It’s a special edition of EatDrinkTalk with special guest Tony Palombino, who came to the studio to talk about a controversial review of his Joella’s Chicken restaurant. The crux of the matter for Palombino is his accusation that reviewer is the work of a non-existent writer who authored his scathing commentary on, which is owned by chef Griffin Paulin. Steve digs in to the conflict with Palombino in an entertaining interview.

Two local restaurant openings made headlines this week, and Steve sat down with Guy Fieri at the opening of the celebrity’s 4th Street Live! Smokehouse. Fieri turned out to be as charming as advertised, and the restaurant seems poised to be a wonderful addition to the downtown dining scene. Over on East Main, Rick sampled Vietnamese cuisine at the new Pho Ba Luu, one of the fantastic new buildings there developed by Andy Blieden. In another headline-grabbing event, Steve had the scoop on Dallas McGarity’s new concept, The Fat Lamb, which is coming to the current Fontleroy’s spot in the Highlands.

 If you’re looking for an opportunity to try a new restaurant at a small price, 502 Lunch Week gives you a great chance to sample special menus created just for the promotion. It includes 14 prominent hotspots around town, including Captain’s Quarters. It was there that Rick visited with Chef Ken Barkley to learn how he manages the big crowds in Prospect. One startling fact you’ll hear—he’s got 38 cooks in the kitchen.
Of course, the weekend’s packed with activity, including the biggest football game EVER at Papa John’s, which Steve will be watching on a beach somewhere. The next best thing to do is to take a drive to Bardstown for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Next week, acclaimed chef Dean Corbett will guest host the show with Rick.
Guy Fieri was in town this week
Chef Ken Barkley at Captain’s Quarters
Steve Coomes welcomed Tony Palombino in the studio