As a writer for the Out & About column, I’m always running around, looking for new and interesting places for our readers to visit. A few Thursdays ago, I visited the Summit’s Music on the Terrace. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to rock out, have a delicious meal and pamper myself a bit. And let me tell you, it was one of the most relaxing and fun Thursday nights of my summer – besides The Voice-Tribune’s Third Thursday After-Work Party, of course.
My evening of serenity and calm began with a pedicure. I decided to arrive at the Summit a bit early so I could squeeze in a walk-in at Venetian Nails & Spa before meeting friends for dinner and music.
Turns out, I wasn’t the only girl in town with this genius idea. I had to postpone my arrival time because of the wait at Venetian, but it was well worth it. After a 30-minute soothing pedicure, my feet felt soft and smooth and my toes were painted an OPI rock-star electric blue cleverly labeled “Blue My Mind.” I was ready to groove to the music of a ’60s-to-today cover band called Kudmani.
Though I dropped the ball a little with the pedicure, I did think ahead and made a reservation at Mitchell’s Fish Market. I’d been having the weirdest tuna cravings. The outdoor seating is first-come-first serve, so we still had to wait a bit, but it was nothing we couldn’t handle.
However, if you’re not in the mood for a sit-down meal, or would rather go for a cheaper option like Qdoba, I highly suggest bringing lawn chairs. In all the years I’ve been shopping, dining and going to events at the Summit, I’ve never seen the terrace so packed.
But it was an adorable sight – definitely a family-friendly event. The front of the stage had a nicely sized area for children to dance the afternoon away. I saw some moves on that dance floor that I don’t think anyone past age 8 could pull off. I’ll admit I was a little envious.
But my unbelievable meal at Mitchell’s made me feel better. We started out the meal with an appetizer of muscles. And you really can’t resist Mitchell’s sourdough bread and butter; it’s too good.
For my entrée, I had fresh yellowfin tuna from Kona, Hawaii, cooked “Shanghai Style,” which means the chef served it steamed with ginger and scallions, served with sticky rice, spinach and rice wine soy sauce. The waiters and waitresses at Mitchell’s are super friendly and will let you substitute just about anything you want. I substituted my sticky rice for extra veggies, but after the sourdough bread, I doubt it even mattered.
None of my dining buddies nor I had room for dessert, but the Summit has plenty of options bordering the terrace. Sometimes one of the greatest joys in life is enjoying ice cream while listening to good music. For those who agree, stop in 32 Degrees, a self-serve frozen yogurt bar where what you pay depends on how much sweetness is in your bowl. Careful though. I’ve been known to overdo it on the Oreo topping (sometimes it’s just too hard to resist).
Or if you’re a java freak, like me, grab an iced latte or frappuccino at Starbucks. If I had the room for the extra calories, I certainly would’ve sipped on an iced chai latte while I bobbed my head to Kudmani’s cover of “Teenage Wasteland.”
Even if you’re not in the foodie mood, don’t miss a great opportunity to walk around Louisville’s largest outdoor mall, shopping and listening to the summer sounds of local bands.
Music on the Terrace is held every Thursday in June and July from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Summit and is a perfect opportunity to get the kids out, enjoy some free entertainment, feed your shopping addiction or wind down and enjoy a nice meal after work.
For more information, visit www.thesummitonline.com/louisville.
Classic rock group Crushed Velvet will take the stage Thursday, July 14.
And on July 21, catch Josh and Holly, a folk/country/pop duo who recently played at this year’s Riverfest and appeared on CMT’s “Can You Duet” in 2009.
Some great restaurants border the terrace, including Qdoba, Martini Italian Bistro and Mitchell’s Fish Market. Also located in the Summit are Five Guys, Stony River Legendary Steaks and Zoe’s Kitchen.
Your Chance to Win!
Lite 106.9 is working in conjunction with Music on the Terrace to give away Lady Antebellum tickets. To enter, visit the Lite 106.9 tent on the terrace. Lady Antebellum will play at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair on Aug. 18.
Be sure to check the Summit’s website regularly for updates on sales throughout the shopping center.
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