One of my favorite things about Louisville? Well, I’ll tell ya. It’s the food.
You may remember me mentioning my involvement with Idea Festival’s Taste of Innovation, and in today’s post I’m highlighting my top three picks from our stellar lineup. Taste of Innovation highlights the movers and shakers in the restaurant industry of Louisville, by working with innovative restaurants that deal in Farm to Table we are able to showcase the best Louisville has to offer. When selecting my favorite restaurants (which I will say was a very hard task) I tried to stick to restaurants that didn’t just whisper “Louisville”, but that shouted it. Silver Dollar, Rye, and Hillbilly Tea do just that. Each member of this trio shows a beautiful side of what the restaurant scene in Louisville is like.
Silver Dollar: If you’re a follower of mine on Instagram you’re already familiar with this place as I post countless photos of what I’m eating and/or drinking here. Their team has created one of my favorite hang outs in town. Modeled after a California style honky tonk bar Silver Dollar has received several accolades since opening in 2011, including being rated one of the top 10 Whiskey Bars in the country by GQ. When I’m here you can find me drinking a Stomp & Holler or a Bloody Mary, and chowing down on their Double Cheeseburger (grass fed beef with bacon and cheddar, if you were wondering).
Photos Courtesy of Silver Dollar’s Facebook Page
Rye: Located in the up and coming neighborhood of Nulu Rye is best known for their killer drinks and pig roasts. Rye is the swankier pick in my top three. Besides being a great date spot they host a Summer concert series on their patio throughout the warmer months as well as several other events throughout the year. With a rotating cocktail and drink menu they are able to focus on constantly providing new and exciting food and drink options for their patrons.
Photos Courtesy of Rye’s Facebook page
Hillbilly Tea: Last, but certainly not least, Hillbilly Tea is perfect for a lunch time pick me up. Serving up lunch during the week and a killer brunch on the weekends, as well as dinner Wednesday – Saturday they’ve got something for just about everyone.
And just like that, Taste of Innovation is OPEN for business. Be sure to keep up to date with all things IFTOI (Idea Festival Taste of Innovation) by following them on their Facebook page, and I’ll see you all at Churchill Downs on October 1st for a night of food and fun.
– The Kentucky Gent