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The best brunches in 8 different Louisville 'hoods

Published On 10/29/2014 Published On 10/29/2014

Until some genius invents “linner”, one thing we can all agree on is that brunch is far and away the best hybrid meal there is. But where do you find the best possible versions of it? This should help: here're the best brunches in eight different Louisville 'hoods.

Louvino

The Highlands

Louvino (address and info)
A relative newbie on the brunch scene in Louisville, but a winner nonetheless, Louvino serves up small plate-style brunch with performances by a jazz band on the side. Plus, there're $10 bottomless mimosas with the purchase of any brunch entrée. Order the Pancake Tacos and Stuffed French Toast to help soak it all up. 

El Camino (address and info)
This beloved Tex-Mex restaurant in town also serves up some mean brunch faves. Pull up a seat at this self-dubbed Tiki bar in the middle of Bourbon Country and order yourself a helping of Biscuits and Chorizo Gravy with Plantain Pancakes.

Highland Morning (address and info)
A recently expanded Highland Morning packs them in tight every weekend, with people lining up outside to wait their turn. Whether you’re ordering their famous Baja Benedict (a much needed update on traditional eggs Benedict w/ chorizo) or one of their specialty pancakes, it’s well worth the wait.

Ramsi's Cafe on the World (address and info)
Ramsi's has been a staple of the Louisville dining scene for years now, and over the last year few years, it's found a new spot in our hearts. From 10am until 2:30pm, it serves up a buffet-style brunch complete with a build-your-own omelet bar.

Bristol Bar and Grille (address and info)
Another option for the all you can eaters out there, Bristol also serves up a buffet-style brunch. Feast upon Southern favorites like chicken & waffles or cheese grits.

Loop 22

Douglass Loop

Loop 22 (address and info)
Another new name on the food scene in Louisville -- Loop 22 fires up non-rotisserie dishes for its Sunday brunch such as Fried Chicken & Grits, a Fried Green Tomato EBLT, and Fried Chicken & Waffle Nachos.

gralehaus

Baxter Avenue

Gralehaus (address and info)
Tucked away behind Holy Grale, Gralehaus serves up one of the most non-traditional brunches in town. Biscuits & Duck Gravy, Lamb Sausage & Grits, or any of its breakfast sandwiches (pretzel bun, anyone?) are all rock-solid hits.

Garage Bar

NuLu

Garage Bar (address and info)
Start your morning off with a Breakfast Shandy (the working man’s mimosa) or a Spicy Bloody Mary (complete with a country ham) before easing into Poached Eggs & Country Ham with Weisenberger grits.

Harvest (address and info)
Harvest's farm-to-table brunchness includes its burgoo (chicken, pork, turkey, potatoes, corn, heirloom tomatoes, pretzel croutons) and Roasted Pumpkin Hummus.

Toast on Market (address and info)
One of the crowd favorite brunch spots in town, Toast has been bursting at the seams since opening. Now in a new location, it's able to serve up its special Lemon Soufflé pancakes with the fluffiest omelet you’ll ever encounter.

Please & Thank You (address and info)
Not the typical brunch spot, but Please & Thank You offers up some seriously good food on the go. Selections range from bagels to its incredible Egg Sliders, but you can’t forget to top it all off with one of the best chocolate chip cookies in Louisville.

Earth Friends Cafe (address and info)
The only predominately vegan brunch spot on the list, Earth Friends serves up something for just about everyone (including chicken for those who can’t quite kick the meat), but its take on tempeh and seitan may have you joining the lighter sider of eating.

Josh Johnson

Crescent Hill

The Silver Dollar (address and info)
Essentially everything here is fried to a crispy goodness, and that's a good thing. Even the traditional steak and eggs gets a little update with their house-made salsa verde, and the Bloody Marys are next-level spicy.  

North End Cafe (address and info)
A staple on Frankfort Ave for years, North End has a steady flow of people in and out its doors. It serves breakfast all day long, and because of that, it's a dream come true. Get in early though, to try its biscuits & gravy and French toast.

Four Sisters (address and info)
Whether you’re hankering for savory or sweet, Four Sisters serves up the best crepes in the city. Order yourself a Nutella latte while you watch one of the sisters whip up your crepe right in front of you.

Hillbilly Tea

Downtown

Hillbilly Tea (address and info)
Blink once and you’ll probably pass up Hillbilly Tea, but it’s well worth discovering. Find everything from boozy teas to old-fashioned country favorites like its Bourbon Breakfast or Hillbilly Scramble.

Proof on Main (address and info)
Proof on Main has become a name synonymous with incredible food in L’Ville, and its brunch doesn’t disappoint. Although this may not be the place to revive your hungover self the morning after, it is perfect for brunch with the family or a date.

Wild Eggs

St. Matthews

Wild Eggs (address and info)
From breakfast burritos to its own version of the Hot Brown (Kelsey “ky” Brown), the menu at Wild Eggs will take you a minute -- or five -- to look over, but trust us when we say anything you pick, you’ll be more than happy with.

The Village Anchor

Anchorage

The Village Anchor Pub & Roost (address and info)
Trust us when we say that the drive to Village Anchor is worth it. You’ll be thanking us once you take the first bite of its Red-Velvet Pancakes, or partake in its $1 mimosas.

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1. Louvino 1606 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205 (Highlands)

As the name would suggest, this restaurant is wine-focused and features "small plates and big wine". They offer a variety of wine flights, each named for a famous Louisvillian, and the menu also carries on the Kentucky theme with dishes like smoked Gouda hot brown mac and cheese and fried chicken tacos served in a tortilla with garlic mash, cheddar, and pepper gravy.

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2. El Camino 1314 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Tequila might never be the most popular spirit in The 'Ville, but El Camino is certainly making it a runner-up. The drink menu here is “artisan Tiki” offering both twists on traditional options like a Mai Tai or a daiquiri, and more traditional libations like bowls of punch that you should definitely not try to drink by yourself. And whoever said honky-tonks don't deliver on food hasn't checked out El Camino's list of Mexican eats, which includes savory creations like grilled petite filete with cotija, and a pan roasted salmon with grilled pear.

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3. Highland Morning 1416 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Highland Morning, the casual breakfast/brunch eatery, is a neighborhood favorite. This spot packs them in tight every weekend, with lines consistently spilling out the door. Whether you’re ordering the famous Baja Benedict (a much needed update on traditional eggs Benedict) or one of the specialty pancakes, it’s well worth the wait.

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4. Ramsi's Cafe on the World 1293 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Ramsi's Cafe on the World is just that -- a trip around the globe from the comfort of the Highlands. Mix-and-match decor and art collected over the years from a slew of countries you'd only ever dreamed of visiting transport everyone who walks through to door, from those lined up against the bar for a an imported draft beer to the diners in the back perusing the equally diverse menu for a plate of house-made tortellini or falafel with veggie sides taken straight from Ramsi's own organic garden.

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5. Bristol Bar and Grille 1321 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

This Louisville staple has been feeding the Highlands since 1977. Don't miss Bristol's famous "Green Chile Wontons" -- fried wonton skins, filled with cheese and chiles and topped with house-made guacamole. This spot also serves up a buffet-style brunch: feast upon Southern favorites like chicken & waffles or cheese grits.

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6. Loop 22 2222 Dundee Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Loop 22 brings classic Southern fair to Douglas Loop, specializing in all things rotisserie. The restaurant also fires up non-rotisserie dishes for its Sunday brunch, such as eggs Benedict casserole, a fried green tomato BLT, and fried chicken and waffle nachos.

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7. Gralehaus 1001 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Beer and breakfast. That's what's being served up at Gralehaus, where they're giving a whole new meaning to the term B&B. The same masterminds behind The Holy Grale and The Beer Store have taken morning classics and given them their unique spin, like their black pepper biscuits, which are smothered with duck gravy and topped with duck sausage, a fried egg, and crispy duck skin.

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8. Garage Bar 700 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Nulu)

Especially in the warmer months, this renovated garage in the trendy NuLu area is a must-visit. Glowing ping pong tables, Astroturf-covered places to perch, and a consistently ultra-hip crowd make this bar the go-to destination for sticky, hot nights in The ‘Ville. Garage Bar uses local veggies and cured meats to top its pizzas, which bake in a blistering wood-fired brick oven. Be sure to order a tasting platter from the ham bar (yes, it has a bar dedicated to ham) to pair with your pie. It’s got a pretty extensive beer list, too.

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9. Harvest 624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Nulu)

You know you're in for a fresh meal at Harvest, because the walls are adorned with large photos of the various Kentucky farmers who grow and raise the ingredients you’ll find on your plate. The team here knows a thing or two about fried chicken, crafting a buttermilk-soaked, battered, and fried breast and thigh served over a savory hoecake, drizzled with creamy gravy and topped with spicy greens. It’s heaven on a plate. And if you're not in the mood for chicken, they also have one of the best burgers in Louisville: a local beef patty topped with tomato jam, triple-cream brie, and lettuce on an addictive pretzel bun.

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10. Toast on Market 620 East Market St, Louisville, IN 47130 (Nulu)

Toast on Market is a casual breakfast/lunch eatery in Jeffersonville. It's a crowd favorite brunch spot in town -- but so worth the wait. Don't miss the special Lemon Soufflé Pancakes, served with vanilla custard and berry compote, or the side of hash brown casserole.

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11. Please & Thank You 800 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206 (Nulu)

Please & Thank You is a casual one-stop shop in NuLu offering coffee drinks, treats, and records. The store has a great atmosphere -- stop by to sip a latte while listening to some vinyl tunes. And, while not the typical brunch spot, Please & Thank You serves up some seriously good eats on the go. Selections range from bagels to its incredible egg sliders -- but you can’t forget to top it all off with the best chocolate chip cookie in Louisville.

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12. Earth Friends Cafe 829 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206 (Nulu)

Earth Friends, a predominately vegan restaurant in NuLu, may have you joining the lighter sider of eating. The cafe serves up something for just about everyone (including chicken for those who can’t quite kick the meat). The vegan biscuits with gravy leave nothing dairy- or meat-related to be desired.

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13. The Silver Dollar 1761 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Perched inside a former firehouse, the redbrick Kentucky whiskey temple merges fine food, old-school country records, and craft cocktails. Their six-page spirit menu is laden with (obviously) a huge list of bourbons, which are sorted by distillery, plus moonshine, rye, and seasoned bourbon -- all from the Bluegrass State.

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14. North End Cafe 1722 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Clifton)

The North End Cafe, aka the brunch spot of your dreams, dishes out modern American and Mexican dishes for breakfast all day long in a minimal, industrial space. Aside from morning staples like corned beef hash and biscuits and gravy, North End serves a solid selection of lunch and dinner offerings like goat cheese quesadillas, reuben sandwiches (vegans, there's a version for you, too), and smoked pork loin.

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15. Four Sisters 2246 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Clifton)

Whether you’re hankering for savory or sweet, Four Sisters serves up the best crepes in the city. Order yourself a Nutella latte while you watch one of the sisters whip up your crepe right in front of you. The ham and cheese is a classic that never goes out of style.

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16. Hillbilly Tea 120 S 1st St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Blink once, and you’ll probably miss Hillbilly Tea -- but it’s well worth discovering. The menu ranges from boozy teas to old-fashioned country favorites, like its Bourbon Breakfast and Hillbilly Scramble. And you can rest easy knowing the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced.

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17. Proof on Main 702 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Located in The 21c Museum Hotel Louisville, a boutique hotel and art museum, Proof on Main serves up gourmet meals from Chef Levon Wallace, including a unique and scrumptious burger made out of bison and topped with a Jezebel sauce that gives it a fruity, earthy flavor, plus Tillamook cheddar and applewood-smoked bacon. You'll want to throw in a side of the crispy cauliflower, and top it all off with the s'mores dessert. This trendy spot houses the Proof Bar, too, which offers an enormous bourbon list (we're talking upwards of 50 varieties).

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18. Wild Eggs 3985 Dutchmans Ln, Louisville, KY 40207 (St Matthews)

From breakfast burritos to its own version of the Hot Brown (Kelsey “KY” Brown), the menu at Wild Eggs will take you a minute -- or five -- to look over, but regardless of what you'll pick, you'll be in breakfast heaven.

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19. The Village Anchor Pub & Roost 11507 Park Rd, Anchorage, KY 40223

It might be a bit of a hike out to Anchorage, but The Village Anchor is definitely worth the trip. You'll be glad you did after you take your first bite of its Village Anchor Red-Velvet Pancakes or any of the other tasty brunch items on offer. And if you're going later in the day, you still can't miss with a relaxing lunch or dinner.

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