Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lunch Plus One is Fun at Locust Grove

By Lucy M. Pritchett
The salmon tartine sandwich is one of several tasty foods you can find on the menu at Mesh.
Photo by Melissa Donald 

Lunch Plus One is something to do with a friend or two or a relative for a nice outing. This season's Lunch Plus One combines the contemporary with the historic.

Travel time and distance between: 3 miles; 6 minutes

The Lunch 
3608 Brownsboro Road

Settle in for an early lunch at Mesh on Brownsboro Road. The restaurant rests atop the rubble created when the old Bauer’s Restaurant was torn down and its interior couldn’t be a bigger change from that venerable landmark. Sleek granite-topped tables, glassed-in fireplace, lots of natural light, and a fresh cuisine make for a splendid outing. There is plenty of parking in the lot, you can make reservations, and the portion sizes are reasonable. Depending on your appetite and entree choice, you might even have leftovers to take home for another meal. And it features the most sparkling wine glasses I have ever seen!

Entree prices average $15. Save room to split a dessert.

The applewood chicken salad includes field greens, applewood bacon, bleu cheese, dried cranberries, and spiced pecans topped with a cranberry-poppyseed dressing. Photo by Melissa Donald 
Tip: Request a booth. Very comfortable and private. I always ask for a cocktail napkin to set under my water glass. I hate little puddles of moisture from the glass dripping on the granite table top.

Top off your meal with their double chocolate stout terrine for dessert. Photo by Melissa Donald 

The Plus One 
Locust Grove 
561 Blankenbaker Lane

This Georgian mansion, built in the 1790s and recently re-stored to its original appearance, is the centerpiece to the rolling fields, woodlands, gardens, and farm buildings at Locust Grove. Photo by John Nation 
This Georgian brick mansion was the last home of General George Rogers Clark from 1809 until his death in 1818. It was the estate of his sister Lucy Clark Croghan and her husband William and family. A tour of the circa 1792 house gives visitors a glimpse into life before Louisville became the noisy metropolis it is today.

An introductory 15-minute film shows on the quarter hour and the tour of the house takes about 45 minutes. If it’s a pleasant day, take time to stroll about the grounds and enjoy the quiet. The small gift shop is just the size for a little retail therapy, too.

Monday-Sat 10am to 4:30pm
Sunday 1pm to 4:30pm
Adults: $9
Seniors $8
Discounts for AAA members

The outbuildings and the grounds of Locust Grove stand as examples of early 19th-century frontier America. 
Photo by Courtney Novack
Tip: On the first Wednesday of the month, a lecture or presentation on an historic topic is given at 1pm. Cookies and coffee are served before the lecture. $5 for non-members; $3 for Friends of Historic Locust Grove.

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