Butchertown Grocery sits nestled on the corner of East Washington in the Butchertown Neighborhood. I was graciously invited to taste the brunch experience first-hand in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
Chef Bobby Benjamin and Beverage Director Nic Christiansen of Butchertown Grocery are forces to be reckoned with. Ranked in USA Today and Southern Living among best restaurants across the country, Butchertown Grocery offers a great selection of delicious dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. Lola, Butchertown Grocery’s upstairs lounge, is open late and the perfect spot for great conversation or listening to the late-night DJ.
Butchertown Grocery is hands-down our favorite place to grab brunch on the weekends. The Butchertown Eggs Benedict is my favorite version of the breakfast classic – made with pork belly, on an English muffin and truffle Bearnaise sauce. Every single item on the menu is made in house – everything except the ketchup!
The service and knowledge of the staff one of the best in Louisville. Butchertown Grocery is open for lunch and brunch daily at 11 a.m.
The Brunch Menu
As we settled in for a few questions upstairs at Lola, the speakeasy-style lounge above the restaurant, the cocktails and plates kept coming! For the tasting, Nic and Bobby served up cocktails and brunch menu items that perfectly complemented each other with a story reeling to be heard.
All cocktails and menu items mentioned here are featured on the brunch menu. If you haven’t experienced Butchertown Grocery at brunch (or any other time!), you are missing out!
Brunch Cocktails at Butchertown Grocery
Nic is a genius at the bar. Each cocktail in her beverage program is carefully crafted and an original creation.
First, we started with the Angel’s Envy Spritz, made with Angel’s Envy, Cherry Heering, Tamarind Syrup, ginger, lime and Cava. The combination of ingredients are refreshing and fun without the tart sweetness. This low-proof cocktail makes it a great choice for brunch.
Nic explained that the low-proof cocktails make for easy sipping, so you can enjoy whiskey without the “sleepy” effect of a higher proof beverage.
Next, Nic whipped up the Basilina, made with Contratto Bianco, lime and basil. A refreshing beverage perfect for summer sipping and is also a low-proof cocktail. Nic explained muddling the basil releases the flavors into the beverage for an extra punch.
To cap off the beverage tasting, out came the Cold Brew Negroni, created with cold brew coffee, Campari, Carpano Antica (a sweet Italian vermouth) and orange oil. Coffee in a cocktail – what more could you want from brunch?! With the punchy coffee flavor, it is the ideal complement to a dessert like their Mocha Torte or Beignet.
Brunch Eats at Butchertown Grocery
Chef Bobby Benjamin dishes out classic menu items, which are “twisted” with his own take on the dish but always respecting the culture. He pulls inspiration from his travels and previous experiences in places like Rhode Island, Nashville, California and Italy.
First, I caught a glimpse of the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, which was the perfect ode to the iconic Cajun Shrimp and Grits. The shrimp is shipped from Nova Scotia as 100% fresh, never frozen and chemical-free.
As a Southern girl, seafood is sacred territory and I’m always a bit picky on the subject. But Chef Benjamin hit it out of the park! The shrimp had an incredible texture and tenderness. The BBQ flavor complemented the smoked Weisenberger grits in the most epic ways.
Chef Benjamin also noted all seafood on the menu is brought in with the utmost care and cleanliness.
Second, Chef Benjamin passed over a plate of the largest breakfast sandwich I’ve ever feasted my eyes upon. The Butcherblock Sandwich is made with ciabatta bread, topped with cured meats, fried eggs, arugula, hashbrowns, Manchego cheese and chive aioli. It’s the mother of all breakfast sandwiches!
After discussing our love for pasta, a plate of Gnocchi with mushrooms, parmigiano-reggiano cheese and fines herbes came to the table with just as much perfection as the other dishes. The gnocchi consisted of the most impeccable density and the flavors were phenomenal.
To end the tasting, a Mocha Torte and Beignets made with Wild Turkey American Honey & bacon anglaise arrived at our table. Both desserts were outstanding! Chef Benjamin recalled patrons from New Orleans commenting on the authenticity of the Beignets, which speaks to Chef’s attention to culture and detail.
From start to finish, my experience with Chef Bobby Benjamin and Nic Christiansen was incredible. It’s safe to say you won’t find any ordinary “groceries” here!
Butchertown Grocery is located at 1076 E Washington St, Louisville, KY. Hours of operation are daily from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.