Okay - here it is – the $10 eating list for Louisville (or close to it). REVISED AND UPDATED!!!
Basically it a listing of places Michael and I have found where you can eat for $10 or so. This doesn’t include tip or a drink, and we split the meal (so this doesn’t mean two meals for $5 each). Generally our rule is if we are hungry we will get more – but so far splitting has worked pretty well for us. Check it out – and please add comments if you know of other places so we can keep the list updated and going!
North End Cafe - Frankfort Ave -this one is now for sure a FAVE!!! For breakfast - order The Hearty Breakfast - and you can for sure split it! You get two pancakes, sausage, egg, bacon, toast, grits, and potatoes! Best of all - its gourmet breakfast and a wonderful environment (modern architecture mixed with old school brick louisville - lovely!) a bit of a wait on sundays but worth it! www.northendcafe.com
The Cafe - off broadway and vine (close to our house!) this was a part of the antique market and we have learned is a classic spot for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast get their french toast and a cinnamon roll for under $10 and relax with some coffee, for lunch do the #3, half sandwich and soup, with a side and a cookie - its great and nice lunch for two for about $8. www.thecafetogo.com
Impellizeri's Pizza - on Bardstown Rd. - $8.99 - Bambino small with cheese (has 8 slices and could be enough for four people if you weren’t super hungry) I like to splurge for an iced tea with extra ice - pizza and iced tea is a must (but unlike all my southern friends - I like it unsweet!)
Cafe Classico - Frankfort Ave - the environment is pretty quiet which can sometimes be akward - but a cup of tasty soup and a large tea (with a chocolate) is delicious and around $6. Seriously I had their apple cranberry tea on a cold day and I really loved it! It's not super filling -but sit at the bar, and enjoy your time with their great tea selection and fresh gourmet soups.
Cheesecake Factory by St. Matthews Mall- $9.99 - Lunch salad and pizza special - gigantic salad and pizza, or weekdays between 4-6 use bar menu, $3.99 a meal and you get bread – you’ll be full and spend about $9.00 for both meals. They have about 10 options on the bar menu – so it’s a great deal! Be aware - you will be practically forced to buy cheesecake - just say "no!"
Havana Rumba off of Shelbyville - $9.99 - Vaca Frita - so yummy and pretty much everything there you can split, they serve free bread too at dinner, and at lunch, the same menu is $2.00 cheaper. So we go and get the Vaca Frita for only $7.99 at lunch.
Lynn's Paradise Café off of Baxter - $9.99 - breakfast platter, has bacon, eggs, toast or biscuit, and potatoes - its a lot, and for like $2.00 more you can order a single pancake and both be stuffed!
Karma Café on Bardstown Rd. - $5.00 - called toast and eggs I think, (add potatoes , but that brings the total to $5.00), normally eggs and toast and bacon. You could order two of these meals and be right at $10.00, this is a rare exception where you are under $10 but don't have to split.
EL Mundo on Frankfort- $10.00 - three taco meal, comes with rice and beans, I think it could have gone up - but its a great place if you sit up stairs at night – or at lunch – try their lunch specials. They are around $6.99 and you get rice and beans, plus a drink included. We still split the lunch special and are fine.
Shiraz on Frnakfort- $10.00 - order chicken kabobs and side of hummus with extra bread. Split kabob and each get 2 pitas - and we always have tons of hummus left over too!
Café Lou Lou on Shelbyville (this one is from Kasey – thanks!) We had a huge turkey sandwich with pasta salad for $10.00 I believe and it was huge portions definitely enough for two people. You should try it sometime. The Turkey sandwich was wonderful with spinach, and hummus, provolone, avocado, green sprouts, etc.—Delicious to say the least!! www.cafeloulou.com