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Dining Guide: Oct-Nov, 2017

October 03, 2017
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Chef Paul Skulas at Portage House in Jeffersonville, Indiana brings new life to some traditional favorites. Pictured here is New Roasted Hensley Homegrown Farms Chicken Thighs with rice grits, fried brussels sprouts, and ranch.

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; 502-896-8770 

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; 502-589-5224 

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; 502-384-9090 

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; 502-899-9800 

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; 502-384-0795 

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; 502-899-9904 

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. 


The Mayan Café 
813 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40206; 502-566-0651 

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; 502-451-0447 

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; 502-290-2390 

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; 502-894-4446 

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; 502-217-6360 

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. 


Isaac’s Café at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 
Clermont, KY 40110; 502-955-8512, ext. 181. 

Following Bernheim’s vision of ecological stewardship, Isaac’s Café at Bernheim features fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, children’s meals, and delicious desserts using vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers from Bernheim’s Edible Garden. We source other menu items — fresh eggs, cheese, breads, and meats — from local farmers. Café winter hours: 11am–2pm weekdays, 11am–3:30pm weekends. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s. 


River House Restaurant and Raw Bar 
3015 River Road
Louisville, KY 40207; 502-897-5000 

Louisville’s premier riverfront dining destination, River House features regional cuisine with a Southern flair and an emphasis on fresh seafood. Enjoy our 15-foot raw bar with assorted raw oysters, king crab, jumbo shrimp and more! Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sun-Thur 11am-11pm. Fri & Sat 11am-midnight. 


Levee at the River House 
3015 River Road, Suite B
Louisville, KY 40207; 502-897-5000 

Levee is the perfect spot to share a meal with family and friends, but also enjoy some choice river night life. We’ve got small plates to share, a robust cocktail menu, and live entertainment with some of Louisville’s most exciting musicians and singers. Sun, Wed & Thur 4pm-Midnight. Fri & Sat 4pm-2am. 


Ward 426 
426 Baxter Ave 
Louisville, KY 40204; 502-365-2505 

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; 502-315-0666 

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. 


Bluegrass Burgers 
3334 Frankfort Ave. 
Louisville, KY 40206; 502-614-6567 

We are a quick casual, Louisville favorite family-owned restaurant with that ‘diner feel.’ Grilled to order local grass fed beef and bison, along with many other meat/ vegan options — all topped with fresh locally sourced produce, house made sauces, and salsas from our ‘build your own’ toppings bar. Pair it with our hand cut or sweet potato fries, home-made coleslaw or our very own seasoned potato chips. Hours Sunday-Thursday 11am–9pm and Friday and Saturday until 11am–10pm. 


Ciao Ristorante 
1201 Payne Street 
Louisville, KY. 40204; 502-690-3532 

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 sage-garden-cafe/ 

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. 


167 W Main Street 
Lexington, KY 40507; 859.899.6860 

Lockbox is committed to sourcing local, high-quality ingredients around the Bluegrass region. Led by executive chef Jonathan Searle, Lockbox uses thoughtful yet simple preparations and cooking techniques in a contemporary setting. Dinner: Mon–Thurs: 5:30-10pm, Fri–Sat: 5:30-11pm, Sun: 5:30–9pm. Breakfast: Mon– Fri: 7-10am, Sat–Sun: 7am-12pm. BAR: Sun–Thurs: 4pm-12am, Fri–Sat: 4pm-1am. Now open for lunch from 11-2pm. 


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. 


Adrienne and Co. Bakery Cafe 
129 W. Court Ave.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130; 812-282-2665 
133 E Market St, 
New Albany, IN 47150; 812-949-2334 

Adrienne and Co. Bakery Cafe is the area’s premier bakery for cakes, pastries, donuts, brownies, and much more. Try our scratch biscuits and gravy in the morning and our famous sandwiches on focaccia for lunch. Minutes from downtown Louisville. Jeffersonville hours: Mon-Wed, Friday, 7am-5:30pm, Thur (9 cent spaghetti night) 7am-8pm, Sat 8am-3pm, Sun 8am-1pm. New Albany hours: Mon 6am-12pm, Tue 5am-12pm, Wed-Thur 5am-8pm, Fri 5am-9pm, Sat 6am-9pm, Sun 6am-12pm. 


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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