By Eiman Zuberi–
The new year means a lot of different things to people. For some, it’s about expanding their horizons. For others, it’s about being a better person. Simply stated, it is a change that someone makes or a new thing they venture to try.
What better way to try something new than to try some of the delicious and exotic food Louisville has to offer? Ranked as a city with some of the best food in the country, Louisville has plenty of small, locally owned restaurants that will excite just about anyone.
Santa Fe (3000 S Third St., Louisville, KY 40208)
Santa Fe has some of the best Mexican food in the area. The tacos are heavenly and a very good eat for someone on a budget, and it’s just a few steps from campus.
Wild Eggs (121 S Floyd St., Louisville, KY 40202)
This egg-themed joint is a must try for anyone living in the area. It began as a Louisville franchise that has now expanded to other cities. It is an ideal place for breakfast, brunch and lunch—but make sure you get there early, their hours are only from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Havana Rumba (2210 Bardstown Road, Louisville KY 40205)
Havana Rumba is a Cuban restaurant on Bardstown Road. They offer a wide variety of authentic Cuban dishes. Definitely consider it if you want to expand your taste buds and try new dishes like yuca and plantains.
Mayan Cafe ( 813 E Market St., Louisville, KY 40206)
With a wide variety of traditional Mexican and Mayan eats, Mayan Cafe is ideal for anyone who wants to try something a little different. To make it even better, all of their ingredients are locally sourced.
Hammerheads (921 Swan St., Louisville, KY 40204)
This small hot spot is located in Germantown, just three miles from campus. Their burgers, tacos and other bar foods are perfect for casual dining or just sitting at the bar with friends.
Vietnamese Kitchen (Iroquois Manor Shopping Center, 5339 Mitscher Ave., Louisville, KY 40214)
This is a favorite among U of L students. Known for its traditional food, Vietnamese Kitchen is the right place for someone who has a craving for Asian dining. They are known for their generous portions, and they have many vegetarian options.
Burger Boy (1450 S Brook St., Louisville, KY 40208)
Any Louisville student knows that Burger Boy is the place to go late at night when you’re craving a burger and fries. Burger Boy is a classic, and if you haven’t gone at least once, you must try it.
Doc Crows (127 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40207)
Simple southern eating, Doc Crows is known best for their barbecue. They serve some of the most extraordinary Southern dishes in Louisville.
The Post (1045 Goss Ave., Louisville, KY 40217)
The Post is the place to go for New York style pizza. They offer a wide variety of pizzas, subs, salads and calzones, as well as a full bar.
Skyline Chili (1266 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205)
Originally based out of Cincinnati, Skyline Chili offers hearty dishes featuring spaghetti, chili, beans, onions and heaps of cheese. It will hardly break the bank, and it’s a must try on a cold winter day.
Ollie’s Trolley (978 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40203)
If you want to stay true to a classic cheeseburger, try the one at this hole-in-the-wall location. They have wonderful burgers, sensational fries and an even better price. Best of all, Ollie’s Trolley is literally an old trolley car.
Dairy Kastle (575 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY 40217)
Is it even a list featuring the best Louisville has to offer if Dairy Kastle isn’t on it? With a menu full of inexpensive treats, there’s nothing to dislike about this ice cream shop. Unfortunately, it is seasonal and currently closed in the winter. Let’s mark our calendars for spring.
Heart and Soy & Roots (1216 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40220)
If you’re in the mood for delicious, savory and yet still healthy food, then Heart and Soy is the place to go. From the mastermind behind Cafe Mimosa and Zen Tea Garden, Heart and Soy & Roots restaurants offer up authentic Asian cuisine and one of the largest selections of vegetarian and vegan dishes in the city.