Supper club, a get-together, girls’ night – call it what you will, but wrangling together a group of people to indulge in hot food and cool drinks is considered a roundup, and what better place to host one than a quality roadhouse – perhaps Staxx Roadhouse & BBQ.
Staxx has been opened about a month, and chef Tommy Walters is sticking to true roadhouse staples and their motto, “boisterous revelry, hearty food and plentiful liquid libations.”
The word “roadhouse” conjures images of drowning honky-tonks and sketchy side road jaunts – the stuff “Deliverance” is made of. However, this family-friendly establishment is anything but a refurbished outhouse along the Oregon Trail.
After years in the publishing business, Dan Liebman was in the market for a new venture. Thus a partnership was formed with Tommy Walters and Staxx became a reality.
With great food and a cozy atmosphere, Staxx is a sure bet for families. The spacious dining room has giant round tables that can seat up to 12 people. The best part? The ornate fireplace actually works.
With a well-stocked bar and plasma televisions, this eatery also appeals to sports fanatics in search of a non-sports bar with sports appreciation. The Staxx “War Admiral Bar” is said to have one of the cribber boards from War Admiral’s stall attached to the bar.
The Staxx fun meter is always turned up, so bringing my boyfriend with me was anything but a task.
On this particular evening I was being quite the girl, feeling apprehensive about the messiness of ribs; donning a bib is not exactly date-night protocol. After settling in, the feeling of already being a regular set in and I was at ease immediately. My companion went with the Blackberry Ribs, and why not? A slab of barbecue ribs smoked overnight and slathered with Staxx’s signature blackberry sauce made for a sweet and indulgent treat.
I was not about to go to a roadhouse and order a salad, so in true Kentucky girl fashion, I stuck to my mantra: “What would Ashley Judd do?” I went with a half slab of the Staxx ribs – and never looked back.
As I looked across the table at my pleasantly full date, eyes gazing at the Monday night football game, he said, “This place is just great!” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Staxx Roadhouse is located at 9601 Shelbyville Road and is open Monday through Wednesday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
No tumbleweeds spotted here, just good old-fashioned fun with your choice of a side item and an ice cold beer.
Abundance of space, but contrary to belief, horses are to be left outside.
Laughing kids, sports-induced cheers. Just about the only thing you won’t hear is complaining.
Dish everyone knows to order
Bite-size Catfish lightly covered in Weisenberger cornmeal made just for Staxx; served with homemade tarter sauce.
Dish not everyone knows to order
“Soon to be awarded Texas chili.” Well, I’d certainly give it a blue ribbon.
The name Staxx invokes memories of the old Stax Recording Studio in Memphis and also refers to Tommy’s method of “stacking” meat while smoking it.
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Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.