The show moves to Tuesday and Rick and Steve are raving about their experience at 8UP. The hotspot atop the Hilton Garden Inn downtown is featuring a special Chef, Feed Me dinner — offering three special items chosen by chef Jacob Coronado for $33. The restaurant treated us to a brilliant rabbit roulade (with sweet pepper sausage), a tasty shrimp and grits selection, plus a sweet yolk dessert to top off the meal. We call it a bargain, delicious and filling.

Isaac Fox, owner, La Chasse. | Photo by Steve Coomes

Steve’s interview with Isaac Fox, the operator at La Chasse in the Highlands, includes details on how he overcame an MSD issue that closed his popular restaurant briefly. Rick talked with Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen G.M. Wayne Sweeney and found out about some exciting future expansion plans for the newly renamed Main Street eatery. The move from modern Mexican to Southern has gone down smoothly so far.

In the news, we discuss the closing of Bearno’s in the Highlands and the opening of The Manhattan Project in Clifton. We wonder about an announcement this week by former general manager Adam Seger that the story behind a famous cocktail was a made-up tale created for marketing purposes. There’s also a new line expansion for Falls City Beer, more evidence of the growing thirst for more craft beer here.

Wayne Sweeney, GM, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen. | Photo by Rick Redding

In our Favorites segment, Steve chose the shrimp and grits from 8UP mentioned above, plus a taste of old Forester 115 proof from his personal collection. For Rick, there was the Oh Well, Oh Well concoction from the drinks menu at 8UP, and he sampled several tasty options at the Yelp! Art in Action event at the Palace Theater. We hope you enjoy the move to Tuesday by our podcast, and will tell your friends about it.