Since we have so many successful restaurants here, it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller places– even if they serve the most mouthwatering meals. Whether you’re new to Louisville and looking for the best dishes in town, or a native of the city in need of some fresh suggestions, you should definitely do yourself a favor and give these 14 delicious dishes a taste.
1. The Hot Brown at the English Grill
The number one dish that everyone must try in Louisville is the hot brown, as it originated here in the city at the Brown Hotel. This comforting southern dish is filled with layers of toast, turkey, moray, and bacon before being baked to perfection.
The original hot brown can be found at the English Grill at the Brown Hotel, located at 335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202.
2. Burger and Brussels Sprouts at Grind Burger
Build your own delicious burger just the way you want it and try the outstanding brussels sprouts at Grind Burger.
Grind Burger Kitchen is located at 829 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206.
3. Pork Sandwich at The Eagle
This pork sandwich at the Eagle, made with pork shoulder, broccoli rabe, sharp asiago, and house made hot peppers is filled with flavor.
The Eagle Food and Beer Hall is located at 1314 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204.
4. Ropa Vieja at Havana Rumba
Try the Ropa Vieja at Havana Rumba, the best Cuban restaurant in town.
Havana Rumba is located at 2210 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40205.
5. Tacos and Mole Fries at Taco Luchador
In the mood for a taco? El Taco Luchador is the place to go. Their fish taco and mole fries are far higher in quality and taste than any other Mexican restaurant around.
El Taco Luchador is located at 938 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204.
6. Grits & Goo at The Harvest
This Harvest dish has a few Kentucky staples rolled into one, which is why everyone needs to try Grits & Goo while in Louisville. It might sound gross to outsiders, but the goo is shortened for burgoo, a traditional Kentucky stew.
Harvest is located at 624 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40202.
7. Engudai Tips & Misir Wot at Queen of Sheba
Looking to taste something different? Try out this Ethiopian dish at Queen of Sheba, one of the best restaurants in Louisville.
Queen of Sheba is located at 2804 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205.
8. Chicken & Waffles at the Silver Dollar
Chicken and Waffles is something you must eat while in Louisville, and one of the best places to order it is at the Silver Dollar.
The Silver Dollar is located at 1761 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206.
9. Fried Oyster Po' Boy and Fried Okra
If you're a fan of fried seafood, head over to Doc Crow's and try their delicious fried oyster po' boy.
Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar is located at 127 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40207.
10. Pork Shank at Jack Fry's
Jack Fry's is consistently rated one of the best restaurants in Louisville, and their Pork Shank is to die for.
Jack Fry's is located at 1007 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204.
11. Biscuit & Duck Gravy
If you like biscuits and gravy, you need to try the flavorful biscuit and duck gravy dish at Gralehaus. It's everything you love about traditional southern dishes and so much more.
Gralehaus is located at 1001 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204.
12. A Poke Bowl at PokeHana
Poke is a Hawaiian dish that tastes much like sushi in a bowl, and luckily we have PokeHana in Louisville to serve this amazing dish, filled with fresh fish and any toppings of your choice.
PokeHana is located at 436 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202.
13. Chicken, Chickpeas, and Cilantro Rice at Yummy Pollo
This Peruvian rotisserie chicken dish is a must-try in Louisville.
Yummy Pollo is located at 4222 Bishop Ln, Louisville, KY 40218.
14. Pork Belly on a Stick
Pork belly on a stick is a unique dish in Louisville that you don't want to miss out on. Check it out at the Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse, and definitely order a few of their beers to pair with it.
Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse is located at 401 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202.
Have you tried any of these dishes, and did they live up to the hype? Let us know what your favorite Louisville dish is in the comments below or on Facebook. If you’re a fan of food in the 502, check out
this article about some of the best restaurants across the city.