We we had the chance to travel to Louisville a while back, and in addition to dining at the luxurious Brown Hotel , also decided to give the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge a try given the area’s bourbon history and culture (and well, because it’s the only one).
We started with the goat cheese skillet appetizer with warm flatbread. A tangy, yet slightly sweet combination all at once. No bourbon yet, though.
My entrée was a bourbon marinated grilled ribeye with crispy fried onions, a tangy, yet smokey and sweet bourbon barbecue sauce, and a small bit of Lobster and white cheddar cheese mashed potatoes. The steak was tender and not overpowered by the bourbon marinade or BBQ sauce, but the potatoes, while creamy and a bit decadent, didn’t seem to have much lobster. Nevertheless, I was there for steak anyway, and it was delivered as expected.
One highlight that drew us (mainly me) to the restaurant was the opportunity to sample a wide variety of bourbons. Unfortunately, several of their top flight bourbons were unavailable, but at least the restaurant was willing to offer anything else on their list as a replacement. While several of my secondary choices were also unavailable, it was nice to simply be able to test several different bourbons and compare and contrast their different qualities.
Sarah tried a spinach pasta with lobster and shrimp. The sauce was a bit too sweet for her, and the overall dish was a little too decadent for dinner (we like to save our decadence for dessert anyway).
Overall, the Maker’s Lounge is a cool place to try some “bourbon culture” in the land of bluegrass. It’s definitely a good choice for a night out in Louisville, and I’d recommend anything on the menu that didn’t seem to try to meld too many tastes at once. Anyway, we had lots of other experiences in Louisville and have some other great stories to tell you about in the future, not the least of which includes another KY favorite, the Derby Pie.