Quality Inn & Suites University/Airport
311 E Gaulbert Ave
Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 638-6100
Fax: (502) 638-6236
A local favorite, Nord's bakery serves pastries, donuts, cookies and cupcakes. The bakery also prepares wedding cakes, birthday cakes and makes customized cakes with great presentation and taste. Choose anything from the variety offered and get it at reasonable rates.
Located in the historic Mayflower apartment complex (once host to President Harry Truman), Buck's Restaurant and Bar encapsulates the gilt majesty of Old Louisville. Guests will find a menu of fine-dining entrees like Duck Hoisin or Bourbon Pecan Chicken, along with inspired appetizers, salads, and an international wine list. Luxurious furnishings and fixtures transport diners to a time when meals were an occasion.
Louisville has some really great neighborhoods, from the West Main Historic District to Old Louisville and Portland, the Germantown area is just another addition to this town. One of the best restaurants in the neighborhood is definitely Eiderdown. Here the kitchen serves innovative plates with creative names like the Mayor of Milk Street which is the grass-fed strip loin, a duck confit and pumpkin risotto masterpiece. The drink and draft beer menus change consistently as well, and though many might consider this spot as a German restaurant because of the Spätzel, pretzels and wurst, it definitely transcends that label.
The giant faux fish at the entrance of Hammerheads is hard to miss while driving in the Germantown neighborhood. This restaurant is popular among locals for its classic American cuisine and laidback vibe. On the menu guests will find burgers, tacos (try the pork belly), sandwiches and hand-cut fries. Their specialties include chicken & waffles, their vegetarian burger called the 'Garcia' and the crispy softshell crab sandwich with jalapeno-sage aioli.
This AAA four-diamond restaurant is located within the extravagant Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville. Guests can rest assured they are being served the finest quality ingredients prepared by world class chefs. Many of the meals, such as the Hot Brown (a gourmet open-faced roasted turkey, parmesan, bacon, and tomato sandwich), reflect local Louisville traditions. In fact, the Brown Hotel was the first to begin serving these Kentucky favorites. Diners have the choice of the restaurant's over 200 variety wine list. Please note that dress code is observed and reservations are required to dine here.
One of the most beloved little holes-in-the-wall within city limits, the Fish House/Cafe Beignet serves some of the best fish & chips in town. Not only do diners find breaded fish, oysters and other treats from the sea, but the New Orleans style Beignets are out-of-this-world. The prices are equally super, a definite treat while in the Germantown neighborhood.
If you plan to catch a performance at the Louisville Palace, the Marketplace makes for a great pre-show stop. The cuisine on offer is Italian-inspired Southern fare, and there is even a lounge with great drinks and live jazz for your entertainment. The food is absolutely delicious, and dishes like garlic beef tenderloin, balsamic-marinated NY strip and roasted spaghetti and lamb bolognese will definitely leave you wanting more. The patio features a dessert counter where you can enjoy numerous sweet treats.
Cunningham's, which lost its home in 2001 due to a fire that destroyed the 131 year old building, has been recreated in its new home three blocks away. Meals here tend to be on the cheap side and the waiting crowds testify both to the quality of the food and the service. Servers here, especially those that have been there a long time, are known for calling their customers sweet names and remembering detailed orders without writing them down. The old Cunningham's was just as popular for its dark, historical ambiance as it was for its food, and much of that ambiance has survived its reincarnation to the new location.
Of the numerous Irish Pubs along a certain block on Louisville's Baxter Avenue, O'Shea's is the godfather. It was the first to set up shop and remains among the liveliest. Revelers from all over town gather here on many a night for an atmosphere that includes live music and dancing, and a bar and kitchen serving up hot food and cold drinks. See website for live music schedule, menu, beer list and more.
Emerging from the alcoholic waves of post-Prohibition activity, Jack Fry's tavern opened up way back in 1933. Mr. Fry closed the original incarnation of the restaurant in 1972 and it changed hands for a few years until it re-opened with the same moniker in 1987. The new owner (a former waitress at old Jack's) still pays homage to the man with his old horse racing pictures and other sports memorabilia hanging on the walls. The menu features a slate of elegant classics such as veal tenderloin and foie gras; it's open for lunch and dinner.
After a long afternoon of shopping on Bardstown Road and hiking through Cherokee Park, a pleasant place for a refreshment is Flanagan's. Less a party spot than neighboring O'Shea's, Flanagan's offers an commanding selection of beers -- both imported and craft brewed. The kitchen is no slouch either, keeping up with the beer selection with a menu of better-than-average pub grub, some traditionally Irish, some not so much. Note that barkeeps here are spirited ambassadors for their city, so if you require tips on where to go and what to see, ask away.
Wick's is an independently-operated Louisville establishment serving appetizers, salads, pasta, sandwiches, desserts, and of course award-winning pizzas. Listen to a variety of live music gigs at Wick's, or watch the big game and take advantage of game-day discounts. Don't forget to check out their list of over 60 beers and 75 blended drinks for something to wash down that slice of cheesy goodness.