Ashlee Clark Thompson

Ashlee Clark Thompson is a freelance writer and food blogger who covers casual dining in Louisville at She is a Louisville native and Western Kentucky University graduate. Ashlee has previously worked as a reporter at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. Her work has also appeared in LEO Weekly, Food and Dining Magazine and 

When she's not eating or writing about food, Ashlee enjoys watching "Golden Girls," listening to NPR and spending time with her husband and dog.


Food & Drink Week
9:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Black Friday Shopping in Louisville? Here Are Tips for Staying Fed.


I horribly underestimated the need to prepare for the spectacle of Black Friday my first time out. My mother and I woke up at 5 a.m., still bleary eyed and bloated from the Thanksgiving feast the night before. We stopped by Burger King and had barely bitten into our Croissan’wiches when we arrived at the Target parking lot on Dixie Highway.

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Food & Drink Week
6:47 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Louisville Cooks, Here Are Tips to Avoid a Thanksgiving Disaster

The outcome to avoid this week.

We are delusional in the weeks before Thanksgiving. We convince ourselves that we can cook a 20-pound turkey because Alton Brown says it’s easy. We fill our grocery cart with bags upon bags of potatoes because the dehydrated flakes will just not do. We buy a rolling pin and a pastry blender because this will be the year we finally make that pie crust from scratch. And we sincerely believe that from our kitchens will emerge a display of culinary prowess that would make Martha Stewart clutch her pearls.

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Food and Dining
9:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Five Louisville Fall Treats for the Pumpkin Spice-Fatigued

Credit Ashlee Clark Thompson/WFPL News

Autumn has barely settled in, and I’m already dizzy from all the pumpkin spice in the air.

No one denies the power of pumpkin spice—it eases us into the fall by adding subtle warmth and zest to everything it touches. This blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger has become more synonymous with the beginning of the season than sweater weather or turning back the clocks.

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Food and Dining
7:07 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Louisville's Burgers Get Fancy

La Coop
Credit Ashlee Clark Thompson

Was I at the wrong restaurant?

Surely, the oozing mound of ground meat coated in cheese and spilling onto a pile of shoestring French fries wasn’t from the kitchen of La Coop: Bistro à Vins, a French restaurant at 732 East Market Street.

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Food and Dining
10:02 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Your Guide to Kentucky Derby Weekend Dining

Proof on Main
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Mint juleps get all the attention, but it’s food, not bourbon, that drives the Kentucky Derby and its festivities. Hot browns, Benedictine sandwiches, and slices of Derby pie provide the fuel revelers need to enjoy the weekend ahead.

Here are some tips that will help guide you through your Derby dining experiences.

Getting in the Door

To get a table, you'll need more than prayer to score some good food on Derby or Oaks nights. You need to plan, and plan well. 

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Food and Dining
11:35 am
Fri February 22, 2013

502 Restaurant Week Begins

A meal at Harvest. Harvest is one of 30 restaurants participating in 502 Restaurant Week.
Edsel Little Flickr

My attempts to save a little extra money for a splurge are usually half-hearted. Just check my savings account. But there’s an envelope on my kitchen table with a trio of Andrew Jacksons reserved for a night out during 502 Restaurant Week. 

City-wide restaurant weeks have cropped up in markets across the country since New York founded a lunch-only (now expanded) restaurant week in 1992. Like similar events in other cities, 502 Restaurant Week gives diners the opportunity to eat at participating upscale establishments for a discounted rate. 

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Food and Dining
2:24 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Undeterred By Critics, Taco Punk Kickstarter Campaign Continues

Editor's Note: With all the emotion surrounding this story, we've asked Gabe Sowder and Rae Hodge, who last year wrote a stinging review of Taco Punk in the University of Louisville's student newspaper,  to contribute to a point-counterpoint feature. Read Sowder's here and Hodge's here.

Gabe Sowder’s first year as chef and owner of Taco Punk was rough.

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Food and Dining
3:44 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Timeline: Former Employees' Complaints Preceded Lynn's Paradise Cafe Closing

A cement lion holds a rope blocking entrance to the Lynn's Paradise Cafe parking lot.
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Lynn’s Paradise Café, a Louisville restaurant staple with national recognition, has closed after 22 years.

No official reason has been given for the abrupt closure, but it follows several days of media attention and backlash over new labor policies at the restaurant. The most contentious of those policies, according to several reports, is a requirement for servers to keep $100 in cash on them during each shift to ensure that secondary staff members such as bussers and bartenders receive their share of tips.

Here are the events that preceded the closing:

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Food and Dining
1:41 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Food Trucks Go Beyond Curbside Service

Linda Golden

One food truck couldn’t contain the plans Matt Davis had for Lil Cheezers Gourmet Grilled Cheesemobile.

Davis took to the Louisville streets in a Velveeta-yellow truck in 2011, selling creative takes on the classic grilled cheese sandwich to office workers, club kids and curious passers-by. In less then 18 months, Davis has established a brick-and-mortar restaurant, too.

“The idea was not to put all the eggs in the Lil Cheezers (truck) basket,” Davis said.

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Food and Dining
12:52 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Ways to Think Local for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a week away, and I’m already tired.

There are groceries to buy, pies to make, outfits to iron, advertisements to review.  I could’ve sworn that the Thanksgivings of my childhood only lasted a day. Now, it seems like this holiday has transformed into a marathon of planning, cooking, eating and shopping.

Fortunately, there are resources throughout Louisville to get me and the other procrastinators and overachievers through this demanding time.

Where to buy your Thanksgiving groceries/food

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