There are restaurants that serve nothing but breakfast and brunch all day (and into the night). Louisville has some, including Highland Morning and Lynn’s Paradise Café. You can’t go wrong with either of those, but here are some of our favorite Louisville breakfast and brunch spots.
The Brown Hotel is not necessarily renowned for its breakfast, but it IS the home of the Hot Brown sandwich. You can order this outside of brunch hours at the English Grill, but if you get to the hotel before 2 p.m. you can try this cheesy, open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich at J. Graham’s Cafe for half the price ($14 instead of $22 at the English Grill).
Hillbilly Tea, also located downtown, serves breakfast daily until 11 a.m. They do serve coffee, as well as tea. Both the breakfast menu and the portions are manageable, leaving room for what I like to call “breakfast dessert” – one of their baked goods, like the apple rosemary scone, cookies, or the bread pudding (which is also just a breakfast item). Try the Hillbilly Platter, which comes with a “hillbilly” scramble, potatoes, stale bread and your choice of bacon, bison patties, or greens. Pancakes come with chai butter and sorghum syrup, and the poached eggs come with a biscuit and wild mushroom gravy. The prices might be surprising for a place with “hillbilly” in the name, but nothing on the breakfast menu exceeds $13 (and that’s for the pork chop).
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Located in the Highlands, Ramsi’s Cafe on the World does a Sunday brunch buffet that’s about $14 (includes milk and orange juice) and worth it. In addition to the buffet, which includes scrambled eggs, salad, eggs benedict, shrimp creole, biscuits, scrambled tofu burritos, and tortellini, there’s an omelette bar and a dessert table. You can only start ordering mimosas after 1:30 (that’s a rule across town), but you might as well stay a few hours and try to take in as much as possible before collapsing into a food coma.