1. Abyssinia554 S 5th St, Louisville
2. Bánh Mí Hero2245 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
3. Bluegrass Burgers3334 Frankfort Ave, Louisville
4. DakShin4742 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
5. Danny Mac's Pizza1567 S Shelby St, Louisville
6. El Molcajete2932 S 4th St, Louisville
7. River City Drafthouse1574 1/2 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
8. Winston's Restaurant3101 Bardstown Rd, Louisville
Somewhat hidden on a drab stretch of 5th St, it’s not the type of place you’d make -- or need -- a reservation, but at Abyssinia, the home-style meals are delicious, filling, and make you feel like you’re in someone’s home, in the best way.
This Highlands spot honors traditional dishes while also giving them a modern, fresh update. Hidden in plain sight in the middle of the Highlands, BMH also has a truck that you find all around town (always a happy sight).
With a short menu flaunting just burgers, dogs, and desserts, Bluegrass Burgers is an all-american classic. This family-friendly joint with multiple suburban outposts grills up high-quality Kentucky-raised beef for some of the biggest and unexpectedly inventive burgers around. Aside from it's staple, the all-beef burger, Bluegrass' menu changes the game with other bases like fresh ahi tuna, bison, and vegetarian black bean patties -- all winners, if you ask us.
Between the fresh, stunningly delicious food, and the log cabin-vibe bolstered by TVs showing music videos straight from the homeland, it’s impossible to not love DakShin and its Southern Indian cuisine.
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.
Bold enough to list some very authentic items on its menu (try the brains tacos), this Mexi-spot was a welcome addition to an area close to -- but just out of sight of -- where the tourists go.
In the middle of a well-traveled area once the center of Louisville’s counter-culture (hippies, not lunch counter), River City Drafthouse's main attraction is its well-curated selection of craft beers, but try the food, too. You’ll be very satisfied.
At the Southern end of the Highlands neighborhood, overlooking the highway to somewhere else, lies Winston’s, the restaurant fueled by Sullivan University’s culinary students. Only open Fridays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner, and Sundays for brunch, this is a special occasion location for when you’re looking to impress someone special.