Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Gralehaus1001 Baxter Ave, Louisville
2. Roux1325 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
3. Grind Burger Kitchen829 E Market St, Louisville
4. Atlantic No. 5605 W Main St, Louisville
5. Louvino1606 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
6. Hillbilly Tea Shack960 Baxter Ave, Louisville
7. Loop 222222 Dundee Rd, Louisville
8. Feast BBQ909 E Market St, Louisville
Offering excellent brews downstairs and cozy guest rooms upstairs, cafe-meets-inn Gralehaus gives a whole new meaning to the term B&B: bed & beverage. On the ground floor, the rustic-chic cafe serves a solid selection of craft beers alongside inventive brunch dishes, while visitors can stay in three handsome, exposed-brick suites upstairs if they please. The same masterminds behind the Holy Grale, which Gralehaus sits next to inside a 1905 Victorian home, give morning favorites their own unique spin here, such as lamb sausage and grits, breakfast sandwiches on pretzel buns, and the fan-favorite black pepper biscuits smothered with duck gravy and topped with a fried egg. When it comes to beer, you can expect four rotating taps, 150 bottles, and signature beer cocktails.
Located in the Highlands, Roux brings a taste of New Orleans to The 'Ville offering staples like po' boys and jambalaya, not to mention live jazz and a bar serving quality Sazeracs.
It's no surprise that the best burger in town has a spacious and consistently packed spot in the trendy NuLu (or, "New Louisville") neighborhood. Thankfully, this location offers the usual favorites the restaurant became famous for: that brie bacon burger, the Southern burger, and the Asian pork sandwich, for example. If you’re looking to sit down, know that it’s first come, first served so you may have to wait. Though, the crowd waiting around are a pretty good indicator that it'll be worth it.
This Downtown eatery serves up artisanal sammies, lattes, and a variety of salads in a bright space, and it also features a different evening setup in which it's transformed into a dim, blue-lit restaurant serving Japanese-inspired small plates.
As the name would suggest, this chic Highlands restaurant is wine-focused, offering a variety of global wine flights, each named for a famous Louisvillian (from Muhammad Ali to Jennifer Lawrence), alongside a small-plates menu that continues the Kentucky theme with smoked Gouda hot-brown mac & cheese and fried-chicken tacos served with garlic mash, cheddar, and pepper gravy. Not to mention, there's a killer brunch with live jazz and shareable dishes like pancake tacos and stuffed French toast.
This fast-casual iteration of the original Hillbilly Tea features a walk-up counter to serve on-the-go patrons, while antique furniture tucked in cozy corners is available for those who choose to stick around for the tasty Thai fare.
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.
This is the first Feast actually in Louisville (the first is in New Albany) and it gets the job done just like the first, with 60+ craft beers and a menu loaded with tasty 'cue. The hearty, savory food and drink (loaded tots, fried pickles, and um, BOURBON SLUSHIES) will have you coming back for more. Feast's warm and friendly vibes are just an added bonus to otherwise great barbecue fare.