The First Friday Trolley Hop came just in time to celebrate the start of the Labor Day Weekend last Friday. And, while ideally I would have jet-setted to New York for a few days, I decided to stay in Louisville and visit 732 Social to taste some of the delicious food and experience an atmosphere surprisingly quite similar to NYC.
Owned by chef Jayson Lewellyn, 732 Social is located in the lively NuLu neighborhood on the first floor of The Green Building. The restaurant and bar offers sustainable and local food items, in addition to some distinct cocktails inspired by the pre-prohibition era.
Two of my best friends and I headed down to Market Street to catch up with one another and dine on some savory appetizers before kicking off the weekend with lots of partying and an extra day off from work.
With it being Trolley Hop night, 732 Social was filled with tons of diners and bar-hoppers, sharing conversations, laughing with each other, and being, of course, social. Despite the full house, we somehow lucked out with a table outside, where dozens of guests sat in close quarters on wooden tables and chairs, exposed to a view of the busy street.
The blend of Hendricks, St. Germain, D’Orsaria, Gomme, cucumber and mint gives the Or’Alize a bittersweet flavor that takes some getting used to but will satisfy your tongue, nonetheless. Though I’m usually a little stingy when it comes to liquor, I let my friends have a few sips as well – honestly, because the drink was so strong, I could barely drink it all myself.
After trying out the cocktail, we then ordered two appetizers to satiate our hunger. We chose a cheese dish, which came with goat cheese and a side of raw honey, fruit and black walnuts, as well as the charcuterie with prosciutto and Jamón Serrano, coupled with chow chow – a small bowl of pickled vegetables – dijon mustard and apple butter, which I could have eaten by itself.
After crunching down on some flatbread and sampling the ham and cheese, our stomachs were filled from just two small appetizers. I left wishing I had come to 732 with a bit of a bigger appetite because from what I hear, some of the menu items are too amazing to skip: the frisee and smoked bacon, the beef tartar, the barbecue pork and the signature mac-n-cheese prepared with five cheeses and béchamel sauce.
When there’s room at the bar, 732 Social allows guests to try out smaller portions of their dishes at just $5 a sample. The chefs and bartenders bring out cocktails and their choice of dishes on the menu to give guests an idea of what to order on future visits or to help the indecisive ones decide what to order later on for dinner.
I would have tried the $5 tasting myself, but as I said it was trolley night, so finding a seat at the bar was a long-shot that evening.
With the great atmosphere on Market, the stop at 732 Social was only the beginning on Friday, as my friends and I then strolled down the street to take a quick look at the art galleries on display and local shops around the corner.
To close out the evening, we had some fun in the MagBooth just a few feet away from 732. It’s a free service, so if you want a few candid shots of you and your friends, the MagBooth will give you a couple to either flaunt on Facebook or hide away in embarrassment if you find you weren’t ready for the quick flash of the camera.
I think my friends and I slightly abused the privilege, considering we walked away with six different sets of pictures from the photo booth, but it was all in good fun and something I would definitely suggest doing.
For great food and unique cocktails and a variety of art galleries, shops and a fun photo shoot to experience after dining on exquisite cuisine, come down to 732 Social to immerse yourself in one of the best, up-and-coming areas of downtown Louisville.
For information, visit www.732social.com.
732 E. Market St.
5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday.
Dishes range from $7 to $26, with the exception of “A Big Ass Ribeye,” which is $60 and feeds four.
www.732social.com or 502.583.6882.
Contact writer Ashley Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).