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JUL 2018

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44 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.18 CC RC Critic's Choice Readers' Choice CC Burlesque Titty Tiki Tuesdays at the Limbo 411 W. Chestnut St. "Whoever can say 'Tito's Titty Tiki Taco Tuesday' three times fast wins a taco!" says Ethel Loveless, the voluptuous host of the Limbo's free weekly cabaret-style burlesque show. A few audience members "woo" and clap. "Don't get too excited!" Loveless says into the microphone with a wink. "It's not my taco." On this early-summer evening, Titty Tiki Tuesday is happening on the downtown bar's U-shaped outdoor patio, under yellow string lights. Tulip-shaped glasses slick with condensation contain blue drinks topped with whipped cream and cherries. Folks drink rum punch from coconut cups. About 30 people sit in wicker chairs around wooden tables, beneath umbrellas fringed with what resembles a hula skirt. Lifejackets and lifebuoy rings add pops of orange — the same vibrant orange as Ethel Loveless' hair. Just after 11 p.m., DJ Spring Break plays Madonna's "Like a Virgin" through the small PA speakers. A slender drag performer in nude underwear skips out from the bar inside, batting exaggerated eyelashes. Weaving in and out of the crowd, a spotlight illuminates the queen as she kicks her legs high in a solo chorus line. Customers whirl their heads around, following her up and down the length of the patio, offering up dollar bills along the way. Her performance ends with a full-body shimmy. The DJ puts on "Don't Rain on My Parade," and a dancer in a raincoat appears from behind a potted palm plant. Her performance escalates from playful raincoat peeps to full-blown swinging tassels. The show ends with an energetic performance by a Titty Tiki Tuesday regular, Kitty St. Vincent, who's tightly bound in leather with knee-high platform boots. After the show, a giant bamboo limbo pole appears in the middle of the patio. "Limbo Rock" plays as Loveless encourages the crowd to do the limbo with the performers. A line forms as Loveless sings over the words: "Limbo, limbo, limbo bitch. You're a limbo bitch." — Katie Molck New Chef Paco Garcia, Con Huevos 2339 Frankfort Ave., 4938 U.S. 42 For Paco Garcia, "living the dream" used to mean working 14-hour days. He'd cook at Harvest in NuLu from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., then walk across the street to Mayan Cafe, where he'd be in the kitchen until 11. Three days a week, he'd take an early-morning ESL class. Plus shifts making food at the Holy Grale. Oh, and GED classes, followed by culinary courses at Jefferson Community and Technical College. "This is not abnormal," Garcia says. "Mexicans will work a lot of hours. I was so in love with cooking and trying to learn." Garcia was 17 in 2010 when he left Mexico City to come to Louisville and live with his father, who works at Saffron's Persian Restaurant downtown and in a factory that Garcia says makes "tires for big trucks. My dad, he came here for better opportunities. That's the same reason I came here. Same as most immigrants." Garcia's first-ever restaurant job was washing dishes at Mayan Cafe. Now he's the chef at Con Huevos, the breakfast- lunch spot on Frankfort Avenue that opened a second location in Holiday Manor this spring. In March, he was named a semifinalist in the Best Chef: Southeast category for the James Beard Awards, basically the culinary world's Oscars. Customers started to congratulate him. "That's when I was like, 'Oh, this seems like something important,'" Garcia says. "Con huevos" is Spanish for "with eggs." The slang interpretation: "with balls." "Do it with strength," Garcia says. On his menu, that means soft buttermilk biscuits, chorizo and poached eggs, all drowning in a spicy chipotle gravy; corn tortilla chips with tomatillo salsa, crema, pickled onions and queso fresco, topped with sunny-side- up eggs; thick pancakes with tres leches sauce, whipped cream and fruit. The huevos rancheros come with an avocado mousse. "When you put it on the plate, I want three specific dots, and I want them the same size," Garcia says with a smile, the braces on his teeth making him look younger than his 25 years. "I'm that kind of person that likes to be a perfectionist. This is my art." Garcia has many tattoos: whisk, spatula, chef's knife. A toque hides behind his right ear. "I'm going to be a chef the rest of my life, so tattoos are OK," he says. — Josh Moss CC

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