Foodies and The Highlands.
A Perfect Match.
There are nine neighborhoods in the Highlands. It is an eclectic mix of people, professions, lifestyles and foodies. It only makes sense that these high-density neighborhoods would provide the ready audiences for locally grown restauranteurs, nightclubs and boutiques. The close proximity to downtown hotels further supplied a hungry audience seeking unique fare. You can’t talk about the restaurants per se without mentioning a tiny bit of residential history which created this conglomeration of ethnicity on the three-mile restaurant row that is Bardstown Road.
Street Cars Started the Food Scene
All Hail the Streetcars! In the 1890’s it was the electric Street Car line that created the residential neighborhoods of the Highlands. It was a system that branched out in seven directions to Louisville’s rapidly expanding suburbs and neighboring towns. It’s a chapter of Louisville history spanning 110 years.
Those stops along the street car line were the driving force for the first farm to table concepts.
The Gastronomic Experience
Louisville has a few iconic foods that we’re known for, the famous Hot Brown created at the Brown Hotel, Fried Chicken, Derby Pie, Burgoo, Louisville Style Pizza, Henry Bain Sauce, Modjeska Candy (named after a Polish actress Helen Modjeska in 1883) Beer Cheese, Ice Cream, and last but not least Bacon-On-A-Stick, Against the Grain downtown restaurant serves this fun delight. Some even say the Cheeseburger was created in Louisville. Foodies will love the variety and original menus of the locally owned restaurants in the Highlands.
1007 Bardstown Road
Lunch – 11 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner – 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Weekends – 5:30 pm – 11 pm
A long-standing restaurant in the Highlands, established in 1933, Jack Fry’s has been a staple of the Louisville fine-dining scene. Southern flavors are showcased using classical French techniques and the atmosphere is always buzzing. If you’re a foodie or a connoisseur of white table cloth restaurants you love this Highlands restaurant.
Holy Grale Beer Hall
1034 Bardstown Road,
Dinner – 4 pm – 12 am Everyday
Not just anyone would take a small century church and give it a second life as a pub specializing in beer and food pairings. Its bright with conversation with a menu ranging from a Farm Burger to Red Curry Mussels and divine Fritjes! Check out Holy Grale’s, beer selection, you can’t go wrong.
Stevens & Stevens Deli
1114 Bardstown Road
Lunch – 10-3 every day except Sunday
Old style Jewish deli – get your pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup, lox or a dozen other classics. As far as a “New York” Style Deli/Sandwich, this is pretty darn good for Louisville. A fun feature of Stevens & Stevens is the unique art of Hollywood stars…a definite place to experience. Local foodies rank this deli in the Highlands as one of the best in the city.
El Taco Luchador
938 Baxter Avenue (5 Locations)
Lunch/Dinner 11 am – 8 pm
Chef Fernando Martinez was born and raised in Cuba, came to Louisville via San Diego in 2002 to start his first restaurant Havana Rumba Cuban Restaurant. Shortly thereafter he opened Mojita Tapas, and many others in 2012 – Guacamole, Mussel and Burger Bar, Artesano Tapas, and Mercato Italiano. His life took a turn to Paris, South America, Miami and Palm Beach, all the while working, learning, cooking and eating, giving him the experience and love of food to mark his spot in the Louisville restaurant market. He did not have to come back!
From small gatherings to larger events, the Luchador teams are ready and waiting to accommodate any size crowd and appetite.
1001 Baxter Avenue
Open 7 days a week, 8 am – 4 pm
Established in 2014, Gralehaus is the first “Bed & Beverage” housed inside an original Highland Victorian home built in 1905. Gralehaus has 3 guest rooms for one of the most unique stays in Louisville. Stay in this lovely B&B and wake up for a delicious breakfast, coffee and more at Gralehaus Cafe in the morning. They do everything the right way with farm fresh made-from-scratch foods. Check their website for more info and menu!
624 E Market St
Tu-Wed-Thur 5 pm – 10 pm
An award winning “locally grown” restaurant, Harvest serves outstanding regionally inspired season “farm-to-table” cuisine. 80% of the ingredients are sourced locally from within a 100-mile radius and many of their foods are baked, cured, smoked and preserved in-house. They serve up a menu of “Rustic Regional” cuisine, based on what produce the local farmers have available any given week, regardless of the season. A delight to the palate! Brunch, lunch and dinner from Friday – Sunday as well!
1147 Bardstown Road
Lunch – 11 am – 3 pm
Dinner – 5 pm – 10 pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
Lilly’s Chef Kathy Cary introduced locavore-style, farm fresh staple of Louisville’s fine dining scene. Southern flavors are introduced using classical French techniques and the atmosphere has a beat.
1314 Bardstown Road
Open Everyday 11 am – 12 am
Eagle prides itself on using only cage free, free roaming all-natural chicken. Its brined, dredged and then dropped into custom built fryers. It has a kick! There’s no other fried chicken in Louisville quite like The Eagle. Southern sides, over a 100 craft-beers and a great outdoor dining area. The Eagle has a relatively small menu, comprised of fried chicken, sandwiches, some snacks and several side dishes. Its satisfying, its tender, its full of flavor. A must stop!
The Back Door Bar & Grille
1250 Bardstown Road, adjacent to the Mid City Mall
The Back Door can be a little hard to find. You’ll need to go down the one-way alley next to Mid-City mall to find this Louisville favorite. It’s not fancy. It’s not expensive. It’s a melting pot of people.
According to a review in the Louisville Eccentric Observer, “it is one of Louisville’s favorite after-work, meet–my-friends, meet-strangers, game-of-pool, bag-of-wings, one-more-stop-before-home watering holes.”
Bristol Bar and Grille
1321 Bardstown Road
Opens at 11am daily.
The Bristol’s fare consist of appetizers, burgers and tasty entrées. There is a full bar and a patio area for dining alfresco. A local institution that does something many locals don’t know. Local beekeepers maintain an urban hive on the roof of the restaurant thus providing the restaurant’s signature honey.