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Restaurant Review – Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar

Irish Woman and I decided we wanted to go somewhere new for Valentine’s Day, and several friends recommended the Bacon Bar.  OK, ‘recommend’ might not be the correct word.  Have you ever listened to a teenage boy describe, in detail, the first time he saw a shapely young woman in a bikini?  Yeah, that’s how my friends described the food at this place.

To say we were intrigued would be an understatement.

The Bacon Bar is located in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, a suburb of Louisville.  It is a little more than a block away from one of the main intersections of Taylorsville Road, so it is easy to find and easy to get in and out of.  If you’re in Louisville for business, it’s a bit of a trip from downtown.  However, getting there from Interstate 64 is pretty simple.

The restaurant is on the small side, but was very clean.  It would be fine for groups of friends to get together.  I wouldn’t hold a big gathering there, but several families could easily meet there to have a bite to eat.  The decor is simple, but tasteful, and the walls are decorated with bacon-themed posters and pictures.

The wait staff at the restaurant was terrific.  Our waitress was attentive without being bothersome, and someone from the bar brought my drink out to me and explained it to me (more about that later.)  Our drinks were never empty, and we were checked on at regular intervals throughout our visit.

The food was unique, tasty, and exactly what we were looking for.  As can be expected, the menu is centered around bacon in all its forms.  My drink was a flight of three short Samuel Adams beers, garnished with three ramikens of bacon: beef, duck, and pork bacon smoked at the restaurant.  The pork bacon melted in my mouth, the beef bacon was an interesting new taste, and the duck bacon was outstanding.  Our appetizer was 5 bacon-wrapped segments of country sausage, which would have caused a sword fight with our cutlery over the odd piece, had Irish Woman not offered to split it.

My main dish was a delicious bacon buffalo chicken sandwich, while Irish Woman got the pork belly sandwich.  Both meals came with french fries, which were done perfectly and lightly seasoned.  The buffalo chicken sandwich was juicy, had the perfect amount of sauce, and the pieces of bacon and bleu cheese added outstanding variations in flavor and texture.  Irish Woman reported that her sandwich was juicy and tasty.

For dessert, we split a bacon brownie with caramel sauce, and it’s a good thing we split it.  Between all of the other food and the size of the brownie, we wouldn’t have been able to finish individual orders.  We ordered a brownie to go for Girlie Bear as payment for watching her little brother, and when I suggested that she share it with him, got that stony, hard look that all Scandinavian women learn.  I guess she liked it.

Overall, the cost for the meal, considering the quality of the food and service, as well as the portion sizes, was very good.  Our bill for the evening, including a good tip for excellent service, was less than $60, which is about par for two adults in this area.

I would definitely recommend the Bacon Bar to anyone who enjoys salty, smoked meat and great service.

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3 Comments

  1. You had me at bacon…LOL

  2. Ooooh. Making notes, good sir. Making notes.

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