The Highlands, Butchertown, Germantown: Louisville Dining

August 31, 2018

Hey, y’all! Louisville is chock-full of amazing restaurants – and three of the hottest neighborhoods to dine in are the Highlands, Butchertown, and Germantown. Dining in Louisville is magnificent from north to south, east to west; that said, these neighborhoods – which are all quite central – are great places to start.

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This post was updated on 4/21/21.

The Highlands, Butchertown, Germantown: Dining In Louisville

About the Highlands

To quote Louisville Tourism, “Bardstown Road, Louisville’s original “Restaurant Row,” is situated in the city’s Highlands neighborhood. In addition to being a dining Mecca, it’s also known for its eccentric collection of shops and is one of the most popular neighborhoods for local nightlife.”

Where To Dine:

La Pêche Gourmet / Lilly’s Bistro: 1147 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 

Update, 2021: Unfortunately, Lilly’s Bistro and La Pêche Gourmet have closed. I want to wish Chef Kathy Cary, a trailblazer in the Louisville culinary scene, a wonderful retirement!

Lilly’s is one of Louisville’s original farm-to-table restaurants — classic, elegant, and southern excellence are words that come to mind. La Peche, which is attached, is a dine-in or carry-out gourmet delicatessen. You can order made-to-order sandwiches, choose from the case, or from weekly specials.

La Peche is my favorite spot in the city The Burger’s Fried Chicken Sandwich is, hands down, my favorite fried chicken sandwich in the state (remember: I’m a Kentuckian, y’all). Order it with extra caesar dressing on the side.

Jack Fry’s: 1007 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

A historic Louisville eatery that is not to be missed; with a history that dates back to 1933, the restaurant is a huge part of Louisville culture. Now a fine dining institution, often acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in both Kentucky and the United States, the menus – both lunch and dinner – aim to surpass all expectations. Walking in is like walking back in time – expect a hybrid of a speak-easy with a white tablecloth eatery. Fabulous.

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La Chasse: 1359 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204

Another fabulous eatery off of Bardstown Rd, La Chasse offers an “intricately-woven Southern French and Spanish fusion menu that is prepared with classic French technique and exuberant innovativeness.”

The flavors offered at La Chasse are elevated, well-executed, and simple – yet, immensely profound. Also expect to indulge in the amazing wine list and artisan cocktails.

About Butchertown:

To echo, “These days, though one large meatpacker anchors the area, Butchertown is in the middle of a renaissance and is being spruced up with chic boutiques, the city’s first brandy distillery, and more options for shopping, dining and having fun.”

Where To Dine:

Butchertown Grocery: 1076 E Washington St, Louisville, KY 40206

According to their website, “On the outside, Butchertown Grocery seems like a decidedly simple, 19th-century brick building. But on the inside, you’ll discover a sleek restaurant with cozy banquettes, marble tables, mosaic tile on the floor, and weathered exposed wood on the ceiling.”

As I’ve said before, elevated simplicity is my philosophy on food. I very much relate to their perspective, which is largely why Butchertown Grocery is one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

From oysters, to escargot, to the chicken and waffles, to the amazing baked goods — you will leave planning your next visit.

Hi-Five Doughnuts: 1011 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40206

Known for their inventive flavor combinations, large portion sizes, and delicious, yeasty doughnuts – Hi-Five makes some of my favorite sweets in the city.

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Naive: 1001 E Washington St, Louisville, KY 40206

Naive focuses on sustainability, locality, freshness, and lightness. The meals have healthy spins, yet are delicious and filling.

About Germantown:

To recite, “Germantown, one of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods, was named after the influx of German immigrants who first settled there in the mid 1800s. The area is dotted by the largest collection of shotgun and camelback houses in the city. A popular local saying is that there’s a dive bar on every corner. Recently, the neighborhood has become a mix of old and new, maintaining its history, while welcoming hip eateries and bars.”

Where To Dine:

Sarino: 1030 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217

Sarino focuses on fresh, homemade pasta and Neapolitan pizza.

Couvillion: 1318 McHenry St, Louisville, KY 40217

Update, 2021: Couvillion has now, sadly, closed.

Per the restaurant, “Couvillion (‘COO-vee-ohn): A thick, rich fish stew most often prepared with catfish thickened with roux. Or, in our case, a genuine, southern restaurant in the heart of Louisville’s Germantown neighborhood.”

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The Post: 1045 Goss Ave, Louisville, KY 40217

The Post is Germantown’s go-to for New York Style Pizzas (by the slice or served whole), craft beers, and cocktails. The flavors range from classic to experimental, such as stir fry pizza (yes, you read that correctly).

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


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  • Reply
    Anna Kate Kate Goshko
    September 5, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    All of these are winners! BTG is definitely my fav…

  • Reply
    Whitney S.
    September 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I’ll need to check these out next time I’m in Louisville!

  • Reply
    Miranda Schultz (The Plus Life)
    September 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    That first salad looks delicious! I need it!

  • Reply
    Michelle Krentz
    September 5, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    You have listed so many of my favorites (Jack Fry’s #1), and I can’t wait to visit the spots I haven’t been to yet!

  • Reply
    Mays Griffin
    September 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    uhhh I wanna go to all these places but especially the Germantown ones! Yumm

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