Crescent Hill, one of the many lovely areas of Louisville, is known for its fantastic restaurants, charming boutiques and neighborhood streets lined with beautiful homes, all of which make it among the most unique enclaves in the city. The neighborhood vibe feels like you’ve stepped back in time to a quaint yet bustling small town with something to discover around every corner.
There is no shortage of places to grab a delicious bite, a chic gift or an unforgettable experience. Here are the hip neighborhood joints you’ve got to check out.
Where to Eat, Shop & Play in Crescent Hill
Grab A Bite
2339 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 384-3027
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Con Huevos, a James Beard-nominated restaurant, serves up Mexican-style breakfast, brunch and lunch. With multiple locations around Louisville, its home on Frankfort Avenue is the most recent on the roster, and it brings a fabulous new flavor to the area.
Con Huevos, meaning “with eggs,” began three years ago with the idea that Louisville needed an authentic Mexican food experience. Their fresh, scratch-made dishes include crowd favorites like huevos rancheros, The Gravy Cup-winning chipotle-poached eggs, tres leches pancakes and Cuban coffee. If you are feeling adventurous, try the chilaquiles made with corn tortilla chips, tomatillo green salsa, crema, queso fresco, sunny eggs and pickled onions topped with chorizo or chicken. “We offer a variety of Mexican breakfast and lunch dishes, most of them can be made ‘con huevos.’ Fresh-squeezed OJ and premium Mexican-style coffees are also available,” says Izmene Peredo Martinez, co-owner and general manager, adding, “It’s all about the experience. If you visit Con Huevos, you’ll be welcomed by the bests smiles of Josh, Cody or Kassy and the smell of delicious homemade salsas, baked biscuits and delicious Mexican coffee.”
2712 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 709-4452
Hours: 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Eggs Over Frankfort is a charming little breakfast and lunch cafe serving up traditional-style breakfasts with a twist. Yummy entrees and hot cups of coffee are served on the coolest vintage dishware. This breakfast joint is perfect for those who enjoy spicy arugula with their biscuit, but not enough to scare away those who enjoy a classic farmer-style start to the day.
We recommend fueling up on eggs Florentine, served with two poached eggs, Parmesan creamed spinach and fresh hollandaise on a toasted English muffin with a side of white cheddar Weisenberger grits or hashbrown casserole. You really can’t go wrong. Customize your own omelet with a choice of meats, cheeses and veggies with one of their sides. Located in the heart of Crescent Hill, it’s a great place for people watching while enjoying breakfast!
2868 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 899-9800
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, bakery, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; brunch, 9 a.m. to noon; lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe is a great place for brunch, lunch and late afternoon options. Try the poached egg pizza with bacon and arugula. It’s a shareable size with plenty of bacon and other savory flavors. Besides the pizzas and tartines, there are gorgeous salads, mouthwatering sandwiches and their famous selection of European-style pastries and desserts and fresh artisanal bread.
2319 Old Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 890-5731
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In case you haven’t noticed, noodles with everything is officially a thing. And Chik’n & Mi decided to bring some Kentucky into the mix. Chik’n & Mi specializes in Asian-inspired comfort foods, including pairing fried chicken and ramen noodle soups. Jason McCollum, chef and owner of Chick’n & Mi, cautions against your flashback to dorm-room ramen noodles. He and his team take care in creating these authentic Japanese dishes. The broth — the foundation for all ramen creations — simmers for 20 hours before it’s ready for slurping. The noodles are even handmade in-house, and they offer gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options.
“I kind of like to think of it as a kids’ menu for adults! You know, chicken nuggets, fries and mac ‘n cheese — with enough of an adult twist to keep it interesting,” says Jason. “We even get people to eat their vegetables!” The creative menu changes so often, they don’t even keep it on their website. But trust us, it’s always good.
2039 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 894-9501
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Craving some melt-in-your-mouth sushi? Grab lunch or dinner at Osaka, where the menu is a sushi lover’s dream. They make everything fresh to order, including the sauces, and they even have a roll named after Frankfort Avenue. The Frankfort Roll is made with minced yellowtail, flying fish roe, cream cheese, jalapeño and spicy chef sauce, deep fried for a crispy, delicious masterpiece. Other favorites include the Derby Roll, Paradox Roll, Cherry Blossom Roll, Orange Salmon Roll, Zacking Roll, Triple Tuna Roll and Pink Lady Roll. If you’re a sushi fan, this is the spot for you.
2730 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 894-8686
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to close; Closed Sunday
For as long as anyone can remember, Porcini has been the place for family gatherings and special date nights. It is an all-around classic. The restaurant has been in the historic Crescent Hill area for more than 22 years. You can find all the classic northern Italian dishes like linguine gamberi palermo, vitello alla griglia and pollo al marsala, not to mention authentic pizza, pasta, salads and antipasto. You cannot go wrong with this Crescent Hill gem.
2622 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 384-0795.
Butcher shop hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
Restaurant hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; full bar, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
Red Hog is Louisville’s first whole animal butcher shop. The cases at the front of the store are chock-full of the best cuts around — meats from local farms committed to sustainable, humane and ethical farming practices, which is why this makes an excellent stop to pick up a few pork chops or steaks to throw on the grill. All meats are available as fresh cuts, cooked or cured, in the butcher shop and on the cafe menu.
“We have a lot of cuts that people are unaware of but are very delicious,” says head butcher Duncan Paynter, who suggests trying the charcuterie with liver, like the country pate or Braunschweiger. “We offer meats, sausages and charcuterie, all made in-house, for retail sale. Our menu focuses on these items as well as our relationship with Blue Dog Bakery, which allows us to feature quality bread. Menus change frequently and are focused around our wood-burning oven and hearth grill.”
Order at the front of the shop, and sit in the cafe area at a butcher block-style table or outside on the patio for more people watching, or take your finds back home to make your own culinary creation.
Crescent Hill has excellent shopping — there are tons of great boutiques and craft shops all owned and operated by locals. In fact, walkable Frankfort Avenue allows shoppers to meander in and out of the boutiques or window shop without ever having to hop back in the car!
2722 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 897-7319
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Just Creations is a nonprofit organization offering plenty of crafts, jewelry, home decor items and so much more. Items are handcrafted in more than 45 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Central and South America. The profits of these fair-trade finds provide a fair wage for the artisans and enable them to pay for food, education, health care and housing. If you want some unique gifts while supporting a worthy cause, this is the place!
2720 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 896-6950
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dating back to 1978, Carmichael’s Bookstore is a not only Louisville’s oldest independent bookstore, but also a beloved local treasure. Carmichael’s was born when husband and wife, Carol Besse and Michael Boggs, moved to Louisville in the 1970s after working at a bookstore in Chicago for a number of years. They noticed a need for an independent bookstore, so Carmichael’s opened its doors in 1978 on the corner of Bonnycastle Avenue and Bardstown Road. Now, they are celebrating 40 years of serving the Louisville community!
Miranda Blankenship, daughter of Carol and Michael and the manager of the Frankfort Avenue location, says “Carmichael’s loves being a ‘Third Place’ in the neighborhood, a gathering space other than your home or work. We love Crescent Hill because of the mix of businesses and neighborhoods — that means your customers are also your neighbors, and we strive to support each other. We bump into them at the Wine Rack or Oscar’s because we shop there too.”
Carmichael’s Bookstore is a great place to grab a coffee and relax with a good book. All locations host a community book club and dozens of author events throughout the year.
2830 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 384-5434
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Urban Farmhouse Market was “farmhouse” before “farmhouse” was cool. It began with the idea of bringing that unique rustic touch of the country farm into your home. “A year after we opened, Chip and Joanna Gaines made the farmhouse style a household name with the airing of their show ‘Fixer Upper.’ The rest, as they say, is history,” says Michelle Roos, manager of The Urban Farmhouse Market.
Inside you can find many great gift items, especially for a bride! They carry burlap pillows with sweet sayings and patterns, candles, unique drawer pulls, light fixtures and tea towels — all perfect for gift-giving. Their staff interior designer will come to your home to help you with your space, so they’ve got you covered, from gifts to custom home decor.
“Our loyal customers make having a store like The Urban Farmhouse Market worth it. To see how excited they get for new product and how appreciative they are for what we do is amazing. We are currently moving forward with a more modern-style farmhouse, and we think our customers are going to love it!” says Michelle.
2720 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 896-6110
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Monday
Crescent Hill Trading Company houses a mix of eclectic collectibles and beautiful pieces for the home. With two floors and a basement lovingly dubbed “the rabbit hole,” it is a collector’s paradise but also a great place to discover new decorating trends, gifts and antiques, as well as their specialty: repurposed antiques and heirlooms.
“I enjoy finding stuff that needs a little life to it,” explains Mark Gaff, owner of Crescent Hill Trading Company. “When you repurpose an object, you give it another life and journey.” Whether it’s a quirky jockey helmet as a lampshade or an antique glass punch bowl, Crescent Hill Trading Company has incredible finds.
2828 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 897-1158
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Here’s to all the women who love to make a statement when they enter the room. Named after one of the most head-turning creatures, The Peacock Boutique is a women’s clothing store with unique and trendy selections from a chic collection of brands. Located along Frankfort Avenue, the boutique offers women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and other accessories by designers such as Rag & Bone, Raquel Allegra, RTA, Helmut Lang, Barton Perriera, Zoe Chicco, Melissa Joy Manning and many others. “Being in the heart of Crescent Hill and on Frankfort Avenue, we are surrounded by lots of other local stores and restaurants,” says Jennifer Lee, owner of The Peacock Boutique, of the bustling location. “So, we have tons of customers who walk and visit all the local shops in the area.”
2632 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 721-9148
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Located in the midst of bustling Frankfort Avenue, The Wine Rack has a quaint, old-world feel on the inside, where they carry a broad selection of vino from all over the globe — Spain, France and Australia to name a few! Aside from beverages, The Wine Rack carries a wide array of local snacks and accoutrements for your beverage selection. Cheese and pastas from Lotsa Pasta, as well as freshly baked breads from Blue Dog Bakery are great pairings for beer, wine or cocktails. Cheers!
Discover & Play
Located at the intersection of Reservoir Avenue and 3018 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville Water Company constructed the Crescent Hill Reservoir in 1879. Crews removed tons of dirt and rock to build a basin to hold 110 million gallons of Ohio River water, which allowed sediment to settle prior to filtering drinking water as we do today. The Gothic-style architecture was designed by Charles Hermany to resemble a castle he saw along the Rhine River in Germany.
Today, Crescent Hill Reservoir is a popular historic site and a great spot for walkers and runners — about a mile around the reservoir. Due to safety issues and concerns, there are no pups or animals allowed at the reservoir, so leave Fido at home and enjoy the walk with human friends.
Recently, the Reservoir and Gatehouse have been reopened to the public. As a part of the Walking Wednesdays program at the Reservoir, take a step back in time and tour the property with Louisville Water Staff, who are on hand to answer questions. Walking Wednesdays, which occur on the second Wednesday of the month from May to September, are finished for this year, but when the begin again next year, doors open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2650 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 896-6687
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Established in 1990, B. Deemer Gallery has been showcasing artists for almost 30 years. More than 50 living artists are represented, and about half of those artists are residents of the Ohio Valley region. Step inside and check out 20th and 21st century paintings, watercolors, pastels and more.
Whether you are visiting from out of town or are a local looking for a change of scene, Crescent Hill has something for everyone.
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