Food & Drink

Where to Get the 8 Best Sandwiches in Louisville, Excluding the Hot Brown

Published On 01/07/2015 Published On 01/07/2015
Morris' Deli
FLICKR/Zach Everson
Jackknife Cafe
Bread and Breakfast
Danny Mac's Pizza
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1. Morris' Deli 2228 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Housed in a little liquor store on the verge of the suburbs, this institution earned a visit from Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods America, though its most bizarre features are its location and how amazing its meats are. Get the ham. Or the turkey.

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2. Gralehaus 1001 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

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.

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3. Eiderdown 983 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217

Located in Germantown, this American resto and sandwich spot features a number of non-traditional treats, from its duck fat popcorn to its beer cheese that's served warm like a fondue with Blue Dog bread.

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4. Jackknife Cafe 1201 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

This trendy lunch spot is one of the best in Butchertown for a lunch sammich, especially their BLT, and ESPECIALLY especially if you get it with their outstanding Benedictine spread, which is a simple but necessary condiment/dip made with cream cheese, cucumber, and green food coloring.

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5. Bread and Breakfast 157 East Main St, New Albany, IN 47150

This Southern Indiana artisan bakery-specializes in homemade bakery items, terrific lunches, artisan breads, and gluten-free pastries. Pro tip: Get a panini and taste the farm-to-table difference.

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6. Harvest 624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

You know you're in for a fresh meal at Harvest, because the walls are adorned with large photos of the various Kentucky farmers who grow and raise the ingredients you’ll find on your plate. The team here knows a thing or two about fried chicken, crafting a buttermilk-soaked, battered, and fried breast and thigh served over a savory hoecake, drizzled with creamy gravy and topped with spicy greens. It’s heaven on a plate. And if you're not in the mood for chicken, they also have one of the best burgers in Louisville: a local beef patty topped with tomato jam, triple-cream brie, and lettuce on an addictive pretzel bun.

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7. Danny Mac's Pizza 1567 S Shelby St, Louisville, KY 40217

Around Schnitzelburg, everyone knows Dan "Danny Mac" McMahon due to the winning pizzas he makes -- and some credit must also go to his garlic bread and Parmesan-smothered breadsticks.

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8. 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.