Fall is officially here, and despite what some may try and convince you of, man cannot live on pumpkin spiced things alone -- so here are eight fantastic new Louisville eateries to get your fix of everything else...
Grind's food truck has been serving long lines of ravenous Louisvillians their signature gourmet burgers since '11 and the city's addiction has only grown stronger. Grind answered the call this year and opened their first brick & mortar, throwing out all the classics, plus signatures like the B&B burger, topped w/ Brie, crispy bacon, and spicy habanero jam. No substitutions are permitted. And none are needed.
You know how the two greatest things in the world are beer and breakfast? Well, that's what's being served up at Gralehaus. The same masterminds behind Holy Grale and the Louisville Beer Store are now putting out the likes of black pepper biscuits w/ duck gravy topped w/ duck sausage, a fried egg, and crispy duck skin alongside pints like Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA from their beer garden.
Brought to us by the same minds behind Wild Eggs, this Mexican joint boasts a lineup of several dozen tequilas, coming in the form of flights or straight-up cocktails (check out their grapefruit-aided Salty Chihuahua) to complement happy hour tacos like al pastor and fried fish... oh, and this glorious thing you see above? That’s their “flair dish”, the Chuleta Massiva; a single hunk of meat combining short rib, pork loin, and pork belly.
The Joy Luck’s been open slightly longer than some of the other spots on here, but it wasn't until very recently that word of their soup dumplings began to spread. Warm dough filled with piping-hot soup? Um, yes please. Their rice and noodle dishes are delicious go-tos, and the Beijing Roast Duck is pretty solid. Snag a seat on the front patio and let the Highlands people-watching commence.
Forgo the crowds waiting for a table at Mussel & Burger Bar and head below to tucked-away Cena, the new, Italian-driven resto concept spearheaded by the same creators of Guaca Mole, El Taco Luchador, and the aforementioned M&B Bar. You'll find some recognizable Italian classics like bolognese and pasta carbonara, along with plenty of meat and cheese to choose from, and don't let the baby octopus or bone marrow al forno scare you off... because they’re delicious.
Crescent Hill residents have a new place to kick morning in the ass with the opening of Eggs Over Frankfort. Breakfastings like Candied Bacon Pancakes and Cinnamon Raisin Waffles grace the menu, 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.
Opened after completely redesigning the interior of the space formally home to De La Torre's Spanish Restaurant, Louvino is pretty much wine focused, and features vino flights (each named for a famed Louisvillian) to accompany Kentucky-themed dishes like smoked Gouda hot brown mac & cheese, and fried chicken tacos served in a tortilla with garlic mash, cheddar, and pepper gravy.
Dedicated to the beers of the Bluegrass, here you'll find favorite local brews by West Sixth, Falls City, and Against the Grain, along with a selection of bourbons (this IS Kentucky) and a menu featuring the likes of Charred Chicken Wings (served w/ green mango slaw, pimento ranch, and hot sauce syrup), Pub Mussels w/ pork belly, and the oh-so-Kentucky meal of burgoo.
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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.