St Matthews / Middletown
Simply the best Thai food in Louisville! Try some of their flavorful curries, appetizers, satay and pad thai. It’s possible the entree portions are supposed to be for sharing, but we wont tell anyone if you eat it all by yourself. Keep in mind that Simply Thai is closed for a few hours between lunch and dinner.
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For the vegetarian or vegan on-the-go. Heart and Soy offers fast-food style traditional Asian cuisine. As we all know, eating vegetarian in a hurry is no easy feat, and quick-service vegan food is almost unheard of. Heart and Soy is the answer to your cruelty-free, free-range prayers.
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Call ahead anytime day or night and get your greasy diner food fix. If it’s early in the morning (or afternoon… or at 3:00 AM) and you’re craving a pancake breakfast breakfast, they’ve got you covered. If you want some home fries covered in cheese sauce after the bars close and don’t have it in you to be in public any longer, this is the place to go, too. It’s hot, it’s fresh, and it’s definitely better than a drive-thru in the middle of the night.
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Delicious AND inexpensive, the best of both worlds. Beginners to sushi eating and sushi connoisseurs alike agree that Oishii is undisputed as one of the top sushi restaurants in the city.
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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.
Also, brunch! The downtown location on 3rd and Market will open October 1st.
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Chinese, Japanese, hibachi, sushi, soup and appetizers – to go. Oriental Cafe is the forefront of Chinese carryout technology in the city – you can even order it online. Ever added Lo Mein “to your cart?” Now you can. Fast-casual and delectable, Oriental Cafe is one of Louisville’s best options for fast Chinese or Japanese carryout and delivery.
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Family-owned for two decades, The Hill Street Fish Fry takes pride in their. business. The sauces and coleslaw are prepared in-house. Fried fish, fried oysters, fried okra, fried corn nuggets, shrimp, clams, scallops, homemade chili and more.
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More than your typical Indian restaurant. Generous portions of North Indian Fare (think mattar paneer), South Indian (idli, dosa) in addition to Indo-Chinese and Indian street food. All are equally delicious and uncompromisingly authentic. The menu is clearly labeled with regard to which dishes are vegetarian and vegan.
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Although Smoketown USA has only been around since 2007, it has already established an impressive reputation. People come from all over the city to experience Smoketown’s hot and spicy barbecue. It’s a no-frills kind of place whose friendly service and great food keep their customers coming back.
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St Matthews / Highlands / Middletown
Louisville’s favorite authentic Cuban cuisine and “a celebration of the culinary genius of the island of Cuba.” Delicious tapas, Cuban sandwiches, pork, beef, chicken, vegetarian and seafood entrees – get it all to-go, hot and fresh.
One of Louisville’s favorite sushi restaurants, located in the heart of the Highlands and downtown near 4th Street Live. It’s everything you’d expect from a hibachi grill and sushi bar, but with a sleek, modern atmosphere. The sushi menu offers traditional favorites like the Crunch Munch and California Rolls, as well as diverse and original house rolls. The VIP roll is torched by a small fire that is lit underneath the plate and is served while still aflame.
Happy Hours offer discounts on sushi, wine and sake, so your experience can be as inexpensive or extravagant as your heart desires.
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