The Locale: Palermo Viejo, 1359 Bardstown Road, 456-6461
The Scene: Chef and owner Francisco Elbl’s menu is real-deal Argentinian. Many recipes hail from his grandmother, whom he grew up visiting in Palermo Viejo, one of the largest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Like any good Argentinian, he uses a charcoal grill for all his meats — which are of course abundant on the menu and even delivered to the table on a portable charcoal grill to keep them sizzling.
The Cuisine: Irish
The Locale: Irish Rover, 2319 Frankfort Ave., 899-3544
The Scene: Housed in a 150-year-old brick building with 12-foot ceilings, this is Louisville’s most visually comfortable Irish pub. And owner Michael Reidy’s brogue comes direct from County Clare, so you can count on the authenticity of the classic fare, including fish and chips, bangers and mash, and, of course, a perfectly drawn Guinness Stout.
Second Locale: The 900 block of Baxter Avenue
The Scene: You can’t toss a leprechaun without hitting an Irish pub on this stretch of Baxter Avenue. Molly Malone’s, Flanagan’s and O’Shea’s are all in bar-hopping distance of one another, providing a festive atmosphere for late-night shenanigans.
Photo: Kentucky country ham sandwich at Eiderdown by Zach Everson