With Louisville’s unique brand of Southerness, it’s only fitting to pay homage to food that feeds the soul while filling up bellies. Throughout Louisville’s neighborhoods, there are hidden gems that beckon – just follow your nose to these sure to satisfy your comfort food cravings.
214 W Broadway
With the slogan “your first choice in home style cooking,” you know it’s going to be a hit. The menu changes daily and you’ll find several options to choose from including fried chicken, meatloaf, fried fish, rib tips and pulled pork bbq with plenty of choices for sides including green beans, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and cornbread stuffing to boot. At 82, Ms. Ada is still cooking recipes she learned from her father, Wilie R. Stafford.
1812 W Muhammad Aii Blvd
Currently only serving call-in orders for carryout, Lucretia’s has renamed the days of the week including SoulFood Sunday, Wing Wednesday and Rib Tip Thursdays, creating mouthwatering options Wednesday-Friday and Sunday as they are closed Saturdays. The fried catfish, shrimp and grits, baked chicken with gravy and vegetable sides are some of the best comfort food you’ll find. Wash it all down with piece of cobbler or pie and some sweet tea or lemonade while enjoying your southern meal straight from Lucretia’s Kitchen.
Shirley Mae’s Cafe
802 S Clay Street
Featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise show, this storied location has been serving up down-home cuisine to locals and visitors alike since the 80’s. Nestled in the heart of Smoketown, Shirley Mae’s Café is located in the oldest African American community in Louisville. Originally a post-Civil War encampment for freed slaves, the building was purchased by Shirley Beard, who became the first black owner of the building in 1988. Shirley Mae Beard and her family have been serving her famous Shirley Mae’s jam cake and cast-iron skillet fried cornbread ever since. This family keeps you coming back again and again for their southern cookin’.