Louisville is known for the Kentucky Derby, bourbon, Mint Julips, and wide-brimmed hats. But, what many are forgetting to mention is their expanding food scene. So, ditch your southern belle inspired dresses and sear-suckered pants. Today, all you’ll need is the stretchiest pants in your closet and our guide to navigating some of the best restaurants Louisville has to offer.
1076 East Washington Street
Tucked within a 19th-century building within the confines of the Butchertown neighborhood, Butchertown Grocery is serving up New American fare & artisanal cocktails. You truly can’t go wrong with any of their pasta dishes but if we had to choose a favorite, the gnocchi would take the prize.
4115 Oechsli Avenue
With three convenient locations across the Louisville area, you have no excuse not to experience the delicious Cuban cuisine that is being served up daily at Havana Rumba. Owner Marcos Lorenzo immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in 2000, so you are guaranteed authentic Cuban food created from family recipes. We recommend trying the Steak Chimichurri.
900 E Main Street, Suite 101
A new edition to the Nulu neighborhood, Biscuit Belly is specializing in southern-style comfort food with a knack for massive biscuit sandwiches. Pro tip: split a biscuit sandwich with a friend so you have enough room for a basket of loaded breakfast tots.
909 E. Market Street, Suite 100
For Feast BBQ, barbeque is more than perfectly smoked meats and scratch made sides; it’s their passion. And lucky for us, this passion can be tasted in every bite of their food. Come hungry. A standard plate comes with a half pound of meat and two sides.
Royals Hot Chicken
736 E Market Street
Turns out you don’t need to go all the way to Nashville to get amazing Nashville-style hot chicken. Royals Hot Chicken is serving as good (if not better) fried chicken, scratch-made Southern sides, and boozy milkshakes.
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