Dining Guide 2012: The Local List

A restaurant roundup

Price Range: $ = $10 or less; $$ = $20 or less; $$$ = $30 or less;
$$$$ = more than $30. (Per person for a meal without tip or tax.)

Capsule Reviews: Restaurants marked with the special fleur de lis were reviewed in these pages throughout the past year. Restaurants that were the subject of a full review include dining critic Robin Garr’s Louisville Hotbytes rating system based on a 100-point scale.

 

Louisville

BUECHEL/NEWBURG

BARBECUE

Ole Hickory Pit Bar BBQ, 6106 Old Shepherdsville Rd., 968-0585, $, Beer.

Casual Dining

Four Kings Café, 4692 Jennings Ln., 968-2930, $, Full Bar.

Hitching Post Inn, 7314 Fegenbush Ln., 239-4724, $, Full Bar.

Winner’s Circle Restaurant, 1325 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 426-2600, $$, Full Bar.

 

Chinese

Empress of China, 2249 Hikes Ln., 451-2500, $$, Full Bar.

Oriental Star, 4212 Bishop Ln., 452-9898, $.

 

Desserts/Bakery/Ice Cream

Heitzman’s Bakery, 3800 Old Shepherdsville Rd., 452-1891, heitzmansbakery.com, $.

 

Homestyle

Jane’s Cafeteria, 4601 Jennings Ln., 454-7286, $.

Whitney’s Diner, 3061 Breckenridge Ln., 454-5955, $.

 

International

Bosna-Mak, 3825 Old Bardstown Rd., 456-1919, $, Wine.

Chez Seneba African Restaurant, 4218 Bishop Ln., 473-8959, $.

Dakshin Indian Restaurant, Eastland Shopping Center, 4742 Bardstown Rd., 491-7412, $$.

Maa Sha Allah, 4113 Bardstown Rd., 491-3152, $$.

 

Korean

Lee’s Korean Restaurant, 1941 Bishop Ln., 456-9714, $$, Beer.

 

Mexican/Tex Mex

El Caporal, 2209 Meadow Dr., 473-7840, $, Full Bar.

Qdoba, 2730 Hurstbourne Pkwy., qdoba.com, 493-9606, $, Beer.

Tumbleweed, 3602 Bardstown Rd., 454-2727, tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Full Bar.

 

Middle Eastern

Al Watan Bakery, 3713 Klondike Ln., 454-4406, alwatanbakery.com, $.

Petra Mediterranean, 3904 Bardstown Rd., 749-0924, $.

 

Pizza

Angio’s, 3731 Old Bardstown Rd., 451-5454, angiospizza.com, $, Beer.

 

Pub/Sports Bar

Brickyard Sports Bar & Grill, 4300 Fegenbush Ln., 454-5433, $, Full Bar.

Fern & Moody’s, 3903 Bardstown Rd., 458-9415, $, Beer, Wine.

More Shenanigans, 4521 Bardstown Rd., 493-3585, $, Full Bar.

 

Steakhouse

John E’s, 3708 Bardstown Rd., 456-1111, johnEsrestaurant.com, $$$$, Full Bar.

 

Clifton/Crescent Hill

Barbecue

Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot, 3204 Frankfort Ave., 895-3223, $, Full Bar.

 

Café/Coffeehouse

Blue Dog Bakery and Café/Red Hog Tapas, 2868 Frankfort Ave., 899-9800, $$, Full bar.

Café Aroma, 2295 Lexington Road, 618-3434, $.

Caffe Classico, 2144 Frankfort Ave., 894-9689, $$, Beer, Wine.

Crave Café & Catering, 2250 Frankfort Ave., 896-1488, $.

Heine Brothers Coffee, 2714 Frankfort Ave., 899-5551, heinebroscoffee.com, $.

Nancy’s Bagel Grounds, 2101 Frankfort Ave., 895-8323, $.

Red Hot Roasters, 1402 Payne St. 569-0000, $.

Vint, 2309 Frankfort Ave., 894-8060, vintcoffee.com, $.

 

Cajun

J. Gumbo’s, 2109 Frankfort Ave., 896-4046, jgumbos.com, $, Beer.

 

Casual Dining

Barbara Lee’s Kitchen, 2410 Brownsboro Rd., 897-3967, $.

K.T.’s Restaurant and Bar, 2300 Lexington Rd., 458-8888, ktsrestaurant.com, $$, Full Bar.

 

Chinese

August Moon, 2269 Lexington Rd., 456-6569, augustmoonbistro.com, $$$, Full Bar.

Great Wall, 2206 Brownsboro Rd., 891-8881, $.

 

Contemporary American

Bourbons Bistro, 2255 Frankfort Ave., 894-8838, $$$, Full Bar.

Gary’s On Spring, 204 S. Spring St., 584-5533, garysonspring.com, $$, Full Bar.

North End Café, 1722 Frankfort Ave., 896-8770, northendcafe.com, $$, Full Bar.

Diamond Pub and Billiards, 630 Barret Ave., 690-7040, $, Full Bar.

Dundee Tavern, 2224 Dundee Rd., 458-6637, $, Full Bar.

Flanagan’s Ale House, 934 Baxter Ave., 585-3700, $$, Full Bar.

Holy Grale, 1034 Bardstown Rd., holygralelouisville.com, $, Beer, Wine.

Kern’s Korner, 2600 Bardstown Rd., 456-9726, $, Full Bar.

Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barret Ave., 582-2433, $, Full Bar.

Mulligan’s Pub and Grill, 1801 Newburg Rd., 632-2818, $$, Full Bar.

Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Ave., 589-4957, $, Full Bar.

River City Drafthouse, 1574 Bardstown Rd., 690-5111, $, Beer.

Shenanigans Irish Grill, 1611 Norris Place, 454-3919, $, Full Bar.

 

Seafood

Ahoy Fish Hut, 2902 Bardstown Rd., 451-5508, $.

Fish-Fry House, 2280 Bardstown Rd., 632-2583, $$, Full Bar.

The Fish House, 1310 Winter Ave., 568-2993, $, Beer.

 

Spanish

De La Torre’s, 1606 Bardstown Rd., 456-4955, $$$, Full Bar.

La Bodega, 1604 Bardstown Rd., 456-4955, $$, Full Bar.

 

Thai

Thai Siam, Gardiner Lane Shopping Center, 458-6871, $$, Beer, Wine.

 

VIETNAMESE

La Que, 1019 Bardstown Rd., 238-3981, $$, Beer.

 

JEFFERSONTOWN

CAJUN

J. Gumbo’s, 8603 Citadel Way, 493-4720, $, Beer.

Chinese

China King, 3830 Ruckriegel Pkwy., 240-0500, $.

Happy China, 9106 Taylorsville Rd., 493-1001, $.

New China, 231 Blankenbaker Pkwy., 254-9299, $.

Shah’s Mongolian Grill, 9148 Taylorsville Rd., 493-0234, $, Full Bar.

Deli/Sandwiches

Backyard Burger, 1800 Priority Way, 240-9945, backyardburgers.com, $.

 

DESSERTS/Bakery/Ice Cream

Ooh La La Bakery, 1841 Plantside Dr., 499-1575, oohlalabaker.com, $.

 

Japanese

Dancing Sushi Japanese Steakhouse, 2809 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., $$, Beer, Wine.

Kansai, 1850 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.,618-1870, $$, Full Bar.

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, 9026 Taylorsville Rd., 499-5700, $$$, Beer, Wine.

 

Mexican/Tex Mex

El Caporal, 1901 Blankenbaker Pkwy., 266-9605, $, Full Bar.

El Nopal, 12600 Taylorsville Rd., 240-6022, $, Full Bar.

El Nopal, 10500 Watterson Tr., 266-5956, $, Full Bar.

El Tarasco, 9606 Taylorsville Rd., 297-8003, $, Full Bar.

El Toro Cantina & Grill, 1810 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 491-7272, $, Full Bar.

Senor Iguanas, 9909 Taylorsville Rd., 409-9565, $$, Full Bar.

Tacos Toreados Mexican Taqueria, 9109 Galene Dr., 468-3524, $.

Tumbleweed, 8609 Citadel Way, 493-0905, tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Full Bar.

 

Pizza

Bearno’s Little Sicily, 10117 Taylorsville Rd., 267-2549, $$, Beer.

Boombozz Pizza Bistro, 12613 Taylorsville Rd., 261-0222, TonyBoombozz.com, $$, Full Bar

Johnny V’s, 10509 Watterson Trail, 267-0900, $$, Full Bar.

Louisville Pizza Company, 3910 Ruckriegel Pkwy., 267-1188, chubbyrays.com, $, Full Bar.

 

Pub/Sports Bar

Chatter’s Bar & Grill, 2745 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., 961-9700, $$, Full Bar.

 

Seafood

Passtime Fish House, 10801 Locust Rd., 267-4633, $$, Full Bar.

 

 

 

 

Okolona/Highview/Lynnview

Barbecue

Bootleg Barbecue, 7508 Preston Hwy., 968-5657, $, Beer.

 

Casual Dining

Our Best Restaurant, 5404 Antle Dr., 962-8810, $$.

 

Chicken

Indi’s, 2901 Fern Valley Rd., 969-7993, $, Beer.

 

Chinese

China Café, 8625 Preston Hwy., 968-7450, $, Beer, Wine.

China Garden, 7309 Preston Hwy., 968-4672, $, Beer, Wine.

Golden Buddha, 8000 Preston Hwy., 968-7700, $.

Golden Palace Buffet, 161 Outer Loop, 368-2868, $.

Golden Wall, 3111 Fern Valley Rd., 968-9717, $, Beer.

Royal Garden Buffet, 5729 Preston Hwy., 969-3788, $$, Beer.

 

cuban

Cuban Flavor, 5700 Outer Loop, 618-2181, $.

El Rincon Cuban Restaurant, 8118 Preston Hwy., 742-2759, $.

Deli/Sandwiches

Sub Station II, 3101 Fern Valley Rd., 964-1075, $.

 

Korean

Koreana II, 5009 Preston Hwy., 968-9686, $$, Beer, Wine.

 

mediterranean

Mirage Mediterranean Restaurant, 4100 Preston Hwy., 363-7788, $.

Mexican/Tex Mex

El Nopal, 11336 Preston Hwy., 961-9851, $, Full Bar.

La Hacienda Guadalajara, 4132 Outer Loop, 966-4660, $.

La Monarca, 6501 Shepherdsville Rd., 969-7938, $.

La Tapatia Restaurant, 8106 Preston Hwy., 961-9153, $, Full Bar.

Los Mezcales, 7502 Preston Hwy., 964-3466, $, Full Bar.

Qdoba, 11910 Standiford Plaza Dr., 736-6198, qdoba.com, $, Beer.

Rosticeria Luna, 5213 Preston Hwy., 962-8898, $.

Tacqueria La Mexicana, 6201 Preston Hwy., 969-4449, $.

Tumbleweed, 4255 Outer Loop, 966-0307, tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$, Full Bar.

Tumbleweed, 4801 Outer Loop (Jefferson Mall), 810-6553, tumbleweedrestaurants.com, $$.

 

Pizza

Bearno’s Little Sicily, 8019 Preston Hwy., 968-6060, $$, Beer.

Fat Daddy’s Pizza, 10611 W. Manslick Rd., 363-7551, $.

 

Pub/Sports Bar

Stooges Bar and Grill, 7123 Grade Ln., 363-9803, $, Full Bar.

 

Seafood

The Fishery Station, 5627 Outer Loop, 968-8363, $, Beer.

 

 

Steakhouse

Texas Roadhouse, 3322 Outer Loop, 962-7600, texasroadhouse.com, $$, Full Bar.

 

Thai

Thai Smile 5, 5800 Preston Hwy., 961-9018, $.

 

Old Louisville

Café/Coffeehouse

Quills Coffeehouse, 327 W. Cardinal Blvd., 690-5553, $.

Smokey’s Bean, 1451 S. First St., 749-6900, $.

 

Casual Dining

Carly Rae’s, 103 W. Oak St., 365-1003, $$, Full Bar.

Cluckers, 313 W. Cardinal Blvd., 365-1665, $, Full Bar.

 

Chinese

Saigon One, 333 W. Cardinal Blvd., 638-8989, $.

A Taste of China, 1167 S. Fourth St., 585-5582, $.

 

Contemporary American

610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia St., 636-0783, 610magnolia.com, $$$$, Full Bar.

Buck’s, 425 W. Ormsby St., 637-5284, bucksrestaurantandbar.com, $$$, Full Bar.

 

Deli/Sandwiches

Ermin’s Bakery and Café, 1201 S. First St., 635-6960, $.

Ollie’s Trolley, 978 S. Third St., 583-5214, $.

 

DESSERTS

Comfy Cow, 339 W. Cardinal Blvd., 409-5090, thecomfycow.com, $.

Diners

Burger Boy, 1450 S. Brook St., 635-7410, $.

Dizzy Whiz Drive-In, 217 W. St. Catherine St., 583-3828, $.

Italian

Amici, 316 Ormsby Ave., 637-3167, $$, Full Bar.

Mexican/Tex Mex

Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill, 1907 S. Fourth St., 899-9746, $, Beer.

La Tapatia Restaurant, 3022 S. Third St., 638-0300, $, Beer.

Qdoba, 1832 S. Third St., 442-0201, $, Beer.

Santa Fe Grill, 3000 S. Third St., 634-3722, $.

Señor Iguanas, 3105 S. Second St., 368-0876, iguanasmex.com, $, Full Bar.

 

Pub/Sports Bar

Granville Inn, 1601 S. Third St., 637-9128, $, Full Bar.

The Rudyard Kipling, 422 W. Oak St., 636-1311, $, Full Bar.

 

Seafood

Hill Street Fish Fry, 111 E. Hill St., 636-3474, $.

 

VEGETARIAN

Green Leaf Natural Vegetarian Bistro, 309 W. Cardinal Blvd., 637-5887, $.

 

 

 

 

Portland/West End

Barbeque

Rite Way Bar-B-Cue House, 1548 S. Catherine St., 584-9385, $.

CASUAL

Famous Mike’s Steak and Lemonade, 3052 Wilson Ave., 618-0102, $.

Chicken

Indi’s, 3820 W. Market St., 778-5154, $.

King’s Fried Chicken, 1302 Dixie Hwy., 776-3013, $.

 

Chinese

Chopsticks House, 2112 W. Broadway, 772-3231, $.

Crystal Chinese, 3901 W. Market St., 776-9702, $.

Happy Dragon, 2600 W. Broadway, 778-2573, $.

 

Homestyle

Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen, 4532 W. Broadway, 772-9580, $.

Forty Acres and a Mule, 1800 Dixie Hwy., 776-5600, $.

 

Pizza

Annie’s Pizza, 2520 Portland Ave., 776-6400, $.

ProspecT

 

Casual Dining

Bistro 42, 6021 Timber Ridge Dr., 632-2552, $$, Beer, Wine.

The Bristol Bar & Grille, 6051 Timber Ridge Dr., 292-2585, bristolbarandgrille.com, $$, Full Bar.

J. Harrod’s, 7507 Upper River Rd., 228-4555, $$$, Full Bar.

 

Chinese

Panda Chinese Restaurant, 9543 Hwy. 42, 228-6400, $.

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN

Blackstone Grille, 9521 U.S. 42, 228-6962, theblackstonegrille.com, $$$, Full Bar.

 

DELI/SANDWICHES

Butcher’s Best Meats & Deli, 9521 U.S. Hwy. 42, 365-4650, $.

Ermin’s Bakery & Café, 9550 U.S. Hwy. 42, 228-7210, $.

Take Out to the River, 9550 U.S. 42, $.

Japanese

Arata Sushi, 9207 U.S. Hwy. 42, 409-4880, $$, Full Bar.

Hanabi Sushi & Japanese Cuisine, 6027 Timber Ridge Dr., 228-8244, hanabisushi.biz, $$, Full Bar.

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, 4110 Hampton Lake Way, 394-0123, $$$, Full Bar.

 

MEDITERRANEAN