See the hard-working Victorian era neighborhood of Butchertown in Louisville, Kentucky, come back to life with vibrant boutiques,
time-honored pottery and unique attractions like the Thomas Edison House and Hadley Pottery.
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Exploring Butchertown in Louisville, Kentucky
Chaz Rough: Welcome everyone to this edition of Looking at Louisville. I'm Chaz.
Stacey Yates: I'm Stacey.
Chaz Rough: And we are here at the Butchertown area of Louisville, Kentucky, which is really just a stone throw from downtown, but my question to you Stacy is why Butchertown? Where did that name come from?
Stacey Yates: Well Chaz, in the 1800s this area was the hub of all meat processing for Louisville and the city dwellers didn’t live on farms and this is the area that they are making profit.
Chaz Rough: And it's kind of going through a renaissance right now and what are we gonna be doing in this episode exactly?
Stacey Yates: Well Chaz, we going to hit a couple of spots. We’re going to go to Thomas Edison Museum. We’re going to visit Hadley Pottery, one of the famous pottery producers of Kentucky and some shopping at Butchertown Market.
Chaz Rough: And of course we going to go eat at the Blindpig and speaking of pigs not--
Stacey Yates: I mean where we do eat in Butchertown?
Chaz Rough: It's wonderful. It's been getting great reviews. I've been hearing the buzz about it and I'm very excited about it. So finally getting to go --
Stacey Yates: It’s a great spot. You're going to love it.
Chaz Rough: Ladies first.
Stacey Yates: Alright, let's go.
Chaz Rough: We finally made here to the Blind Pig, a new restaurant right here in the heart of Butchertown. It's got a great vibe, great ambience and it smells like --
Stacey Yates: Smoke, in a good way. They house cure their meats here and smoked sausages. I mean, it’s delectable the minute you walk in the door.
Chaz Rough: Yeah, it's a place that I've heard about and what was great about it too is the great wine list and it’s got free Wi-Fi and it’s just got something I would like to bring my friends in. It's one of these hidden jewels.
Stacey Yates: It feels like you’re in Soho in New York.
Chaz Rough: It's funny but I was thinking the same thing.
Stacey Yates: Yeah, or the mean packing district, which it is, Butchertown.
Chaz Rough: Let’s talk about what we have here for lunch. What do we have for kicking off with appetizers?
Stacey Yates: We start with some appetizers. One of the few vegetable options here but really great, the ratatouille. Put some like a lime sauce. It was excellent and then the consommé, their version of pâté, and pork goulash with some Blue Dog bread, a local artisan bakery here and some little pickles and olives are a great appetizer.
Chaz Rough: And then I had the other duck breast salad to eat for lunch and that was wonderful. I've never had duck before, so I thought I’d take of challenge of myself and it was really light. It was filling and it was very good.
Stacey Yates: You look good. I want a little more hearty today. I had the spicy chorizo sausage, again made here on the premises on artisan bread with Swiss cheese and a really spicy dish on mustard. It was excellent.
Chaz Rough: Now Mark of course, you know being that this is a – we’re in Butchertown and it’s a pork place, we – I'm sure Mark got what?
Stacey Yates: He was in hog heaven. He ordered the ivory bacon, one of the mainstays on the lunch menu. It was a house made Boudin blanc sausage or white with extra bacon and Muenster cheese and a garlic aiolie on that.
Chaz Rough: You know everything was just right on, right on the menu.
Stacey Yates: It was and you know that they’ve talked about there craft cocktails that they make here. They house make their own bitters. I'm anxious to try that the next time.
Chaz Rough: And we close it off with the desert, which was a crème brulee.
Stacey Yates: It was excellent. It was really a dark chocolate and the next time, they didn’t have it today but we’ll come back and try the butter pecan ice cream with bacon.
Chaz Rough: So, what are we going to go do next?
Stacey Yates: We’re going to do some shopping in Butchertown Market.
Chaz Rough: For shopping? We’ve always got to satisfy that need for you, right?
Stacey Yates: That’s right.
Chaz Rough: Alright, let’s do it.
Stacey Yates: Let’s go.
Stacey Yates: Chaz, I don’t know about you but I’ve had a blast exploring the very historic yet also very happy neighborhood of Butchertown here in downtown Louisville.
Chaz Rough: True! There’s so many things happening in downtown now especially with the revitalization of this building which is the Butchertown Market where there‘s lots of great places to shop. In fact there was Moss Hill. We got Work the Metal. In fact here we’re here in Cellar Door Chocolates.
Stacey Yates: It’s amazing, a new chocolate store here that moved from Bardstown Road which is also very happening but what a great edition to this neighborhood of chocolates, hot chocolate bars, espresso, what a great place to end our podcast.
Chaz Rough: And for more information about any of these episodes, especially to the great place we ate at, Blind Pig, you can find it at gotolousville.com or you can find us in Facebook and in Twitter. But before we go, I think we need give little goodbye with eating one of our chocolates here. So, as always --