1216 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40204
I decided to try Roots a couple weeks ago with girlfriends because none of us had been there before. If you like vegetarian food with a Vietnamese twist, this is your place! The people who own Roots also have a more casual, faster option next door, Heart and Soy, which serves food inspired by Asian street food. I’ll have to check it out soon! Both restaurants have common values of vegetarianism, health, and community awareness.
I started off with a mango bubble tea. If you haven’t had one and want to be adventurous, try one! Just make sure you’re not a texture person and like tapioco pudding… Other drink options include Estate teas: black, oolong, green, white, pu-erh, rooibos, herbal, etc.
Hue soup with rice noodles, tofu, veggie ham, and mushrooms in a spicy chili broth- it has a little kick to it but I could handle it. It’s a big portion for the small soup.
Jicima salad with red pepper, red onion, mandarin oranges, and cilantro in a vinaigrette- light, fresh, and delicious!
Crispy avocado and tomato rolls with pickled vegetables and tamarind sauce.
Lettuce wraps with crispy rice noodles, tofu, carrots, water chestnuts, wood ear mushrooms to dip in a vietnamese sauce. I usually love chicken lettuce wraps so I thought we should try these- pretty tasty and crisp!
Forbidden rice risotto with baby spinach, black cherries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. This was probably my favorite!
Roots is a fun place to try a bunch of food and share with others at a reasonable price. We paid $13 each- not bad at all! My stomach was satisfied after eating all this but I did need a snack a couple hours later since we didn’t have anything too filling.
Roots also identifies which menu items can be made gluten free or vegan, which is nice if that’s your diet!
Check out their menu here. Roots is open Monday-Friday 11 am-10 pm, Saturday 11 am-11 pm, and Sunday 12 pm-8 pm.