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Holy Grale

1034 Bardstown Rd. (Baxter Ave.) Send to Phone
Occupying a 1905 church, this offbeat gastropub specializes in craft European and American ales.

Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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Holy Grale Restaurant Review

: Climbing the stairs to the choir loft of this former little Unitarian church would feel a bit like entering a speakeasy except that it was, well, a church. Tables are tucked under the wooden eves and the bar is situated where the organ used to be. Taps have replaced pipes and stops. The craft beer selection --- the only alcohol available --- has a heavy Belgian accent, which complements chef Joshua Lehman’s Euro-inflected fare made with locally sourced ingredients. Start by ordering cheese and charcuterie plates for the table. The menu rotates, but you can usually count on a first-rate burger served on a pretzel bun and interestingly sauced mussels. Vegetarian selections may include shiitake sliders. A note on the menu encourages you to tell your beer-versed server what style pleases your palate, and he or she will happily offer a recommendation. Butterscotch pudding with chocolate crumble is the only dessert to eat with a spoon. Otherwise, order a fruity Lambic. Wheelchair access is limited to the downstairs, and guests must be 21.


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