There’s never a shortage of restaurants in Louisville. In addition to being the home of boxer Muhammad Ali, the Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, and more, there is also always a new place to eat. Try one of these recently opened eateries the next time you’re looking for something new to try.

5 New Louisville Restaurants to Try (Updated June 2021)

B.A. Colonial

818 W. Kenwood Dr., Louisville, KY 40214 • (502) 242-8686
Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m..; closed Monday and Tuesday
Open for indoor dining and carryout.

On May 2, B.A. Colonial opened in the original Colonial Gardens building, a property that has historical ties to South Louisville. Shay Tinsley, a partner in B.A. Colonial, explains that the restaurant’s name is a nod to its past. “The gentleman that bought it from the original family … and turned it into what became Colonial Gardens in 1940 — his name was B.A.,” Shay explains. “[We serve] classic American fare … stuff we grew up on. And we’ve got some coastal flavor to it to keep with that colonial theme.”

B.A. Colonial’s menu features a plethora of seafood options — including raw oysters, mussels, and mahi — as well as steak, burgers, Hot Brown sandwiches, and homemade Sloppy Joes. “I’ve got a great chef, Nate Gibson,” Shay adds. Nate is known in the Louisville restaurant industry, having worked at well-known eateries including Biscuit Belly and LouVino. As far as popular dishes go, Shay says, “The burger is #1. [It’s] a premium blend on a potato bun.”

Shrimp and grits from B.A. Colonial, a new Louisville restaurant

The shrimp & grits at B.A. Colonial is definitely worth a try! Image: Facebook

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The Bayou

434 W. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Monday
Open for indoor dining and carryout.

Lisa Rainey and Paul Nelson, owners of the former Geechee Bayou restaurant, opened a new eatery in downtown Louisville on May 1. The Bayou offers a Cajun-creole menu, including jambalaya, gumbo, seafood platters, crab boils, and more. Dessert options include fried cherry pie, fried apple pie, and fried sweet potato pie, as well as a turtle sundae. Lisa and Paul also offer a soul food Sunday buffet and are in the process of obtaining their liquor license.

Striving to provide Louisville residents and visitors with a “taste of Louisiana,” the pair has also spiced up the restaurant’s interior with Mardi Gras décor. Splashes of green, purple, and gold can be seen throughout, while masks and murals are pinned up on multiple walls.

Seafood plate from The Bayou in Louisville, KY

The Deluxe Seafood Boil at The Bayou features snow crab, crawfish, shrimp, mussels, corn and potatoes, and rings in at $45. Image: Facebook

Sandwich plate with fries from The Bayou

The club sandwich is equally as satisfying. Find it for $12. Image: Facebook

Everyday Kitchen

552 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 805-7345
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
Open for indoor dining only. 

Open since April 1 in Lodgic Louisville, a suite of five businesses that operate adjacently, Everyday Kitchen offers an upscale approach to American comfort food. “[We provide] a comfortable, everyday feel, but you get to elevate your experience with the quality of the food,” says Managing Director Andrew Held. “It was based around this idea that the heartland’s important, but it doesn’t keep you [from] having the best things possible.”

In addition to having a special relationship with a fishing boat, which allows him to plan the menu around fresh catches, Chef Mike Wajda also whips up various one-of-a-kind dishes. A popular pick that Andrew says customers often return for is the brûléed hummus. “It’s a warm presentation of hummus with caramelized onion and crunchy bits on top of it,” he says. “It is amazing.” He adds that among his personal favorites is the lambchetta, a rolled and stuffed lamb roast. “We are here to shorten the distance between gourmet cuisine and comfortable dining,” he says.

Group of friends having drinks at Everyday Kitchen, a new Louisville restaurant

Cheers to delicious but approachable dining at Everyday Kitchen. Image: Sarah Jane Webb Photography

Duck and rice from Everyday Kitchen, a new Louisville restaurant

The mead-lacquered duck breast features a parsnip puree, crispy rice, kale, and pomegranate and rings in at $41. Image: Sarah Jane Webb Photography

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Flora Kitchenette

1004 Barret Ave., Louisville, KY 40204 • 502-742-3843
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday 
Open for indoor dining and carryout. 

The COVID pandemic forced Flora Kitchenette to shut its doors in December, but vegan couple Nancy “Sultra” Smith and Jeremy “Wize” Brown purchased the business and reopened in April. Nancy had been selling vegan meals under the name Sultra’s Vegan Kitchen while her daughter was an employee at Flora Kitchenette. When she was presented with the opportunity to take over Flora Kitchenette, it made sense to fold Sultra’s Vegan Kitchen items into the revamped Flora Kitchenette menu.

Previously a vegan and vegetarian restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and baked goods, the new Flora Kitchenette is completely vegan. New items include soups, salads, avocado toast, and biscuits and gravy. There is also still a plethora of bakery items available, including everything from orange cranberry scones and chocolate chip banana bars to birthday cakes and donuts.

BBQ plate and lemon bar from Flora Kitchenette 

The BBQ plate features seitan brisket in a smoky BBQ sauce, creamy potato salad, baked beans, and watermelon arugula salad with orange champagne vinaigrette. For dessert, try a gluten-friendly lemon bar with coconut whip. Image: Facebook

Banana bars with chocolate chips from Flora Kitchenette, a new Louisville restaurant

Gluten-friendly and regular banana bars with chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds are the vegan sweet treat you’ve been looking for. Image: Facebook

Philly’s Best Frozen Desserts

307 Wallace Ave., Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 916-2022
Hours: daily, noon to 8 p.m.
Open for carryout and limited outdoor seating. 

Italian water ice is not a dessert commonly seen around the Bluegrass State, but Rodney Daisey and his wife Tonya have been serving it up to residents and visitors alike for the past year. After operating out of a mobile food truck then opening their first brick-and-mortar location last June, they are now welcoming guests to their second shop in the St. Matthews neighborhood.

A smoother and creamier version of shaved ice, Italian water ice — better known as “Water Ice” back in Philly — is something the Daiseys grew up with. They offer both water ice and homemade ice cream, as well as prepackaged gelati — a combination of water ice and ice cream. Additional treats include fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies (perfect for ice cream cookie sandwiches!) and fresh-baked, Philly-style pretzels.

Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream from Philly's Best Frozen Desserts

Strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream are all made in-house. Image: Facebook

Premium strawberry ice cream and strawberry Italian water ice from Philly's Best Frozen Desserts, a new Louisville restaurant

Premium strawberry ice cream or strawberry Italian water ice offer a cool treat on a hot summer day. Image: Facebook

We hope you enjoy exploring these new Louisville restaurants!

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Published May 2021

From pizza parlors to pie shops, Derby City’s food scene is always offering something new. Check out these five fun eateries that recently opened their doors to Louisville residents and visitors alike.

5 New Louisville Restaurants to Try

Fleur de Tea

10704 Meeting St., Ste. 101, Prospect, KY 40059 • (502) 742-9561
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Monday
Open for indoor dining, outdoor seating, and carryout.

Jasmine Gatti’s inspiration for her tea shop came from her cat, Fleur. From there, she says, the pun wrote itself — after all, the fleur de lis is a prominent Louisville symbol. She has been operating since January 2021, serving up an extensive selection of teas. Several varieties of black, green, white, oolong, rooibos, Pu-erh, herbal, chai, and even bubble teas make up the menu of more than five dozen options.

Die-hard coffee drinkers can sip on an americano, espresso, or latte. And all customers will enjoy an array of pastries and other snacks, including fruit tarts, blueberry lemon scones, and banana pudding, to name a few. Jasmine is also looking to add a tea flight to the menu so that novices can taste four teas in one sitting. “So many people want to try all of them at some point,” she says. “This should make it a little easier to taste the whole menu!”

Jars of tangerine tea, blood orange tea, and calypso tea from Fleur de Tea, a new Louisville restaurant

Choose from more than 60 tea options at Fleur de Tea. Image: Instagram

Fleur de Tea pastries and their ingredients

Fresh and flavorful snacks are also available. Image: Fleur de Tea

Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company

1559 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 742-2852
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
Open for carryout.

January 23, 2021, was an extra special day for Dawn Urrutia. Not only was it National Pie Day, but it was the day she opened the doors of her brick-and-mortar location in Louisville’s Bonnycastle neighborhood. Unsurprisingly, her sweet treat offerings include various versions of sweet potato pie, but the Georgia’s menu also boasts sweet potato cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and even an ice cream sandwich. The most popular picks, she says, are the traditional pies as well as the cheesecake.

In addition to baked goods, Dawn also offers customers a collection of room sprays, candles, and wax melts so they can bring the aroma of fresh-baked sweet potato treats home with them. But what Dawn really wants to share with the community is her shop’s Book of Love collection. “We give books that promote love, diversity, inclusion, and acceptance to children, free of charge,” she says. “Parents can bring their children and they get as many books as they like. Also, if parents are not coming out [into] the community yet, they [can] always either send us a direct message or email us, and we will mail a book to their child.”

Sweet potato cheesecake mini pies from Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company, a new Louisville restaurant

If you want a pint-size serving of something sweet, try a sweet potato cheesecake mini pie. Image: Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company

Traditional sweet potato pie from Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company

Traditional sweet potato pie is just as popular as the other options. Image: Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company

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Pizzaville

2901 Goose Creek Rd., Ste. #103, Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 754-3001
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Open for carryout and curbside pickup. 

Louisville native Todd Case spent 17 years working for a company that supplied just-add-water pizza dough mixes to more than 100 pizza chains. He started off as a lab technician and had worked his way up to Director of Technical Services, Research, and Development by the time he left. “That’s where I got all my exposure to pizza, and the dough, and the science of it,” he says.

Though there are pizza parlors of the same name in Indiana, Massachusetts and Canada, Todd confirms that Pizzaville in Louisville is one of a kind. “It’s just my fiancé and I running it,” he explains. “We’re self-funded, we’re completely independent, and we have about five employees.”

He and fiancée Rachael Reed welcomed their first customer in January 2021, serving up made-to-order pizza pies and fresh breadsticks, dubbed Pizzaville Sluggers. Todd says the soft and chewy, buttery breadsticks tossed in garlic sauce and parmesan cheese are his biggest seller. “I make the sluggers with the pizza dough, so each order is made with what would be [the crust of] a large pizza,” Todd explains. “They are phenomenal.”

Dill pickle pizza from Pizzaville, a new Louisville restaurant

Dill pickle pizza is just one creative option on the Pizzaville menu. Image: Pizzaville

Pizzas on display at Pizzaville

Hot and fresh is the only way to order up a Pizzaville pizza! Image: Pizzaville

The Salad Chic

428 W. Market St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 650-4450
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday 
Open for indoor dining and carryout. 

After being diagnosed with a neurological disorder last year, Tanya Mangrum decided it was time to eat a healthy diet and focus on getting physically fit. She put all of her energy into preparing salads and other health-conscious meals. Eventually, she began selling her dishes to friends and family, creating the fare out of a small, rented space before finally opening The Salad Chic storefront in downtown Louisville this past March.

“It’s all healthy alternatives,” she says. “I’m just really trying to help people with [their] pandemic weight.” Each of her build-your-own salads includes two meats, two dressings, and five toppings. Customers can choose to sprinkle their custom salad with everything from dried cranberries or fresh mushrooms, to glazed pecans or banana pepper rings. Additional meats, dressings and toppings are available for an extra charge. Tanya also offers salad kabobs, fruit kabobs, wraps, homemade soups, and chili.

Salad from The Salad Chic

Take your salad pick! Toppings run the gamut. Image: The Salad Chic

The Seafood Lady

601 E. Jefferson St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 210-9381
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; closed Monday
Open for indoor seating, outdoor dining, carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery via Limitless.

Nichelle Thurston has been serving seafood since 2015, but her newest location — which opened in April — has a slightly different concept from the original restaurant. Drawing on her Florida roots, Nichelle incorporated bold hues, palm-leaf wallpaper, and hanging chairs into the bigger, brand-new space. “We were going for a tropical, Miami vibe,” she says. In addition to the updated décor, this location also offers a full bar, as Nichelle is striving to provide customers with a big presentation and good drinks.

Despite the vacation destination-like changes at The Seafood Lady’s newest digs, longtime patrons can count on the same Florida-style dishes they’ve grown to know and love. From lobster and crab to catfish and alligator tail, the menu offerings are unlike any other around town and are sure to satisfy any seafood aficionado’s tastebuds.

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Cajun crawfish from The Seafood Lady, a new Louisville restaurant

Cajun crawfish is just one of many authentic dishes on the menu. Image: The Seafood Lady

Alligator tail from The Seafood Lady

Gator tail brings a Florida-style vibe to the table. Image: The Seafood Lady

Enjoy your dining adventures, Louisville!

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