There's a Restaurant in Kentucky that Sells a $38 Bowl of Pho

Not the $38 pho bowl in question, but rather a bowl from Pho 86
Not the $38 pho bowl in question, but rather a bowl from Pho 86
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Last week, the chica and I were in Kentucky for...something. We spent most of our time in Louisville, a charming-as-hell city with a vibrant, rising dining scene. It's also the home to two iconic hotels, the Seelbach (where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a bunch of The Great Gatsby), and the Brown Hotel, home to that edible pillow known as the Hot Brown Sandwich.

Both hotels have fabulous, iconic bars (and the Seelbach is the birthplace of its namesake bourbon-and-champagne cocktail), although we found ourselves more at the Brown due to its superior bourbon selection. And in one of my drunken stupors, I made my way to its English Grill, its high-dining restaurant. I was expecting to find refined takes on Bluegrass State classic meals like burgoo or Benedictine; instead I found a bowl of pho. For $38.

OH, DEAR...

The ingredients? Half a lobster tail, scallops, vegetable "noodles" and cucumber espuma broth. Fancy! Proof is right here in the English Grill's menu...YIKES!

Guess Charles' rant about Vietnamese food becoming trendy lives.

For the record, we didn't try the $38 bowl of pho, namely because we're too poor to afford that and no way the meal could've been better than the happy hour special at Pho Thanh Lich. So we can't attest to the English Grill's take. But if you have an expense account, and don't mind getting fleeced, have at it and report back to us, you hear?

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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