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    I don't know about you but as a food enthusiast on a budget, I keep a hawk eye on Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Deals, Deal Chicken, and whatever else I can find to save a buck or two on a culinary adventure. 

    The first Groupon I ever enjoyed was to Seviche years ago and of course have yet to see gold like that again. Regardless, as I get notifications for different new culinary adventures in Louisville, I try to nab them. 

    I'd been curious about The Bardstown since it opened partially because of their concept and partially because I attended an alumni function there in the past and enjoyed the appetizers. I wasn't confident that my enjoyment of the nibbles were due to alcohol intake, lack of sustenance, or genuinely good craftsmanship by the restaurant. I decided it was time to learn the truth. 

    I purchased a Groupon which I believe should still be available. We showed up on a Wednesday night and the room was lively with Sugar Bowl enthusiasts. I had understood The Bardstown to be a place opened due to a love of theater arts and while I didn't get to enjoy a stage performance on this visit, I hope to sometime in future. 

    Regardless of missing the theater, their menu added interest to every day American fare with quirky titles. We managed to order Titus Nacho-nicus and Love’s Labour’s Loin-ee-Pops without breaking out into a grin. The nachos were fajita style and pretty consistent with most other nacho appetizers at maybe a local sports bar except for one small detail. These nachos did have a nice smokey over tone to each bite, perhaps due to the fajita theme. The Loin-ee Pops were described as bourbon flavored and while I didn't catch that in the flavor they were juicy and delicious and over a little too soon. 

    We ended our meal with their Gooey Butter Cake which was not amongst the most gooey desserts in my memory but was a great encore to our meal. A nice sugary, caramel finale.  Bravo.

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    Colette is a food writer for She is originally from Washington State but has been living and eating here since 2002 after visiting and falling in love with the city. While she loves her day job, she spends a lot of time day dreaming of the perfect restaurant. In her free time, Colette enjoys preparing lavish meals with local foods, traveling to strange new worlds, and indulging in playful mischief. She shares her home with her partner Drew and her spoiled dogs Gracie and Musket. Please send comments, questions, and suggestions to

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