It should come as no secret that I am a fan of Chef Ming Pu of the 502 Bar and Bistro, a fabulous restaurant nestled in the beautiful Norton Commons community in Jefferson County; to read my most recent menu review of the restaurant, click here.
One of my favorite things about Chef Pu is that he rotates the menu seasonally, utilizing and sourcing local meats, produce, and more. The culinary industry is built upon the shoulders of our local farmers — and I appreciate, more than anything, restaurants and chefs that pay homage to that in their menus.
The summer menu at the 502 Bar & Bistro was, as expected, fantastic. I went in with high expectations, because I know what Chef is capable of; however, once again, the depths of the flavor profiles + beautiful plating surpassed all of my preconceived hopes (and more).
My friend Shelby, who joined me for dinner, was equally impressed!
Eating Chef Pu’s food is an experience — the gorgeous setting (and patio, don’t miss it this season!), the cocktails, the transition between menu courses — and one that I greatly respect as a connoisseur of both the Louisville + Kentucky food scenes.
Now, to the best part — my recent dining experience!
10401 Meeting St, Prospect, KY 40059
There’s no better way to start a meal on the patio than with a cocktail. Whether it’s a classic gin and tonic (my go-to), sangria, or a bourbon concoction — you can’t go wrong.
I started my meal with Asian-influenced short ribs — flavorful, well-prepared, and the perfect portion to kick off the evening.
Next came the mussels, which are always a favorite of mine at the 502 Bar & Bistro. The tomato-based broth was so delicious that I didn’t want to leave a drop behind!
Another highlight? The baguette used for dipping, which is house-made and has small pieces of country ham baked into it. Yes, you read that correctly. Divine.
The last course before the main entrées came out was arguably my favorite. This beautiful, hand-crafted pasta was tossed in a ramp pesto with snow peas.
As much as I love pasta, it can often be too heavy – especially if it is not the main course. That said, Chef Pu executed this dish expertly: while the pasta was filling, the sauce and nature of the dish made it seem light and fresh. That is a feat in and of itself.
Now, the main courses!
Don’t even get me started on the glaze on this pork chop, y’all. Simply finger-lickin’ good. Generous in size, it was balanced by the accompanying succotash and grits, which were jam-packed with flavor (and the drippings from the meat – yum!).
My favorite entrée of the evening was, hands down, the chicken (sourced from Joyce Farms). Perfectly cooked, it was joined by another portion of the ramp pesto, beet gnocchi (the best!), and beautifully roasted carrots.
This is a dish that will wow even the toughest of critics — that I assure y’all.
Dessert? Yes, please! The summer menu features a new key lime pie, which is an all-time favorite of mine. However, don’t miss out on their high-end, delectable chocolates, which are made each day in-house. They are the best that I’ve had in the city!
You must visit Chef Pu and indulge in his creations; do tell ’em that I sent ya!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
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FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.