J.R. Tolkien

"Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R. Tolkien

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Discover Flavor of Flavor in Lively Shively

*Updated 1/17/18 - CLOSED*

For this Louisville off track foodie, there’s no better way to start out the year than with a delicious off the beaten path discovery.  If you like Asian food for cheap, Flavor of Flavor in the heart of Lively Shively is a place worth checking out.  You don’t even have to decide which Asian you like best! You can find delicious Chinese, Japanese and Thai food all in one place.

Flavor of Flavor is located inside a former neighborhood fixture, Happy Buddha Fast Food (3927 Dixie Highway), right across from the Burger King.  The outside looks like any typical Chinese restaurant but it’s a sit down restaurant with cozy booths, Japanese style sushi bar and attentive service.

Outside the restaurant
The menu offers a large selection of appetizers, soups, salads, rolls, noodles, and fried rice.  Prices range from $1.50 (sushi/sashimi) to $13.95 (combination dishes).  The best deal is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday to Friday where you find a large selection of  Chinese lunch ($6.95), Sushi lunch (two rolls $6.95, 3 rolls $8.95, and Thai lunch $6.95, and Japanese lunch box ($7.95).  The portions are huge and they come with a changing soup menu and delicious green salad with ginger sauce.

For an extra deal, mention the a 20% off discount on dine-in dinner, free meal for dine-in over $30, or free 8 pieces mini roll for any purchase over $30.

For fans of fresh sweet and sour flavors, try the Thai Beef Salad, a refreshing blend of mixed greens, cucumbers, tomato, carrots, saute beef and sweet and sour tamarind sauce.

Nam Tak (Beef Salad), $5.95
The sushi itself is a step up from Kroger sushi (but I do enjoy my Kroger sushi) and an amazing bargain at only $8.95 for 3 rolls.  Which comes with a soup and salad. The kani shrimp (middle) roll is my favorite.

3 Sushi Rolls for $8.95
Soup and salad with lunch specials
The pad thai lunch portion is also large, savory and delicious.  They do not cheap out either, their shrimps were large.  It also comes with 2 sides, your choice of rice, salad, or soup.  At $6.95, it's definitely a delicious bargain.

Thai lunch special $6.95
This place is keeper for me because it offers delicious sit-down qualify food at fast food prices.  Most restaurants that offer a wide selection of Asian foods tend to slant their flavors towards one ethnicity over the other.  Here, however, the food are distinctive enough to have an enjoyable experience for whatever Asian food you crave at the moment. The menu is so large, you can keep coming back for a new experience each time.  The owners are Chinese (judging from the music and overheard conversation), so I'm anxious to come back to try the Chinese dishes.  Happy eating!

Flavor of Flavor
Chinese, Japanese, Thai
3927 Dixie Hwy
Louisville, KY 40216
My rating: 7/10 stars (extra points for great bargain!)
Monday - Friday, Sunday: 11 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Plenty of parking on site