We are from Texas, we love barbecue, we have had our share of barbecue. One of my favorite place for ribs is Rendezvous in Memphis. We were relatively close to Louisville and decided let's try some BBQ in Kentucky. All reviews indicated hammerheads as the place to go. Thanks to the trusty GPS and iPhone we found the place pretty quick. It seems to be off the beaten path and if you blink you'll miss it, if it wasn't for the large hammerhead shark above the entrance door.
They were pretty busy on a Thursday night around 8:00pm. We waited outside for about 20-30 minutes It was fun watching a guy carrying large platters of meat through the front door every 10 minutes or so. They actually smoke their BBQ on a trailer behind the building.
I think it is a relatively new restaurant in an old space that has seen previous bars and eateries come and go. It has somewhat of a basement bar atmosphere with wooden tables and long counter. Floors are greasy throughout and make it hard to walk, feels like you could slip. Staff and patrons are a younger crowd, lots of tattoos, dreadlocks. Not a romantic place, not a place to take the kids. Overall I ranked it high on atmosphere and feel, but I can see where some may absolutely hate a decor like this.
What about the food? The laminated front/back menu offers some unusual selections of appetizers, signature dishes, sandwiches, burgers, and desserts. We went for the crispy mushrooms, gritcake, baby back ribs, lamb ribs, fries, and mac&cheese (3 people). Pretty large selection of beers. Some unusual draft choices. As previously mentioned the food arrives in a strange pattern. Mushrooms-fries-grit cake- ribs- Mac/cheese in that order with a couple of minutes in between each of those, don't understand why the fries came before an appetizer? Everything was nicely displayed and arranged. Every first bite was a surprise in taste and aromas. Unique flavors abound. I liked the mushrooms, aioli was very good, a little heavy on mayonnaise. Fries ( we had the standard) were just that, standard hand cut fries. Grit cake was unusual, square party breaded in panko, with some lemon and a drizzle of hollandaise. Texture and appearance kind of a mixture between McDonald fish fillet and a crab cake. Taste like dry grits with panko crust, nice presentation on a wooden plank, just not spectacular in taste. Where's the meat??? Ribs looked appetizing, same wooden planks, spring mix lettuce (they buy that in bulk on use it on almost every dish) tossed around it. Meat was cooked right, tender moist and falling off the bone. Baby back ribs were ok, nothing outstanding though. I was disappointed by the lamb ribs. I could not taste amg of the lamb, probably because it was cooked with pork in the same smoker. A strange aroma, but not really that much rosemary like. Mac/cheese were a huge disappointment for my taste buds. Again they looked good,nice to have the breadcrumbs (or was it also panko) on top, but tasted somewhat too smoky almost kind of spicy.
How about pricing. Three people close to $90 including our tip. Hmmmm. I think pricey for BBQ. Not out of line if you enjoy the flavors they serve. It is a unique place, but I wonder if the attraction of the new and unusual will wear off. I was somehow thinking of a foodie version of the "emperor's new clothes", why doesn't somebody speak up and say something.
It was hard for me to rank this restaurant, because it is unusual. I understand how some may love it. It can't imagine it to be the best BBQ place and number one in Louisville.
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