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Harvest prides itself on its farm-to-fork ingredients and they purport obtaining at least 80% from within a 100-mile radius. But it's not just the food that's local because the decor incorporates reclaimed materials from all over the city as well. The menus change regularly, but you can almost always find the hugely popular buttermilk fried chicken with peppercorn gravy and bread pudding. Definitely a top-notch choice in the entire state of Kentucky.
There's nothing better than beginning the morning (or afternoon) with a proper stack of pancakes or a savory omelet, and Toast on Market satisfies that desire - with breakfast served all day (or at least until they close at 3pm). Toast has all the crucial items (pancakes, French toast, eggs, omelets), and some of the unexpected (lemon soufflé pancake, gingerbread pancake, beefcakes). Lunch extends the offerings with soups, salads, and sandwiches (including four types of grilled cheese). Add the benefit of their free wireless Internet, and the day is off to a great start.
Please & Thank You may sound like an odd name for a restaurant, but once you leave you'll know why the name was given. All pleasantries aside, the simple menu has snacks, pressed sandwiches, salads, coffee and baked goods. P & T follows the seasons as best as possible and locals consistently rate it as one of the best breakfast spots in town. Most visitors fall in love with the cookies or brownies, so much so that the bakery sells a pre-made mix to bake at home. Overall, it's a great place to start the day while in the Louisville's East Market District.
Gralehaus Cafe is a the holy grail for lovers of bean and brew. The charming little cafe occupies the first floor of the Gralehaus Bed and Breakfast, housed within an early-20th-century Victorian home. The menu showcases a rotating selection of coffees sourced from local roasters, alongside Intelligentisa Coffee and Kilogram Tea, expertly brewed and blended to create signature coffee-based drinks and all the classic espresso-based varieties. Coffee-infused draft beer is a regular feature, alongside three taps that offer a rotating selection, beer cocktails, and over 150 bottled ciders and beers. To help soak up the suds, a seasonal breakfast and lunch menu lists contemporary comfort food, packed with the goodness of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, country style cooking and oodles of creativity. Beer- and coffee-centric events are hosted often so be sure to stay updated with the latest happenings at the Gralehaus.
Once upon a time, Americans ate exclusively food that was seasonal and local, for there were no interstate trucking to ferry tomatoes around in the dead of winter. Therefore, traditional American home cooking was just naturally health conscious and sustainable. Somewhere along the way, however, "home cooking" came to mean processed this and high-fructose that -- and canned everything. North End Cafe signals a return to the old days. Hearty comfort food (from biscuits and gravy to scallops and grits), prepared with an eye toward healthfulness and environmental responsibility. The place definitely has at least one foot in the present, with its full bar and lounge and a number of international influences on the menu.