Food & Drink

8 hugely underrated Louisville restaurants

Published On 10/08/2014 Published On 10/08/2014
Peter Berkowitz
Facebook/Banh Mi Hero
Facebook/Bluegrass Burgers
Peter Berkowitz
Facebook/Danny Mac's Pizza
Facebook/El Molcajete
River City Drafthouse
Facebook/Winston's Restaurant
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1. Abyssinia 554 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40202

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.

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2. Bánh Mí Hero 2245 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

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).

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3. Bluegrass Burgers 3334 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40207

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.

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4. DakShin 4742 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40218

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.

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5. 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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6. El Molcajete 2932 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40208

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.

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7. River City Drafthouse 1574 1/2 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

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.

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8. Winston's Restaurant 3101 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

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.