escape a kentucky winter #2


Go to the Louisville Free Public Library’s Main Branch, between Broadway and York Street.  Go up to the third floor to the “travel” section of books.  Look at picture books of Latin America or Mexico, maybe even read a Lonely Planet guide to Mexico City.  Check out one of these books, if you wish.

Then proceed to 3000 S. 3rd Street, which is between the University of Louisville campus and Churchill Downs.  Arrive at the Santa Fe Grill and take a seat in their colorful and homey dining room.  Pretend you are in someone’s Mexican grandmother’s kitchen.  Someone will bring you tortilla chips with the best salas you have ever tasted- one is a red sauce and the other is a warm salsa verde.  Order delicious soft tacos.  If you are a vegetarian, get the tacos vegetal, Mexican style with corn tortillas (cilantro & lime- no cheese. they come with beans and rice, which are probably not completely vegetarian, but just try not to think about it and enjoy your meal.)  If you are a meat-eater, then there are lots of adventurous things for you to try for the fillings, such as beef tongue, chorizo, or carnitas (long-cooked pork). There are also exciting looking soups and “American” versions of dishes like tacos, burritos, tortas, etc.  You can also order fresh squeezed limonade, achocote (sweet corn-water drink), and glass bottles of mexican Coca-cola.  Pay your bill (for a super-filling meal, ours was under $10) and leave your server an extra large tip. 

Walk out feeling much happier and warmer than you did when your adventure started.




2 Responses to “escape a kentucky winter #2”

  1. 1 stateofthecommonwealth
    February 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I love Santa Fe, but I wish they offered homemade tortilla chips, instead of the obviously out-of-a-bag ones. That’s their only shortcoming.

  2. 2 culturalcalories
    February 7, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    if you’re ever out my way there’s a “taco truck” that’s fantastic. corner of waterson trail and bardstown road. it’s usually there only on weekends, but it’s soo good.

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