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Meet Louisville's Extreme Meat

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Louisville, like many of its surrounding cities (we're looking at you, Indianapolis), loves its meat. But some places around town take that to the extreme. As one of the final installments of Eater's The Five Days of Meat, we present a map with some of Louisville's wild, weird or way-too-much meat dishes.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

El Molcajete

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Their signature dish “Molcajeteada” may look like a face hugger from Alien, but that just has steak and chicken breast along with its tentacle-looking cactus strips. The real extreme meat, like many other Mexican taquerias around town is brain—brain tacos. [Photo: Yelp]

Shirley Mae's Cafe

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Perhaps some pale at the thought of eating pig intestines, but former CJ food critic Marty Rosen wrote that Shirley Mae’s tender, white chitterlings are as “soft as warm butter.” While they’re served year-round, Shirley Mae's chitterlings are in such high demand the restaurant insists they're served on a “first come, first served” basis. [Photo: Facebook]

Wick's Pizza Parlor & Pub

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How much meat can be put on a pizza? Find out with the Mighty Meaty Wick: a pile of Italian sausage, beef, ham, bacon, and pepperoni barely supported by a pizza crust.

Palermo Viejo

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Some might prefer their South American meats on swords, but this "authentic Argentine" restaurant offers the "Parrillada Completa" for four or more people. House-made chorizo, short ribs, flank steak, sweetbreads, chicken breast and pork tenderloin served with chimichurri sauce, papas a la provenzal (french fries with garlic and parsley) and, possibly just to look pretty, some salads. [Photo: Facebook]
Among the many exotic meats (venison, elk, antelope, boar) available, the Kangaroo burger stands out as possibly the cutest thing ground up for burgers. Top your hopper with "extras" such as foie gras, pork belly or soft shell crab.

Pat's Steakhouse

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Louisville's oldest steakhouse offers a hefty "Specialty of the House" aged 32 oz. Porterhouse T-bone. That's 2 full pounds of meat, or for those on the metric system, almost a full kilogram of cow flesh.
Not satisfied with selling the world on deep-fried chicken, KFC went and invented the DoubleDown, a "sandwich" consisting of bacon, cheese and "Colonel’s sauce" between two fried chicken filets. Because as KFC says, "bread is dead." [Photo: Facebook]

Jade Palace

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Two types of tripe, chicken feet and beef tendon. All delicious, all somewhat "extreme," and available as dim sum every day of the week.

Chubby Ray's

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Anyone who can eat Chubby Ray's 5 lb. “Fat Teddy” burger gets it for free. It is unknown what else people get after ingesting five pounds of burger. [Photo: Facebook]

Jasmine Chinese Cuisine

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Jasmine calls it "Szechuan Unique Cooking." Others might call Hot & Spicy Intestines, Pepper Dry Hot Pot Intestines, Pepper ToFu with Intestines or Pepper Intestines Szechuan Style "extreme." [Photo: Jasmine official site]

El Molcajete

Their signature dish “Molcajeteada” may look like a face hugger from Alien, but that just has steak and chicken breast along with its tentacle-looking cactus strips. The real extreme meat, like many other Mexican taquerias around town is brain—brain tacos. [Photo: Yelp]

Shirley Mae's Cafe

Perhaps some pale at the thought of eating pig intestines, but former CJ food critic Marty Rosen wrote that Shirley Mae’s tender, white chitterlings are as “soft as warm butter.” While they’re served year-round, Shirley Mae's chitterlings are in such high demand the restaurant insists they're served on a “first come, first served” basis. [Photo: Facebook]

Wick's Pizza Parlor & Pub

How much meat can be put on a pizza? Find out with the Mighty Meaty Wick: a pile of Italian sausage, beef, ham, bacon, and pepperoni barely supported by a pizza crust.

Palermo Viejo

Some might prefer their South American meats on swords, but this "authentic Argentine" restaurant offers the "Parrillada Completa" for four or more people. House-made chorizo, short ribs, flank steak, sweetbreads, chicken breast and pork tenderloin served with chimichurri sauce, papas a la provenzal (french fries with garlic and parsley) and, possibly just to look pretty, some salads. [Photo: Facebook]

Game

Among the many exotic meats (venison, elk, antelope, boar) available, the Kangaroo burger stands out as possibly the cutest thing ground up for burgers. Top your hopper with "extras" such as foie gras, pork belly or soft shell crab.

Pat's Steakhouse

Louisville's oldest steakhouse offers a hefty "Specialty of the House" aged 32 oz. Porterhouse T-bone. That's 2 full pounds of meat, or for those on the metric system, almost a full kilogram of cow flesh.

KFC

Not satisfied with selling the world on deep-fried chicken, KFC went and invented the DoubleDown, a "sandwich" consisting of bacon, cheese and "Colonel’s sauce" between two fried chicken filets. Because as KFC says, "bread is dead." [Photo: Facebook]

Jade Palace

Two types of tripe, chicken feet and beef tendon. All delicious, all somewhat "extreme," and available as dim sum every day of the week.

Chubby Ray's

Anyone who can eat Chubby Ray's 5 lb. “Fat Teddy” burger gets it for free. It is unknown what else people get after ingesting five pounds of burger. [Photo: Facebook]

Jasmine Chinese Cuisine

Jasmine calls it "Szechuan Unique Cooking." Others might call Hot & Spicy Intestines, Pepper Dry Hot Pot Intestines, Pepper ToFu with Intestines or Pepper Intestines Szechuan Style "extreme." [Photo: Jasmine official site]