Restaurant: Game, Louisville, Kentucky
I admit it…there isn’t too much a gluten-free vegetarian can say about a restaurant called Game, right? Well, honestly…yes. There really isn’t. After all, Game, a hot restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, is known for it’s variety of different proteins that it serves up in various forms, but specifically as a burger. Although, you can do a meatball flight if you want.
Why was I at Game?
Well, you see…for a long time now, the roomie has been wanting to check out this restaurant. For one thing, it is the one place in Louisville where she can try bone marrow. For another thing…she’s turned into quite the foodie as of late. As for the other reason, the biggest foodie we know, our friend Indy, from California, was in town. When we first mentioned her coming out to visit, this restaurant seemed like a point of great interest. Therefore, we made it our first official meal together on her first full day in the area.
We arrived shortly after they opened, having had a light breakfast that morning in preparation for a great lunch. We walked in and took a seat at one of the tables. Our server came over with menus and left us a drink menu. I’m in training for more marathons, so I stuck to water. So did Cathy. Indy was hoping to try a local brew of beer, and we finally found one for her to give a try. And as we were helping, we were all taking a look at the menu. Cathy and Indy decided they would split the bone marrow appetizer…just to see what it was like. So, when our server returned, all I had to do was explain that I was the oddball as a gluten-free vegetarian. She suggested the Seasonal Salad, which, honestly was the only thing I could eat on the menu. With that being said…we placed our orders.
Cathy and Indy did, in fact, order the Bone Marrow ($8.00) to split as an appetizer. Then, Cathy went ahead and ordered a Wild Boar Burger ($9.00), which came accompanied with greens, tomato, goat cheese, and cranberry-jalapeno jam, served on an everything bun. Indy ordered a Meatball Sampler, consisting of Elk ($3.00), Antelope ($3.00), and Wild Boar ($3.00). So, the carnivores in the group were happy.
I went ahead and, instead of eating my protein bar I packed…just in case…I ordered the Seasonal Salad ($6.00). The waitress also recommended the fries, which were gluten-free as nothing is fried there except potatoes. And it was done in Canola oil. So, at the prompting of Cathy and Indy…we ordered a Basket of French Fries ($4.00) to split amongst us.
And so, we started to get caught up since it had been since September since we last saw each other. There was much to discuss and talk about. We were distracted when I guy walked into the window…which was utterly hilarious. Everyone else in the restaurant thought so too. Especially his buddies. It really was funny. But, soon, the bone marrow made it’s way to the table. It was a half of a bone, topped with parmesan, poblano, and rosemary. It was served with crostini as a vessel in which to eat it on. Cathy was the first to dive in. She, however, managed to only get the cheesy, bread-y topping on the first go, leaving the gelatinous bone marrow down. She remedied that, however, and then Indy had a go. And…they seemed pretty indifferent, both agreeing that it definitely needed the topping so that it just wasn’t this oozey gooey…stuff. So…they feasted on that and finished up just as the entrees were arriving. Good timing.
Not much I can really say about it. It was a mix of greens topped off with Craisins and some herbed goat cheese. It has a delicious strawberry dressing, however, I will give it that. Otherwise, it was a simple salad. Nothing that really set it apart, save that it was served on a wooden plank with a few apple slices. I enjoyed munching on the apple slices in between bites. As for the fries…well…they were really good. But there were a lot of them there. The three of us did what damage we could, but there were still too many for us in the basket. They had the perfect crispness outside with the soft potato inside…yummy. And definitely fried to perfection. But, I can only tolerate so much fried food these days and I was done with these pretty quickly, despite how delicious they are and the fact that I love fries. Eating them in a restaurant is a treat for me, so I’m very glad we ordered them. Perfectly seasoned. And really good. Is it odd I went on more about the fries than the salad? Let’s face it…if you don’t have something about a salad that sets it apart…it’s greens, cheese, and sometimes nuts or dried fruit. That’s what this was. I can make that salad at home, in all honesty. But the dressing was stellar. For real.
And that was that. A vegetarian with food allergies went to eat at a meat-heavy restaurant…and survived. It was definitely an interesting experience, and I would go back again. Especially since Cathy has voiced some thoughts on trying other types of meat there. They do have veggie burgers available for those vegetarians that do not have a gluten allergy. The problem is they use breadcrumbs as a binder…so that wasn’t going to work for me. The two different vegetarian patties that they do offer sound amazing, however. If only I could have eaten one.
So…chalk it up for an interesting experience at Game in Louisville, Kentucky. I’m glad both Cathy and Indy got to experience it and take in a few different proteins they normally wouldn’t have been able to find on a local menu.