1. Grind Burger Kitchen829 E Market St, Louisville
2. Gralehaus1001 Baxter Ave, Louisville
3. Wild Rita's445 E Market St, Louisville
4. The Joy Luck1285 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
5. Cena9200 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville
6. Eggs Over Frankfort2712 Frankfort Ave, Louisville
7. Louvino1606 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
8. Crescent Hill Craft House2636 Frankfort Ave, Louisville
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.
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.
Tacos, margaritas, and plenty of tequila... it's five o'clock somewhere, right? And that's the key time to hit up this Downtown Mexican-inspired restaurant, brought to us by the same minds behind Wild Eggs.
This Taiwanese resto in the Highlands quietly opened in 2013, but really gained steam a year after once people caught word of their delectable soup dumplings and other fantastic noodle and meat dishes.
Forgo the crowds waiting for a table at Mussel & Burger Bar and head below to tucked-away Cena, the Italian-driven restaurant concept spearheaded by the same creators of Guaca Mole, El Taco Luchador, and the aforementioned Mussel & Burger Bar. You'll find some recognizable Italian classics like bolognese and pasta carbonara along with plenty of meat and cheese to choose from.
Head to this Crescent Hill spot for breakfast selections such as Candied Bacon Pancakes and Cinnamon Raisin Waffles, along with lunch items like the Bayly B.L.T., a classic BLT smothered with garlic aioli, and the Hite Grilled Cheese, which adds -- you guessed it -- bacon and tomato to the mix for good measure.
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 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.