Author Archives: Jason Jaggers

New Desserts | February, 2020

By Jonathan Laurel February 5, 2020 Uncategorized

Every new month brings some new things at West Main, but usually we’re most excited about our monthly dessert menu changes. This month, we’re moving to some true comfort desserts to shelter us for the remainder of the winter, and you don’t want to miss out.   Warm sorghum doughnuts lead the dessert menu off this February.  These yeasted doughnuts are made with Kentucky sorghum, lending a rich, deep sweetness.  These treats are fried to… Read More

Winter Food Menu, 2020

By Jonathan Laurel January 24, 2020 Food

Our Winter Food Menu is here and features some gorgeous, warming food for these dark and (supposedly) cold months.  With every passing menu certain items reify their “West Main Staples” status, but we’re happy to update these with new, seasonal setups.  Other items are completely new for this menu and we’re hyped to share them with you.  House curds with kumquat marmalade, pink peppercorn, endive. Flatbread with far… Read More

“Professor” Jerry Thomas: Japanese Cocktail

By Jonathan Laurel January 22, 2020 Cocktails

Filling the inconspicuous role of #113 in Jerry Thomas’s manual, the Japanese Cocktail is the second in our cocktail flight dedicate to Thomas, from Volume 5b.  A quick internet search will pretty much give you an exhaustive account of the collected knowledge about the Japanese Cocktail in one paragraph.  While we almost never recommend “a quick internet search” to learn about drinks—so often one encounters canned mistruths, copy-and-pasted across the internet with… Read More

“Professor” Jerry Thomas: Crushed Strawberry Fizz

By Jonathan Laurel January 17, 2020 Cocktails

According to Wondrich’s Imbibe!, Jerry Thomas was the first to write about the Gin Fizz in 1872.  By then it seems the cocktail was already on its way to becoming the wide-spread staple that was soon to birth a dozen iconic variations.  Among the variations important enough to grace Wondrich’s pages, the Crushed Strawberry Fizz is alleged to come from the St. Nicholas Hotel in SoHo, New York.   The St. Nicholas… Read More

Cocktail Flight: “Professor” Jerry Thomas

By Jonathan Laurel January 14, 2020 Cocktails

Recognized as the first bartender’s guide published, How To Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion (1862) by “Professor” Jerry Thomas has captured bartenders’ imaginations for over one hundred and fifty years.  With a wide range of long-forgotten drinks, as well as classic cocktails, the book is a must-read for cocktail enthusiasts.  In homage to the earliest titan of cocktail culture, Volume 5b features a cocktail flight of three cocktails from this classic read. Read More