The Silver Dollar

One of the culinary highlights of our trip to Louisville was eating the lamb shank at The Silver Dollar, a restaurant that is representative of Southern cuisine mixed with the honky tonk music culture in 1950’s California.

Porter braised lamb shank - natural jus, carrots, smashed potatoes

Porter braised lamb shank – natural jus, carrots, smashed potatoes

I love lamb.  One bite of this dish and my taste buds were transported to heaven.  First of all, this lamb (when alive) must have been jacked because the meat was literally packed on the bone (more for my tummy!).  Thankfully, it was braised beautifully, and the meat that fell apart on my fork was so intrinsically gamey!  The lamb in the region must be raised differently because on a plate, this lamb was by far some of the best I’ve ever had.

Left: Silverware and sauces Right: House-made pickled shrimp with toast and roasted garlic and herb spread

Left: Silverware and sauces
Right: House-made pickled shrimp with toast and roasted garlic and herb spread

The Silver Dollar has a cute DIY idea by using six-pack holders for sauces and silverware, which really fit their southern decor.  If only they were filled with bottles of beer… But they do have a unique selection of beer to choose from!  To pair with your drink, definitely order from their house-made pickles section.  But try to be open to everything because they were out of the majority of pickled items when we went.  We literally went through the list of what we wanted and had to end up with the shrimp, which was like a refreshing shrimp ceviche.  In any case, I think the herb spread and garlic bread were just perfect on their own.

Roasted apple and butternut salad - mixed greens, candied pecans, cranberry buttermilk vinaigrette

Roasted apple and butternut salad – mixed greens, candied pecans, cranberry buttermilk vinaigrette

We had to order some salad to be healthy, and these greens went above and beyond our expectations of rabbit food.  It had such a lovely spring look while the apple and butternut sort of skipped the summer and brought the taste of autumn.  This is the ultimate vegetarian salad!

Plate o' Chops - bone-in, fried, peppered bacon gravy, smashed potatoes

Plate o’ Chops – bone-in, fried, peppered bacon gravy, smashed potatoes

Note to self: don’t order this much.  When we saw this plate of pork chops topped with a creamy-textured gravy, our mouths dropped and our stomachs shouted “no more!”.  But we couldn’t resist after one mouthful of that crisp crispy pork and the soft, fluffy and warm cornbread.  Thank goodness I don’t live in Louisville because I’m pretty sure I would weigh about 100 pounds more!

Tips:

  1. There is free street parking outside the restaurant.
  2. Outdoor seating is available, but it’s limited.

Rating:

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4 thoughts on “The Silver Dollar

  1. Do you also like to put mint jelly on your lamb? But really good lamb doesn’t need anything else, right? Hehehe.

    Now that’s a proper plate of pork chop! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  2. My mouth is watering just looking at these photos… I have a friend in Louisville and I think I’m a bit overdue on a visit aka I need to nom this!!!

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