My Top Three Louisville Restaurants

When you’ve been to 45 states like me, you visit A ​​LOT of restaurants and when I travel I make sure to stay away from any chain we have in Owensboro. . . as much as possible anyway.

Also, when it comes to towns within reasonable or easy driving distance of the ‘Boro, there are restaurants around that I will plan a trip to just so I can eat there. Nashville, Louisville, Lexington and beyond. If I find a restaurant that I like, I will find reasons to be in this city.

RAMSI’S COFFEE AROUND THE WORLD

One of the reasons I love Louisville is the food. And this has been the case for a very long time. I remember discovering a Middle Eastern place on Bardstown Road about 20 years ago. It’s called Ramsi’s Cafe on the World. It’s still there, and it’s still good. It was my first experience with falafel; I’ve been a lifelong fan ever since.

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LOUISVILLE — THE BEST FOOD CITY FOR TENANTS

And perhaps Ramsi’s is one of the many reasons Louisville was named the nation’s top “food town” by ApartmentAdvisor. Yes, this does NOT sound like the type of website you’d expect to find a restaurant rating on, but it’s also a very specific type of distinction. The online Tenant’s Guide names Louisville the best food town in the United States for TENANTS. I say, whether you rent OR own, Louisville knocks it out of the park with fine dining establishments. I can NEVER move to each of them.

So NOW let’s continue with OTHER establishments that could have helped earn Derby City this particular honour.

V GRITS

V-Grits is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant on Winter Avenue off Bardstown Road, and before you look up, let me tell you about Phatty Melt. That’s what V-Grits call it. It’s plant-based, obviously, but I’d put it in front of ANYONE who’s ordered a traditional PATTY cast and I wouldn’t tell them. I seriously doubt they know the difference. There’s also a side dish called pumpkin curry that just might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. The rest of the menu is rocking too, but I have to move on. Oh, no, wait… one more thing. If you go when the weather is nice outside, you MUST dine on the rooftop.

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Google Street View

HAMMER HEADS

Hammerheads has a large shark above the entrance, of course. But you won’t find shark anywhere on the menu. (Too bad, because the shark is GOOD.) But I really shouldn’t say “too bad” because everything I tried on the Hammerheads menu was a home run. One unique thing about Hammerheads is duck fat. When you go there you are encouraged to order their “duck fat fries”. Surprising. As for side dishes, you also won’t be disappointed with their smoked cheddar cheese curds with hollandaise sauce. Plus, they use a variety of meats for their burgers like venison, elk, chorizo, and Angus.

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Google Street View

Bonus points to Hammerheads for the atmosphere. Located at 921 Swan Street, Hammerheads is in the basement of a house that has been converted into a restaurant. They cook upstairs. On a visit there seven years ago, I pulled out the camera for everyone to take a closer look.

So, does it seem like I’ve opportunistically used the recognition Louisville has received for its fine dining to shine the spotlight on my three favorite restaurants there?

Of course I did. Sometimes it’s okay to be opportunistic.

[SOURCE: Louisville Courier-Journal]

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