Whether you’re a Louisville native or are new to the Derby City, you’re going to want to check out these five unique Louisville restaurants. Each brings a new twist to old favorites. There’s great food — with a great story! — close to your Louisville apartment!


Wagner’s Pharmacy


What started out as a pharmacy in 1922 soon grew into a major destination point for horserace enthusiasts. Located across the street from the Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby, it became a downtime meeting point for jockeys and race reporters until it was discovered by the media. Now, they’re open for breakfast and lunch. Even with the flurry of activity by tourists, Wagner’s manages to maintain its original, small-town feel.

Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot and Smokehouse


What pairs well with beer? That’s right, barbecue. And here, the two are found in one convenient location. With a wide range of domestic, imported and craft beers, you’re sure to find something you like. They have great food, too, offering sandwiches, appetizers and mains. They also do party platters for 20, 50 or 100 people.



Dragon King’s Daughter


In the mood for sushi but kind of want something else, too? Check out DKD (as it’s called by the locals). They have traditional Japanese sushi as well as various fusion items. Try the Tuna Tataki Taco, the BBQ Beef, or the Mediterranean Yaki Onigiri.


Mayan Café


This is the place to go if you’re looking for something a little fancier. Featuring primarily locally sourced ingredients, popular dishes are fused with Mayan flavor. They are open for lunch and dinner and even have a food truck serving outside the Gravely Brewing Co.


Proof on Main


Here’s a place to experience some of Louisville’s best dining. Located inside the 21c Museum Hotel, the restaurant features a contemporary art exhibit that rotates regularly. They feature breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert, so you can enjoy their delicious dishes just about any time you’d like!





Text by Bo King