Miss The Back Door? Here Are 19 Louisville-Area Bars With Food As Good As Their Drinks

As we mourn the loss of The Back Door, we want to take a moment to celebrate the local bars with great…

By Sydney Catinna

Zanzabar
2100 S Preston St.Their Southern-style pub grub is beloved by college kids and neighborhood regulars.
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PHOTOS: See All The Savory, Slurpable Goodness Kiwami Ramen Is Serving Up

Kiwami Ramen is now open on Bardstown Road. The Japanese-style ramen house serves 9 different types of ramen including Kentucky's only dippable…

By Sydney Catinna

Miso Tonkotsu
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PHOTOS: Everything We Ate On Paseo's New Lunch Menu

Paseo, a restaurant at the chic Myriad Hotel in the Highlands, recently began serving lunch. LEO got the chance to sample Paseo's lunch…

By Sydney Catinna

Grilled Chicken Breast
Turkish bread, yogurt sauce, fava bean, asparagus
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3 Old Hickory Derby Cocktail Recipes Perfect For Your Upcoming Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby is almost here and with it comes festivals, fascinators and plenty of Derby party fun! Whether you're hosting, attending…

By Sydney Catinna

Blushing Betty
Ingredients:
2 oz Old Hickory White Label Bourbon
1 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Dash of Angostura bitters
Fill a shaker 2/3 full of ice and add grapefruit juice, bourbon, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge, and enjoy!
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Derby Week Dining: Where To Eat In Louisville (2024)

Looking for a special Derby dinner? Look no further. Plenty of local restaurants around town are serving up delectable pre-fixe menus you…

By Sydney Catinna

Paseo

Indulge in an exclusive Derby-themed dining experience at Paseo, where they’ll be offering a special four-course prix-fixe menus from Thursday to Saturday.Reservations are still available, so be sure to secure your spot by calling Tim Quinlan at (502) 632-7935.

Vegetarian and pescetarian courses available priced at $125 per guest and must be pre-requested.

First Course
Spring Salad
asparagus, carrots, chickpeas, pomegranate-pumpernickel crisp, green goddess dressing
 
Second Course
Octopus Terrine
chorizo, fava bean, greens
 
Third Course
NY Strip Steak
house-made merquez, grilled peppers, leeks, polenta soubise
 
Dessert Course
Tahini Cheesecake
kataifi, ginger, raspberry

Optional drink pairings at $75 per guest, featuring our full wine list and a special reserve Derby wine list.
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10 Local Louisville Pizza Spots For Cheesy, Saucy Goodness, Picked By A Food Critic

Will I ever get this constant craving for pizza out of my system? I really doubt it. Why in the hell should…

By Robin Garr

Impellizzeri’s Pizza
Various locationsDeeply rooted in Louisville pizza history, pizza impresario Benny Impellizzeri has been making pizza since he started cooking at the fabled old Mario’s in Hikes Point in 1968. He opened his own pizzeria in his father’s Highlands butcher shop in 1978, turning out hot pies for long lines of eager supplicants with a heavily laden style of pie that has become institutionalized as “Louisville style.” Now with three Louisville shops and one in Elizabethtown, Impellizzeri’s keeps up the tradition. A veggie pizza, listed among Bennie's Original Specialties, piles tangy tomato sauce, melty mozzarella, and crisp, fresh veggies atop a sturdy, bready base. Single-size specialty pizzas are priced from $16.49 to $21.99.
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20 Hottest New Restaurants In Louisville As Of 2024

Welcome to the newest list of the latest and greatest in Louisville dining! From swanky hotel hotspots to star chefs and James…

By Sydney Catinna

MeeshMeesh636 E. Market St.MeeshMeesh is Noam Bilitzer’s popular Levant-focused Mediterranean restaurant in Nulu. All main dishes come with salatim, which is Hebrew for “salads” but much more interesting. Small dishes of varied condiments circle around two thick, tender fresh pitas imported from Brooklyn’s famous Greens Bakery. Salatim dishes included smooth, creamy hummus; caraway-scented crisp apple and cabbage slaw; spicy olives and pickle;
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5 Foods To Chow Down On At The Chow Wagon 2024

We all know what time it is. For folks headed to the Kentucky Derby Festival, one of the most iconic spots is…

By Caleb Stultz

The Chow Wagon only comes along once every year to Fest-a-Ville. See which foods we chose to snag this year.
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10 Places To Get Amazing Acai Bowls In Louisville

Inspired by the sweet fruit-based snack from Brazil, acai bowls have become a favorite healthy treat to indulge in, especially when it…

By Aria Baci

Smoothie King
Multiple locations in Louisville and New AlbanyNaturally, the go-to for fruit smoothies also offers açai and pitaya bowls. Choose from eight different blends, like the pitaya-based Hive Five and the Açai-based Go Go Goji Crunch.
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SNEEK PEEK: Game On The River Is Now Open In Jeffersonville

The team at Game have opened a second location in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Just like it's Louisville counterpart, Game on the River will…

By Sydney Catinna

Game on the River's official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday, April 16.
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The 18 Best Spots For $2.50 Tacos During Louisville Taco Week

Louisville Taco Week is back, kicking off Monday, April 15 with deals lasting until Sunday, April 21. Louisville’s most popular taco joints will…

By Sydney Catinna

The 18 Best Spots For $2.50 Tacos During Louisville Taco Week
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Vote On Germantown's Official Cocktail Before "Eat, Drink, Germantown" On April 18

Who doesn't love a good cocktail competition — especially one where you get to decide the winner! Beginning April 8, participating Germantown…

By Sydney Catinna

Stop by any of the participating locations in Germantown to try their creative competition entries.
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The 15 Best Bourbon Bars In Louisville To Take Your Out-Of-Town Friends

People from around the world come from far away to try Kentucky's limestone-blessed bourbon so it's no wonder that Louisville is filled…

By Madi Stoutt

Gertie’s Whiskey Bar
821 E Market St Suite 101
Gertie’s Whiskey Bar offers a dimly lit, intimate space, perfect for a romantic date night or a relaxed night out with friends. 
If you’re a history buff, you can go downstairs and step into their prohibition-era inspired speakeasy, complete with vintage furniture, cozy seating and specialty drinks that pay homage to the era.
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Where To Find The Best Easter Brunch in Louisville

Easter brunch is a holiday rite of passage. If you're looking for a spot in Louisville that every bunny will love, look…

By Sydney Catinna

Osteria
211 Herr Ln.Big seafood fan? Osteria’s Easter brunch buffet includes crab legs, cocktail shrimp, steamed mussels, smoked salmon, and so much more. The stylish new spot in Westport Village will also offer breakfast staples like biscuits and gravy, bagels and cream cheese, pancakes, French toast, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention they’re stocked up on desserts and pastries? You can expect to pay $45 (or $20 for 12 and under) plus tax and gratuity.
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Keep Your Easter Candy Local With These Louisville Area Candy Shops

Easter Candy is a favorite for kids and adults alike. This season when filling those Easter Baskets, try buying candy from one…

By Erica Rucker

Fill your Easter basket with candy from Louisville's Covered In Chocolate.
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25 Louisville Patios For Dining And Drinking This Spring

Warm weather is on its way so it's time to visit the best patios in Louisville. These bar and restaurant patios are…

By LEO Weekly Staff

Holy Grale1034 Bardstown Rd.A pretty biergarten-style patio with fountains, a vertical garden, good food, and an impressive beer list.
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Instead of Guiness, Drink These Local Stouts This St. Patrick’s Day

Sláinte! Here's what to drink when you want something other than a good 'ol Guinness.

By Erica Rucker

Instead of Guiness, Drink These Local Stouts for St. Patrick’s Day
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11 Irish Pubs, Bars And Restaurants In Louisville

The Emerald Isle may be far from Louisville, but we've still got plenty of local Irish bars and restaurants that keep its…

By LEO Weekly Staff

 The Irish Rover 
    2319 Frankfort Ave. 
     Named one of LEO's best outdoor dining spots in 2022, this Irish restaurant — which, incidentally, opened in 1993, the same year LEO was founded — is a favorite of LEO food critic Robin Garr.
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19 Vegetarian Restaurants In Lousiville You'll Want To Try ASAP

Louisville has a lush variety of vegetarian restaurants and meatless menus to choose from. From Ethiopian traditional to Vietnamese street food, from…

By LEO Weekly Staff

Pho Ba Luu
1019 E. Main St.
This woman-owned Vietnamese restaurant serves Saigon street food like crispy vegetable rolls and lemongrass tofu banh mi along with its traditional dishes like pho noodle soup. And we love the word play of their name and our city's name.
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20 Delicious Vegan Restaurants In Louisville

Louisville's vegan restaurant scene is heating up. With an array of health benefits and other politically-motivated reasons to skip the meat and…

By LEO Weekly Staff

 Roots 
    1216 Bardstown Rd.
     Next to its sister restaurant, Heart and Soy, Roots serves upscale vegetarian dishes, many of which can be made vegan.
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PHOTOS: HopAtomica Is Now Open in Germantown

New micro-brewery, distillery and wood-fired eatery HopAtomica opens this Friday with a selection of appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Everything at this…

By Sydney Catinna

PHOTOS: HopAtomica Is Now Open in Germantown
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The Best Food In Louisville According to Chef Edward Lee

Chef Edward Lee is a star of Louisville's culinary scene and for good reason. With both 610 Magnolia and the award-winning new…

By Sydney Catinna

The Best Food In Louisville According to Chef Edward Lee
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16 Delicious Korean Restaurants in Louisville

Did you know that Louisville is full of amazing Korean food? It's true! We've written about the subject a lot lately. From…

By Erica Rucker

A bowl of sesame-scented salad joins traditional banchan snacks at the center of the table at Nami Korean Steakhouse: Spicy kimchi, three variations on cooling, tangy greens. and three hot sauces.
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31 Woman-Owned Restaurants In Louisville To Try During Women's History Month

When it comes to women-owned restaurants in Louisville, you'll find everything from wine shops and breweries to Thai, seafood and Korean fare.…

By LEO Weekly Staff

Cask is a female-owned restaurant in Louisville
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The Best Coffee Shops in Louisville

In search of the best Louisville coffee shops? Lucky you. As a city of dedicated foodies, the coffee scene here does not…

By LEO Weekly Staff

Safai Coffee Shop1707 Bardstown Rd. & 1001 Logan St.
    Yet another Louisville coffee legend, Safai Coffee is a great spot for anyone who loves small-batch, specialty roasts that are also good for the environment. These guys are doing great work through the Safai Foundation, which gives back to the Honduras coffee farms they purchase beans from. Stop by their Bardstown Road location or their shop at Logan Street Market. For something unique, try the Black Magic Latte, made with blackberry and white chocolate or the Purple Rain, a lavender and vanilla flavored soda.
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35+ Black-Owned Louisville Restaurants You'll Love (2024)

Looking to get out and support the thriving Black-owned restaurants in Louisville? You've come to the right place. From Italian to BBQ…

By LEO Weekly Staff

Cherry Pickin' Juicery & Goods
828 E Main St
Sydney Smith and Lavell Wells opened this (very cute) basketball-themed juice bar in fall of 2023. Located behind the Seltzery in Nulu Marketplace, Cherry Pickin' Goods is a one-stop shop for holistic health. They serve everything from fresh pressed herbal juices and overnight oats to açaí bowls, sea moss, and even vitality shots. If you're wondering where the basketball decor comes into play, Smith is related to Derek and Nolan Smith of UofL basketball fame.
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14 Hidden Louisville Speakeasies And Where To Find Them

Looking for the coolest speakeasies in Louisville? Look no further. From the cellars of Whiskey Row to swanky new hotels in Nulu,…

By Sydney Catinna

Hell or High Water is one of Louisville's most acclaimed speakeasies.
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Foodie City: Delicious Breakfast, Brunch, And Donut Spots Around Louisville

Louisville is a foodie city, and that extends to the realm of breakfast, brunch, and donuts. We may have missed a few…

By LEO Weekly Staff

From biscuits to everything beyond, Louisville knows how to do breakfast.
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The 20 Most Romantic Restaurants In Louisville, According to Yelp

It’s Valentine’s Day, you have an anniversary coming up, someone offered to take care of the kids for the evening: There are…

By LEO Weekly Staff

20.Varanese
    2106 Frankfort Ave.
    ”I sent a note to the restaurant with some special instructions and they delivered spot on.They sat us in a perfect spot which was romantic and a beautiful backdrop. There was live music playing which really set the ambience in a perfect way.” - Xavier P.
    Photo by John H./Yelp
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Revisit These 24 Louisville Restaurant Reviews Of 2023

LEO food critic Robin Garr loves to talk about Louisville restaurants, and he tried plenty of new ones (and some old favorites)…

By LEO Weekly Staff

The House of Marigold
     10310 Shelbyville Rd. 
     Review: The Early Bird Gets The Table At House Of Marigold
     Recommended: "I was impressed with Marigold’s farmhouse beet salad ($13). Attractively plated, a treat for the eyes and the palate, it was a meal-size plate filled with separate mounds of diced, tender cooked purple and yellow beats flanked on one side by citrus ricotta drizzled with olive oil, on the other by rich beet sumac puree drizzled with champagne herb vinaigrette. This mountain of color and flavor was finished with garnishes of grilled lemon, microgreens, pea tendrils, and edible flowers.”
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Try These Sushi Spots In And Around Louisville

Tired of turkey? Dreading more dressing? Maxed out on macaroni? Sick of all the holiday cheer? We get it. Give your palette,…

By LEO Weekly Staff

 Oiishi
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PHOTOS: Everything We Ate On Paseo's New Brunch Menu

Paseo, a restaurant at the chic Myriad Hotel in the Highlands, recently opened for brunch. LEO got the chance to sample Paseo's…

By LEO Weekly Staff

Yogurt Parfait — orange marmalade, chocolate-pistachio toffee.
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