From crepes and Vietnamese sandwiches to hearty Southern fare in a former auto garage, and tea-infused hillbilly hooch to award-winning biscuits and gravy, Louisville, Kentucky certainly offers an eclectic brunch and breakfast dining experience. Check out our top 10 late breakfast spots in town.
A firm favorite with Louisville brunch fanatics since it opened in 1996, The Café is a charming haunt serving delicious food with a distinct emphasis on Southern flavors. Located in Louisville’s bustling commercial district, The Highlands, The Café is operated by Sal and Cindy Rubino who take a hands-on approach to serving customers. Cindy brings years of culinary experience to her role as chef. Guests can choose to dine inside The Café in its beautiful industrial-chic dining room or outside on its patio complete with a picturesque pond and shaded tables. Brunch options include classic dishes like the three egg omelet with mild cheddar cheese and biscuits smothered in homemade sausage gravy.
The Café, 712 Brent Street, Louisville, KY, USA, +1 502 589 9191
Hailed as one of Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best New Restaurants’ when it opened in 2006, Proof on Main is located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville at the award-winning 21c Museum Hotel, a unique hotel concept that integrates contemporary art into hospitality, with many of the hotel’s frequent art exhibitions extending into the restaurant. Focusing on local flavors from trusted regional purveyors and classic dishes of the American South with a global twist, executive chef Levon Wallace and his talented team create healthy breakfast dishes like the mixed fruit smoothie with apple cider, banana and berries or the egg white frittata. Proof on Main’s brunch menu features options like shrimp and grits with roasted mushroom, cippolini onions, tomato and farm egg.
A trendy tea-house with a mouth-watering brunch menu, Hillbilly Tea is a popular spot that opened in 2010 to rave reviews, and gained a following for its organic and fair trade teas, its unique tea-infused hooch concoctions and beautiful converted loft dining room. Though Hillbilly Tea’s chef Arpad Lengyel originally hails from Hungary, the cuisine is unabashedly Appalachian and imaginative. Try the cornmeal skillet pancake with pumpkin syrup and chai-infused butter or the pork jowls on corn pone bread with a poached egg and molasses drizzle. Wash it down with a cup of high mountain oolong tea—noted for its floral, zesty and stimulating flavors.
Hillbilly Tea, 120 South 1st Street, Louisville, KY, USA, +1 502 587 7350