Where to have brunch in Louisville, KY

It’s the most important meal of the day.

A stack of three pumpkin spice pancakes sits on a plate covered in powdered sugar. A caramel glaze coats the pancakes and they're topped with whipped cream.

bar Vetti’s seasonal pumpkin spice pancakes are a must-try.

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles or mind-blowing bloody marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times. 🍳

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options (25 total), along with menu recs and pro tips. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

Note: All times listed are brunch-only.

Price estimates are based on general entrees, and don’t include drinks, tax, or tip.

$ ~ $20 or less per person
$$ ~ $20-40 per person
$$$ ~ $40+ per person

Weekday wonders

Eggs Over Frankfort, 2712 Frankfort Ave. | $ | Daily, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | If classic breakfast entrees are what you seek then this is your ticket to a cozy, traditional breakfast.

The Café, 711 Brent St. | $ | Mon.-Wed., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. + Thurs.-Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | The most important meal of the day starts with The Café’s twice-baked French toast.

Big Bad Breakfast, 984 Barret Ave. | $ | Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | A few of our must-trys from the menu crafted by New Orleans Chef John Currence include, the Tabasco brown sugar bacon + the mother of all biscuits.

Highland Morning, 111 St. Matthews Ave. | $ | Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. + Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | This family-owned restaurant specializes in breakfast and just so happens to have items with the same names as us — Sarah’s Southern pecan waffles + Katie’s leaning tower of waffles. We’re big waffle gals, apparently.

Gralehaus, 1001 Baxter Ave. | $ | Daily, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Order through your phone + snag a seat on the patio of this Victorian-home-turned-cafe.

Con Huevos, Multiple locations | $ | Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. + Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Try the signature huevos rancheros with refried black beans and avocado mousse or dig into a stack of pancakes — either tres leches or classic.

Weekend musts

The Village Anchor, 11507 Anchorage Rd. | $ | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | This restaurant and bar combines the vibes of a Parisian Bistro and an English Pub between its 60-seat patio + menu items like a grilled filet mignon on bleu cheese biscuits.

Copper & Kings, 1121 E. Washington St. | $ | Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Dig into Southern-inspired dishes like pimento cheese pancakes on the rooftop of this industrial-chic brandy distillery.

North of Bourbon, 935 Goss Ave. | $$ | Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Start small with New Orleans-style beignets and ball out on the buttermilk fried rabbit — which comes with cajun ranch + house hot sauce.

The Silver Dollar, 1761 Frankfort Ave. | $ | Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Get a hearty mix of breakfast and lunch with dishes like French toast casserole and the house-made black bean burger.

Daytime party

The Hub, 2235 Frankfort Ave. | $ | Saturday + Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Try fun brunch plates like Eggs in Purgatory made with skillet braised eggs, tomato fondue, and whipped ricotta on a spacious, dog-friendly patio.

CC’s Kitchen @ The Marketplace, 800 S. 4th St. | $ | Catch some of the city’s best drag talent at this nationally-recognized drag brunch with kitschy menu items like the hangover garbage plate.

Morning Fork, 1722 Frankfort Ave. | Wed.-Sun., 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Enjoy themed brunches around a variety of topics from holidays to TV shows.

Bottomless mimosas

Chik’n & Mi, 1765 Mellwood Ave. | $ | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | On the menu you’ll find The Cure to last night’s party — a bowl of buttermilk biscuits, bacon + sausage, eggs, and jaew bong hollandaise smothered in sausage gravy. It’s saved my life more than once.

Naive, 1001 E. Washington St. | $ | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options abound at this local eatery + bottomless mimosas, fresh-pressed cocktails, and CBD brownies add something sweet to your plate.

For a special occasion

Le Moo, 2300 Lexington Rd. | $$ | Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | This classic spot is synonymous with drag brunch as divas from across the region perform during a decadent brunch buffet — though Le Moo offers a less sparkly, non-drag brunch as well.

bar Vetti, 727 E. Market St. | $$ | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Try the tiramisu pancakes or a classic breakfast plate with grilled Blue Dog Bakery sourdough bread. The only challenge is trying to not come back for dinner.

Mesh, 3608 Brownsboro Rd. | $$ | Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. + Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Elevate your brunch experience with steak and eggs + smoked salmon benedict.

J. Graham’s Cafe, The Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway. | $$ | Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. + Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Try the iconic Hot Brown the way chef + inventor Fred K. Schmidt intended at this glamorous in-hotel restaurant.

Cask Southern Kitchen & Bar, 9980 Linn Station Rd. | $ | Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Nosh on southern classics like biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits + chicken and waffles.

Pastry paradises

Wiltshire Pantry, 901 Barret Ave. | $ | Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. + Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Nosh on classic croissants and inventive seasonal treats + wash it down with a locally-roasted Good Folks espresso drink.

Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe, 2868 Frankfort Ave. | $ | Tues.-Sat., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. | Try a vegetable strata, morning glory muffin, or expertly-laminated croissant + take home a baguette of the delightfully crusty bread this bakery is known for.

Butchertown Grocery Bakery, 743 E. Main St. | $ | Open daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Get a thick and gooey brownie, a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookie, or a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a scratch-made buttermilk biscuit.

Quick and easy

Maple Street Biscuit Co., 1004 Bardstown Rd. | $ | Open daily, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Place your order and answer a fun question — like who your favorite cartoon character is. We recommend the squawking goat biscuit, which comes with goat cheese + pepper jelly.

Biscuit Belly, 900 E. Main St. | $ | Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. + Fri.-Sun., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Biscuits are the star of the show at this all-day breakfast restaurant. Can’t decide on what gravy to get? Try three when you order the Gravy Train.

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