The old proverb goes “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food.” Or in other words, “Your body ain’t gonna function long without some vittles!” Although no one can take a trip without eating, many travelers like to know where to get the best tastes while they’re away from home. So, next time you’re in the bluegrass region of Kentucky, check out these restaurants in Louisville.
Joe’s Crab Shack is located on the Louisville Waterfront and is an absolutely beautiful restaurant. It’s decorated to look like a ship, complete with boat-looking floor boards, a picture window overlooking the Ohio River, and enough memorabilia to make any ship captain proud. But that’s only first impressions…the best is yet to come! Once you’re seated, fold your menu and let your mouth water as you peruse the wide variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Whatever you choose, this is a meal you definitely don’t want to miss!
Joe’s Crab Shack is located at 131 River Road.
This family-owned local favorite is known for its fantastic doughnuts. But don’t forget their pastries, cookies, and cakes! Basically, anything they produce is amazing. Although most patrons will tell you that you need to try the maple bacon long johns, it can be difficult to snag one, unless you plan on going early enough to beat the crowd. To make things better, their prices are reasonable and the atmosphere definitely has the “local corner bakery” vibe. So, whether you’re looking for the perfect place for a mid-morning coffee break or an airy coffee shop to work or read a book, this is where you want to go.
Nord’s Bakery is located at 2118 S Preston Street.
This restaurant is a great place to stop in for some Mediterranean fast food, and has three locations throughout Louisville! The friendly, personable staff is ever willing to assist those who breeze through their door. They also have a wide array of fresh, appealing options. Although you can’t go wrong with any of the soups, kebabs, sandwiches, or salads on the menu, you’ll definitely want to try their to-die-for hummus. Their open and airy seating area is perfect for enjoying the view of the city. To top off the eating experience, lively music fills the restaurant.
Zoe’s Kitchen locations:
500 W Jefferson
3723 Lexington Rd
4126 Summit Plaza Drive
Harvest Restaurant takes a grassroots spin on the term “farm to table restaurant.” Not only are all the ingredients produced in a 100 mile radius of the place (except coffee), but also the shop is owned by a farmer. This eatery has a warm, country-esque atmosphere, brought on by the streamed bluegrass music, real wood tables, and friendly staff. They serve incredible southern style foods that you will enjoy to every last bite. This locally owned restaurant is a must-visit!
Harvest Restaurant is located at 624 E Market St.
This unique, fine dining experience is located at the apex (literally) of the Galt Hotel in downtown Louisville. What makes it unique? Well, the location for one. Since it’s on the 25th floor of one of the largest buildings in the area, each window (and by the way, all the outside walls are windows) affords you with a different view of the city. However, don’t get too attached to your view because the floor slowly moves, affording you a panoramic view of the area.
The food is also spectacular. They have a fine selection of appetizers, seafood, pastas, and meats. Beyond that, they serve decadent wines and mouth-watering desserts. They are especially known for the Rivue for Two, which is a selection of king crab legs, oysters, and shrimp, with three different types of sauce. This restaurant is the epitome of upper echelon dining, and is well worth the visit.
Rivue is located at 140 N Fourth St, 25th floor.
Whether you live near Louisville, you’re passing through on vacation, or you’re in town for a business trip, there is something here to temp your taste buds. So check out one of these incredible restaurants and figure out for yourself why National Geographic labeled Louisville the #1 food city in the world.
This article was originally published on the Daring Penguin Travel Blog.