Restaurant Guide: Featuring Some of Louisville’s Best Eateries

Seared Duck Breast: Spinach and almond puree, artichoke heart, fennel, house-cured bacon, wild mushrooms, peach, dried fruit topping. From Ward 426.

Seared Duck Breast: Spinach and almond puree, artichoke heart, fennel, house-cured bacon, wild mushrooms, peach, dried fruit topping. From Ward 426.

You’ve probably heard Louisville is a foodie town. But do you know just how many absolutely incredible eateries are available to us right in our hometown? It’s hard to keep up with all the awesomeness going on in the Louisville dining world, so we’ve created this year’s restaurant guide to help you navigate. Browse through these pages and open your mind to all the amazing flavors that await you across the city. Support local restaurants and try some of these places out! We promise, you won’t be sorry.

Louisville Staples

Over the last five years or so, Louisville has developed a significant reputation as a haven for foodies. But it wasn’t always this way. These five restaurants set the standard of Louisville eateries and served as pioneers for Louisville’s now unparalleled food scene.

Buck’s

425 W. Ormsby Ave., Louisville, 40203
502.637.5284 • buckslou.com
The elegant and charming decor of Bucks – complete with white flowers and linens – is only matched in quality by the food. The bourbon chicken saltimbocca is a delightful fusion of Italian and Kentucky flavors. Meanwhile, the filet mignon is nearly unmatched in regards to both flavor and presentation.

Jack Fry’s

1007 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
502.452.9244 • jackfrys.com
In the midst of the bustling and trendy Highlands, Jack Fry’s remains a sophisticated flagship, perfect for those looking for an upscale meal in a sea of bars and more casual options. Tucked away near the corner of Bardstown and Highland, Jack Fry’s is dim and romantic with service that is nearly as legendary as the menu. The pork chop is always a crowd-pleaser as is the sweet tea-brined heirloom chicken, served with ricotta gnocchi, pesto cream and broccolini.

RIVUE

140 N. Fourth St., Louisville, 40202
502.568.4239 • rivue.com
The view provided by RIVUE, located atop The Galt House, is literally unbeatable. The restaurant slowly rotates, providing diners with breathtaking panoramas of the city at sunset. A perfect complement to the view, the menu is outstanding, featuring such dishes as the dry aged rib eye and the Verlasso salmon with avocado mousse, cherry tomato panzanella bread salad and grilled lemon. And don’t miss that candy cart that rolls by once you’ve cleaned your plate!

Havana Rumba

4115 Oechsli Ave., Louisville, 40207
12003 Shelbyville Road #108, Louisville, 40243
2210 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40205
502.897.1959 (St. Matthews) • havanarumbaonline.com
This former dark horse started in a little strip mall in St. Matthews in 2004 and now sports three booming locations across Louisville. It boasts stellar Cuban food, the quality of which is only matched by the incredible cocktails and amiable service. There’s no greater Latin pleasure in town than chowing down on some authentic ropa vieja and sipping a refreshing mojito.

Hammerheads

921 Swan St., Louisville, 40204
502.365.1112 • louisvillehammerheads.com
Nestled in a basement of a house in Germantown, this oasis of culinary creativity offers excellently prepared meat with flavor that is nearly unmatched in the city. The eatery only has so many tables, and they are always full of smiling and satisfied diners. Look like you know what you’re doing and order the elk burger with a side of truffle fries and a PBR.


Boozy Brunch

Regarded by many as the best and most important meal of the week, brunch is a tradition much acclaimed and loved by the Louisville community. And what would brunch be without a little booze? The following five eateries have nailed the art of matching the perfect egg dish with the perfect cocktail.

Harvest

624 E. Market St., Louisville, 40202
502.384.9090 • harvestlouisville.com
While it may be open for lunch and dinner throughout the week, Harvest’s Saturday and Sunday brunch is the service of choice for both hungover hipsters and the country club crew. The natural light beautifully illuminates Harvest’s woodwork interior and sets the perfect stage for brunch. Pair your local scrambled egg sandwich (egg, Canadian bacon, St. Jerome cheese and smoked tomato mayo on a pretzel croissant) with a Kentucky Wake-Me-Up – a cocktail created from local coffee, Four Roses bourbon, chocolate bitters and honey.

El Camino

1314 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
502.454.5417 • elfreakingcamino.com
A surf-inspired tiki bar, El Camino has a festive and retro vibe throughout. Its menu focuses on more south-of-the-border offerings and contains perhaps the best sandwich in Louisville: the Semita Sandwich. Made up of fried pork, shaved ham, guacamole, salsa verde, habañero aioli and jalapeño slaw, the entree pairs delightfully with a pineapple juice mimosa, made with fresh-squeezed juice.

Wild Eggs

121 S. Floyd St., Louisville, 40202
Three other area locations
502.690.5925 • wildeggs.com
The modern classic Louisville breakfast spot, Wild Eggs serves all-American fare with excellent flavor and a true commitment to quality. At any of the four Louisville locations, sample the Bennies Gone Wild consisting of poached eggs, wild mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, tomato hollandaise and a balsamic reduction. Add a fresh skillet cinnamon roll as an appetizer and a Proud Mary as your libation and you’re on your way to hog heaven.

The Silver Dollar

1761 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, 40206
502.259.9540 • whiskeybythedrink.com
With roadhouse tunes resounding on vinyl, a renovated firehouse aesthetic and an excitingly eclectic menu, The Silver Dollar cannot disappoint. The Chilaquiles Verdes (fresh tortilla chips, salsa verde, queso cotija and over-easy eggs) paired with a Kentucky Mule (Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, ginger syrup and lime) is a combination worth waking up for.

Gralehaus

1001 Baxter Ave., Louisville, 40204
502.454.7075 • gralehaus.com
Owned by the same masterminds of Holy Grale, this wonderful counter-service shop sits up a few stairs on Baxter Avenue. It offers a dazzling array of beer and great brunch food throughout the week. The lamb sausage and grits, soft serve ice cream and crepes are all must-trys. And the cold brew on coffee on tap is the perfect afternoon refresher.


Great For Dates

Having a night with your special someone is both a luxury and a necessity. Break the routine as you and your sweetheart share a flavorful feast under the mood lighting of any of these five restaurants, each of which is sure to provide high-quality drinks and entrees with an ambience to die for.

Ward 426

426 Baxter Ave., Louisville, 40204
502.365.2505 • ward426.com
A casual yet cultured eatery at the north end of Baxter Avenue, Ward 426 has been romancing diners since it opened late last year. The menu is regionally inspired and seeks to incorporate local ingredients into upscale dishes. The seared duck breast is absolutely phenomenal with spinach and almond puree, artichoke heart, fennel, house-cured bacon, wild Mushrooms, peach and dried fruit topping. And don’t forget to sample one of their seasonal cocktails to complete your experience!

Eiderdown

983 Goss Ave., Louisville, 40217
502.290.2390 • eiderdown-gtown.com
Inside this adorable Germantown eatery, you’ll find dim lighting; an excellent wine, beer and cocktail list; a menu that speaks to the name of the neighborhood; and servers who are friendly, conversational and efficient. The dishes, such as the Sunday Night Sitdown (roast chicken, collard greens and grits), are of superior flavor, and you and your beloved will no doubt have a ball exploring the one-of-a-kind menu.

RYE

900 E. Market St., Louisville, 40206
502.749.6200 • ryeonmarket.com
Behind the seductive black facade on the corner of Campbell and Market in NuLu is RYE: an upscale New American eatery that prides itself on serving only the finest of dishes. Such refined and innovative creations as the Berkshire pork loin pair marvelously with the extraordinary cocktail menu. Add this to holding hands over Rye’s thick wooden tables and it doesn’t get much more romantic.

MilkWood

316 W. Main St., Louisville, 40202
502.584.6455 • milkwoodrestaurant.com
All you really need to hear is one name: Edward Lee. The celebrity chef has been creating dazzling dishes in Louisville since MilkWood opened in 2013. Located in the basement of Actors Theatre, the restaurant is tasteful and modern and bathed in a subtle warm light. Whisper to each other while you chow down on some ramen or fried chicken. Or share the Big Plate for Two (ribs, slaw and pickles). Make sure to try some of the craft cocktails from the bar as well.

Proof on Main

702 W. Main St., Louisville, 40202
502.217.6360 • proofonmain.com
Proof and its host hotel, 21C Museum Hotel, make for the perfect Louisville date. Score a cocktail at Proof’s posh bar then browse the awe-inspiring contemporary art display in the lobby of the hotel. Then, return to Proof and have a seat in the restaurant. Go crazy and try new things like the delicious charred octopus or the poached Skuna Bay salmon. The combination of food, drink and art is sure to make for an evening neither of you will forget.


Outdoor Dining Made Easy

Although summer is nearing a close, dining al fresco can be delightful even into the fall. There are a myriad of places to enjoy the fresh air while you dine around town, but these five offer some of the best patios (or rooftops) in town.

Olive Leaf Bistro

130 W. Riverside Dr., Jeffersonville, IN 47130
812.913.1252 • oliveleafbistro.com
Situated right on the river in Jeffersonville, Olive Leaf provides a delightfully scenic view from its picturesque veranda. The menu focuses on Mediterranean flavor with tastes reminiscent of southern France, Italy, Spain, north Africa and Greece. The chicken Sorrentino is divine with layers of chicken, eggplant, prosciutto, fresh marinara sauce and mozzarella, served with pasta. That, plus any of their fine wines, makes your refined picnic complete!

8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

350 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, 40202
502.631.4180 • 8uplouisville.com
Louisville’s only rooftop bar and restaurant, 8UP offers amazing cocktails and delicious dishes with a view that is simply unparalleled. Grab a seat in the spacious outdoor lounge and snag a menu. The calamari with dipping sauces is a great start to any party, and the Kentucky Proud Pizza of Broadbent ham and arugula is the perfect main course for a fall evening on the rooftop.

Garage Bar

700 E. Market St., Louisville, 40202
502.749.7100 • garageonmarket.com
This converted service station in NuLu has received national attention for its aesthetic, its booze and most importantly its food. Its pizza oven was imported from Naples, Italy and now bakes Garage’s thin-and-chewy crust pizza to perfection. Enjoy the pizza or the vast selection of ham available from “The Ham Bar” on the faux hedge benches outside or on one of the picnic tables that sit near the two ping pong tables.

Against the Grain

401 E. Main St., Louisville, 40202
502.515.0174 • atgbrewery.com
A beer lover’s paradise, Against the Grain is located inside the same building as Louisville Slugger Field. The patio, however, takes up ample space on the sidewalk and quite possibly may be one of the largest outdoor dining areas in town. Revel in their southern inspired menu with a pulled pork sandwich or a sausage link hoagie. Don’t forget to try one of the brewery’s craft beers, brewed on site.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

933 Baxter Ave., Louisville, 40202
3900 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, 40207
502.473.1222 (Highlands) • mollymalonesirishpub.com
While it may be a hotspot for late night boozing, Molly Malone’s is a becoming a true contender on the Louisville culinary scene. The beautiful and spacious deck at the Highlands location is the perfect spot to enjoy the delicious pesto grilled chicken or the more traditional shepherd’s pie. And since you’re outside, you should probably sample one of the 20 beers on tap!


Keep The Kids Happy

It’s great to have a night out alone, but sometimes, it’s even better to take the kids along. Do you and the little ones a favor and check out these five foodie-favorites for a surefire way to please the whole family.

W.W. Cousins

900 Dupont Road, Louisville, 40207
4112 Outer Loop, Louisville, 40219
502.897.9684 (Dupont) • ilovecousins.com
This Louisville casual burger joint is often the go-to for families looking for a night out – and for good reason! Its pick-your-own-toppings bar let’s everyone create their perfect burger. And those frosted sugar cookies or Reese’s Pieces cookies available at the open dessert counter are a must for everyone in the family.

Boombozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse

1448 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
Five other area locations
502.458.8889 • boombozz.com
Do you want a primavera pizza loaded with artichokes, mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives and more? Do your kids want a simple and delicious personal cheese pizza? Boombozz has everyone covered. From its incredible pizza creations to its lively atmosphere, there’s something for everyone – including a seemingly unlimited list of craft beer for the adults!

North End Cafe

1722 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, 40206
2116 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40205
502.896.8770 (Clifton) • northendcafe.com
It doesn’t get much easier than North End. They do a great brunch, but its laid-back and relaxed dinner options provide a stress-free night out for everyone. Serving up classic American dishes with a dash of international flair, North End’s menu is large and inclusive, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. And if you need a pancake fix, they serve breakfast all day.

Come Back Inn

909 Swan St., Louisville, 40204
415 Spring St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130
502.627.1777 (Germantown) • comebackinn.net
There’s nothing like an easy and relaxed Italian place to delight the whole family. Inspired by the restaurants of Chicago’s Little Italy, the Come Back Inn specializes in crowd-pleasing Italian comfort food. Kids will go nuts for the pizza and pasta while mom and dad can dive into a Chicago Italian beef sandwich or a meatball hoagie.

Bluegrass Brewing Company

300 W. Main St., Louisville, 40202
3929 Shelbyville Road, 40207
502.562.0007 (Downtown) • bbcbrew.com
Although more widely known for its beer, BBC also has a couple brewpubs in town that offer friendly American fare that pair nicely with its brews and appeal to the whole family. Options at BBC range from delicious sandwiches and burgers to zesty pizzas and bar snacks. Add that to the attentive service and beer selection, and you’ve got a place that scores big with everyone young and old.


Late Night Bites

It used to be hard to kill that late night hunger – not anymore. These five bar-and-restaurants offer diners all of their high-quality fare late into the morning hours. From lighter bites to full-on meals, there’s something special at each one for the night owl in all of us.

Spring Street Bar & Grill

300 S. Spring St., Louisville, 40206
502.584.6630 • springstreetbarandgrill.com
It’s a tragedy that this local gem is often overlooked as it’s almost certainly exactly what late night diners are looking for. The fun, neon-hued atmosphere and energetic and friendly servers are only accented by the menu, which overflows with bar snacks and complete meals. Do yourself a favor and order the turkey burger with a side of tater tots and pair it with a $4 shot of Old Forester.

The Post

1045 Goss Ave., Louisville, 40217
502.635.2020 • thepostlouisville.com
While it may be newer to town, The Post already has a loyal following that shows up well into the night. Serving pizza till 2 a.m., this Goss Avenue eatery is always clean, has plenty of seating and boasts a menu that is both accessible and creative: a rare feat. The pizzas are huge and perfect for feeding a group of late-night barhoppers. Try The Riveter, a glorious combination of provolone, meatballs, banana peppers and basil – or The Army Brat, a pie made up of bratwurst, garlic, jalapeños, sauerkraut, cheddar and brown mustard.

Ramsi’s Cafe on the World

1293 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
502.451.0700 • ramsiscafe.com
After catching a movie at Baxter, Ramsi’s is the perfect place to sit and discuss the show over a delicious meal. The extensive menu takes from different cuisines from around the world and offers plenty of options for diners with alternative diets. The patio is particularly lovely, especially in the late hours when certain bottles of wine are $10 after 10 p.m. The Moroccan lamb chops with bourbon tomato jam are particularly tasty, as is the spicy and savory Jamaican chicken sandwich.

The Back Door

1250 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
502.451.0659 • thebackdoorlouisville.com
While this hidden treasure located on the side of Mid City Mall may be more known for its strong drinks, the food at The Back Door is more than enough to keep patrons coming back. Just as good at 8 p.m. as at 1 a.m., the menu specializes in bar snacks with plenty of fried options that are simply perfect after a couple Woodfords. The buffalo wings are legendary, and the jalapeño poppers and bombers (wontons with chicken, jalapeños and cheese) will never disappoint.

Hilltop Tavern

1800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, 40206
502.742.2908
hilltoptavernlouisville.blogspot.com
Specializing in smoked meat, Hilltop is a particularly fun place to end the night thanks to its collection of games such as pool, Cards Against Humanity and life-sized Jenga. The smoked PBR chicken sandwich is delicious, especially when doused with some barbecue sauce, and the West 6th mac ‘n’ cheese fritters alone are worth making the trip.


Stunning Small Plates And Snacks

A staple on the western European food scene, the small plates trend is just now getting to the U.S. Thankfully, five places in town have already mastered the art of offering a variety of different-sized dishes, perfect for sharing and sampling or for combining on your own to make a complete meal.

LouVino

1606 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40205
502.365.1921 • louvino.com
This cosmopolitan new eatery may be named for its wine, but the tapas-style menu is just as remarkable. Go with a couple friends and explore the menu by ordering several dishes for the table and creating your own meal. The fried chicken tacos with garlic mashed potatoes and pepper gravy are out of this world, and the delectable Cajun crab cakes are the perfect combination of savory and spicy.

Mojito Tapas

2231 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, 40222
502.425.0949 • mojitotapas.com
Inspired by the culinary traditions of Spain and Latin America, Mojito Tapas offers an incredible variety of delightful exotic dishes. The tabla de chimichurri (skirt steak with chimichurri sauce) is delicious, as are the albóndigas (Spanish style meatballs with seasoned ground Angus beef, pork and Spanish chorizo, served in a wine tomato sauce and topped with Manchego cheese). And make sure to try the House Swirl Margarita, a frozen margarita with a sangria float.

El Taco Luchador

938 Baxter Ave., Louisville, 40204
502.583.0440 • facebook.com/eltacoluchador
Though it may not technically be a small plate menu, Taco Luchador’s offerings are perfect for those looking for just a snack and for those looking for a full meal. Order three tacos and call it lunch or just get one for a mid-afternoon snack. The Tinga taco, made up of guajillo braised chicken, queso fresco, crema, pico and guac is just what you need – as is the Al Pastor, a classic Mexican combo of pork, pineapple, cilantro and onions.

Bistro 1860

1765 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, 40206
502.618.1745 • bistro1860.com
Located in the beckoning yellow house at the end of Brownsboro Road is Bistro 1860: an upscale French-American fusion eatery that allows diners to choose their own adventure. The menu offers a myriad of exquisite items – such as the Hudson Valley duck confit strudel served with caramelized onion, candied chile, fresh Capriole goat cheese, shallot sherry cream and leek hay – in three different sizes. Diners thus may either have an entree a piece or mix and match small plates to share.

Dragon King’s Daughter

1126 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
202 E. Elm St., New Albany, IN 47150
502.632.2444 (Highlands) • dragonkingsdaughter.com
A staple in the Highlands restaurant scene, Dragon King’s Daughter is renowned for its take on Asian-fusion cuisine. Grab a seat outside and enjoy some of the best sushi in town. The kraken attacks roll (red tuna, avocado, hot sauce inside, escolar and unagi outside) is a sure-fire pleaser. So is the fried veggie Gyoza, or potstickers, as a starter. And don’t forget the sake, which is $3/$5 during the daily 3-6 p.m. happy hour!


Hog-Eaters’ Heaven

Sometimes, you just need to eat meat. Well-prepared, succulent and savory meat dishes can be exceptionally satisfying, delicious, filling and, ultimately, primal. Each of these five local restaurants are cooking up some unbeatable dishes, perfect for carnivores.

Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

127 W. Main St., Louisville, 40207
502.587.1626 • doccrows.com
This southern smokehouse serves up some fine oysters, but the meat is definitely their thing. The mouthwatering selection of brisket, ribs and chicken is enough to get anybody excited. Throw in some green beans and hush puppies and you’ve got a southern feast to envy. Their bourbon list is also exemplary, sure to give your pan seared ribeye a little extra kick.

Feast BBQ

909 E. Market St., Louisville, 40206
116 W. Main St., New Albany, IN 47150
502.749.9900 (NuLu) • feastbbq.com
Although it started in New Albany – and is still there – Feast’s second location in NuLu has become the go-to weekday lunch spot for the carnivores among us. Its array of chicken, pork and brisket, available as sandwiches tacos or just on their own, provide plenty of options with bonus barbecue sauces to spice up any of the smoked meat. The bourbon slushies (flavors are always changing) should help wash it all down.

Mussel & Burger Bar

9200 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, 40299
502.384.4834 • facebook.com/pages/musselburgerbar
While it may be a bit removed from the epicenter of local eateries, this Hurstbourne restaurant is one of the best in the city. True to its name, it offers a genuinely spectacular selection of creative mussel dishes and a list so astounding of burgers that it’s nearly impossible to pick one. The Argentinian is a favorite with provaletta, carmelized onions, Argentinian chorizo, chimichurri sauce and confit tomatoes. The decision will be hard, but it’s impossible to make a wrong one.

Smoketown USA

1153 Logan St., Louisville, 40204
502.409.9180 • smoketownusa.com
With its unassuming facade, expansive menu and hometown charm, it’s hard to be unhappy at Smoketown USA. The menu caters to those who love meat – especially ribs. From the rib basket to the Flintstone Ribs (Beef Ribs), everything is absolutely delicious. The sandwiches are also incredible; the burgers in particular are outstanding.

Game

2295 Lexington Road, Louisville, 40206
502.618.1712 • louisvillehammerheads.com/game
Thanks to the popularity of the burger dishes at their original restaurant, Hammerheads co-owners Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino were able to successfully open a second restaurant dedicated only to these exotic burgers. Game is a pleasantly open eatery with covered deck seating in all seasons and a beer list built to complement the burgers. Diners have the option of building their own burger, so the options are boundless. Try the kangaroo burger on a pretzel bun with bone marrow mayo. You won’t be sorry.


Alternative Diet Accomodations

Whatever your reason for sticking to a vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free diet, Louisville has you covered. All five of these local eateries offer diners top-notch dishes to suit alternative diets and prove that cooking a little differently doesn’t mean sacrificing taste.

Roots

1216 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
502.456.6688 • heartandsoy.net
The answer to so many vegan prayers, Roots is a semi-upscale eatery that offers plenty of options for vegan and vegetarian eaters. Its motto is “mindful, compassionate cooking,” and the menu reflects just that. You’ll forget all about meat when you sample the summer rolls complete with sautéed vegetables, tofu, veggie ham, mint, Thai basil, crispy cigar and tamarind sauce.

Heart & Soy

1216 Bardstown Road, Louisville, 40204
502.456.6678 • heartandsoy.net
Perfect for the college vegetarian on the go, Heart & Soy shares a building – and owner – with Roots. Heart & Soy has a bit more pronounced Asian flair with noodles and rice bowls aplenty. The Korean Rice Bowl in particular never disappoints as it’s loaded with house-made tofu, a fried egg and lots of veggies.

Bank Street Brewhouse

415 Bank St., New Albany, 47150
812.944.2577 • newalbanian.com/bank-street-brewhouse
In New Albany, the New Albanian Brewing Company’s Bank Street brewery is now home to the Earth Friends Cafe food concept, which has been in existence at various locations since 2011. The menu caters to those who prefer to eat vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free. While sipping NABC beer, guests can enjoy the smoky Bonfire nacho platter with NABC’s Bonfire of the Valkyries, taco “meat,” spicy black bean corn mix, chipotle salsa, smoky jalapeño dressing, vegan cheese, tomato, onion and vegan sour cream.

Zen Garden

2240 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, 40206
502.895.9114 • zengardenasian.com
By now, Zen Garden is a fixture on Frankfort Avenue. It pioneered Louisville’s vegetarian food scene and remains the quality standard. The atmosphere is nothing too pretentious with plenty of seating and an informal vibe. The menu is grounded in vegetarian Chinese and Asian fare with such delectable dishes as the Singapore noodles – rice noodles with finely shredded tofu, cabbage, celery, bean sprouts, snow peas and carrots all stir fried with a curry spice.

Simply Thai

323 Wallace Ave., Louisville, 40207
12003 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, 40243
502.899.9670 (St. Matthews) • simplythaiky.com
A favorite for both vegans and omnivores alike, Simply Thai is a bustling Asian eatery with locations in St. Matthews and Middletown. The restaurant offers a multitude of noodle and curry dishes with meat often being optional as opposed to standard. The Thai eggplant is a hit with Thai basil and garlic making for a dish that is both filling and marvelously unique.


Upcoming Adventures

Louisville’s food reputation is only growing, and for that reason, we can expect some spectacular places to open their doors soon. Read through these five exciting concepts that are on the brink of taking the Louisville food scene by storm.

Joella’s Hot Chicken, Opening ASAP

3400 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, 40207
facebook.com/joellashotchicken
In Nashville, hot chicken dishes are as common as the hot brown is here. Joella’s is looking to bring hot chicken here as well. The eatery plans to “feature all natural fried chicken brined, hand-dipped in our secret spices and herbs.” The chicken will be available in three different degrees of heat, so it’ll be perfect for those who can handle the heat as well as those who like it a little milder.

Artesano Vino, Tapas y Más, Opening Oct. 2015

1315 Herr Lane, Louisville, 40222
502.384.4834 • facebook.com/pages/artesano-vino-tapas-y-mas
The Martinez family knows how to run a restaurant; they’re the folks who brought us Mussel & Burger Bar, El Taco Luchador, Guaca Mole and Cena. Thus we can all anticipate with confidence their next effort: Artesano. Opening in Westport Village this October, the eatery will be a “causal and authentic Spanish tapas restaurant with fresh and local ingredients, friendly service.”

Royal’s Hot Chicken, Opening Fall 2015

736 E. Market St., Louisville, 40202
royalschicken.com
Fans of Ryan Rogers’ glorious barbecue eatery, Feast BBQ, rejoice as the restaurateur will soon open Royal’s Hot Chicken in the space formerly occupied by Taco Punk in NuLu. Royal’s twitter is already tempting us with something called a hot apple pie en carroza. Sounds good!

Doc’s Cantina, Opening End of 2015

1201 River Road, Louisville, 40206
502.587.1626 (Doc Crow’s) • doccrows.com
Who wasn’t disappointed when Tumbleweed on the river closed last year? Sipping a margarita on the outdoor deck overlooking the Ohio was certainly a pleasure. Soon, that pleasure will be possible again. Falls City Hospitality Group (owners of Doc Crow’s) will open a south-of-the-border concept called Doc’s Cantina in the former Tumbleweed space. The company plans to open up the restaurant and ensure everyone has a view of the water while enjoying the menu’s semi-upscale Tex-Mex.