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Long known as “Restaurant Row," The Highlands, Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road are home to a number of eateries offering every kind of culinary delight.
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.
The area is as eclectic as it is charming. You’ll find Victorian homes and turn-of-the-century architecture along quiet streets, just off bustling Bardstown Road, which is truly a people-watching paradise. Sit in a coffee shop or café and see business people, creative types, families and skateboarders gliding past.
The Highlands has been a foodie haven for decades. Long-time staples, Jack Fry’s and Lilly’s, are favorites for locals celebrating special occasions. You can also spy celebrity chef Anthony Lamas whipping up Latin delights at Seviche.
Or, if you’re in the mood for a more casual evening, this neighborhood is teeming with great pizza joints and pubs. (The garlic butter soaked breadsticks at Impellizzeri’s are to die for.)
Not to mention, the bounty of local breweries and beer bars. Great Flood and Cumberland Brewery both offer their own brews, and the Holy Grale is the perfect place to find rare beers from around the world. One of the newest restaurants to the area is Fontleroy’s, an eatery serving upscale pub food, named in tribute to James Fontleroy Grinstead, who was Louisville mayor from 1907 to 1909.
For family fun, visit the Louisville Zoo. Hike, picnic or just relax at Tyler Park or Cherokee Park.
The Highlands nightlife is legendary and neighborhood bars are a great place to play pool, hear live music or perform karaoke.
For fans of Holy Grale, the adjacent Gralehaus Bed & Breakfast is the perfect home away from home. Louisville’s only “Bed and Beverage” offers accommodations above the dining area for visitors 21 and up. On the menu, you’ll find Southern-style breakfast and lunch, like biscuits and duck gravy. Or enjoy a beer cocktail in the picturesque beer garden.
For fashionistas, several locally-owned boutiques, including Dot Fox and General Eccentric, pepper Bardstown Road. National retailer Urban Outfitters also calls the Highlands home. Leatherhead has been a popular spot for more than 30 years, with its luxurious leather goods and celebrity customers. And fans of band shirts will find their own slice of heaven at Vintage Banana.