerheads are excellent and I’ve no reason to doubt them so if vegetarian isn’t your thing definitely no worries there. On a return visit (which I’ve no doubt will happen soon) I intend to try the fried macaroni and cheese balls appetizer.
My only teeny, tiny, small issue with Hammerheads is the lack of fountain beverages. You know I don’t drink beer, Hammerheads doesn’t serve alcohol and I hate diet coke from a can. I full well acknowledge how winey and petty this is but the last time I posted about this issue I got several emails from people who say they feel the same way so I want them to be informed.
Again consider this my very selfish and whiney plea to all Louisville restaurants:
Dear Louisville Restaurants,
If you serve soft drinks in cans instead of fountain drinks please, please, please get Coke Zero.
921 Swan Street