Your Guide to a Weekend in Louisville

March 12, 2017

My husband and I love to explore new places.  We’ve been lucky enough to do just that in Portland, Napa Valley, and Cincinnati…to name a few.  We had heard Louisville, KY was just over three hours away and decided that would be our next city to check out!  Before I go anywhere, I check out recommendations from my favorite local bloggers and Yelp.  This post from Hummusapien and this one from Breakfast with Nick helped me TREMENDOUSLY while planning.  Huge thanks to them!

If you’re spending a weekend in Louisville, I recommend you do the following:

Friday

    

We left Columbus after work on Friday and arrived that evening for a late dinner at Milkwood.  It may seem like a strange combination but this place does asian + traditional southern.  And they do it AMAZINGLY.  I had ramen with pork belly and it was out of this world.  I paired that with their signature cocktail made with green chile, coconut, vermouth and lime.  This was the perfect way to kick off the weekend.  For this spot, definitely make a reservation ahead of time.

Saturday

  

As coffee lovers, we wanted to be sure to check out a couple of coffee shops while we were visiting.  Saturday morning before brunch we made our way to Please and Thank You.  Super cute vibe and we really loved their coffee.  They are known for their chocolate chip cookie, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to get one at 8:30 in the morning.  However, we did split a cinnamon roll (which I suppose…isn’t that different if you really think about it).  The cinnamon roll was AMAZING.  We devoured it in .25 seconds.

      

Literally right next door to Please and Thank You was our next stop: Con Huevos for brunch.  We had the extra pleasure to share our time with the owners and learned a lot about their philosophy.  When you step into the brightly colored Con Huevos, you immediately become part of the family.  The staff are so happy to be there and share their cuisine with you.  The energy is contagious.  One important fact to note: this place takes zero short cuts.  Every single thing is made from scratch.  Everything.  And it’s all completely fresh.  And let me tell you….you taste the difference.  This was probably one of the best brunches I’ve had.  IN MY LIFE.  And y’all know I’ve eaten a lot of brunch.  I had their Chipotle Poached Huevos: homemade buttermilk biscuits, chorizo, poached eggs, topped with chipotle gravy & avocado.  Jake got the signature Huevos Rancheros and said they were the best he’s ever had.  Combine that with a side of tres leches pancakes, cuban coffee, and fresh squeezed juice….this place is a must try.  It’s small so you may have to wait but it is WORTH IT.  We actually left there a bit sad simply because it doesn’t exist in Columbus.  Guess we’ll just have to come back another time…

  

After having our fill of brunch, we decided to make a stop at the Louisville Slugger Museum.  Was this a husband pick?  Yes.  But I have to say, I had a great time!  The museum itself was incredibly interactive and fun to look through.  Then we went on a factory tour and actually saw the bats being made up close and personal.  I love geeking out and seeing how things are made, and this was a fantastic tour.  They even give you mini baseball bats to take home.  Definitely worth a stop whether you’re a baseball fan or not!

  

We can’t visit a new city without checking out a couple breweries, so next we hopped around to Against the Grain and Monnik.  Both were fantastic!  Jake especially loved the IPA at Monnik so we took some home with us for when we are wanting to reminisce. 🙂

    

After a little rest at the hotel, we were back at it for dinner at Mayan Cafe.  This was another highlight of the weekend.  If you are planning a trip, be sure to make a reservation here!  It’s small and intimate, and was packed on a Saturday night which made the atmosphere so cozy and fun.  We started with a couple of cocktails.  I got the Blood Orange Margarita and Jake got the “Don’t Worry About It” (they don’t tell you the ingredients but it’s a bourbon drink so…trust).  Then we did the Salbutes of the Day!  They change them out based on what’s in season, but it’s basically an open face taco.  Soooooo good.  Then for our meals we got the pork dish and the salmon dish.  We had heard rave reviews of the lima beans, which sounds strange, but our dishes came with them on the side and let’s just say…we get the hype.  Hopefully we didn’t bug our neighbors too much, but with every bite we were “ooo’ing” and “ahhh’ing.”  Fantastic food, and so unique.  If that wasn’t enough, we had to get dessert and capped off the evening with lavender flan and bread pudding with candied pistachios and pineapple gelato.  One of the best culinary experiences we’ve ever had.  Start to finish…this place is a must.

Sunday

    

Another morning, another opportunity to try more coffee!  After looking at some reviews online, we found this spot called Gralehaus.  This super cute bed and breakfast opens up to the public for breakfast and it was fantastic.  We had brunch plans so didn’t eat, but the food looked incredible.  We made a mental note to eat here in the future.  We decided to get some fun lattes, and my Honey Bee Latte with local honey and bee pollen was the perfect amount of sweet.  Then we had some time to kill so of course our logic told us to get a donut at Hi Five Doughnuts.  This place was filled with bright colors, and had donuts with the craziest of toppings.  We got the cinnamon toast crunch donut to go.

    

To finish out our foodie weekend, we ended our trip with brunch at Butchertown Grocery.  When you walk in, you are immediately impressed with the atmosphere.  Exposed brick, marble tables, gray accents…the decor of my dreams.  When you arrive for brunch, you can either eat at Butchertown downstairs, or you can try out their new option at Lola upstairs.  Lola is a swanky lounge that has live jazz on certain evenings.  Their new brunch option is perfect for when you want to be a little more relaxed, have a brunch cocktail, and get some small plates.  We had both brunch menus to pick from and you cannot go wrong with whichever you choose!  The biscuit with ham and apple butter, the manchego hash browns, and my perfect frisee salad with bacon and a poached egg were stand outs.  We weren’t hungry enough, but the chicken and waffles looked MASSIVE and INCREDIBLE.  So if you’re going and you’re hungry…order that.  Perfect experience to cap off the trip.

Big thanks to Con Huevos, Mayan Cafe, and Butchertown Grocery for providing our meals!  Louisville is worth a weekend visit.  Start planning your road trip now!

 

11 Comments

  • Reply Logan Uhtenwoldt March 12, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Louisville!! I love this city! Since I’m in Grad School in Ohio my roommate and I go pretty often and Jess and I have been there before as well. I think you guys hit several of the city’s must dos. I especially love Butchertown Grocery and Gralehaus (Holy Grale is also a great biergarten/bar that is run out of the house in front in the evenings) If you ever find yourselves going back I highly recommend a stop at Sunergos Coffee, they have won several awards for their espresso including america’s best in 2014. If you guys are meat lovers then you have to check out Game, it is a restaurant based largely on their numerous meat options ranging from free range organic beef to odder things like elk and kangaroo. If that’s a little too odd then near there is Post which is a great pizza place/ dive bar with good beers. On the beer note Sergio’s World Beers is a pub with an enormous selection of beer many of which are hard to find elsewhere. Although if you’re needing something stronger Louisville is home to several of the distilleries that make up the bourbon trail. My favorite is Bulliet, which is only about 5 miles from downtown. Lastly if you are in the theatre going mood, the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville has an outstanding reputation and puts out some pretty amazing work. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit because I think Louisville is great.

    • Reply Cohen Places March 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks, Logan! Wow-looks like I need to plan another trip!

  • Reply Jojo March 12, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Who knew?? Thanks to Cohen Places, I know!
    And I’m hungry! And we have a new weekend getaway on our list.
    Great read!

  • Reply Kate March 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    So, I’m totally printing this post and taking it with me when we finally make it down to KY… It looks so kick ass!

    Also, Portland!? Where did you go? What did you love?! (that’s my home town, and I loooooove it when other people get to explore it also!)

    • Reply Cohen Places March 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      So glad to hear that! We LOVED Portland. The Pacific Northwest vibe is right up our alley. We had the best time riding on bike cruisers (that came with our air bnb) all around! Specifically spent a lot of time on Mississippi Ave

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Dang you went to a lot of places that were n my list but I didn’t get to. Now I need to go back!!

    • Reply Cohen Places March 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      You do! We definitely could make 5 more trips and see all new things.

  • Reply Judy Zitter March 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I live in Louisvile and have heard of only 2 places on this list from friends who have visited there. SO, I made a list and will look up addresses and info. and make a plan to visit them all . Thanks .

    • Reply Cohen Places March 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Fantastic! I hope you enjoy exploring!

  • Reply Mikayla May 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I’m heading to Louisville for a weekend trip at end of June and this was super helpful!

    • Reply Cohen Places May 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

      So glad to hear that! We had a great time!

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