Louisville has been known as a foodie destination for a while now, but it seems like we’ve hit warp speed. Check out these places that have only been open since December or January.
8. New Wave Burritos
If you thought you wouldn’t live to see a late-night burrito delivery service in Louisville, think again. New Wave Burritos is answering all of your late-night hunger prayers by bringing the burritos to you, wherever you are (as long as you’re in Germantown), from 12:00 AM – 4:00 AM, on Friday and Saturday night.
From the people that brought you Eiderdown, enjoy a burrito delivered straight to your doorstep, or wherever you’re leaning against a bar in the Germantown area. So far, there are four burrito options: “The Basher” with Braised Pork, “The Clive” with Poblano Corn Relish, “The Tourist,” with Ancho Roasted Chicken, and “The Garbage Burrito” with Taco-Spiced Ground Beef.
7. Ward 426
The much-anticipated Ward 426 opened its doors early in December 2014 and has been received warmly by Louisvillians. Ward 426 is located in the space that once housed The Brewery. Former Executive Chef of Jack Fry’s, Shawn Ward, and Dean Corbett and Nirmesh Agrawal of Corbett’s: An American Place, form the trio that had originally planned to simply take over The Brewery.
The culinary team agreed that their forte is upscale dining, and so The Brewery closed for renovations, and reopened in December 2014 as Ward 426. The size of the kitchen has been doubled, and the new space is nearly unrecognizable (in a good way). Ward 426 brings an unprecedented modern elegance infused with Southern hospitality to the Phoenix Hill neighborhood, from its decor to its menu. The menu is interesting, original and features ingredients sourced from local and regional suppliers. The entrees range from the standards such as Filet and Salmon, to the more unusual Lobster “Pot Pie.” Country Ham and Cheese tastings are available, as well as an ample selection of vegetarian dishes.
6. For Goodness Crepes
For Goodness Crepes offers over 35 crepes on its menu, from the more conventional breakfast and dessert crepes, such as the Cinnamon Roll, to the more savory options, like Chicken Bacon Ranch, and Spicy Burger. The crepes are fearlessly unconventional, like The Hot Mess, featuring peanut butter sauce, crushed up peanuts and peanut butter cookie, and candy corn.
The sauces are house-made, original recipes. The decor hearkens to the late Lynn’s Paradise Cafe, with every inch of the restaurant being brightly colored with some kind of inspirational quote, animal action figure, or fully-functional Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots.
5. The Post
The Post has come to aid with what the owners deem a lack of New York-style pizza in Louisville. Aside from Papalino’s, Spinelli’s and Luigi’s – which are scattered across town – there aren’t many options for a New York Slice in our city, especially in the Germantown area. The Post’s menu will be centered around deck-oven baked large pies, cut into nine-inch, foldable slices of pizza. The owners want The Post to be a place to relax and stay a while, rather than a pizza place centered around carry-out.
The Post will always have the option to purchase pizza by the slice: cheese, pepperoni, and a slice of the day. Happy hour will be 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM and 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM. There will be no shortage of beer, with eight microbrew taps, and over 60 canned and bottled beers. The Post occupies the space that once housed the VFW Post on Goss.
4. Dundee Gastropub
Once Dundee Tavern & Grill, the space has now been reopened as Dundee Gastropub with Bristol Bar & Grille Alumni in command. The Dundee Gastropub will be essentially a sports bar experience without having to compromise the dining experience. No longer will sportsfans have to settle for sad, frozen wings. The menu will feature savory classic favorites, such as Cast Iron Roasted and Brined Chicken Wings and a fantastic burger, in addition to more imaginative pub grub fare – Hot Brown Nachos, Chicken and Cornmeal Waffles served on grits and collard greens with watermelon and feta relish and honey and Tobasco syrup.
The Dundee Dip is a menu item that’s survived the transformation and will remain. There’s plenty of indulgent choices on the menu such as the Smoked Sausage Quesadilla, The Short Rib Grilled Cheese, Blackened Chicken Pasta, and Carolina Pork Sliders. There are more unusual options, too, like The Goat Cheese Lollipops.
3. Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar
Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar features “farm-to-table Southern food with a bacon flair.” The menu is centered around the most essential food groups: bacon and bourbon. The in-house cured and smoked bacon complements any dish on their creative menu. Everything from the Starters to the Bacon and Greens to the Bacon Sammy’s feature bacon in some way or another, even if just by the way of Bacon Ranch of Bacon.
Start with the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers served with Bacon Ranch, move on to the Bacon and Greens (salads), like Ann Marie’s Bacon Wedge – iceberg lettuce topped with bacon, eggs, blue cheese crumbles and bacon ranch – and finish with a Bacon Sammy, like the house smoked Pork Belly, served with Smoked Gouda, tomatoes, and roasted red pepper aoli. Even the dessert features bacon! Bacon and Bourbon Brownies, Vanilla Ice Cream with Bacon Bits, and Bourbon Bread Pudding with Candied Bacon.
Kaiju is brought to you by the creators of Dragon King’s Daughter. The self-proclaimed dive-bar is located in the space that was formerly occupied by Lisa’s Oak Street Lounge, although it has been completely renovated and is now a bright music venue, which serves craft beer, wine and signature cocktails. The pool tables seem to be the only thing that remain of the former establishment.
The rotating selection of draft craft beer will satisfy even the more discriminating beer nerds. Kaiju offers “a unique, eclectic environment,” with action figures adorning the shelves. Kaiju strives to offer a neighborhood bar experience that is laid-back and unpretentious. There are rumors of a food truck in the works, that will serve Japanese street food, such as stir-fry noodles.
1. Louis’s “The Ton”
This “Butchertown Public House” offers 10 beers on tap, with additional 7 rotating beers on tap, and over 70 different bottled beers, ciders and California wine in addition to a full bar. It’s a European-inspired bar that offers couches to lounge on and an intimate, candlelit ambiance. “The Ton” plans to have monthly monster movie nights, projecting Japanese movies onto the walls and serving sushi plates, and also Cuban nights, serving tamales and playing salsa music – there’s plenty of room for dancing.
During Happy Hour (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM) Tuesday through Friday, come out to sample their Charcuterie, traditional of European Cafes, which include cheeses, cured meats, Pates, and olives (although these ingredients may vary and are only available while supplies last).
Featured Image Credit: Rob Hydman