It’s no surprise that Allan Rosenberg’s new restaurant in the Highlands looks, feels, and tastes the way that it does. If you’re at all familiar with any of Allan’s previous work as a chef then you will know that Fontleroy’s, on the corner of Bardstown Rd and Grinstead Dr, is the perfect combination of where Rosenberg has been and where the city of Louisville is headed. The balancing act of combining modern food with a southern flair, a background rich in white tablecloth dining, and a desire to be reasonably priced without sacrificing quality has been perfectly executed at Fontleroy’s.
IS THERE PIZZA?
Um, no pizza here. And no hookah lounge either. Thankfully, Allan knows that something other than pizza can survive and thrive in the Highlands. Don’t get me wrong, the man can make some amazing pizza, and you would know this if you ever visited Papalino’s, but everyone knows that the Highlands could use one or two fewer pizza options. Fotleroy’s occupies the space that used to house Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, which closed earlier this year. A nice renovation kept the open kitchen, but added white subway tile, wooden accents, a concrete bar top, and a rope feature wall, which combine to create a hip, clean, modern space for dining.
LUNCH OR DINNER?
Fontleroy’s is open for both lunch and dinner. There are a few variations in the two menus, but there’s plenty of awesomeness to choose from no matter when you go. Lunch is from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm every day of the week, and dinner is from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm (11:00 pm on Saturdays).
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
The Fontleroy’s menu is very Gastropub. Count on this menu changing quite frequently. You can hear fine dining in the item descriptions, but the price and atmosphere say otherwise. There is a nice selection of craft beer on draft, in bottles, and in cans. You will also find a creative list of craft cocktails, and a short-but-sweet bourbon list. I saw the Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad come out of the kitchen, and it definitely made me want to try that. But for my first visit, this is how I did it:
- For starters, we got the cornbread. These moist little muffins show up with a side of whipped honey butter and a side of tomato jam. The flavor of the cornbread alone is fantastic, but I sure do love butter. The tomato jam is great too, and offers a nice variety for your palate.
- Although I wanted to go straight for the Hanger Steak, it was lunchtime so I decided to check out the Short Rib Sandwich instead. What a fantastic sandwich! A nice Brioche roll top with tender and juicy short rib and pickled onions, and finished with something they called “comeback sauce”. I would imagine that the sauce gets its name from the fact that you will certainly come back to the restaurant once you have tasted the tangy excellence. All put together, this sandwich had amazing flavor and was executed very well.
- My buddy got the Steak and Egg Burger, and I was lucky enough to taste of piece of this thing. It’s a great sized burger, cooked to your liking, and topped with caramelized onions, Tillamook Cheddar, and a fried egg. When you cut into the burger, the egg will run all over the plate, and soon after that you will realize you made the right choice that day. Again, a very flavorful piece of meat, and the perfect accoutrements.
- We split a side order of the Duck Fat Fingerling Potatoes, and I would recommend that you do the same. These things were seasoned well and cooked perfectly. The flavors are all balanced and delicious. Not your average fries!
- We finished off the afternoon like true fat kids with a dessert by Marsha Lynch. This banana pudding thing that we had was served in a Mason Jar, and tasted amazing. Topped with a bruléed banana slice, and some wafer cookies, the dessert was light, creamy and not too sugary: balanced.
I will eventually taste just about everything on this menu. I’m really stoked to say that the Highlands now has a new favorite gastropub in Fontleroy’s. Check it out!
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