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Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Celebrate National BBQ Day at Porkland BBQ In Louisville, KY

Hey, y’all! Tomorrow, May 16th, is #NationalBBQDay — if that ain’t a reason to celebrate, I’ve never heard of one!

While there is a plethora of BBQ in the city, I urge you to visit my friends at Porkland BBQ. Located in the Portland Neighborhood in the West End, Porkland is a destination in and of itself. The restaurant is very large and is the perfect place to meet friends, eat with family, and enjoy community.

Housed on 26th and St. Cecilia, Porkland started as a Friday Fish Fry. The crowds proved that they were on to something, for each fish fry proved to be a bigger success than the last! The original fish now resides on the daily menu at Porkland and I’m definitely ordering it on my next visit — from what I’ve heard, it’s Write Your MeeMaw Good!

At Porkland, you’ll find all of your favorites — pulled pork, pulled chicken, round steak, rib tips, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and more. The portions are hearty and the price point is low; I know you’ll be pleased!

Pulled Pork At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Rib Tips At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

Other highlights of the menu include the “Churched Up Tater Tots”, which features deep-fried tater tots smothered in nacho cheese, pulled pork or chicken, and sautéed onions; oh, and they have a Louisville classic – rolled oysters!

Rolled oysters are one of my absolute favorite foods – and to be honest, they are hard to find! Porkland’s take on the dish garnered two thumbs up from me!

Rolled Oysters At Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

So, you want delicious food — that in and of itself should be enough to make you want to visit my friends at Porkland BBQ. That said, there’s more — it’s a restaurant with a mission!

All proceeds go back into the Portland Community, as the restaurant is a part of local nonprofit Love City Inc. I got to sit down and have lunch with one of the owners during my visit and the passion and hard work that goes into Portland was palpable. It was inspiring!

They claim to be a restaurant for the community by the community – and y’all, I can assure you that they stand up to their words.

Visit Porkland BBQ:

2519 St Cecilia St, Louisville, KY 40212

…and be sure to tell them that I sent ya!

Porkland BBQ in the Portland Neighborhood of Louisville, KY

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is not a commissioned post; as always, all expressed opinions are my own.

Poke Bowl In Louisville KY - Porch Kitchen & Bar

Southern Food In Louisville: Porch Kitchen & Bar

Hey, y’all!

Nestled in Downtown Louisville is a fantastic oasis of southern food — one that is not to be missed. On plates at Porch Kitchen & Bar, you’ll find elevated comfort food, classics, and southern flair; in your glass, you’ll find craft cocktails with great liquors, fresh herbs, and delectable profiles.

Porch Kitchen & Bar sees itself as a destination, as the front porch is for many (especially for us south of the Mason-Dixon). The name comes from the cultural significance of the American porch: the neighborhood’s living room, a place to pass time, and a place to connect people.

I love that notion, y’all — isn’t that what food does for all of us?

Upon entering, you’ll in be in awe of how gorgeous the space is; sit down, have a drink, stay for a while, and prepare your palate for a fabulous meal.

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I was recently invited to sample some of their menu. My good friend Jackie joined me; to understate, it was a fabulous evening of great food and friendship. We left already planning our next visit!

What We Ordered:

You must start your meal with a cocktail. If you’re a bourbon aficionado, you’ll love the selection — Jackie started her meal with an old fashioned. She then proceeded to order a second, if that’s any inclination as to how good it was.

JC Phelps, JCP Eats, at Porch Kitchen and Bar in Downtown Louisville

Cocktails at at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

JC Phelps, JCP Eats, at Porch Kitchen and Bar in Downtown Louisville

The Porch Kitchen & Bar is famous for their Lump Crab Hush Puppies. An elevated classic, which you know that I love. The addition of crab is, dare I say, genius.

Lump Crab Hush Puppies at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

If there’s a tuna poke bowl on the menu, I want it. Their Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl features tuna, baby bell pepper, cucumber, snap peas, toasted sesame seeds, and a fabulous ginger dressing.

Tuna poke bowl at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

The best thing that I tried on the menu, hands down, was the Smoked Beef & Cheddar, which features chopped beef brisket, sharp cheddar, and spicy BBQ sauce. It was SO delicious — I’ve been craving it, y’all.

Smoked Beef and Cheddar at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

Of course, we had to have dessert. We ordered the “Everything” Cake Doughnuts, which has a build-your-own concept. Jackie loved it — and if you are a hands-on diner, this is a dessert for you.

The other dessert, my favorite, was the Warm Butter Bourbon Cake, which has French vanilla ice cream and candied pecans. It was a perfect end to a fabulous meal!

"Everything" Cake Donuts at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

Dessert at Porch Kitchen and Bar, Downtown Louisville, KY

You can visit my friends at Porch Kitchen & Bar at 280 W Jefferson St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Tell ’em that I sent ya!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

Spring menu offerings at Pizza Lupo in Louisville, KY — JCP Eats

Where To Eat This Spring In Louisville: Pizza Lupo

Hey, y’all!

Have you ever been to Pizza Lupo? Tucked away on Frankfort Ave in Butchertown, it is a gem of our city’s culinary scene. Housed in a circa-1860 brick building, it is the brainchild of owners Adam Turla and Sarah Balliet, alongside Head Chef Max Balliet, Sarah’s brother.

After many trips to Italy, they came back to Louisville to open a restaurant that highlights Neapolitan pizza — and trust me y’all, it’s SO good. While the menu includes other authentic Italian favorites, a commonality is clear: quality is at the forefront of the process at Pizza Lupo.

I was recently invited to check out their new offerings on the spring menu; my best friend Shelby joined me and it was a lovely evening!

What We Ordered:

With a stunning cocktail menu, there’s no better way to start a meal at Pizza Lupo than with a libation. From wine, to beer, to amaro, to speciality cocktails — they have you covered.

I loved the presentation — simple, yet elegant, which is a poignant theme of Italian dining in my opinion.

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Our meal started off with the Ceci Salad, which boasts homemade, nine-month chickpea miso, shaved asparagus, chickpeas, fennel, red onion, lemon, ricotta salata, and dukkah. While the flavors were complex, they were cohesive and really complimented one another. Very good!

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Next was my favorite of the evening: the wood-fired Caulilini. This was my first time having Caulilini, which is a new, trendy vegetable; it was also the first time that I have seen it on a Louisville menu. Described as baby cauliflower, it has a long, narrow, tender stem, alongside smaller florets than traditional cauliflower. It is delicious!

Pizza Lupo prepares their version with the stems, garlic anchovies, almond breadcrumbs, and chili flakes. It was, as I say, Write Your MeeMaw Good.

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This was a dinner of firsts for me — Quail e Garganelli, another new menu addition, enticed me to try quail for the first time! Featuring white wine braised quail, fava beans, oyster mushrooms, and basil garganelli, it is a fantastic dish. Garganelli is a heavy, egg-based pasta that I adore, y’all!

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Next was the Cioppino, which includes octopus, baccala, shrimp, littleneck clams, and a saffron-tomato broth. It is served with a Blue Dog Bakery Baguette.

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The Bigoli e Stracciatella is comprised of hand-cranked, extruded pasta, asparagus, house-made stracciatella cheese, pine nuts, dandelion green pesto, and ramp leaves. As is a theme with dining at Pizza Lupo, the flavors were unique, yet gorgeously and artistically linked.

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You can’t go to Pizza Lupo without having pizza. The dough is made fresh each day — if you like Neapolitan-style pizza, look no further.

This is the classic Marinara, which has san marzano tomatoes, garlic, oregano, basil, and extra virgin olive oil. The tomatoes were mouthwatering!

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Planning your next dinner? Look no further than my friends at Pizza Lupo. An inspired, cultural oasis nestled right in the heart of our city, it is a menu not to be missed. While it was all delicious, above all else, do not miss the pizza or the caulilini.

Tell ’em that I sent ya!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions are my own.

Mussels At The 502 Bar & Bistro

The 502 Bar & Bistro: Where To Have A Fabulous Meal In Norton Commons

Hey, y’all!

I recently had the chance to check out a new (to me!) restaurant in Norton Commons. The 502 Bar and Bistro, a product of Chef Ming Pu, is a culinary delight in our city. Chef Pu utilizes local influence and his Taiwanese roots to produce his unique culinary style, which makes our dining scene even more spectacular here in Louisville. For that, I am grateful.

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) At The 502 Bar & Bistro

What I am about to say, I do not say lightly: this was one of the best meals that I have had in Louisville. Everything was simply delicious, only made better by getting to sit outside on their gorgeous patio. I’m so thankful that it is patio season — and the one at 502 Bar & Bistro is one not to miss this year!

Now, to the (oh-so-delicious) food!

The meal started off with a cocktail, of course. I chose the “Warmer Weather”, which features Aviation Gin and Aperol. With each sip, I craved summer more and more!

Gin & Aperol At The 502 Bar & Bistro

I then moved into some delicious lamb meatballs, perfectly coated in a delicious sauce, and served with country ham-infused bread (yes, you read that correctly. It’s insanely good!).

Lamb Meatballs At The 502 Bar & Bistro

If I see mussels on the menu, I can’t resist. Chef Ming Pu’s Prince Edward Island Mussels have red onion, cherry tomatoes, crispy fingerling potatoes, a coconut red curry broth, and cilantro; the mussels can be served in a half-portion size or a full-portion… you’ll want the full.

Mussels At The 502 Bar & Bistro

When Chef Pu visited my table for the first time, I told him that the one thing on the menu that I had to try = the Brussels sprouts. Hear me out — they stood up to my expectations. They are crispy and glazed in a chili + honey vinaigrette, topped with bourbon pecans. Divine.

Honey Chili Vinaigrette Brussels Sprouts At The 502 Bar & Bistro

Next? None other than a creamy, pesto pasta dish; I really enjoyed the addition of asparagus to the plate, for it made it light, yet heavy, at the same time. That’s a difficult feat to accomplish, yet one that I love when ordering an entree.

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Chef Pu’s current favorite dish on the menu is an homage to his childhood. Pork-based, it is inspired by Taiwanese street food. When I travel, I often find that the most authentic culinary experiences are from street vendors. It was a privilege to eat this from his kitchen — I could taste the soul and passion behind it.

Taiwanese Pork At The 502 Bar & Bistro

Is it a menu in the South without Shrimp & Grits? Chef Pu uses Weisenberger grits (the best!), red eye gravy, cherry tomatoes, country ham, and seasonal mushrooms. The creamy grits with the contrasting red eye gravy? Genius. Two thumbs up.

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The last main course that I tried (yes, I was immensely full!) = a delicious chicken dish, beautifully flavored by luxurious black truffle oil. With each bite, I was greeted by the use of truffle — but, in the best, most balanced way. Not overwhelming in the least, yet always present. Chef Pu outdid himself on this dish.

Black Truffle Chicken At The 502 Bar & Bistro

Before dessert, I had to enjoy one more libation — their seasonal Old Fashioned, beautifully infused with peach. The bourbon selection at 502 Bar & Bistro is immense and all purveyors of the sweet nectar of our Commonwealth will be delighted upon arrival.

Old Fashioned At The 502 Bar & Bistro

Dessert was a deconstructed oatmeal creme pie. It was, as I like to say, Write Your MeeMaw Good. Definitely the perfect ending to a beautiful meal in Norton Commons!

Deconstructed Oatmeal Creme Pie At The 502 Bar & Bistro

You can visit Chef Pu and indulge in his creations at the 502 Bar & Bistro at 10401 Meeting St, Prospect, KY 40059; do tell ’em that I sent ya!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Iconic HopCat Fries Rebranded

Hey, y’all!

If you are from Kentucky, you are likely familiar with HopCat; there are locations in both Lexington and Louisville.

The Louisville location is in the Highlands at 1064 Bardstown Rd.

Their mission is a fun one: to be the best damn beer bar on the planet. They define great beer as as product that is made with both care and pride. If you are a beer aficionado in Louisville, you should check out their selection – I am confident that you will find both a beloved and a new favorite on the menu. They have 100 on tap!

However, HopCat is known for more than just their beer. If you are a foodie like me, you probably have dreams about their fries (fries before guys, am I right?). Beer-battered with amazing cracked pepper seasoning — they are downright addictive.

img_5835_facetune_14-01-2019-12-11-45Originally named “Crack Fries” due to their addictive nature, HopCat took it upon themselves to rebrand their iconic menu offering because they feel that the ever-growing drug problem is no joking matter — and it isn’t.

I very much appreciate their initiative and their desire to change how we frame and discuss drug culture. It takes a lot for a company, brand, or restaurant to redo something that they’ve done so well for years – however, at times, it is necessary to do so in good conscience.

Released today, they are proud to bring “Cosmik Fries” to all of their 17 area locations. The name Cosmik comes from the song “Cosmik Debris” by Frank Zappa, an anti-drug anthem.

Be sure to visit your local HopCat to celebrate the rebrand; if you are in the Louisville area, visit my Instagram before Friday and enter the giveaway I’m hosting for a $50 gift card!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, all opinions are my own.

First Anniversary Party!

Hey, y’all!

I am SO proud to say that, alongside forty friends and family members, I celebrated my one year anniversary here on www.jcpeats.com. To say that it has been a journey, a rollercoaster, and an interesting ride would be a hyperbolic understatement.

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However, I’m not afraid of a walk on the wild side.

JCP Eats, as many of you know, started out of eating disorder recovery. It was a private Instagram account that I used to post photos of my food; this, in effect, was changing the way in which I looked at food.

Food photography became just that — photography. A form of art. It no longer represented a struggle on a plate; it was a subject — one that I eventually found to be both beautiful and therapeutic.

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That Instagram page became this online community. Fast forward one year and SO much has happened. My passion became my job – and for that, I will always be grateful. I owe that to each of you. Those of you that read, like, comment, and share my posts — it’s all because of you. Thank you, for the bottom of my heart, for making one of my dreams come true.

In true JCP fashion, I couldn’t let the momentous event pass without a proper party. For that, I have several people to thank.

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To my friends at Kroger: thank you for being the corporate sponsor of the event.

To my friends at Taziki’s: thank you for catering the fabulous food. It was a hit!

Side note: Lisa and Jeff at Taziki’s make catering an event SO easy. I simply emailed my order and Lisa arrived (early, might I add!) with a smile and all of the goodies. She set everything up beautifully and ensured that food/setup would not be something that I had to worry about. I can’t recommend them enough!

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To my friends at Yes Louisville/Yes Working: thank you for the event space and for helping me orchestrate it all.

To Mr. Lemaster, my bestie’s Dad: thank you for being the DJ and for keeping the party going!

To Becky: thank you for being a fabulous bartender!

To Jude: thank you for all you did the day of!

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And to each of my friends and family members that showed up to shower me with love: thank you. I owe so much of this to y’all.

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In the coming year, I hope to take y’all around the world with me, around the US, and most importantly, around more of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I want to explore new regions, new cuisines, and new restaurants with you. I want to continue chasing this dream – and I hope y’all will stay along for the ride.

Cheers!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions are my own.

 

Stoneware & Co. & Kentucky Bourbon Pie Company x JCP Eats

Hey, y’all!

Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the bourbon-lover, Kentucky-aficionado, and/or foodie in your life? If so, it’s your lucky day!

I have VERY exciting news: I am partnering with Stoneware & Co. + the Kentucky Bourbon Pie Company this holiday season. This is a dream partnership for me; I have been a life-long collector of Stoneware & Co. (previously Louisville Stoneware) products.

Here is a video describing the gift crate:

KBP and JCPEats Full Gift Crate Promo – V1 from Stoneware & Co. on Vimeo.

And here is a more detailed taste test:

Kentucky Bourbon Pie Taste Test V1 – Fall 2018 from Stoneware & Co. on Vimeo.

What’s included in the gift crate? 

  • An 11″ Louisville Pottery Collection Thumb Print Pie Plate in White
  • Two Jars of Kentucky Bourbon Pie In a Jar (Pick your flavor: Pecan, Apple or Cherry)
  • One Jonathan Spoons Cherry Wood Pie Server
  • Plus, the crate is great for decor!

Now that, y’all, is a jam-packed, well-rounded gift. I can’t wait to bake in that plate – it’s stunning!

You can shop the crate HERE.

Not interested in the full crate? You can purchase just the pies here!

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Have any questions? Shoot me a message – I’m happy to answer!

Happy Holiday Shopping, y’all!

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; additionally, the links listed are affiliate and I earn a commission off of them.

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