Whether you’re working late or just getting out of a concert, play, or movie, it’s good to have an idea of places to grab a late dinner — or an early breakfast. There’s always the fast food option, but here are six Louisvlile restaurants, diners and bars that serve food late into the evening.
If you’re looking for something upscale, Jack Fry’s is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Serving American cuisine (and an excellent Old Fashioned), the restaurant is a Louisville favorite. The dining room is intimate, and the low lighting and black-and-white photos on the wall help maintain the feel of a past era. A hipper option is Proof on Main, 21c Hotel’s restaurant and bar. You can order food from the bar until midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. While you wait for your food, wander into the art museum/hotel lobby to check out the current exhibits.
For those looking for something in a medium price range, Ramsi’s Cafe on the World is the perfect option for late-night dining. Open until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Ramsi’s has just about anything you could want: sandwiches, salads, cheesy foccacias, bean soup, burgers, ribs, seabass, and plenty of vegetarian dishes. After 10, they also have $10 bottles of wine.
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If you prefer breakfast food at night, Highland Morning on Bardstown Road serves breakfast all day and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. The menu also includes steak, burgers, and less breakfast-y sandwiches, and they have a well-stocked bar. The waffle tower is a sure bet for a late night, over-the-top meal.
Further down Bardstown Road, you’ll find diner fare 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays at Twig and Leaf in the Douglass Loop. Breakfast, burgers, and coffee – Twig and Leaf’s menu is simple and reasonable. Of the restaurants mentioned here, Twig and Leaf is the farthest from downtown.
Finally, if you definitely want to mix dinner and drinking, go to the Back Door in Mid City Mall. Undeniably a dive bar, their menu includes more than hot pockets and cheese sticks: quesadillas, fries, tuna steak, burgers — they even have a black bean burger for vegetarians. Couple this with one or two of their powerful mixed drinks, and you’ll be set. And if food and people-watching isn’t enough, there’s also skeeball, pool and darts.