If you’re looking for a breakfast restaurant in Louisville, you don’t have to go far. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from, but in my 24 years of living in the city, I’ve finally found the best three breakfast places.
Lynn’s Paradise Café, 984 Barret Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204
Hours: Monday -Friday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Phone: (502) 583-8447
Lynn’s atmosphere can be described as organized chaos. With its ugly lamps at each table, crazy décor and hectic pace, I’ve never been bored with the scenery when inside. There is an artificial tree in the center of the restaurant, a small store in the front with unique items for purchase, and a bar along one side of the restaurant. Additionally there is outside seating with some unusual pieces of art work. Lynn’s has been opened since 1991 (it started in Crescent Hill) but has been on Barret in the Highlands for a number of years now.
Service is very good overall. There have been times when it’s so busy that service may have appeared on the slow side, but for most visits, it’s been friendly and quick.
Lynn’s is known for its breakfast. Some of their best items: French toast made with locally baked bread; BLT Fries with bacon, baby spinach, tomatoes, onions, jack cheese and a horseradish sour cream; and their omelets (Western, Popeye, Greek) and Wild Mushroom Scramble. Their pancakes are made with Weisenberger stone-ground yellow cornmeal and whole wheat flour and are simply delicious. All portions are on the large side; in fact, don’t count on cleaning your plate at Lynn’s.
Wild Eggs, 3985 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 2:30 pm, Saturday-Sunday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Phone: (502) 893-8195
Wild Eggs on Dutchmans Lane is a lively, bright restaurant with a glass window box full of plastic eggs upon entering. There is also a very small foyer with coffee available if you must wait for a table (yes, there is usually a wait). The restaurant is roomy, light and has some modern accent lights. The noise level is high as the restaurant is busy.
Service has been very good the three times I’ve eaten at Wild Eggs. Like Lynn’s, the breakfast crowd is heavy, and at times this does preclude receiving the fastest service. However, the staff is very friendly and once you place your order, it’s no time before it appears.
Obviously, the menu contains eggs! In fact, Wild Egg uses 15,000 eggs a week between their two locations at Dutchmans and in Westport Village. The executive chef, J. J. Kingery, has the honor of being called an “Eggscellent” Chef Ambassador by the American Egg Board.
Beside the usual breakfast fare of biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, French toast, pancakes and waffles, Wild Eggs specializes in their meals with eggs! One of my favorite is the Kalamity Katie’s Border Benedict which is comprised of green chili cheddar corn cakes, two poached eggs topped with chorizo and queso fundido, pico de gallo, onion, sour cream and avocado. Another awesome egg dish is the Southern Strata which has country ham, mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic and spinach, with a breakfast bread pudding and white cheddar cheese.
Toast, 736 East Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm, Closed on Monday
Phone: (502) 569-4099
Toast is located in a newly updated building on East Market Street in the Gallery District neighborhood near Clay Street. As with older buildings there is a lot of detail and character and it’s very pleasing to the eye as is the artwork which adorns the walls. The noise level is moderate and generally there is a wait for a table. Toast also offers covered outdoor sitting which is great for people watchers.
Another feature of Toast is that they offer free internet service and the restaurant is slightly situated away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
As breakfast restaurants are quite the trend, there is usually a crowd. Service is good, but can be slow when they are super busy.
In addition to lunch, Toast offers a variety of breakfast items including several varieties of pancakes (buttermilk, gingerbread, lemon soufflé), French toast including the Monte Cristo which is a brioche with ham and baby Swiss cheese, Eggs, and Omelets. Some of their specialties include Beefcakes which is pot roast and gravy served over buttermilk pancakes with a side sour cream and chive potato cake (yum!), and their Banana Nut Oatmeal which is topped with whipped cream and contains toasted pecans.
Sources: Lynn’s Paradise Café Menu, Wild Eggs Menu, Courier Journal Feature Article of Wild Eggs of 6/17/09 by Ron Mikulak, and Toast Menu