Food & Drink

The Best Lunch Spot in 11 Louisville Neighborhoods

Published On 09/08/2015 Published On 09/08/2015
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Bendoya Sushibar
Con Huevos
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Anchorage Café
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Mussel & Burger Bar
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1. Feast BBQ 909 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206 (Nulu)

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.

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2. Bendoya Sushi Bar 217 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40202

This nondescript lunch-only spot serves up sushi, dumplings and noodle soup for the 9 to 5 crowds. Their two-for-one sushi roll deal has a following that jams the place from 12-1pm.

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3. Con Huevos 2339 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

This tiny Mexican spot packs a mean punch with delicious breakfast and lunch food served daily. There is some patio and bar seating and the space, while small, is very bright and well-designed. Try the torta cubana, a pork and chorizo sandwich that also contains arugula, avocado and jalapeño aioli.

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4. Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot 3204 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (St Matthews)

You can smell the Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot long before you reach it's doors and that isn't a bad thing. Two large smokers use the low and slow method to grill up some of the very best barbecue in town. Frankford Avenue also features a large selection of cold beer (duh) and there's even a mini-golf course out back. What are you waiting for?

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5. Lotsa Pasta 3717 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY 40207 (Crescent Hill)

This local international food-shop-meets-eatery serves up great lunch options, like soup and salad combos, customizable sandwiches, and -- quite possibly the only place in Louisville to get a legit one -- freshly grilled panini. There's a wide selection of cheeses, pastas, and homemade breads to shop for while you wait for your food to be prepared.

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6. Anchorage Cafe 11505 Park Rd, Anchorage, KY 40223

This hip cafe with a tree-filled courtyard serves breakfast and lunch every day in addition to early weekend dinners. They also serve coffee and pastries, even to Obama who stopped by and cleared the place of cinnamon buns.

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7. Frank's Meat & Produce 3342 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40213

Frank's, located right near the Fair and the Expo Center, has been a longstanding lunch spot for those in the area. The place has remained fairly consistent on all levels, including their prices. All sandwiches are under $5. The place is primarily a meat and produce store, but the real pull is the quality deli counter.

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8. Four Pegs Beer Lounge 1053 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217 (Germantown)

This may be a beer hot spot, but that doesn't mean it doesn't dole out tasty eats. Saddle up with a plate of the famous chicken and waffles while sitting back and relaxing in the homey pub atmosphere.

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9. El Taco Luchador 938 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204 (Highlands)

Tacos, tortas, guacamole, and grilled street corn are all on the menu at El Taco Luchador. This spot embrasses the "fast-casual" movement, serving fresh, high quality, food at killer prices ($3.75 or less for tacos).

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10. Mussel & Burger Bar 9200 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40299

This expanding franchise of Louisville offers up, as its name suggests, a rare combination of seafood and burgers. The fare here is as laid-back as a local dive with burgers, of course, mac & cheese, and nachos among many other staples, but they're all approached with Cordon Bleu sensibility and therefore taken up a few notches with add-ons like braised ribs, gooey Monterey jack cheese, and soft, airy brioche.

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11. Bombay Grill 216 N Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40222

The colossal size of this Indian eatery in far east Louisville is only matched by the size of the tower you'll have on your plate by the time you reach the end of the buffet, which is ripe for the picking with tandoori vegetables and meats like chicken and lamb that you can top to your heart's desire with yogurts, chutney, papadums, and pickles. You'll have to come at lunch time, though, otherwise you'll be left to pick from a full menu of other dishes like chicken tikka or lamb kebabs (ok, so that's not so bad, either).

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