Best Restaurants in Louisville
When you think of visiting Louisville, you might picture big hats, mint juleps and horse racing, but there's even more to see here
The rest of the city is an eclectic mix of cultures. It’s urban meets historic; it’s quaint yet sophisticated; and it’s progressive living steeped in tradition. Nowhere is this funky flavor more evident than in Louisville’s diverse culinary scene, where you can savor an original Hot Brown for lunch and an authentic Cuban mole for dinner, so come hungry to taste around-the-world flavors in Louisville.
The Original Impellizzeri Pizza
You’ve tried Chicago style and New York style, now it’s time to eat pizza Louisville style. The best place to do that is right where it was invented—at the Original Impellizzeri’s Pizza. What exactly is Louisville style? It involves doubling up on the layers of cheese and toppings, according to the inventor, and pizzeria owner, Benny Impellizzeri. And when you’re munching on a double helping of mozzarella and pepperoni, along with tasty tomato sauce, it’s easy to call Impellizzeri’s the best pizza in Louisville.
Are your tastebuds craving international flavors? Then it's time to head to Havana Rumba. What began as a humble restaurant in a nondescript strip mall has expanded to three Louisville locations, thanks in large part to Havana Rumba’s uniquely Cuban, from-scratch flavors. While the expansive menu and authentic names may be intimidating for some first-timers, the servers are more than willing to help with your dining decision-making. Your best bet for a full-flavor experience is for every member of your party to order a different item—many of the dishes are designed for sharing.
Breakfast isn’t just the most important meal of the day; it’s also one of the most exciting—if you’re dining at Wild Eggs, that is. Inspired by the hearty breakfast enjoyed at his great-grandma’s table after a hard morning’s work on the farm, owner J.D. Rothberg has built a breakfast and lunch restaurant that already has three locations throughout Louisville. Piling the plates high with upscale quality cuisine is Wild Eggs' mission, and you’ll find they’ve accomplished it when you dig into the Strawberry Tall Cakes or Bananas Foster Waffle. For a true Louisville twist, order a portion of the Sweet Home Apple Bourbon Crepes.
If you’re looking for upscale cuisine at an affordable price in Louisville, then Harvest is where you should pull up a seat. Throw in farm-to-table ingredients and you have the recipe for one of the freshest, high-quality dining experiences in the city. Not only are the owners committed to farm fresh quality, they work hard to support local growers, sourcing over 80 percent of the ingredients from within a 100-mile radius. Local sourcing leads to a seasonal menu packed with fresh fruits and veggies, in-house smoked meats and fresh-baked treats. Sound like too much for the kids? It's not—Harvest is happy to welcome young diners.
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