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This New Southern Restaurant Downtown Has Its Own Whiskey Bible

The now-open Elm Street Cask & Kitchen’s food menu is all about comfort food, like shrimp and blue corn grits

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New downtown restaurant Elm Street Cask & Kitchen is all about bourbon and American whiskey. In fact, the list at the bar is so deep, drinkers here can consult Elm Street Cask & Kitchen’s own “Whiskey Bible” to figure out what to order.

This Southern restaurant, which is now open at 1525 Elm Street in the space previously occupied by Grayson Social, will offer up this guide with back stories and tasting notes on the more than 200 varieties in its collection. Kentucky distilleries like Buffalo Trace are represented, as are small batch distilleries like MB Roland, George Dickel, and Prichard’s.

The cocktail menu is bourbon forward (naturally): try drinks like a Kentucky Buck with Four Roses Bourbon, fresh muddled strawberries, lemon, ginger and bitters; a Peach Tea Punch with Bulleit Bourbon, sweet tea, and peaches; or the CK Mint Julep with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, mint syrup, and bitters. Other cocktails involve mezcal or rum, along with options like whiskey flights, beer, and wine.

On the food menu, the theme is comfort food with a Southern influence, from shrimp and blue corn grits with andouille sausage and smoked gouda to fried green tomatoes with Texas caviar succotash or beer can chicken with apple cornbread stuffing, almonds, and charred carrots.

Elm Street Cask & Kitchen’s dinner menu is available daily until 10 p.m. and the bar is open until midnight. Lunch service will start up next week, beginning on Monday, February 25.