Food & Drink

The Best French Fries in Louisville

Published On 10/19/2015 Published On 10/19/2015
Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels
Havana Rumba Middletown
Courtesy of Zach McClave
Lindsey McClave/Thrillist
Lindsey McClave/Thrillist
Lindsey McClave/Thrillist
Courtesy of Rye on Market
Village Anchor
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1. 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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2. Havana Rumba 4115 Oechsli Ave, Louisville, KY 40207

Havana Rumba has long been Louisville’s go-to spot for Cuban cuisine, and while their plantains are spot on and a go-to accompaniment to any dish, it’s the Boniato Fritos that shine. To go with those fries are hot and cold tapas like the chicken tostones or cuban tamales.

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3. Hammerheads 921 Swan St, Louisville, KY 40204

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.

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4. Holy Grale 1034 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

This converted century-old church now works full-service as an artisanal pub specializing in beer and food pairings. The space is equal parts ingenious adaptation and gorgeous design and the menu is always changing, as are the beers. Be sure not to miss the choir loft and the beer garden, and if the Scotch quail eggs are on the menu, order them immediately.

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5. Crescent Hill Craft House 2636 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Crescent Hill)

This rustic-chic Crescent Hill bar and restaurant boasts plenty of local brews by West Sixth, Falls City, and Against the Grain, along with an impressive selection of bourbons, and a menu that features Southern-inspired dishes like charred chicken wings served with green mango slaw, pimento ranch, and hot sauce syrup; mussels with pork belly; and, of course, Kentucky's favorite spicy stew, burgoo.

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6. Caffe Classico 2144 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Crescent Hill)

At this Spanish-Italian joint, you can get a quick lunch, a shot of espresso, or a full dinner. And don't forget to order a side of frites!

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7. RYE 900 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206 (Nulu)

This NuLu cocktail bar is ever-changing and always on point, which makes it a no-brainer when your cocktail craving strikes.

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

Village Anchor Pub & Roost is well worth the drive out to historic Anchorage, where this handsome bistro is serving Southern comfort favorites, plus an extensive selection of craft beer and bourbon. The best seats in the house are around the lavish, banquette-lined bar and, particularly on chillier nights, on the covered terrace that sports a double-sided fireplace. The menu focuses on Southern classics, including a hot brown, shrimp & grits, fried chicken, and pork shoulder with cornbread, and truly shines at brunch, when you can indulge in the Village's fan-favorite red velvet pancakes topped with sweet Kahlua cream cheese, plus several twists on a Bloody Mary.