Celebrating their first anniversary on May 16, Steak & Bourbon: An American Grill is yet another big hit for Louisville’s own OLE (“oh, let’s eat!”) Hospitality Group. OLE Founders and Chefs Fernando and Yaniel Martinez have brought us Havana Rumba, Mojito Tapas, Guaca-Mole, Mussel & Burger Bar, Taco Luchador, and more.
According to General Manager Brandon Thompson, the concept behind Steak & Bourbon in the Graymoor-Devondale neighborhood near Lyndon is a “traditional, American-style steakhouse with big portions at a reasonable price” using high-quality ingredients and served with genuine hospitality consistent with all OLE restaurants.
Steak & Bourbon opened on May 16, 2019, following a Derby pop-up preview. GM Brandon Thompson joined the OLE Group in November of 2015 after four years in the food and beverage business, starting with Rocky’s Sub Pub across the river in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Brandon has also worked in management for Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille at Harrods Creek in Louisville. Aside from the East End location, Brandon believes the hospitality at Steak & Bourbon sets it apart from other traditional steakhouse concepts in the city. “Our servers and bartenders are more personable at tableside, treating guests like family and making sure they know they are part of the establishment.”
Executive Chef Zack Wolf has worked in Louisville restaurants since the age of 14, studied culinary arts in high school, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Sullivan University. He assumed his first Executive Chef position with Café 27 in New Albany following his work at Covered Bridge Country Club, the Brown Hotel’s English Grill, and Gary’s on Spring. Chef Wolf joined OLE Hospitality Group in July 2016 at their previously owned Mercato Italiano Trattoria, and in 2017 was named Corporate Executive Chef for the restaurant group, overseeing all restaurants’ kitchen operations.
Our servers and bartenders are more personable at tableside, treating guests like family and making sure they know they are part of the establishment.
As for Zack’s Steak & Bourbon menu, Brandon recommends starting with the popular appetizer Yellowfin Tuna Poke with toasted sesame seeds, orange glaze, chives, guacamole, and served with wonton chips, accompanied by a glass of Kabinett Riesling. For the main event, Brandon prefers the hand-cut 14oz Ribeye, but the Center Cut Filets available in three sizes are customer favorites. According to Chef Wolf, “All of our steaks are Certified Angus Beef™ and aged a minimum of 21 days, seasoned with our house-blend steak seasoning and finished with our house herb butter, Served with your choice of side.” The Sides and Spuds are decadent accompaniments indeed, including Maple Glazed Carrots, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, Raclette Mac & Cheese, Chef Recommended Steak Fries, and Marshmallow Loaded Sweet Potato. Choose from steak add-ons Crab Cake, Garlic Shrimp, Oscar, Blue Cheese, and Crab Meat Dynamite and Bourbon Steak Sauce, Chimichurri, Au Poivre, Hollandaise, and Horseradish Creme Fraiche.
To pair with your steak, Brandon puts their S & B Old Fashioned with Old Forester Signature, Demerara Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters, and Amarena Cherry up against any Louisville classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe the city has to offer. From the S & B Favorites section of the menu, Brandon highlights the Short Rib Pot Roast and the guests’ personal favorite Pan Roasted Chicken, sous vide, seared, and served with roasted baby Yukon potatoes, sauteed green beans, and chicken jus. Try a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel with the pot roast and a Pinot Noir with the chicken.
At press time, Steak & Bourbon is operating under Kentucky Governor Beshear’s restaurant reopening guidelines of reduced capacity, table spacing, cleaning, and sanitizing. All staff wear face masks, gloves, and wash and sanitize hands often. The restaurant has added patio seating and awnings for expanded outdoor dining and looks forward to getting back to regular weekend specials and happy hours. For more information and the latest updates, visit steak-bourbon.com, Steak & Bourbon. on Facebook, and @steak-bourbon on Instagram.
All of our steaks are Certified Angus Beef™ and aged a minimum of 21 days, seasoned with our house-blend steak seasoning and finished with our house herb butter, Served with your choice of side.