921 Swan Street Louisville, KY 40204
This awesome restaurant I’ve heard so much about is down there? It looks like you’re going into your next door neighbor’s basement for dinner. Yes, the air is filled with smoke from the kitchen, but it smells amazing and your food will taste even better. Make sure to duck if you’re too tall and watch your step on the unlevel flooring. I’ve been to Hammerheads three times so far and haven’t been able to do much after because I was so full. Most recently, my boyfriend and I went with another couple. Expect a wait time of 30 min to 1 hour. Even the time I went with my work crew promptly at 5 pm when it opened, people still got there before us-get there early if you don’t want to wait!
We started with beers from the fairly extensive selection and crispy mac & cheese balls with hollandaise. Three decently sized fried balls of mac and cheese goodness for $7 are worth trying.
For dinner, I got the roasted duck sandwich. If you haven’t had duck before, I’d describe it as a greasy pulled pork or chicken with great flavor; opt for the pretzel bun for $1 extra. The downside is that their sandwiches cost around $12 but do not include fries or other side. Therefore we ordered a basket of grippo fries, which were that perfect crisp you want in a fry with a hint of barbeque and a little bit of spicy, a generous portion to share for $4. Other fry options include regular, truffle, garlic herb, and sweet potato; all of which can be fried in duck fat for an extra $3. My boyfriend had the chicken and waffle- a freshly made sweet potato waffle with 3 chicken wings on top and maple syrup on the side. One of the better chicken and waffles in town at an understandable price of $12.
Our friends ordered the elk burger, which he described as having little flavor if it wasn’t for the sundried tomato aioli, and the PBLT (pork belly, lettuce, and tomato sandwich), which she described as melt-in-her-mouth good.
Overall, Hammerheads is a unique restaurant of Louisville I’m always recommending to locals and visitors alike.
Hammerheads is open Monday-Saturday 5-10 pm and closed Sunday. You cannot make reservations or call ahead. Check out their menu here. They also own Game (see my previous post) and recently opened Loop 22.