Who Needs Eyes When It's The Snout That Counts, or, What I Ate, More Louisville 2011: The Blind Pig

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Pork Rillettes (stellar, topped with a "thin layer of duck fat" and served with crusty and wonderful Blue Dog Bakery bread)

Salmon Croquettes

Oyster Fritters in Champagne Butter

House Made Chorizo with Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard

"The Ivory Bacon": house made boudin blanc sausage sandwich

The Blind Pig is in the "colorfully" named neighborhood of Butchertown and it embraces its hog butchering location in high old style. In fact this brilliant place was a bit of a revelation and a terrific example of what's hip in Louisville--can't wait to go back!

Not pictured are the meticulously handmade cocktails (most of them extraordinary), which included the rich and super-potent "Awakening" — Sazerac rye, B&B, coffee extract, allspice, egg whites and house made coffee bitters; a tart and powerful "Old School Whiskey Sour" — Old Forester bourbon, house made sour mix, egg white, powdered sugar; "The Count" — Hendrick's gin, Campari, rose water, sweet vermouth and orange flame; and a perfectly executed French 75.