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These are my suggestions on finding the best fashions, most delicious dining and trendiest places to be seen. Call me for details and directions 502-554-9400.




  Shopping is best along Bardstown Road for the latest trends. Start at the intersection of Taylorsville Rd and Bardstown and go in and out of stores all the way into town. Don't miss General Eccentric at 1283 Bardstown Road and Clodhoppers at 1561 Bardstown Road; they stay on top of fashion. Don't miss Pataya 955 Baxter Avenue 479-6006 or Fung Shway either. Now there is Luna Boutique next to Avalon at 1310 Bardstown Rd, 454-7620. These are the most likely places to find New York fashion in Kentucky. After Bardstown Road, cruise down to Frankfort Avenue and Lexington Rd, where Blink Boutique is the hottest shops to happen to the everyday work or social event. Blink Boutique, featured in Lucky Magazine, is located at 319 Wallace Avenue 40207 close to St. Matthews and the Highlands upscale clothing stores. Lady Bug in Prospect at US 42 and River Road has "classic trends".

                                Shopping Malls in Louisville

bulletThe Mall St. Matthews - Shelbyville Rd at the I-264 Expressway 893-0311
bullet Oxmoor Center - up Shelbyville Rd from Mall St. Matthews 426-3000
bulletJefferson Mall - on Outer Loop in South End 968-4101
bulletThe Summit - outdoor mall in East End on Brownsboro Rd at the Gene Snyder 425-3441
for a list of all the stores at The Summit click here
bulletShopping in St. Matthew's Chenoweth Square
bulletPaul's Fruit Market
bulletBailen's Jewelers (handcrafted fine jewelry)
bulletCheddar Box (wonderful food)
bulletFleur de Lis (design shop & giftware)
bulletSt. Matthews Gallery (fine art)
bulletWatermark Gallery & Gifts (whimsical gifts by local, regional, American & Canadian artists, as well as imports)
bulletTradewinds (fine glass works and French country furniture and interior design services)
bulletThree Dog Bakery
bulletH.J. Redmon Exclusive Footwear
bulletSnips Hair Salon
bulletIsaacs & Isaacs Antiques
bulletSeafood Connection
bulletBedded Bliss (fine linens)
bulletRick's Ferrari Grille
bulletDigs at Home in the Garden (Smith & Hawken dealer)
bulletSoon to come:  Parallel 38, authorized Orvis distributer and Americana Home Interiors.
bulletnearby is Heine Brothers coffee shop
bulletacross the street is Blade's Salon
bulleta few doors down is Rebecca's Bridal Shop
bulletNext to Rebecca's is Animal Crackers children's clothing store




Movie Theaters

bulletBaxter Avenue - at Mid City Mall on 1250 Bardstown Rd. Popular movies, foreign films, call for more info   459-2288
bulletShowcase Cinemas deLux 16 Louisville- 9700 Preston Crossing Blvd., 499-6656
bulletCinema deLux Stonybrook -  2754 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy where Taylorsville Rd crosses 499-6656
bulletCinemark Tinseltown - in Springhurst, 4400 Towne Center Dr., off I-265 on Westport Rd 326-0088
bulletVillage 8 - in DuPont on Dutchmans Lane off Breckenridge 897-1870
bullet Movie Show Times from
bulletThe Louisville Palace is a beautiful old theatre on Fourth St. Take in one of these classics this summer and then head up to Fourth Street Live to party at The Red Cheetah or the Hard Rock Cafe.
bullet Arts
bulletActors Theatre of Louisville 584-1205
bulletLouisville Palace 361-3100 or
bulletKentucky Center for the Arts information 562-0122 / box office 584-7777
bulletLouisville Ballet 583-3150
bulletLouisville Orchestra 587-8681
bulletPNC Bank Broadway Series in Louisville 584-7469
bulletMusic Theatre Louisville 589-4060


bullet Louisville Best Art Galleries
bulletArt Sanctuary - 1030 E. St. Catherine St., 724-1845
bullet21C Museum Hotel - 700 W. Main St., 217-6400
bulletCinderblock Gallery - 931 E. Main St.,
bulletMellwood Art & Entertainment Center - 1860 Mellowood Ave., 895-3650
bulletSpeed Art Museum - 2035 S. Third St., 634-2700


bullet Louisville Best Museums
bulletSpeed Art Museum -2035 S. Third St., 634-2700
bulletLouisville Science Center - 727 W. Main St., 561-6100
bulletMuhammad Ali Center - 144 N. Sixth St., 584-9245


bulletAntique Stores
bulletLouisville Antique Mall - 900 Goss Ave., 635-2852
bulletJoey Ley Antiques -615 E. Market St., 583- 4014
bulletNussbaum Gallery - 2040 Frankfort Ave., 894-9490
bulletWhat is your favorite Antique Store?  E-mail



bullet Entertainment abounds: from the artsy movies at Baxter Theater to the live music at one of the Bardstown Road and Frankfort Ave and Shelbyville Road venues, the Courier-Journal and the Leo have up to date info on tonight's festivities. Try Molly Malones or Brendan's Irish Pub for casual, Dietrichs to dress up a bit, and the new Nios on Baxter is only for the best dressed and hippest individuals. For live music, call Dutch's Tavern. To watch sports, try BW3's (bee-dubs to the locals). Now the place to be is Fourth Street Live where you'll find long lines to get into the newest hottest clubs like the Red Cheetah. And the new place for lunch is the Hard Rock Cafe.

Try these places for entertainment: bars, nightclubs, dance clubs, live music:

bulletCaptain's Quarters - The only place for summer Sunday nights 228-1651
bulletDutch's Tavern - Local place for bands and good times          895-9004
bulletGerstle's Place - Great live music, I mean great music, Line up  899-3609
bulletJazz Factory - 815 W. Market St., 992-3242
bulletJillian's - Great place to let loose and play Fridays after work   589-9090
bulletMain Street Lounge - opens at 10pm for late night partying   595-6001
bulletMichael Murphy's Restaurant & Bar - Great U of L Hangout 587-0013
bulletMolly Malone's Louisville - Irish music, drinks and food          473-1222
bulletO'Shea's - Frequent live music. Outside seating is great!   589-7373
bulletPetrus -"Louisville's only 3 Story Nighclub" Downtown 583-3772
bulletPhoenix Hill Tavern - 644 Baxter Avenue 589-4957
bulletRed Lounge - Trendy martini bar on Frankfort Ave               896-6116
bulletRed Cheetah - Hottest addition to Fourth Street Live            589-5336
bulletRed Star Tavern - on Fourth Street Live
bulletR Place Pub - East end place to play pool and volleyball; Steelers fan club      425-8516
bulletSaints - In the heart of St. Matthews.  Check out the Sky Bar upstairs! 891-8883
bulletShenanigans Pub - Everyone in the Highlands knows this name 454-3919
bulletStevie Ray's Blues Bar - 230 E. Main St. 582-9945
bulletThe Connection -130 S. Floyd St., 585-5752 -one of the best dance clubs
bulletWet Willy's - fun new bar with a prehistoric theme, tons on tap 583-2969
bulletWillow Lake Tavern --Cozy atmosphere and great karaoke! 10609 LaGrange Road -- 244-0496
bulletother fun places I like to frequent for the atmosphere, wine and martinis:
bulletNapa Valley on DuPont Circle - big wine selection (hence the name)
bulletAzalea's on Brownsboro Rd
bulletPorcini's on Frankfort Avenue - try the pizza
bulletCafe Lou Lou's (LOUisiana and LOUisville mix) on Frankfort toward downtown
bulletVolare on Frankfort Ave - great house merlot and excellent bruschetta appetizer



Pizza in Louisville is a staple, especially in the Highlands

bulletBearnos Pizza- Very different crust flavor to try 458-8605
bulletHighlands Pizza Company - Have you tried this one yet? 456-1414
bulletImpellizzeri's Pizza -The Bardstown Rd location closed, I'm still looking for a replica
bulletLouisville Pizza Co. -Delicious! 3910 Ruckriegel Parkway 267-1188
bulletLots-A-Pasta - on Lexington Rd in St. Matthews try the Foccacia Bread
bulletNorth End Bar - 1722 Frankfort Ave 896-8770
bulletTony Boombozz - Easy to find on the corner of Bardstown Road and Eastern Parkway, the pizzas are big and flavorful. 458-888
bulletVito's Pizzeria - Katherine Pulzone, my Italian food reviewer recommends the Canoli and the pizza. She rates it as the most authentic in Louisville.
bulletWick's Pizza - Always a crowd pleaser, the atmosphere is great to eat it there or take it home. Live music, bar and pizza. 458-1828. Beyond the Highlands, try Wicks on Westport 2927 Goose Creek Rd 327-9425, Middletown Wicks Pizza 12717 Shelbyville Rd 213-9425. I recommend the Bar-b-que chicken pizza.
bulletI like to go to these pizza parlors to watch my favorite teams play basketball - the Cats, the Cards and the Musketeers (the Xavier University mascot)
bulletZa's Pizza Pub -1573 Bardstown Road -454-4544

Louisville's finest restaurants

bulletAsiatique - 1767 Bardstown Rd, 451-2749
bulletAvalon - 1314 Bardstown Rd, 454-5336 - awesome atmosphere
bulletAzaleas - 3612 Bronsboro Rd, 895- 5493 - great outdoor seating
bulletCaptain's Quarters - 5702 Captain's Quarter's Rd, 228-5447 - right on the river!
bulletCheeseCake Factory--Connected to Mall St. Matthews, over fifty types of cheesecakes, and 200 or more items on the menu! 893-3933
bulletDel Friscos- Great place to suit all appetites. St. Matthews 897-7077
bulletEl Mundo -2345 Frankfort Ave, 899-9930
bulletFerd Grisanti Restaurant- Amazing Italian.  Jeffersontown 267-0050
bulletJ Harrods - In Prospect on River Road 228-4555
bulletJack Fry's - where Bardstown Rd meets Baxter Ave 452-9244
bulletJefferson Club - On top of the PNC building on Jefferson 584-1177
bulletJoe's Crab Shack - 131 River Road, 568-1171
bulletLe Relais - click HERE for my personal review of this wonderful French restaurant  451-9092
bulletLimestone - click HERE for my review - you absolutely will love the atmosphere and dining experience
bulletNapa River Grill - located in Dupont 893-0141
bulletNorth End Cafe - 1722 Frankfort Ave, 896-8770
bulletPendennis Club - Downtown on West Muhammad Ali Blvd 584-4311
bulletPorcini's - on Frankfort Ave 894-8686
bulletProof on Main -700 Main St, 217-6360
bulletRamsi's Cafe on the World -1293 Bardstown Rd, 451-0700
bulletRuth's Chris Steakhouse - Fabulous steaks, wines, seafood 479-0026
bulletSeviche -1583 Bardstown Rd 473-8560
bulletThe Oakroom - 500 S. Fourth St at Seelbach Hilton, 585-3200
bulletUptown Cafe- Bardstown Rd near Douglass Blvd 458-4212
bulletVincenzo's - Absolute best in Italian food. Downtown 580-1350
bulletZen Garden on Frankfort - best vegetarian restaurant in Louisville. Try the mock duck.
bulletLouisville has great independently owned restaurants.  I love to support our local businesses.  Click here for a list of unique and independent Louisville restaurants.

Check out Louisville's BEST ethnic and specialty restaurants:

Chinese Indian Japanese and Sushi Mexican Middle Eastern/Greek Breakfast & Brunch Vegetarian Menu Thai
August Moon

2269 Lexington Rd.




1285 Bardstown Rd.




1758 Frankfort Ave.




El Nopal

(various locations)




Grape Leaf

2217 Frankfort Ave.




Lynn's Paradise Cafe

984 Barret Ave.



Benedict's Garden Cafe

1519 Baxter Ave.



Thai Siam

3002 Bardstown Rd.


P.F. Chang's

9120 Shelbyville Rd.





1820 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy.




Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushi

1706 Bardstown Rd.




(various locations)





Pita Delights

1616 Grinstead Dr.





  Cafe 360

 1582 Bardstown Rd.





9026 Taylorsville Rd.


Los Aztecas





2018 Brownsboro Rd



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Louisville Hotels known for excellent service and atmosphere

bulletThe Brown - Yes, this is where the Hot Brown dish originated 583-1234
bulletExecutive Inn and Executive West- These two hotels also have wonderful food and a great location near the airport. Inn 367-6161 West 367-2251
bulletGalt House - On the Ohio River near the Belvedere 589-5200
bulletHilton Seelbach - Patrons-who-know dine at the Oakroom 585-3200
bulletHyatt - Located downtown close to the Derby events 587-3434
bulletRamada Riverside - Beautiful view of the Louisville skyline 284-6711
bulletVolunteer Opportunities
bulletWayside Christian Mission - 808 e. Market St., 584-3482
bulletKentucky Humane Society (various)
bulletAdd your volunteer opportunity by e-mailing

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     Limestone Restaurant Kentucky food - upscale southern favorites
I just found my new favorite restaurant in Louisville. Limestone is elegant and classy yet warm and inviting. It is southern cooking yet not greasy and not cliche. Menu items have very interesting, delicious, unique flavors ranging from
lobster fumé to braised beef short ribs. Vegetarians will be pleased with the salads, soups and specials. On Mondays, all grilled items are half price. On Thursdays, bottles of wine are half price.

10001 Forest Green Bvd. near Hurstbourne Pkwy and Dorsey Lane  426-7477
Review the menu before you go at
And learn more about the restaurant on

Hours of Operation
Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Weekday Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Weekend Hours: Friday & Saturday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Southern Sunday Brunch!

   Erika's and the Gasthaus German restaurants (it's a tie)
I'm surprised German people don't fly over here for dinner at Erika's new restaurant on Hurstbourne Pkwy at I-64. It tastes better than my German Grandmother's home cooked meals - and that's really saying something. Jaegerschnitzel and sausages never disappoint, and the potato dumpling kartopfelknudeln are a true pleasure. Erika is open for dinner only. 
499-8822      BUT for a more authentic Deutsche atmosphere, try the Gasthaus on Brownsboro Road at I-264. Call ahead first since they have true European hours of operation.  502-899-7177

   Le Relais Favorite French Restaurant at Bowman Field Airport Hangar

      An atmosphere for any occasion, this restaurant has the warmth of a Parisian cafè, with the elegance of Louisville's finest restaurants. This ambiance makes it great for a quiet, mid-week gathering with clients, girlfriends and neighbors while maintaining the superior level of service and cuisine normally reserved for special occasions and Saturday night full course dinners. The crab cakes and crème brulèe won the coveted Best of Louisville award and the wine and cheese selection is fabulous. I recommend both the salmon appetizer and entree. I will be returning for the jazz nights Wednesdays and Sundays-  and for the chocolate mousse. This is my favorite place to go for cheese and wine and conversation.

Call for reservations 451.9020. Closed Mondays.


   Bucks Favorite Steak Restaurant at 5th and Ormsby

      The steak here is the only place I go and don't even look at the other items on the menu. Try the New York strip. Small, quiet and romantic, you can go to chains and get the chain-steakhouse-vibe anywhere. But the ambiance and the service here are uniquely Louisville. It's in the old Mayflower Hotel in Old Louisville near Central Park.

   Jeff Ruby's Favorite Martini and Piano Bar

      Fun crowd, good wait staff - fabulous martinis. At the corner of 4th and Main Street, connected to the Galt House. The walls are colorful and decked out in a 1920's fun spirit. The ahi tuna dish is fabulous.

The Corner Cafe in Lyndon favorite "please everybody" RESTAURANT:
9307 New Lagrange Road

A great spot in the Lyndon Area tucked away in a shopping center called The Corner Cafe. The desserts are fantastic also, made by Desserts By Helen. Try the Chocolate Truffle Cake and the Key Lime Pie. All of the subs, pizza, pastas and salads at our table were delightful. 426-8119



"Heidi, I think Tijuana Flats in Prospect is great for a first date. The restaurant has a fun, casual atmosphere. They play good music. The food is great and there is a hot sauce bar to make your burritos as spicy as you like it."    - Sarah P, Louisville

"Hi Heidi, I think your readers should try The Grapeleaf in Crescent Hill. It has Mediterranean cuisine that you can't find anywhere else. It's definitely somewhere I would take a business lunch or a friend for dinner."   - Holly T., Hurstbourne Area

"Captains Quarters is the only place to go on summer Sunday afternoons for a great view of the River and a fun atmosphere with good food. I like the Bar B Que pizza and fish sandwich"  - Teddy A., Audubon Park

"Anybody who is moving to Louisville has to eat the Frickled Pickles at Ginny's Diner on Frankfort Avenue. It's practically a right of passage."  - Kent A., Louisville East End

"The Douglass Loop intersection in the Highlands has everything you need: Heine Brothers coffee, Graeters Ice Cream and Fat Jimmy's Pizza. Why go anywhere else?"  Kevin S., Highlands

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