Destinations - Southern Indiana 2019 - Page 8

KIM & BAB | PHOTO: JOSH HICKS NEW FOOD La Catrina Mexican Kitchen, 202 Elm St., brings Mexican street food to downtown New Albany. While the eye-popping murals depicting by Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, created by local artist Braylyn “Resko” Stewart, grab your attention, the food is the focus. “Naked” street tacos and quesadillas feature soft corn tortillas and choices of meat such as grilled steak, beef short rib, pork, chorizo and marinated chicken. The restaurant also offers “fully-dressed” tacos made from classic recipes from various regions of Mexico. A few blocks from La Catrina is Longboard’s Taco & Tiki, 302 Pearl St., New Albany which serves tacos on an entirely different spectrum. Longboard’s, the product of ZESTO | PHOTO: TYLER STEWART Ian Hall, owner of New Albany staples The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, 118 W. Main St., and Brooklyn and the Butcher, 148 E. Market St., features tacos with flavors sampled from various parts of the globe. The tacos range from Korean barbecue to the al pastor, which is stuffed with pork that has been braised for 12 hours, and paired with a jalapeño cilantro aioli, charred pineapple, cilantro, onion and pickled corn. Be sure to venture downstairs to the low-lit, mod Tiki bar. NEW DRINKS Pints & Union, 114 E. Market St., New Albany, is a United Kingdom-inspired pub that doesn’t have to slap you in your face to tell you that it is one. Instead of Union Jacks plastered to the ORANGE CLOVER | PHOTO: TYLER STEWART walls and the sounds of generic folk music being piped through the sound system, Victorian-esque paintings adorn the walls, and British-inspired tunes provide the ambiance. The limited selection of nine beers on tap will feature European favorites (a Guiness stout, a Fuller’s London Pride and the Czechian Pilsner Urquell), but the food, served small plates-style, will be world- inspired with a bar bites twist: tikka masala wings and pickles coated in Lebanese spices. A stone’s throw from Pints & Union is The Earl. Decked out with a contemporary design in an historic building, The Earl is something you might find in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Or in Clifton in Louisville, clinking glasses with the likes of