Category Archives: brunch

The Rudyard Kipling

422 West Oak Street Louisville, KY 40203

Guys, if you haven’t been to The Rudyard Kipling for their Sunday brunch buffet…go!! You can’t beat made-to-order omelets, hot brown casserole, bacon or chocolate chip Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, baked brie, fresh fruit, chicken salad and others, bacon, sausage, and more for $13.95. Add a coffee ($1.75) or mimosa ($2) and your brunch is complete!

Then finish off with a stop by their dessert table, featuring Nord’s doughnuts! Their banana chocolate cake and lemon raspberry cake were also quite tasty.


The Rudyard Kipling is also open Wednesday-Saturday 6 pm-12 am but I have not been there other than for brunch, and the menu isn’t posted online. Let me know if you’ve been at night!

Check out their Sunday brunch 10 am-2 pm with live music starting soon after opening. Folksy music was playing the first time I went and piano music the second time. In addition to the music, I enjoy the cozy atmosphere with eclectic decor and dishes. There has been plenty of seating when I’ve gotten there at 10 am but there’s always a good crowd. Enjoy!

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Monkey Wrench

1025 Barret Avenue Louisville, KY 40204

Let me start off by saying that I’m obsessed with the rooftop bar at Monkey Wrench! Obviously you need a nice day which is perfect since it’s summer. I feel like I’m at a restaurant/bar on an island (just don’t look across the street).

I first went to Monkey Wrench for a New2Lou social and another time for a spontaneous sangria on their rooftop one night-both great experiences and good drinks. I finally went back awhile back with some friends for Sunday brunch around 10 am. Around 10:30, bluegrass music commenced. If you want to eat on the rooftop, go after 11 am, which I recommend if it’s nice outside.

If you’re interested in a morning cocktail, Monkey Wrench has a DIY mimosa ($5) and Bloody Mary ($7) bar. The Bloody Mary is probably the better deal and there’s more options in the DIY bar. The mimosa bar could have had a variety of fruit juices to go with their fresh fruit skewers.

Mimosa bar

Mimosa bar

Bloody Mary Bar

Bloody Mary Bar

My friend and I split the Kentucky Style Eggs Benedict and the Bourbon Sourdough French Toast to have a good mix of sweet and savory. We were a fan of both! The former consists of fried cornbread cake, poached eggs, roadside hash, fathers country ham, and house mac n’ cheese sauce. The latter is made of Bluedog Bakery sourdough french toast, bourbon and sorghum syrup, vanilla, orange zest, and topped with whipped cream. Yum!

Kentucky Style Eggs Benedict

Kentucky Style Eggs Benedict

Bourbon Sourdough French Toast

Bourbon Sourdough French Toast

All brunch items are $12. You can also order: Monkey Wrench Classic Big Boy Breakfast, White Cheddar and Country Ham Quiche, Biscuits and Gravy, Cornbread Pancakes, and BBQ Shrimp and Grits. So I feel like there’s something for everyone!

I’ve only eaten there for brunch but I’m looking forward to trying dinner soon! Monkey Wrench also has “Downhome Sundays” 5-9 pm, which is a country dinner served family style. On Wednesdays, they have live bluegrass music around 9 pm. Check out their Facebook page for other events!

Monkey Wrench is open Tuesday-Saturday 4 pm-2 am and Sunday 10 am-2 am.

Four Sisters

2246 Frankfort Avenue Louisville, KY 40206

Looking for a casual place for breakfast and coffee? My girlfriends are visiting this weekend and we checked out Four Sisters for brunch on this beautiful and finally warm day! (Despite the snow in the above picture.)

We walk in and are offered paper flowers for International Women’s Day- we’re calling it Girlfriends’ Day! How cute are these?

Four Sisters is a laid back and welcoming atmosphere where you seat yourself in one of two rooms. There are tables throughout and a back room with a couch and a shelf with Jenga and other games/books for entertainment during your visit.

We started with Vietnamese iced coffee- sweetened condensed milk with a coffee drip, then mix and pour over ice. The sweetened condensed milk makes it thicker and rich tasting. Yum- a good treat to celebrate time together and a belated birthday. Missing our friend in Durham, NC this weekend though!

Vietnamese iced coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee

Other beverage options include mocha, hot chocolate, chai latte, blended drinks, smoothies, and hot or iced tea. Drinks range in price $1.89-4.29.

Four Sisters has a variety of crepes- both savory and sweet. We were all in the mood for savory and all have the same tastes because we ordered the same one. So I’m sorry that I can’t report about the other crepes on the menu. Our crepe had goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, egg, and chives topped with balsamic reduction- which had the perfect combination of each without any one ingredient being too overpowering. It looks big but you’ll want one per person. My friend said she was “full but not overly grossly full” like you might be at a brunch buffet.

Crepe with goat cheese, caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes, eggs, chives

Crepe with goat cheese, caramelized onions, sundried tomatoes, eggs, chives

Other savory crepes on the menu are: egg & cheese; ham, egg & cheese; tomato, basil & mozzarella; smoked salmon, cream cheese & red onion; avocado, sauteed mushroom, creamed spinach & feta. Savory crepes range in price $6.50-8.50. We wouldn’t mind having bacon in one. Sweet crepe options include: honey lavender, banana nutella, s’mores, and white chocolate, strawberry & almonds. I will definitely be back to try one of these! Sweet crepes cost $3.50-6.75.

Banh mi, Vietnamese sandwich, is also offered here. They have pork, chicken, tofu, and beef options. Try one for lunch some day for $6.50-7.50.

Four Sisters is open Tuesday-Thursday 11 am- 8 pm, Friday-Saturday 9 am- 8 pm, and Sunday 9 am- 4 pm. Check out their facebook page.

Toast on Market

620 East Market Street Louisville, KY 40202

Toast on Market should be your go-to weekend brunch location. They have a great variety of breakfast and lunch options at reasonable prices.

We arrived at 9 am on a Sunday and didn’t have to wait for a table. Come much later, and there will be a crowd at the door. We sat on their enclosed patio by the fire (and a nearby outdoor heat lamp) which was cozy for a January morning. There are also two indoor seating areas.

My boyfriend and friend ordered the South of the Border omelette, which is made of chorizo sausage, white cheddar cheese, and a side of salsa and sour cream. They described the eggs as light and fluffy, which you definitely want in an omelette. I had the Monte Cristo, which consists of two slices of brioche, ham, and baby swiss cheese with a side of orange marmalade. If you remember my Village Anchor brunch post, this Monte Cristo is much lighter as it isn’t fried, but it’s still that perfect combination of sweet and savory. We all chose the hash brown casserole as our side, which I would recommend. Go with the fresh fruit if you’re trying to have a healthier breakfast. Our breakfast was reasonably priced ($8.25 for my Monte Cristo and $8.75 for the South of the Border omelette), and I was comfortably full after this meal without any leftovers.

South of the Border omelette

South of the Border omelette

Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

The first time I went to Toast, I went with a group of my girlfriends visiting from out of town so we all got mimosas. Toast has an excellent variety of alcoholic breakfast beverages! During both visits, the servers have been friendly, offer great recommendations when asked, and keep your coffee cup full (or the mimosas coming).

Check out their breakfast and lunch menu. Breakfast is available all day! Toast on Market is open Tuesday-Friday 7 am-2 pm, Saturday-Sunday 7 am-3 pm, and closed on Mondays. They also have a location in New Albany, IN.

The Village Anchor

11507 Park Road Anchorage, KY 40223

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I’ve lived in Louisville for a year now and going out to eat has been my way of exploring the city. I would rather try a new restaurant than go to the same favorite week after week. However, I always find myself wanting to go to The Village Anchor. I first went for a late night dessert and drinks date. I fell in love with the atmosphere and began drooling over the menu as I glanced over brunch and dinner options. I’ve since gone multiple times and have never been disappointed. I would say it’s one of my favorite brunch places in town.

Sunday brunch has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a unique Monte Cristo to satisfy your meat and sweet craving, theirs is deep fried- maybe consider sharing! Red Velvet Pancakes taste like the cake itself with a delicious Kahlua cream cheese topping. Huevos Rancheros Burrito is big enough to fulfill a hungry appetite; not a huge fan of the fried chips but I didn’t need them. Good thing I have friends and family that are willing to share their meals with me and I can try more than one entree! And the best part– $1 mimosas after 1 pm for Sunday brunch in the Sea Hag (downstairs). Just wish brunch was also on Saturdays…

The Village Anchor (and its lower level bar The Sea Hag) is also a stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail.

A great place to go on a beautiful day and sit outside with a good view of Anchorage and the park nearby (where you can walk off your full belly if needed). Upstairs has a more sophisticated decor…downstairs has a more laid back bar atmosphere in comparison.

Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

Red Velvet Pancakes

Huevos Rancheros Burrito