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Vietnamese fare and cocktails elevate District 6

by Robin Garr » Wed Jan 04, 2023 9:38 am

Tasty Vietnamese fare and cool cocktails elevate District 6

The vegetarian version of pagoda noodles – District 6's Vietnamese take on pad thai – brings a load of tender noodles, peanuts and scrambled egg on a bed of blanched veggies and fried tofu cubes.
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Not long after the turn of this century, I’m not sure that many of us would have predicted the rise of St. Matthews as one of the city’s most active bar and nightlife zones.

So I guess it shouldn’t surprise us that this suburban village has suddenly become a go-to zone for Asian eateries with estimable bars.

Say what?

Hear me out: Within walking distance of the nightlife zone’s epicenter on Shelbyville Road you’ll find two Vietnamese restaurants (Nam Nam Cafe and District 6 Gastropub), one popular Thai spot (Simply Thai) and a top Indian restaurant (Tikka House). And just a mile out the road sits Oriental House, the 60-plus-year-old OG of local Asian eats.

Five excellent Asian restaurants along a one-mile stretch? I’m not sure that the city’s South End Vietnamese eats zone is much more concentrated than that. Without digging into the statistical details, this development makes me happy.

I’ll grab a meal at most of these places often, even when I’m not reviewing, so when I realized that I hadn’t been back to District 6 since shortly after its opening in the autumn of 2019, I knew it was time to go back.

We dropped in for lunch on a busy weekday and found the place already crowded and noisy at noon, filled with seemingly happy diners. Its bill of fare, according to the restaurant website, focuses on both traditional and modern dishes that “combine Vietnamese flavors and techniques with local and market-fresh ingredients.”

The bar, a prerequisite for this nightlife zone, offers basic selections of modest wines and beers, basic classic cocktails (all $10), and most interesting, a half-dozen “Vietnamese-inspired” cocktails (all $12). ...

Read the complete article with both reviews on LouisvilleHotBytes,
https://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/tast ... district-6

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

District 6 Gastropub
3930 Shelbyville Road
873-5561
https://eatdistrict6.wixsite.com
https://facebook.com/EatDistrict6
https://instagram.com/EatDistrict6

Noise Level: The sound level ebbed and flowed during the lunch hour, occasionally hampering conversation during noise peaks. Sound levels varied from a noisy but doable 75.1 dB to a near-annoying 83.6 dB.

Accessibility: Save for stools along the bar, the restaurant appears to be accessible to wheelchair users.

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