1540 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 409-8440
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
Lupo is much more than a pizza joint. With offerings like porchetta, sardine tartine and caponata, the appetizer menu alone will have you struggling to pick just one. You could be full on just apps before you even make it to your entree. Besides the eight creative pizzas they offer, there are also pastas, salads and daily specials. Diners love their Sting Like a Bee pizza with tomato, basil, mozzarella, sopressata and spicy local honey, as well as the Bitter Pig pizza with tomato, mozzarella, fresh country ham and arugula. Insider Louisville’s review.
1301 Story Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 384-8528
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
Located in the site of the former Hall’s Cafeteria in Butchertown, this new restaurant serves up New York-style pizza (think large portions, thinner crusts, meant to be folded in half) along with many other sides. The eatery boasts an arcade and a full bar, which they refer to as the “apothecary.” This very affordably priced pizza is available by the slice or full pie. On the menu are all sorts of wings, salads, oven-baked hoagies, New York-style pizza by the slice and signature pizzas. Don’t worry about parking on the street here as they have their own private parking lot behind the restaurant. Insider Louisville’s review.
(Located in RYE) 900 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40206 • (502) 749-6200
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Lox Louisville is located in RYE and offers a fast-casual lunch spot in NuLu. There is a gorgeous selection of lox (salmon) on the menu as well as some delicatessen-style sandwiches piled high with meat, such as turkey with bacon and house-made roast beef. There’s also a Cobb salad on the menu that is a definite crowd favorite. Insider Louisville’s review.
3939 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 873-5580
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed Monday
If you liked Manny & Merle’s downtown, now Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, then you will love Waylon’s Feed and Firewater, Tony Palumbino’s latest offering on the Louisville restaurant scene. Tacos, nachos, burgers, chicken and a big selection of bourbon are all here. People rave about the tacos here at “the taco stand,” especially the pollo rojo tacos with shredded chicken and cilantro-citrus crema or the green chile pork tacos with pulled pork, green chile jam, roasted garlic crema and cilantro. They have redesigned the space, which used to house the former Tony Boombozz, to create a more open floor plan with a stage for live music. Insider Louisville’s review.
10509 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown, KY 40299 • (502) 694-2322
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.
The owners of Mac’s Dough House describe the menu as “a kid’s dream for a menu but built for an adult’s taste.” With an emphasis on pizza and mac ‘n’ cheese, we would agree. There are 10 types of mac ‘n’ cheese on the menu and 11 types of pizza. For truly adult tastes, there are salads, subs and appetizers as well. Diners rave about the Mac Brown, which is a take on the Hot Brown complete with gruyere cheese, turkey, bacon, Roma tomatoes and a crumbly topping. The meatball sub is popular, as well as the Always Sunny Pie, which is like a Philly cheesesteak on a pizza.
1578 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205 • (502) 712-2298
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Closed Monday
Himalayan food is very similar to Indian food, and the owner of this restaurant wanted to offer a menu similar to Indian street food. There are familiar favorites, such as chicken korma and naan, along with street favorites such as chicken mo-mos, or Tibetan dumplings, and all types of fruit-flavored lassis, or smoothies, for dessert. Another plus: You can order online and they deliver.
4600 Chamberlain Lane, Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 255-2590
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Described as “farm-to-table” with Indian food, this locally owned restaurant is located off Chamberlain Lane. The owner also owns a farm, which was the impetus for the locally sourced produce. The food is classically Indian, with Indian chefs preparing the meals. It has a buffet and all the crowd favorites, such as chicken tikka masala and biryani, but it also has a fusion element with dishes like tikka masala pizza as an appetizer. Diners love the food here, and many feel that it is less heavy and more healthy than traditional Indian restaurants.
Many favorite local restaurants have opened up additional locations recently, so that you can enjoy their food all over town. Here they are:
112 Meridian Ave., Louisville, KY 40207 • (502) 434-7044
252 E. Market St., Louisville, KY 40204 • (502) 938-6423
805 Blankenbaker Pkwy., #105, Middletown, KY 40243 • (502) 653-7243
225 S. Fifth St., Louisville, KY 40202 • (502) 409-5293