We're excited to have you in Louisville. Here are some of the Lavender Legion's local food & drink favorites.
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Agave & Rye
Location: 426 Baxter Ave Louisville, KY 40204
"We deliver a chef-inspired take on the standard taco, elevating this simple food into something EPIC!" - Agave & Rye
Location: 2255 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY 40206
"Locally Owned and Internationally Known
Bourbons Bistro makes its home in historic Clifton in a building dating back to the 1870's. With a selection of more than 130 bourbons, including a barrel selection program, Bourbons Bistro is Louisville’s foremost bourbon bar.
Our ever-revolving seasonal menu is bourbon inspired and locally sourced. Outdoor and private dining is available. Come see why we have been awarded the Gold Medal from Whisky Magazine's "Whisky Bars of the World". "
Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar
Location: 127 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202
"Step back in time with a visit to Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar. Our spacious eatery, renovated from an old distillers warehouse on historic Whiskey Row, offers a selection of BBQ, fresh seafood, and other Southern classics."
Location: 2295 Lexington Rd Louisville, KY 40206
"Located in Louisville’s historic “Irish Hill” district, Game is a rustic eatery that provides its own unique flare to the city’s already eccentric culinary scene. This aptly named establishment specializes in exotic wild game that is sourced from local farmers who pride themselves on supplying only the highest quality meats."
Location: 11400 MAIN STREET LOUISVILLE, KY 40243
"LouVino opened its first Restaurant & Wine Bar in Louisville in 2014, simply aspiring to be a place you could enjoy a nice glass of wine with amazing food in a hip yet relaxed atmosphere without a pretentious feel. "
Location: 1001 EAST WASHINGTON STREET LOUISVILLE, KY
"A place where small plates mix with big flavors, and vibrant plates pair with fresh-pressed cocktails.
Location: 256 Spring Street Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
"We strive to create the region's most unique and flavorful culinary adventures. We partner with bundles of hard working local farms and talented artisans to provide the areas most talked about and enjoyable experience. Farm-to-Table is more than just a cool phrase to us, we live it."
The Seafood Lady
Location: 601 E. Jefferson St. Louisville,Ky. 40202
"The Seafood Lady was featuring on The Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives; receiving high praise from Chef Guy Fieri. This exposure fueled an already blazing fire of support that led The Seafood Lady to move into a new, larger location nearby in the Old Louisville neighborhood. Today, The Seafood Lady continues to "wow" customers and has expanded to 2 Louisville area locations. Through strong values, close relationships, and amazing food, The Seafood Lady is sure to continue to grow in the years to come."
Shirley Mae’s Café
Location: 802 S Clay St, Louisville, KY 40203
"In a quaint little clay-brick building on the corner of Clay & Lampton Streets in downtown Louisville, KY, you’ll find Shirley Mae in her cozy li’l kitchen creating a little slice of heaven… if Southern cuisine or soul food is what you crave. Each customer is given Shirley Mae’s special attention as she fries, sautés and prepares many menu items to-order. "
Location: 150 W. Washington St. Louisville, KY 40202
"If you are looking for cold local beers, delicious libations, or the best pub-grub in the ’Ville with a historic and unique ambiance, find Louie the Troll! He is proudly standing at the corner of 2nd and Washington streets, pointing you in the right direction.
The Pub is open for lunch, dinner and late dining seven days a week. Stop by for lunch, happy hour, dinner or plan a night out on the town. The Troll Pub is a hidden treasure to share with friends, family and coworkers."
Maya Bagel Express
Location: 3029 POPLAR LEVEL ROAD LOUISVILLE, KY 40217
"A family operated café that serves mainly bagels, among many other options that include breakfast, lunch sandwiches, pastries, and coffees. Maya Bagel Express strives to perfect a bagel. "
Payne Street Bakehouse
Location: 225 South Spring Street Louisville, KY 40206
"The brilliant woman for who we are named, Nancy herself, studied the traditional Vermont style of bagel baking in an unlikely place - Wyoming, where she fell in love with the bakery life, the rugged terrain, and the adventurous spirit of the American West. She brought both the bagel tradition and the adventure back to Louisville, and opened Nancy's Bagel Grounds in 1996. In 2017, she passed the torch on to her close friend, Anne. Under her leadership, we will find our new home at the corner of Spring and Payne in April 2018 - we can't wait to share our new space with you!"
Blue Dog Bakery and Cafe
Location: 2868 FRANKFORT AVENUE LOUISVILLE, KY 40206
"Established in 1998, [Blue Dog Bakery is] an artisan bakery specializing in European style breads and pastries. [Blue Dog Bakery] have since expanded our offerings to include our kitchen’s sandwiches, soups, salads and flatbreads, as well as an extensive array of locally-sourced provisions and retail offerings."
Back Deck BBQ
Location: 801 W. Kenwood Dr. Louisville, KY 40214
"We didn't invent Great BBQ, we just brought it to Da Ville. There are several Barbecue locations in the city of Louisville, however we pride ourselves on being the best. Our BBQ has been inspired by different states around the country. The states that we feel do it the best. Our Brisket is Smoked and Cut Texas Style, our famous Burnt Ends are inspired from Kansas City Missouri, Our Wings and Ribs are inspired by the Memphis Dry Rub, and "No Sauce Needed" policy"
Location: 3204 Frankfort Avenue
"Come try some of Louisville's best BBQ.... With barrel smokers out front it's hard to miss the smell of smoky goodness floating down Frankfort Avenue."
Location: Many Locations
"BBQ is our passion. We strive to produce the most consistent smoked meats possible and scratch made sides. Barbecue takes time, dedication, and the constant pursuit of perfection." - Feast BBQ
Location: 1053 GOSS AVENUE, LOUISVILLE, KY
"Chris has transformed Four Pegs into one of Louisville’s premiere gastropubs, specializing in smoked foods and inventive dishes sure to please carnivores and vegetarians alike."
Mark's Feed Store
Location: Many Locations
"When you call Mark’s Feed Store, a friendly voice will tell you that you’ve just reached “the best barbecue in Louisville.” Since opening in 1988, that title has certainly been earned."
Location: 1838 Bardstown Rd. Suite 100 Louisville, KY 40205
"Noche is a good time eatery where amigos and familia from all backgrounds come together to share food and salud to the day. It is BBQ with an authentic Mexican Flare. Guests will experience an artistic and rustic vibe enjoying high quality meats, smoked to perfection."
Against the Grain Brewery
Location: 401 E Main Street Louisville , KY 40202 | 1576 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 40205
"BBQ & beer made on-site are in the lineup at this industrial brewpub at Louisville Slugger Field."
Location: GRAVELY BREWING 514 BAXTER AVENUE LOUISVILLE, KY 40204
"As we like to call it, pure Gravely, where fresh beer and live music inspire a one-of-a-kind atmosphere where nightlife flourishes."
Mile Wide Beer Co.
Location: 636 Barret Avenue Louisville, KY . 40204
"Forward-thinking and creativity are always flowing at Mile Wide Beer Co. We carefully handcraft interesting and flavorful beer brewed to the highest standards of quality, right here in Louisville.
We respect tradition. We push boundaries. And we never settle for “good enough”.
"Conveniently situated between Downtown and the Original Highlands, our large parking lot and proximity to public transportation make getting here a breeze. Our taproom consists of multiple seating options and plenty of space to unwind. Up for a game? We have board games and a game room featuring a few classic arcade and pinball machines."
Location: Gralehaus, 1001 Baxter Avenue
"Founded in 2014, gralehaus operates its cafe and bed & beverage inside an old Victorian-style home built in the early 1900’s. Stop by to enjoy some carefully crafted coffee drinks featuring Counter Culture Coffee, fresh juices & teas, as well as some “breakfast” beer, wine or cocktails."
Burger Boy / Burger Girl
Location: 1450 S Brook St, Louisville, KY, United States, Kentucky / 3334 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
"24/7/365 burgers and breakfast available all day. We've been operating for over 50 years. "
Mussel & Burger Bar
"At Mussel & Burger Bar, we approach your favorite neighborhood bar and grill with a chef’s attitude. Our goal is for our two locations to be your go-to destinations for burgers, mussels, and beer offered up with great service in a fun, family-oriented atmosphere.
Our menu features unique, inventive burgers along with gourmet twists on classic bar and grill fare. Absolutely everything is made in-house, with fresh, top-notch ingredients. Come by the next time you’re hungry for something special."
Location: 978 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40203
"Landmark take-out burger joint dispensing burgers & seasoned fries from an old trolley car."
Fante's Coffee Hous
Location: 2501 Grinstead Dr. Louisville, Kentucky
"Coffee houses have played an important role in history. Many ideas have been thought of, developed, refined, and executed at a corner coffee shop. I have set out to create a true European coffee house, one where people come together to share ideas, talk with one another, do business, build relationships and help society as a whole progress. Big things happen at the coffee house. "
Location: Many Locations
"At the end of the day, Quills can be many things to many people. It can be a very good cup of coffee, or the catalyst for innovative ideas. The magic of a coffee shop is that once that environment is created, it becomes not just what the staff makes it, but what the customers make it. A true community happens. Quills creates this with three simple staples: great coffee, great service and great spaces. We believe there is something for everyone at Quills. Quality for All."
Location: Many Locations
"Sunergos Coffee is a company born out of a thorough appreciation of great coffee, creative reflection, and simple community."
Location: 3717 Lexington Rd. Louisville, KY. 40207
"Our Mission has always been to bring you the best food the world has to offer, right here in Louisville, KY. Pastas, breads, cheeses, meats, oils, spices, olives, Asian ingredients, peppers, chutneys, salsas, rices, capers, tomatoes, and couscous are just a sampling of the delicacies that we carry. All of our employees are "foodies" who enjoy discussing the latest recipe you bring in and delight in helping find that hard to come by, missing ingredient. "-Lotsa Pasta
Location: Many Locations
"We guarantee our foods are free of synthetic preservatives, artificial colors and flavors. Our commitment to quality allows us to guarantee that our customers will be satisfied with their products unconditionally. Furthermore, we are more than happy to accommodate any special orders to insure that each customer has exactly what they want and need." - Rainbow Blossom
Location: 632 E Market St, Suite 101 Louisville, KY 40202
"Modern ice-cream parlor featuring creative flavors & toppings, plus vegan & seasonal options."
Bandido Taqueria Mexicana
Location: Many Locations
"When we opened our doors in 1974 in San Diego California our mission was simple to serve delicious Mexican food to generations of guests 4 decades and 3 generations later and that mission still remains now with 2 locations in Louisville Kentucky."
"From the Mughal-influenced kitchens of the snowy north to the spices and vegetarian foods of the semi-arid south, our chefs aimed to create a menu that would have something to suit everyone’s palette. " - Bombay Grill
Barcelona Bistro Bar
Location: 216 N Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville KY 40222
"Barcelona Bistro Bar specializes in authentic Spanish cuisine serving tapas, paellas and drinks that surprise by its flavor and presentation. We cook slow food with love and the freshest ingredients.
Welcome gourmets, food lovers and veggies too!" - Barcelona Bistor Bar
Chik'n & Mi
Location: 1765 Mellwood Ave. Louisville, KY
"Chik'n & Mi specializes in making Asian inspired comfort foods, from Laotian spiced fried chicken to hearty and flavorful ramen noodle soups. Our bar features an extensive sake, craft beer and cocktail menu with local ingredients and house-infusions."
Dragon Kings Daughter
Location: 1543 Bardstown Road Louisville, Kentucky 40205
"Asian-influenced tacos & quesadillas, creative sushi offerings & happy-hour deals in casual digs."
Havana Rumba / Mojito
Location: Many Locations
"Havana Rumba is a celebration of the culinary genius of the island of Cuba brought to life by a team of passionate people. Owner, Marcos Lorenzo immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in 2000 hoping to realize the American Dream. His humble beginnings included plenty of hard work and determination as he learned the U.S. restaurant business. A civil engineer by training he applies a technical approach to the daily operations of the restaurants. However, cooking is his new found passion!"
Location: 12412 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243
"Experience the taste of authentic Indian food that will pamper your taste buds like never before."
The Irish Rover
Location: 2319 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY 40206
"Scotch eggs, fish 'n' chips & other Irish pub grub, plus stouts & ales, typify this homey haunt."
Location: 1359 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40204
"We invite you to experience La Chasse’s rustic, wood-fired European cuisine, boutique wines, artisan cocktails and craft beer. Located in the historic Highlands, La Chasse showcases Chef Alex Dulaney’s intricately-woven Southern French and European menu that is prepared with classic French technique and exuberant innovativeness."
Location: 3701 Lexington Road, Suite 1 Louisville, KY 40207
"MexA Tacos serves and specializes in just one thing: authentic, simple homemade premium tacos."
Location: 2932 S 4th St, Louisville, KY, United States, Kentucky
"The best Mexican cuisine in Louisville to fill both your hearts and your stomachs with happiness."
Location: 4302 Shelbyville Rd, St Matthews, KY 40207
"Oriental House offers delicious dining and takeout to Louisville, KY.
Oriental House is a cornerstone in the Louisville community and has been recognized for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. Our restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients."
Location: 1250 Bardstown Rd. Suite 17A, Louisville, KY, United States, Kentucky
"We are bringing traditional Ramen, Rice bowls, Different kinds of buns, and handmade gyoza to Louisville"
Location: 1293 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204
"Indulge your wanderlust! Our eclectic dining room is full of art and artifacts from our travels around the globe. It mirrors the diverse international flavors on the menu. Every detail was created to take you along on the journey. Casual by design, Ramsi’s Café on the World is an easy place to take an exotic trip. No passport required."
Sapporo Grill and Sushi
Location: 1706 Bardstown Rd , Louisville, KY 40205
"Sapporo Japanese Restaurant, voted #1 Best Sushi Restaurant in Louisville, is consistently rated as one of Louisville’s popular Japanese restaurants. Located on Bardstown Road, Sapporo is a locally owned, family-friendly restaurant that provides a relaxed yet upscale atmosphere to showcase the traditions of pristine quality fish and family style Japanese fare. "
Location: 1850 S Hurstbourne Pkwy Ste 125, Louisville, KY 40220
"Shalimar Restaurant is a cornerstone in the Louisville community and has been recognized for its outstanding Indian cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. Our Indian restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients."
Logan Street Market
Website: Logan Street Market Website
Location: 1001 Logan St, Louisville, KY 40204
"25,000 square feet filled with 25+ locally owned and operated food, beverage, provisions and artisan shops. Upcoming events include live music, block parties, workshops and more!"
Logan Street Market is an indoor market that typically has some vegan food shops.
The Village Market
Location: 712 Brent St, Louisville, KY 40204
"The Village Market brings the best of Louisville’s nationally recognized culinary scene to the newly revitalized, historic neighborhood of Paristown. An all-local, all-independent lineup of restaurants under one roof makes The Village Market a food destination where locals can hang, travelers can experience authentic Louisville and everyone will find something to love."
The Village Market has a nice turf courtyard for little ones to play.
Website: PARLOUR (eatparlourpizza.com)
Location: Many locations
"Welcome to Kentuckiana's Best Destination for Craft Pizza, Live Music, Craft Cocktails and Beer! We're all about bringing people together in a laid-back atmosphere. From our delicious artisan-style pizzas, smoked wings, extensive beer, wine and cocktail list in a fun + family-friendly atmosphere. Visit one of our four locations in New Albany, Jeffersonville and Louisville today!" --Parlour