Today’s post is written by StyleBlueprint intern Krista Walker. She visited Grind Burger Kitchen with friends to sample the menu. The Grind is a well-known and loved food truck that recently opened a bricks-and-mortar restaurant. If her descriptions of the food don’t make you hungry, the pictures certainly will.


It is not hard to find a good burger in the Louisville area, but a great one can be found one step further at Grind Burger Kitchen. As an avid Instagram user, I started following @louisvillegrind a few months ago, and was literally salivating at their delicious posts. Joined by a group of six friends, I headed to the Grind’s bricks-and-mortar location to see if their burgers were truly as good as they looked.

The Grind Burger Kitchen
The Grind Burger Kitchen menu
The Grind Burger Kitchen
Burgers arrive on cutting boards.

Upon walking into the small yellow building on South Preston, you are greeted with a quaint wood-floored room with plenty of tables and chairs, a chalkboard menu, water station and a well-designed menu (always a favorite of mine). After hearing several rave reviews about the B&B burger Brie and bacon burger), I had my heart set on that choice. But after seeing the special for the evening, which was a burger topped with their special beer cheese (made with Across the Grain Brewery Brown Note beer and Tillamook sharp cheddar), heirloom tomatoes, caramelized onions, bacon and green leaf lettuce, I had to choose the special. And of course, a side of fries with their famous (and bottled!) smoked tomato ketchup. I hardly had to wait in anticipation for my food, as the burgers were served less than 10 minutes after ordering, and each burger looked better than the next.

The Grind Burger Kitchen
Love the repurposed whiskey bottles used for water pitchers

Finally, the moment I had been waiting for since seeing that first Instagram photo … The Brown Note burger was like nothing like I had ever tasted. It was juicy, cooked to perfection and topped with a mouthful of flavors. Who knew Tillamook beer cheese and heirloom tomatoes could add so much?

It turned out that my table agreed with me on their choices. The Veggie, the Chain and the B&B burger were all savory and delicious. And how could I forget the smoked tomato ketchup and habanero honey sauce? While you can expect to pay a bit more for these tasty sauces, they’re definitely a step above the standard ketchup pairing we’ve all come to anticipate.

The Grind Burger Kitchen
The Brown Note Burger, which is topped with their special beer cheese (a combination of Against the Grain’s Brown Note beer and Tillamook cheddar), caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, bacon and lettuce
The Grind Burger Kitchen
The Chain: burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and your choice of cheese (American, cheddar, pepper jack or pimento)
The Grind Burger Kitchen
The B&B: burger: Brie cheese, bacon and habanero or apricot jam
The Grind Burger Kitchen
The Veggie: house-made burger of quinoa, chickpeas, lentils and seasonal vegetables. Served with lettuce, tomato, onion and smoked tomato ketchup.
The Grind Burger Kitchen
Smoked tomato ketchup.

As our meal drew to a close, I think the general consensus for the Grind, was, “When are we coming back?!”

  • Visit Grind Burger Kitchen at 3311 Preston Highway
  • Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Or visit their food truck, which stops throughout Louisville at various locations. Follow them on their website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to find out the specials of the week and where their food truck will be located.
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Heidi Potter