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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.
Wiltshire on Market is another hip dining spot in the East Market District of Louisville and a place where many travelers enjoy that one special meal on their trip. Here diners receive fresh, seasonal plates from the mind of executive chef Johnathan Exum. The menus change daily, but some standards remain like the Charcuterie plate as well as the Mezze marinated olives. Since many travelers inevitably visit 'NuLu' (a portmanteau of New Louisville) while in town, Wiltshire on Market is a good way to expend your dining capital.
Housed in a former garage, The Garage Bar is one of the most popular eateries and bars in the NuLu neighborhood or East Market District of Louisville. The place is always thumping with excitement and the two crashed cars at the entrance is a cool, gimmick that belies what the bar is all about. Their wood-fired oven pizzas are phenomenal and every single one of them uses local, farm fresh ingredients. Just check the menu, it has the local farmers and purveyors listed behind the products in your dish.
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.
Galaxie is the place for music and beer lovers right in the heart of Louisville. Both its live music events and background music feature catchy tunes of diverse musical genres. On the menu are innovative cocktails like Rosy Crucifixion infused with rosemary, gin and honey, and El Segundo with Angostura bitters, Cardamaro digestif, Cynar liqueur and Rye Whiskey. Craft beers from breweries such as Moody Tongue in Chicago complement snacks with names like Wakamole, X-Static and Papa's Fritas. Galaxie's interiors are dim with only a few golden bulbs and neon lights illuminating the room. All in all, it is the ideal bar to catch up with friends while also enjoying good food, drinks and music.
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.