While new and exciting restaurants are staking their claim in the Kentuckiana and Greater Louisville metro areas, some local favorites are expanding their reach with additional locations. We’re excited to share all things fresh and tasty in town, with a list of Louisville’s best new restaurants that have opened in the past six months. From authentic Italian, to Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken and diner-style burgers, there’s something on this list to accommodate every palate.
New Louisville Restaurants — Spring 2019 Edition
2210 Holiday Manor Center, Louisville, KY 40222 • (502) 333-9595
Hours: Open daily, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
From Kevin Grangier, the owner of local favorites like Le Moo and The Village Anchor, comes Grassa Gramma, an authentic Italian restaurant serving up homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza and other traditional dishes. The menu includes delectable starters like wood-baked oysters and beets and burrata, a plate of maple-roasted baby beets topped with saba vinegar, organic honey and pistachio. Follow one of these with a delicious entrée like the gnocchetti, Nonna Maria pizza (tomato-basil-mozz), bolognese or a classic plate of spaghetti. And don’t forget to check out their well-rounded cocktail menu. It features fun options like the Boulevardier, made with Campari, Elijah Craig bourbon, contratto and sweet vermouth.
109 E. Market Street, New Albany, IN 47150 • (812) 590-2611
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
While not technically located in Louisville, The Earl is just across the river in Southern Indiana and a definite must-try. Open at 4 p.m. every day, it’s the perfect place to wind down after a long day at the office or to grab a drink with friends to kick off a great weekend. The eclectic small bites menu includes craft charcuterie boards, artisan spreads like spicy pimento cheese, and even housemade grilled cheese served on an artisan loaf with white cheddar, fig jam, apple gastrique and local honey. Pair one of these delicious dishes with a craft cocktail like The Earl. It’s a unique take on an Old Fashioned made with rye bourbon, maple-infused demerara, angostura and cherry bark vanilla bitters, and garnished with candied bacon.
Burger Girl Diner
3344 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 709-5454
Hours: Open daily, 24 hours a day
Burger Girl Diner, the sister restaurant to Louisville mainstay Burger Boy Diner, is now serving up mouthwatering burgers and delicious milkshakes made to order. It truly offers everything you could want from a classic American diner, and the best part? It’s open 24 hours. Enjoy a yummy western omelet with traditional home fries for breakfast, and a classic quarter-pounder with fries or chili-cheese fries for your mid-day or late-night meal. Then, top it all off with a classic chocolate, strawberry or vanilla shake. Burger Girl is proud to say, If you’re up, we’re OPEN!
Louisville Café India
12412 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40243 • (502) 253-6777
Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
A unique mix between an authentic Indian restaurant and a specialty bakery, Louisville Café India is like nothing else around town. The menu is full of traditional offerings, like chaats, curries and biryanis. Meanwhile, the in-house bakery offers a variety of baked goods, including breads, pastries, cookies and personalized cakes for any celebration.
Crystal’s Southern Food & Spirits
9909 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville, KY 40299 • (502) 618-4200
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Now serving up classic Southern dishes to the Jeffersontown area, Crystal’s Southern Food & Spirits is the perfect place to find favorites like fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and shrimp and grits. And, of course, you must pair your meal with a Kentucky-focused cocktail. The Kentucky Sweet Tea is a standout, made with whiskey, simple syrup, iced tea and half of a lemon over ice.
Full Stop Station
1132 E St. Catherine Street, Louisville, KY 40204 (at the Oak Street Wedge) • (502) 260-8046
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 2 p.m. every day.)
The Full Stop Station vibe is coffee shop meets quaint breakfast joint meets quick-stop shop. It’s conveniently located in an old filling station in Louisville’s booming Germantown neighborhood, and it employs a sustainable food-and-fuel concept to provide the best in local offerings. Full Stop Station’s menu features baked goods and sweet treats from local staples like Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe, as well as quick bites featuring Woodland Farm bacon and sausage, and local craft beer from fan-favorites like Great Flood, West Sixth and Against the Grain. Full Stop also serves as a renewable fuel source with an electrical charging station, hearkening back to its former life.
La Catrina Mexican Kitchen
202 E Elm Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150 • (812) 725-8264
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For authentic Mexican street food in a fun atmosphere, La Catrina Mexican Kitchen is a must-try. The menu features “naked” street tacos and quesadillas that guests can customize, “fully dressed” tacos based on family recipes, and an array of salads, soups and appetizers. Guests can choose from several meat options, including grilled steak, pork, beef short rib, chorizo and chicken — all served up on fresh corn tortillas. In addition to the delicious menu, La Catrina offers fresh margaritas, bourbon, beer, wine and more in a colorful space filled with artwork inspired by Mexican culture.
Misawa Hibachi & Sushi Bar
7931 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40291 • (502) 290-1780
Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Conveniently located on Bardstown Road, Misawa Hibachi & Sushi Bar offers authentic Japanese cuisine, including specialty sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, hand rolls and poke bowls. The sleek, modern interior design is the perfect complement to the beautifully crafted sushi available at Misawa. Start off your experience with one of their delicious appetizers; we recommend the spicy crab salad with cucumber or tuna tataki. And if you’re not a sushi fan, chicken, steak and shrimp hibachi, served with fried rice and grilled vegetables, are sure to please.
Hooked on Frankfort
3200 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 • (520) 690-9835
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday
Looking for a perfectly fried fish sandwich in the Frankfort Avenue area? Check out Hooked on Frankfort. From the owners of local favorite Franklin Avenue Beer Depot comes a seafood restaurant conveniently located right next door. The menu consists of classic fried seafood options like shrimp, catfish and crab cakes, plus other favorites like seared scallops, frog legs and hushpuppies. Pair your meal with a beer from their craft, domestic and imported selections.
The Hall on Washington Street
108 W Washington Street, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 822-4937
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 10:30 p.m.; closed Sunday
While exploring the streets of Louisville, you’ll find a different, authentic cuisine on every corner. The Hall on Washington is no exception, especially if you’re looking for real-deal German food and an impressive beer selection. Take a seat at The Hall’s 65-foot bar and enjoy options like bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut and red cabbage. While you wait for your food, enjoy one of the many beers on tap or play a game of shuffleboard with friends.
Local Favorites Spread Their Wings with New Locations
145 East Main Street, New Albany, IN 47150 • (812) 725-7585
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Local Louisville ramen eatery Mirin is expanding its reach over the river with a new location in downtown New Albany. We are delighted to know that their mouthwatering noodle bowl creations are now more readily available throughout the metro area.
Carali’s Rotisserie Chicken
211 S. Fifth Street, Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 654-7131
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday
Kentucky may be known for its fried chicken, but a Peruvian rotisserie chicken restaurant is making a name for itself in the Bluegrass State. Carali’s Rotisserie Chicken recently opened a second location in downtown Louisville, making it even easier to get your hands — and mouth — on their delicious food.
200 S. Fifth Street, Louisville, KY 40202 (Inside First Trust Centre) • (502) 290-7112
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday
A delicious local bakery with a fantastic philanthropic mission, Scarlet’s Bakery has been serving up sweet treats at their Shelby Park location in Louisville since 2015. Four years later, Scarlet’s has two more locations, the newest of which recently opened in downtown Louisville. One hundred percent of this bakery’s profits goes toward the rescue of exploited women, providing them with a career development program that teaches life skills, baking skills and overall work readiness as they transition toward more sustainable, healthy futures.
Steve-O’s Italian Kitchen
2230 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 822-3370
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Monday
Opening a second location outside its hometown of La Grange and taking over the former location of Clifton Pizza, Steve-O’s Italian Kitchen is serving up authentic Italian cuisine like pizza, calzones, lasagna and more.
Topp’t Handcrafted Pizzas + Chopped Salads
323 West Cardinal Blvd, Louisville, KY 40208 • (502) 290-1379
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
With a reputation for dishing up personal pan pizzas with a twist, Topp’t has officially landed in Louisville! The restaurant already has two other locations under its belt, one in E-town and the other in New Albany, so they know a thing or two about craft pizza, salads and wraps. You pick the toppings; they do the rest.
1161 S. Second Street, Louisville, KY 40203 • (502) 883-2874
Hours: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
Barry’s Cheesesteaks has been serving up delicious sandwiches and wings from their Preston Highway location for years — and now from a brand new location in Old Louisville. This family-owned and -operated business has put their heart and soul into creating authentic cheesesteaks that taste like they’re straight out of Philly.
Now venture out and taste the new flavors of Louisville!
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