Review of Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Fourth Street Live in Louisville, KY
Taking smoked meat to the extreme, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse doesn’t disappoint – in food, fun and atmosphere! We were fortunate enough to attend the media opening of Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, with Guy himself in attendance, educating us on the fine aspects of his passion for food, as well as his affection for Louisville!
Located directly in the center of Fourth Street Live, the restaurant has a large patio seating area and boosts a huge fire pit upon entrance. The inside is adored in typical Fieri décor – a chrome eagle on one wall, and a flame mural and flame patterns all over, symbolic maybe of his famous style of shirts he’s often seen wearing. There is plenty of seating, with room for large parties, and a very large bar adjacent to the outdoor patio.
The menu screams Fieri, with ample choices of smoked meats, and that will also provide you that at-home feeling with some bourbon-flared dishes. Like Guy himself said in his interview prior to our dining experience, “It’s not what you’d expect to find in your everyday average BBQ joint.” To start off, I suggest either the Trash Can Nachos, which are literally served from a can, or the Pit Smoked Wings, smoked pork shank covered in a bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce!
For an entrée, you can’t go wrong with any of the signature sandwich choices, which range from the Motley Que (pit smoked pulled pork with a bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce and crispy onions on a pretzel bun) to a non-typical grilled cheese, the Triple Crown Grilled Cheese, which consists of pimento, smoked gouda, and cheddar cheese, along with six cheese mac n cheese, all stacked between buttered garlic toast! There are a variety of burgers to choose from, including The Smokehouse – a beef patty, pit smoked pulled pork, BBQ brisket, bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce, donkey sauce, smoked gouda, onions, pickles and garlic-buttered brioche. For larger plated entrees, there is a brisket meatloaf, bourbon pork chops, salmon, smoked brisket, ribs, fried chicken, rib eye, and the Big Bite BBQ Platter!!!
Although there is no actual kids’ menu (*one is currently in the works), Guy himself told us that orders could easily be customized per a little one’s needs – such as a basic cheeseburger or a grilled cheese – just to ask your server upon ordering. Prices range from $11-$16 for the sandwich/fry options, and $17-$35 for the larger entrees with sides.
We expect Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse will continue to be a smokin’ hot spot in Louisville!