Louder than Life, the two-day music, bourbon, and food festival, has been running for three years now. They tend to classify their gourmet food truck fare as “Man Food,” and I was determined to make my way through as many of these beasts as I could. On my journey I learned that there is truly nothing else to call it, except Man Food. It’s big, savory, messy, and not one bit good for you. I documented my quest and deliver to you the results of a girl’s trek through “Man Food.”
Saturday – Day 1
We first tried Olie’s Tots, opting for the Philly Steak Tots. The tots came out fast, and were a bit sloppy in appearance. They came with canned nacho cheese and some long pieces of thinly cut steak. We didn’t finish them.
My Husband, Richard, chose to try Angry Bird Grill. He got the classic turkey leg, and it was insane! The massive hunk of meat was juicy with a crisp, flavorful skin. It made quite a mess, but that’s what you get with “Man Food.”
I split and tried Cheese Louise. I ordered the loaded mac and cheese, which came out looking so appetizing, but missed the mark. The dried out mac and cheese pretty much ruined the whole dish. We abandoned this cheese dish for our next disposable bowl/plate.
Tiffany, my best friend, picked Aporkalypse Now. She ordered the Grilled Chicken Queso Bowl, and OH MY, it was heaven. It was simply french fries, topped with some grilled chicken and queso, but it was irresistible! Just messy enough to be fun and not aggravating. We managed to finish the whole thing.
Sunday – Day 2
As soon as we arrived to the festival, we went straight for Tex-Mex Foods and ordered a Gyro Deluxe. definitely one of our favorite food we tried while at the festival. It came stuffed to the brim and featured lamb, beef, lettuce, onion, and the truck’s homemade sauce. Definitely a must have if you find yourself in the Louisville area.
Richard decided to try Zoom Zoom Yum, and choose their BBQ Gyro Sandwich. For a 10$ sandwich, we were very disappointed. We understand that it’s festival pricing, but this sandwich was just sad, and the sauce overpowered the entire thing.
For a change of pace, I decided to try one of the featured beers, West Sixth Brewing’s Lemongrass Wheat, and it was quite tasty. I’m no beer expert, but the lemongrass was surprisingly refreshing.
We also gave the Jimador Tequila RV a try. We each ordered the margarita, I opted for the mango, Richard with traditional lime. They were quite weak, but the second ones we got were perfect, and the tequila blended quite well and was well worth the $8 spent.
As the second day started to settle down, we decided to lay out our tarp, and give Boss Hog’s BBQ a try. We ordered the Whole Hog Nachos. It was really tasty, but a tad bit boring. Their pork was perfectly cooked however, which really made the nachos delicious.
Red Top Gourmet Hotdogs was our next stop. We ordered a Nirvana and Truffle Parm Kettle Chips!!! In case you can’t see it all in the picture, this massive dog is a grass-fed beef hotdog, on a pretzel bun, with smoked gouda beer cheese, jalapenos, french fried onions, and a jalapeno jam. This hot dog was INCREDIBLE. The fresh jalapenos were a nice alternative to the pickled ones we’d been served for two days. Same thing goes for the kettle chips. Cooked perfectly and graciously seasoned, they really hit the spot. I really can’t say enough good things about Red Top. Their food was incredible.
Lastly, at the end of the night, we decided to treat ourselves. We ordered the Bourbon Truffles from Art Edibles, and mannnn they were the perfect end to a long weekend. Chocolatey and creamy, they simply melt in your mouth. I’m not a chocolate fan, but I found myself finishing one of these guys alone.