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Parlour offers a cozy oasis for bridge walkers and everyone

by Robin Garr » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:08 am


Parlour offers a cozy oasis for bridge walkers and everyone

LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

Parlour’s artichoke pesto pizza.
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Have you strolled, jogged or biked across the Big Four walking bridge yet? Who hasn’t? According to the Waterfront Development Corp., about 1,500,000 people enjoy the mile-long bridge between Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind., every year. Reopening the abandoned, rusting 1895 railroad bridge as a linear public park has proven to be a great idea.

And now, thanks to another great idea, it’s even better. Step off the Indiana end, and what to your wondering eyes should appear, directly across Jeffersonville’s Pearl Street from the foot of the bridge ramp, but a beautifully restored, 181-year-old mansion and extensive gardens, now revealed as Parlour, an inviting pizzeria and beer garden.

Open since early this month in the historic Duffy-Hancock House and proudly recorded on the National Register of Historic Places, the stylish, two-story putty-and-white Georgian mansion had been a bed-and-breakfast in recent years.

Now its elegant rooms, fitted out in more casual style with sturdy wooden tables and chairs and, offbeat decor - gallon tomato sauce cans on shelves and a non-representational mural of bright red-and-white triangles on the walls - offer ample comfort for peckish bridge walkers and anyone else who finds their way over. (If you’re driving, it’s a quick jump off the first Jeffersonville exits on the tolled Lincoln and free George Rogers Clark bridges.)

Note well, though, that this is no mere industrial pizza and boring beer joint. Artisanal pizzas come sizzling from a fancy stone pizza oven, made in Italy, that burns stout Indiana white oak. Beers are carefully selected and pour fresh from 42 taps - 30 in the dining room and 12 more in the upstairs cocktail bar - reserved for quality brews in a good combination of local, craft American and imports, plus additional bottled beers. If beer’s not your thing, don’t worry, the folks behind the copper-topped bar are prepared to serve your cocktail needs.

The main dining room may have been the parlor in the original Duffy-Hancock home, but the added “u” in Parlour is not a British affectation but a conscious riff on the French “parle,” “to speak,” signaling management’s wish that Parlour will find its place as a hangout where people don’t just rush through but spend time, sipping and munching and carrying on conversation. ...

Read the full review on LouisvilleHotBytes,
http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/parlo ... s-everyone

You'll also find this review in LEO Weekly’s Food & Drink section today.
http://www.leoweekly.com/category/food-drink/

Parlour
131 W. Chestnut St.
Jeffersonville, Ind.
812-914-7400
http://eatparlourpizza.com
https://facebook.com/EatParlourPizza
Robin Garr’s rating: 86 points
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Re: Parlour offers a cozy oasis for bridge walkers and every

by James Natsis » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:26 am

I walked over last Friday evening with my wife. We ended up eating at the Come Back Inn (quite enjoyable). The weather was beautiful, and the whole scene was teeming with pedestrians of all shapes, colors, and sizes. Parlour was very busy with a nice crowd outdoors. It melds well with the Big Four ramp that is located just a few yards away.

A walk across the bridge on a nice weather weekend evening should be on the Louisville must do list. The changing light colors are lovely and the amount of people is impressive. We walked back around 9:45 and it was still very busy--we even talked to Mayor Fischer at that time who was out for a stroll with his son.

Once the Greenway is finished next year the Multipurpose path will connect Jeffersonville with New Albany. Credit given where credit due. And that part of the metro area has really emerged and many good things are still to come.
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Re: Parlour offers a cozy oasis for bridge walkers and every

by JustinHammond » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:11 pm

Pizza (works) 7/10 - very pedestrian, disappointed
Atmosphere 10/10 - ate in the Carriage House, loved the music and overall vibe.
Beer List 10/10
Service 9/10

No cocktails served in the Carriage House
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Re: Parlour offers a cozy oasis for bridge walkers and every

by Robin Garr » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:01 pm

JustinHammond wrote:Pizza (works) 7/10 - very pedestrian, disappointed

I felt that they weren't using the fancy oven up to its full potential, for sure, but wondered if we were there too early in the day. It seemed as if maybe the dough hadn't risen fully, and then that they pulled it early. No issue with the sauce or toppings, though, and the dough problems seemed solvable.

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