We kicked off 2016 with a list of new restaurants in Louisville, an interesting and tasty mix of 10 new restaurants adding to our city’s already thriving foodie scene. Fast forward eight months and here we are again — this time with not 10 but 13 (!!!) new, must-try restaurants in town. From a new take on a superhero-themed favorite to a vegan haven and to an east-end taco joint, here is your list of new restaurants in Louisville you must try!
13 New Restaurants in Louisville
4816 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 205-2888
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
We told you all about Chef Anoosh Shariat’s latest culinary venture and how we can’t wait for the opportunity to experience his take on breakfast — which he and his crew serve up seven days a week — in addition to lunch, dinner and a variety of all-day eats. We loved the flatbreads and the shrimp scampi — and that’s just scratching the surface of the menu.
1702 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 409-8103
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Mondays
In classic superhero style, Darnell Ferguson, chef and owner of SuperChefs, didn’t let a devastating fire overcome the years of hard work and passion he’d put into his restaurant, SuperChefs. Instead of throwing in the proverbial towel, Darnell vowed to come back better and stronger than ever. And that he did — re-opening SuperChefs in the Highlands in July. We love the red velvet pancakes and the veggie omelet for breakfast. For lunch, be sure to try the G.O.A.T. Grilled Cheese, made on focaccia and drizzled with honey. Currently serving breakfast and lunch, word on the street is that dinner hours and a full bar are soon to come. As with any superhero, SuperChefs aims to conquer it all!
2235 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 777-1505
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, bar opens at 4 p.m.; dinner service begins at 5 p.m.; Sunday, brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Mondays.
New to the Frankfort Avenue scene, The Hub emanates a hip vibe while managing to remain chill and approachable. A formal dining space flows into a large bar area (the cocktails are on point and a must try!) and continues on to a room with several pool tables and large televisions. A sprawling patio occupies the space between the entrance to the restaurant and bustling Frankfort Avenue, a lovely place for enjoying brunch on sunny weekends. The menu features comfort food and familiar favorites — all with a signature twist — like the pimento cheese and bacon pudding appetizer and the catfish banh mi.
3015 River Road, Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 897-5000
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Long ago, John Varanese established himself as a venerable member of the Louisville chef community, opening his eponymous restaurant on Frankfort Avenue in 2007. His latest project is a doozy: an upscale restaurant with a raw bar and a more casual bar and eatery, coined River House and Levee, respectively. Both sit right on the waterfront and just off Zorn and River Road, giving city-dwelling Louisvillians a new option for river-view dining. A variety of raw bar classics are on offer — including plenty of freshly shucked oysters and jumbo chilled shrimp — in addition to heartier fare.
2222 Dundee Road, Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 452-9385
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Tucked away at the corner of Dundee and Harvard Road in the Douglass Loop corridor, Migo has been turning out clever riffs on tacos and Latin-inspired small plates. The yucca totes are a standout and the perfect starter for any Migo meal. Tacos are offered in “surf,” “turf” and “vegetarian” formats with five different styles of dressings and toppings to finish them off. And it would be criminal to leave Migo without an order of their churros … they may just be the very best thing on the menu!
10715 Meeting St., Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 690-6390
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
It seems that our city’s love for tacos knows no bounds, and we are so grateful Citizen 7 decided to bring their take on this handheld favorite to the east end of town. Located in Norton Commons, Citizen 7’s menu features a variety of South American street food favorites in addition to their taco selection, such as short rib empanadas and Peruvian-style roasted chicken. We’re also happy to report that their margarita is everything it should be — and more!
The Speed Museum, 2035 S. Third St., Louisville, KY 40208 • (502) 581-8560
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Grab & Go Counter, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Mondays
We’re big fans of Wiltshire on Market — the upscale dinner spot in NuLu — and we can’t get enough of the Wiltshire Bakery and Café in the Highlands. So, we were thrilled to learn that Susan Hershberg, the mastermind behind the Wiltshire establishments, would be taking on the task of feeding the hungry patrons of the newly reopened Speed Art Museum. With Chef Coby Ming at the helm (formerly of Harvest restaurant), a variety of artfully crafted sandwiches, salads and pastries are on offer, along with cocktails, beer and wine, making any visit to the Speed that much more worthwhile.
1318 McHenry St., Louisville, KY 40217 • (502) 708-2984
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch) and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (brunch) and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Limited bar menu, daily from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Germantown is Louisville’s current “it” neighborhood and it seems that announcements of soon-to-come restaurants and bars roll in daily. Finn’s Southern Kitchen is a new kid on the block and seems to be fitting in just fine, bringing to Germantown plenty of biscuits, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and other classic Southern fare, as the name would suggest. The most popular dish is the fried chicken, according to the staff. Located adjacent to the Germantown Mill Lofts, there seems to be little doubt that Finn’s will soon become a neighborhood favorite.
8131 New La Grange Road, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 434-7470
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Chef Fernando Martinez and the OLE Restaurant Group have conquered Spanish tapas (Artesano), tacos (Taco Luchador), burgers (Mussel & Burger Bar), Italian fare (Mercato Italiano) and Mexican eats (GuacaMole), so why not barbecue? Such is the theme of their latest restaurant opening: Red Barn Kitchen. It’s all about Southern flavors at this new restaurant, located in the space formerly home to Joe’s Older Than Dirt bar. Key menu items include sweet tea-brined fried Amish chicken, shrimp and grits, hand pies made of pie dough and stuffed with mac ‘n’ cheese and burnt ends.
1161 S. Second St., Louisville, KY 40203 • (502) 384-2254
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Closed Mondays
Love the 80s? Love sandwiches? Well, have we got a new restaurant recommendation for you! Located in Old Louisville, Slice boasts a menu of 20 sandwiches, each with a name sure to kick your ’80s nostalgia into full gear (i.e., The ET: Extra Turkey and the Culture Club sandwiches). A handful of “Radical Salads” and “Bitchin’ Soups” are also up for grabs. Live in the area? Slice delivers! Just give them a call or place your order online.
630 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 587-0526
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Closed Sundays
Located directly across the street from The Palace, SET at Theatre Square is the latest and greatest option for those looking to grab a bite and a drink when in the SoFo district. Lunch and dinner are available daily, with American classics like a wedge salad, burgers and BLTs up for grabs at lunch, and fancier eats such as the New York strip and bone-in prime pork chop on offer for dinner. Whether you’re headed to a show at The Palace, the Brown Theatre or The Mercury Ballroom, plan to begin or end your night at this newly opened eatery.
10401 Meeting St., Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 742-4772
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The latest restaurant in Norton Commons is 502 Bar & Bistro, which serves up “bar food” and entrees for dinner during the week in their beautiful new restaurant and outside patio. On Saturdays and Sundays, they offer brunch and lunch with such menu items as French toast made with Texas Toast, and the Post Hangover Cure ramen dish. But they sold us on the 502 Bistro Burger that comes with huge curly fries (and which we ate before the burger).
2009 Highland Ave., Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 644-7335
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Monday
When faced with food allergies and dietary restrictions, dining out can be a stressful and challenging endeavor. The ladies behind NOLAFARE can relate, and their passion for following a vegan and gluten-free lifestyle inspired the opening of their first restaurant, located just off Bardstown Road in the heart of the Highlands. All items on the menu at NOLAFARE are vegan, gluten-free and are made with organic, soy-free, non-GMO ingredients. Salads, wraps and sandwiches dominate this heart-healthy menu — and there always is a sweet treat or two up for grabs!
That’s 13 new restaurants in Louisville to try around town. Think of it as 13 times you don’t have to cook … Enjoy!
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