Posted in: Dining Posted on: May 22nd, 2015

Dining and Nightlife in Louisville

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Unloading all of your stuff into a new apartment is a daunting task, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel now that you’re living in Louisville, KY: a night out on the town. The city is rife with options for dining and drinking, so check out a few of our top picks once you’ve unpacked your final box (or final box of the day).

Proof on Main

Need a stiff drink after a day of running around? Go to Proof on Main for a fancy cocktail. If it’s warm out, treat yourself to the Woodford Herbed Mint Julep, a blend of Woodford reserve, Amaro Dell’Erborista, and ginger syrup with a dash of lemon and mint. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, opt for El Guapo, a mixed drink teeming with beet-infused tequila, PF Dry curacao, and agave with a squeeze of lime and pinch of volcanic sea salt. The cocktail bar’s fare shouldn’t be missed, either, especially the bison burger and cotton candy.


Even the sides at Hammerheads earn rave reviews, particularly the truffle fries. Rumor has it they’re cooked in duck fat before being tossed in truffle oil. The pork belly baked beans come in at a close second, so consider ordering them as a side to your main dish in place of (or addition to) the truffle fries. In keeping with these beloved sides, the rest of the menu showcases classic Southern grub, from house-smoked baby back ribs to chicken wings over sweet potato waffles.

Mayan Café

Typically, lima beans are a side dish to avoid. But at Mayan Café, they’re the main event. The eatery’s signature tok-sel lima beans have converted even those previously opposed to lima beans into lovers of the small green veggie. Some customers speculate that it’s the fact that the beans are fresh, not canned or frozen, that makes them so tasty, but no one can quite put their finger on the seasonings involved. Regardless, the lima beans make a good complement to the rest of the Mayan menu, which features meats prepared using methods reminiscent of Mexican cooking.

Toast on Market

You’re probably going to run into a wait at Toast on Market for its weekend brunch, but that’s only because its version of comfort food far exceeds the fare served at other brunch spots. Ever had a lemon soufflé pancake before? Get acquainted at Toast on Market, where the fluffy lemon soufflé pancakes come topped with creamy vanilla custard and blueberry compote. Or order one of the egg dishes and savor the popular hash brown casserole that comes on the side.

Smoketown USA

No culinary tour of a Southern city would be complete without a pit stop at an old school barbecue restaurant, and that’s exactly what Smoketown USA is. It took owner Eric and wife Lynn four years to restore the Civil War era buildings in which the eatery resides today, but all the hard work was worth it. Customers from all around the city flock here not only for the pleasure of Eric’s company, but also for his popular pulled pork and “soul greens.”