The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. Proof on Main702 W Main St, Louisville
2. Lilly's Bistro1147 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
3. Captain's Quarters5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect
4. Ten Tables Louisville, Louisville
5. Against The Grain Brewery401 E Main St, Louisville
6. Hammerheads921 Swan St, Louisville
7. Mayan Café813 E Market St, Louisville
8. 610 Magnolia610 W Magnolia Ave, Louisville
9. Jack Fry's1007 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
10. Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe2868 Frankfort Ave, Louisville
11. Winston's Restaurant3101 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
12. Vincenzo's150 S 5th St, Louisville
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).
Located in the heart of the Highlands, Lilly's is a go-to spot for celebrations. Chef Kathy Cary introduced farm-fresh and locally grown food to Louisville's palate years ago and continues the tradition today with the Southern-inspired offerings on her menu.
The deck at Captain's Quarters is multi-level runs right up to the water, where people can dock their boats at The Harbor at Captain's Quarters. They serve classic american seafood and meat dishes, along with some more internationally inspired dishes.
This pop-up dining experience has no permanent location, but that hasn't stopped it from exploding on the Louisville dining scene. The dinners are hosted on Mondays, and reservations are run by lottery for one of the 40 seats at 10 tables -- hence the name.
Damn good beer and damn good barbeque are the hallmarks of downtown Louisville staple Against the Grain, located right at the famous Louisville Slugger field. Since opening their doors, the creative brewing team at Against the Grain have created over 100 unique beers that are so good they've evolved from local brewery to national beer distributor. With a full range of beer types, from light session ales to hop-full IPAs and smoky stouts, Against the Grain has a beer for every drinker. And if you don't drink, then chow down on their house-smoked barbeque, with favorites like brisket and pulled pork sitting alongside vegetarian options, like a signature chickpea sloppy joe, more adventuresome than just another salad.
This uber-casual Paristown restaurant set inside a residence is classic American comfort food delivered in a relaxed and friendly neighborhood venue. Think Southern barbeque meets American burger joint and you've grasped Hammerheads, where racks of ribs sit right next to sliders and crab cakes. Seating is first come, first served at this corner eatery, but there's room enough for the whole crowd. Don't go to this Louisville spot if you're looking for a cocktail night, though—they only serve beer and wine.
Chef Bruce Ucán heads up Mayan Cafe, a beloved veteran restaurant in NuLu, infusing the traditional flavors of his Yucatan heritage into every beautiful plate on the menu -- from the signature tok-sel lima beans to the Mayan Burger, a grass-fed beef patty topped with chili aioli, greens, pickled onions, mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes, and (best of all) served on a warm pretzel bun.
Tucked into a quiet corner of the Old Louisville neighborhood, 610 Magnolia features an always-changing prix fixe menu filled with delicious bites created by Chef Edward Lee.
Established in 1933, Jack Fry's has been a long-standing staple of the Louisville fine-dining scene. This Highlands resto features Southern flavors that are showcased using classical French techniques and the atmosphere is always buzzy.
Most restaurants in Louisville are serving Blue Dog bread, and this is the original spot. But why go somewhere else when they have their own cafe in house? Stop in for brunch or lunch, it won't disappoint.
At the Southern end of the Highlands neighborhood, overlooking the highway to somewhere else, lies Winston’s, the restaurant fueled by Sullivan University’s culinary students. Only open Fridays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner, and Sundays for brunch, this is a special occasion location for when you’re looking to impress someone special.
For over 30 years brothers Vincenzo & Agostino Gabriele have served homestyle Italian food in Downtown. The recipes are straight from Italy and it's classic elegance made it one of THE spots to go -- and it retains that reputation today.