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The Dining Guide

October 03, 2017
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While a coffee shop at heart, Safai Coffee on Bardstown Rd. also offers a menu made in house. Pictured here is an Herb Garden Crepe: herbed batter, mushrooms, pine nuts, herbed gouda, spinach, truffle oil, and black pepper. The coffee is a Mega Mocha: a rich, robust latte made with dark chocolate, three shots of espresso, and whipped creme. Photo: Chef Meagan Jeanette

Our region’s dynamic food scene is bursting with culinary talent. Our dining guide showcases these locally owned restaurants who strive to create a distinctive dining experience. Please support them with your dollars.

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Louisville Metro


North End Café 
1722 Frankfort Ave. &  2116 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY

Traditional meets modern eclectic cuisine at the North End Café. The menu highlights traditional items made with a health-conscious approach using the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Offering breakfast all day, plus lunch and dinner daily. Dine inside or on the patio. On- and off-site catering available.


Wiltshire On Market 
636 East Market St. Louisville, KY 40202

Owner Susan Hershberg invites you to experience the creative cuisine of executive chef Jonathan Exum in an intimate restaurant environment. Menu changes weekly. Reservations encouraged. Unique event accommodations. Hours: Th and Su 5-10pm, F-Sa 5-11pm. 


624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Harvest welcomes Chef Patrick Roney’s broad culinary experience to the restaurant’s mission of local and sustainable cuisine. With at least eighty percent of our food from farmers and growers which are within a 100-mile radius of the city. Open Tues-Sun dinner 5-10pm. Fr-Sun Brunch 10am-2:30pm. 


Blue Dog Bakery 
2868 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY 40206

Located in the heart of Crescent Hill, Blue Dog Bakery offers a European-inspired café with a soup, salad and sandwich menu. World-class artisan bread and pastry, house-cured meats, Italian coffee and an impressive selection of beer and wine complement the ever-changing selections. Hours: bakery, Tu-Sa 7am-4pm; brunch/ lunch 9am-2pm. 


Red Hog Local Craft Butcher 
2622 Frankfort Ave.  Louisville, KY 40206

From the owners of Blue Dog Bakery comes Louisville’s first local craft butcher shop, featuring Red Hog pork, beef, lamb, and poultry. Available as fresh cuts, cooked or cured, in the butcher shop and on the cafe menu. Our meat comes from local farms committed to sustainable, humane, and ethical farming practices. Butcher shop open Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. 


2106 Frankfort Ave.  Louisville, KY 40206

Chef John Varanese believes that Louisville diners appreciate fresh ingredients prepared with a creative flair and a culturally diverse menu. Newly remodeled, this eclectic New American restaurant features spacious meeting rooms and year-round patio dining in a relaxed and stylish environment. Hours: Su-Th 5pm-11pm, F-Sa 5pm-midnight. 


Mayan Street Food at Gravely Brewing Co. 
514 Baxter Ave. Louisville KY 40204 

A food truck brought to you by the owners of Mayan Cafe, Mayan Street Food is the exclusive food partner for Gravely Brewing Co. Enjoy chef Bruce Ucan’s tacos, salbutes & Mayan snacks all prepared with locally-sourced meats and veggies. Gravely is the city’s first music brewery, so there’s always something new and exciting to see, drink and eat in this fun, casual space! 


The Mayan Café 
813 E. Market St. Louisville, KY 40206

The Mayan Cafe proudly serves the essential ingredients of Mayan cooking — dishes rich with smoked chilies, pumpkin seeds, lime, oil infusions and roasted meats. Our meat comes exclusively from local farms and we use as much sustainably grown local produce and cheese as is seasonally available. Hours: lunch M-F 11am-2:30pm; dinner M-Th 5-10pm; F-Sa 5-10:30pm. Reservations recommended. 


Lilly’s — A Kentucky Bistro 
1147 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204

For a casual yet upscale dining experience, Lilly’s Bistro in the historic Highland Neighborhood exudes warmth and style. Fresh and seasonal ingredients inspire our New American Cuisine with an international flair from our local farmers. Enjoy a variety of small and large plates from our sustainable-farmed menu. Hours: lunch T-Sa 11am-3pm; dinner T-Sa 5-10pm. 


983 Goss Avenue Louisville, KY 40217

Eiderdown’s collaborative kitchen focuses on German cuisine with southern influence. House made sausages, pretzels and schnitzel are among the favorites. Twenty-one beers on tap boast a large selection of German and craft beer. Outdoor seating and private dining available. Hours: Tu–Th 4-10pm, Fr–Sa 4–11pm, Su 4–10pm. 


Volare Italian Ristorante 
2300 Frankfort Ave. Louisville, KY 40206

Volare restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine with Southern hospitality. Chef Josh Moore combines expert skills with his passion for using locally sourced and house-made products. Seasonal menu changes celebrate the harvest using produce grown on the Chef’s 10-acre farm. Enjoy casual dinners in the lounge area or refined service in the wine library. Volare offers private dining and catering services. Hours: Su-Th 5-10pm, F-Sa 5-11pm. 


Proof on Main 
702 W. Main St.  Louisville, KY 40202

Located in downtown’s 21c Museum Hotel, Proof on Main’s menu is inspired by the culinary traditions of the American South. Through partnerships with Woodland Farm and other regional farmers and producers, the menu has become a showcase for the bounty of the Ohio River Valley. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 


ROC Restaurant 
1327 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 40204 

A chic Italian restaurant filled with high energy in the heart of “The Highlands.” Rocco Cadolini brings authentic fresh pasta and seafood dishes from his hometown of Sorrento, Italy. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Private rooms available. Lunch Tue.-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner Tue.-Thur. 5-10pm. Fri. & Sat. 5-11pm. Sun. 11am-10pm. Closed Monday. 


Ward 426 
426 Baxter Ave Louisville, KY 40204

Born out of a passion for exceptional food and gracious service, Ward 426 brings an easygoing elegance to one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods. Chef Shawn Ward and his team of culinary experts take Southern cuisine and elevate it to where it deserves to be by focusing on seasonal, local ingredients. Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm; Dinner Mon-Thurs, Sun 5-10pm; Fri-Sat 5-11pm; Happy Hours Mon-Fri 4-6pm. 


Mi Cocina on Fourth 
520 S 4th Street Louisville KY 40202

Looking for a lively environment, friendly service and delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine? La Cocina de Mamá has it all, conveniently located seconds from 4th Street Live and other downtown attractions. Perfect for quick dining before a show, lunch with coworkers, or a celebration with friends. Mon-Fri 11am–10pm, Sat 12-11pm, closed Sunday. 


Safai Coffee Shop 
1707 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40204 

Locally roasted since 1998, Safai Coffee buys directly from coffee farmers to provide you with the highest quality micro-lot, specialty grade coffee. Come in anytime of day for a crepe, a buttery croissant and our selection of wine, cocktails and local beers. Mon-Fri 6:30am-10pm, Sat 7am-10pm, Sun 7am-9pm. 


Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen 
203 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222 

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen invites you to Eat Well Today. Our gourmet salads and house-made soups are prepared quickly and taste delicious. Order online or enjoy a meal in our café located off Hurstbourne Parkway. Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm Sun 11am-8pm 


Monnik Beer Co. 
1036 E Burnett Ave Louisville, KY 40217 

Monnik Beer Co. is a brewpub located in the heart of the Schnitzelburg neighborhood with up to 20 beers on tap, brewed on-site. We proudly serve elevated pub fare using local and sustainable ingredients. Patio seating and private event space available. Sun-Tue. 11am-10pm, Wed-Thur 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. 


Ciao Ristorante 
1201 Payne Street Louisville, KY. 40204

Located in the Irish Hill neighborhood, Ciao features authentic Italian fare, that emphasizes on old world family recipes. Enjoy craft libations with a unique Italian wine list at our beautiful bar. Locally owned and operated. Hours: M–Th 11am-10pm,Fr-Sa 11am-2am, Closed Sun. 

Bluegrass Region


Sage Garden Café at Wilson Nurseries 
3690 East-West Connector Rte 676 
Frankfort, KY 40601; 502-352-2725 

Garden meets table in this fresh, casual café serving seasonal and local fare with a regional flare. The garden inspired setting extends to a perfect patio outdoor dining space for you to enjoy the salads, soups, sandwiches and weekly creations. Hours: M-Fr 11am-5pm, Sa 9am-5pm, Su 10am-5pm. 


Coles 735 Main 
735 E Main St.
Lexington, KY 40502; 859-266-9000 

Passion. Artistry. Variety. Coles 735 Main gives visitors the chance to enjoy fine dining in an atmosphere both distinctive and relaxing. With locally-sourced ingredients, Executive Chef Cole Arimes’ handcrafted artisan dishes, and one of the most unique wine programs in the Bluegrass, each experience is sure to be unforgettable. Open evenings, Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday. 


Heirloom – Midway 
125 Main Street
Midway, KY; 859-846-5565 

Heirloom, a mainstay in the Bluegrass restaurant scene, offers inventive modern cuisine prepared by chef Mark Wombles and team. Hours: lunch Tu-Sa 11:30am-2pm; dinner Tu-Sa 5:30pm-close.


DV8 Kitchen 
867 South Broadway, #140
Lexington, 40504; 859-955-0388 

A fast-casual restaurant and bakery designed to deliver fresh, all natural, delicious food, while building relationships and second chance opportunities with our employees. Paramount to our success is our commitment to food quality and a customer service culture. Hours: Mon-Friday, 7am–3pm, Sat–Sun, 8am–3pm. 


Good Food Co-op Cafe 
455-D Southland Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503; 859.278.1813 

Pull up a chair and fill up on foods that will nourish your body and soul, including; hot buffet entrees and sides, salad bar, deli salads, deli sandwiches, hot sandwiches, homemade soup, organic sushi, fresh juices, fruit smoothies, coffee, tea, espresso drinks, muffins, pastries, and made-from-scratch desserts.Cafe hours: 8am-9pm every day. Buffet Hours: Mon–Fri 11am-9pm. Sat-Sun: brunch 9am-3pm. Sat- Sun Dinner 3pm - 9pm. 

Southern Indiana


Starlight Café 
(Located at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards) 
19816 Huber Road
Borden, IN 47106; 812-923-9463 

Visit the Starlight Café at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards for a variety of sandwiches, appetizers, salads, and pizzas. Pair your meal with a glass or bottle of Huber’s award-winning wine, seasonal sangrias, or one of our craft cocktails. Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun Noon-6pm. Café Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-5:30pm, Sun Noon-5:30pm. 


Portage House 
117 E. Riverside Drive
Jeffersonville, IN 47129; 812-725-0435 

Chef Skulas brings with him his experience of growing up in Northwest Ohio where he first fell in love with cooking under his mother’s tutelage and later under James Beard Award-winner chef John Currence of City Grocery. Portage House aims to deliver locally-sourced Indiana meat and produce and fresh seafood. The menu concept is simple, approachable midwestern-fare. Selected for an OpenTable Diners’ Choice award. Tues-Sat: Lunch 11am–2pm; Dinner 4 –10pm. 


Donum Dei Brewstillery 
3211 Grant Line Rd., Suite 3,
New Albany, IN, 47150  812 590-2478 

Donum Dei is the region’s only Brewstillery with handcraft beer and artisan spirits in our New Albany pub. Experience our wide array of beers from Amarus IPA to Unicorn. Our artisan spirits, Dei Shine, include whiskey, vodka, gin, and apple brandy. Tue-Thur 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 2-9pm. 


Café on Meigs 
425 Meigs Avenue 
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130; 812-288-8515 

Located in downtown Jeffersonville, this old home turned local eatery offers homemade soups, crisp salads and made-to-order sandwiches created using fresh ingredients and family recipes. Dine in/carry out with daily specials, lunch combos and box lunches available. M-F: 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-4pm. 

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