The 16 Best Brunches in Louisville


Dear Weekend,

We love you. Brunch: it’s all the pleasure of breakfast without the inconvenience of having to get out of bed at a reasonable hour. It’s truly the pinnacle of weekend activities: curing hangovers, inducing food comas and catching up with friends.

El Camino

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Mexican food lovers rejoice – now you can even eat Mexican for breakfast! Enjoy the great beauty of the outdoors as you nurse your hangover with the sweet nectar of rum cocktails at El Camino’s Tiki Bar outdoor patio. El Camino’s brunch menu is more focused on the savory – breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros and the like, as one might expect from a place called “El Camino.” Plantain Pancakes: This changes everything.

If you’re in the mood for a brunch that thinks outside of the box of the traditional and pancakes and waffles, stop by El Camino for extravagant and savory plates stacked with bacon, eggs, shredded chicken, salsa, pulled pork, and all varieties of dishes that you Mexican-loving heart desires.


When: Saturday 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM / Sunday 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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Phenomenal Bloody Marys complement extraordinary farm-to-table comfort food here at Harvest. Try some Harvest favorites like the Brioche French Toast or buttermilk biscuits with sausage and chorizo gravy. The burgoo is a tried-and-true hangover cure, if you prefer going the soup rather than the breakfast food route on the road to recovery.

Harvest – “a locally grown restaurant” offers a simple menu, but it is all very well-executed. The House Made Spicy and Smoky Bloody Mary really shines and is a breakfast drink you can’t afford to pass up. Harvest has been a pioneer business of NuLu and has received rave reviews over the years. The care taken in the selection of ingredients and preparation of dishes is apparent in every bite.

Toast on Market

When: Tuesday – Friday 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM / Saturday – Sunday 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Indulge in a leisurely breakfast with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary worth writing home about. Toast on Market serves a heavenly brunch that people line up for, for good reason. (That being said, expect a wait, but it is a wait well worth it). Whether you’re in the mood for light, fluffy pancakes, brioche French Toast topped with peanut butter and banana, an artisan omelette or a hearty All-American breakfast complete with bacon and eggs, Toast will deliver.

The Lemon Souffle pancakes are to die for. On chilly days, treat yourself to one of their many varieties of Hot Chocolate (Pumpkin Spice, White Chocolate, Heath, or Caramel Swirl).


When: Sunday 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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For those of you who still observe your vegetarian and veganism even in the event of a hangover (and we salute you), Ramsi’s is the place to go (although there is still plenty of carnivorous fare for those of us who need to mainline bacon grease to get going in the morning). Certified organic and locally sourced eggs are cracked to create scrambled eggs and eggs benedict, there are breakfast potatoes, biscuits and gravy and all kinds of delightful desserts – as well as entrees from Ramsi’s everyday menu.

Mimosas at Ramsi’s are extraordinary – try the Watermelon Lychee Mimosa, the Raspberry Lavender Mimosa or the Traditional Orange Mimosa.

Ramsi’s patio provides the ambiance of a secret garden, complete with creeping vines and picturesque fountains. The interior of the restaurant creates the feeling of an Old World library – either way, it is a beautiful place to relax a while and enjoy brunch.

Hillbilly Tea

When: Saturday & Sunday Starting at 10:00 AM / Monday – Friday Starting at 11:00 AM

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Boozy tea cocktails await. Hillbilly Tea offers a bold and unique brunch menu, serving up dishes like “Hellbilly Froglegs” as well as the Duck Biscuit Burger. Come out to sample their Pork Jowl served with poached egg and molasses drizzle. Of course, the Tea is a star of the menu at Hillbilly Tea, so really, try the tea cocktails.

Vegetarians are welcome and are offered entrees such as the Tofu and Squash Scramble. Hillbilly Tea goes above and beyond with the basics, such as their Buttermilk Biscuits served with Poached Eggs and Corn Gravy. The scones are exceptional, and there are plenty of original dishes like you’ve never seen before.


When: Sunday10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Mimosas for the taking at Colonial Club before the football game.

Louvino is a wine bar in the Highlands, which features several permanent wines and many rotating wines on their ever-changing wine list. There is always something new to try, and Louvino provides the full experience – the atmosphere is modern and sleek, yet welcoming and cozy, and their small plates are exquisite and exciting.

Even more excitingly, this is a great spot to stop by for brunch. Mimosas are $10 and bottomless with the order of a small plate, and trust us – you’ll want to order a small plate (or several). Louvino’s Brunch menu offers such delicacies as Pancake Tacos filled with bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and cheese served with spiced maple dipping sauce. The Crispy Potato Hash Browns are far from being standard hash browns, served with smoked salmon, creamy dill drizzle, roasted tomato caper relish and a sunny side quail egg.

Four Sisters

When: Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM / Friday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM / Sunday – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Four Sisters is really actually owned by four sisters (and they’re super friendly). The ambiance of Four Sisters is often described as “whimsical” and “adorable.” This place is a “Creperie, Banh-mi and Espresso Bar.” Banh-mi are flavorful, Vietnamese sandwiches, for those unfamiliar. For breakfast, stop by for crepes, crepes and more crepes. The crepes are as diverse as they are delicious. They’re fluffy and sweet or savory and hearty. Try the Strawberry Nutella Crepe drizzled with chocolate and powdered sugar, the Strawberry Banana Crepe served the same, or a savory crepe like Avocado, Mushroom, Spinach and Feta, or the Ham and Cheese Crepe, the Smoked Salmon Crepe, and so many more.

Try a strawberry, mango or peach mimosa… or all three. The coffee and teas are worth experiencing as well. Vietnamese coffee is served with sweetened, condensed milk. The coffee is served with a small metal French drip filter, so you can watch it drip right before your eyes and mix the coffee and milk together.


Against the Grain

When: Sunday 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

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Against The Grain is a local Louisville brewer owned and operated brewpub that is known for its innovative and original craft beers. Their brunch menu offers buttermilk biscuits, bacon on a stick, a bangin’ Bloody Mary bar… all alliteration aside, this is a serious brunch. Chorizo poutine pomme frites – need we say more?

Garage Bar

When: Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Nothing says “hangover breakfast” like pizza, but try skipping the cold, week-old leftover pizza in the back of your fridge and saunter on down to Garage Bar for some wood-fired pizza for brunch. If you’re in a more breakfast-y mood, try the warm beignets, poached eggs and country ham or Butchertown Fry, which is composed of egg, sausage, smoked cheddar, tomatoes and topped with scallions and hot sauce.

Breakfast cocktails! Garage Bar offers shandies, mimosas and Bloody Marys. It should be mentioned that the shandy is a “working man’s” shandy, which is a concoction of PBR and OJ. Don’t act like that’s not what you’d be drinking at home anyway.

North End Café

When: Tuesday – Sunday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM / Friday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM / Monday 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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North End Cafe is another vegetarian and vegan-friendly location. North End is a Louisville-original favorite that has been around for over a decade.

Its menu is diverse and created with only the freshest, local ingredients. If you’d like to go the conservative All-American breakfast route with pancakes, bacon and eggs, knock yourself out. However, if you’re feeling slightly more adventurous there are plenty of breakfast taco and fried potato-type dishes and locals rave about the House Smoked Trout Hash.

The Rudyard Kipling

When: Sunday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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That Place On Goss has been transplanted to The Rud and serves up a heavenly brunch buffet, featuring donuts from Nord’s Bakery, and everything from an omelette bar to fried chicken. This Southern-influenced comfort food buffet will keep you coming back for more, with biscuits and gravy, quiche, waffles, and the less-conventional honey almond brie spread. If you’ve never been, The Rud offers a laid-back and inviting ambiance. The room is lit by the floor-to-ceiling windows and the work of local artists adorn the brick walls. String lights weave through the lattices, giving the place a artsy, contemporary-country feel.

The Hot Brown Casserole is to die for. The Bloody Marys and Mimosas are also a draw, and the entire deal is all very affordable.

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The Silver Dollar

When: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Cornbread Pancakes. Yeah. If you’re not in the mood for that (although you may want to see a doctor, because wtf) maybe a Chili Cheese Hash Brown would be more to your liking. The menu offers other delicacies that are down-home, Mexican-influenced or some kind of  delicious combination of the two.

Of course, you’ll have to try one of the ever-changing brunch cocktails (their Bloody Mary is extra delicious and extra spicy) prepared here – a re-imagined Bakersfield honky-tonk that has topped many lists of the nation’s best bars.


When: Every Day 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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This cozy bed and breakfast is brought to you by the creators of the Holy Grale (and happens to be right next door and shares its beautiful Gralegarten). The breakfast offerings are creative explosions of flavor – like the lamb sausage & grits or the biscuit & duck gravy. Gralehaus also offers unique espresso beverages and teas. Plus, mimosas. It’s the best of a coffee shop and brunch spot, all in one.

If you’re in the mood for a crepe or a new twist on a classic breakfast favorite, Gralehaus is the place to go to warm up on a chilly morning.


When: Every Day Starting at 7:00 AM

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A French-style bistro that just so happens to serve breakfast and brunch – praise ye gods. Crepes, quiches, brioche and croissants are offered in addition to the pancakes, bacon and eggs standard. If you’re anything like me, you enjoy eating ice cream for breakfast – Ghyslain offers heavenly sorbet and gelato.

Loop 22

When: Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Loop 22, a Modern American Rotisserie: now with brunch. Drop in on a Sunday to check out pitchers of house-made Bloody Marys made with seasonal tomatoes and peppers sourced from the Highlands Farmers’ Market. If you’re feeling adventurous, try Brooke’s Spicy Bloody Mary, made with jalapeno-infused Absolut vodka, raw jalapeno and Sriracha.

Loop 22’s Brunch menu offers an eclectic, yet delightful hearty blend of American and Southern-inspired fare. The Buttermilk Biscuits and Gravy with Chorizo or Sausage are a twist on a classic brunch staple. The Chorizo and Egg Tacos with pico de gallo, cilantro and ancho-ime crema and the Fried Green Tomato and Oyster Mushroom Tacos served with queso fresco, smoked horseradish aoli, and pickled cabbage add a little South-of-the-border flare to the menu.

If that’s not enough for you already, you’ll be sold on their Fried Chicken and Waffle Nachos: waffles cut up into nacho-sized pieces, deep-fried and topped with fried chicken, mornay sauce and sriracha.

Earth Friends Cafe

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Not just a cafe! This welcome addition to NuLu serves espresso, health-focused smoothies and 40-ish craft beers. The menu offers vegetarian, vegan and omnivorous options – poultry IS featured on the menu at Earth Friends Cafe, as they strive to be all-inclusive.

There is more than one way to spice up a bowl of tempeh or seitan, and Earth Friends isn’t afraid to explore those ways. Come out to sample some hearty and healthful brunch options.

Monkey Wrench

When: Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Build-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Believe it. The brunch offerings aren’t bad, either – like the thick-cut Bourbon Sourdough French Toast or the White Cheddar and Country Ham Quiche.