The #ReDiscoverLou series at first meant reconnecting with all the places I loved when I lived in Louisville before leaving for college, grad school & a several years in the working world. Now it means branching out and going on new adventures to see what all has popped up since I’ve been gone. Here are my top 7 favorite things right now (in no particular order.)
1 Louisville City FC
There’s something about a professional soccer team in Louisville that feels so right. Within a week of moving back to Louisville, I was sitting in the fan section learning all the songs and chants for The City from the Coopers. I was there when we stomped Cincinnati in the rivalry match and set the attendance record. And I was there when we won our first USL championship. Since coming back to Louisville, City has won back-to-back championships. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide. If you go, make sure to get you some sweet City swag - a nice purple shirt will do (and don’t forget the scarf.)
New Stadium Coming in 2020!
2 The Post
Thursday is my Friday (I work Sunday-Thursday) and there’s nothing I like to do more than kick my weekend off at The Post. This pizza joint in Germantown serves up New York Style pizza and a great selection of craft beers. They offer specialty pies if you’re up for sharing or you can get a GIANT slice for yourself. For my money, nothing beats a giant pepperoni slice and a can of Country Boy Nacho Bait on a Thursday night.
3 Heine Brothers Coffee
I had a friend who worked at Heine for a time and she told me just how crazy one of the owners was about making Heine Bros as sustainable as possible. If you need any proof of how far they want to go with sustainability, look no further than the paper straws. Sounds like the kind of local business I want to support! Whether I’m catching up with friends, having a meeting or just need to grab coffee on the way to work, Heine Bros is my spot. They’ve really branched out in their drink offerings now and I have many friends who are taken with the Chaiberg. As for me, I’ve been a plain black coffee drinker for years and this place sure hits the spot.
4 Martin's BBQ Joint
Martin's is my favorite Friday lunch spot. Based in Memphis, TN, this is the one restaurant on my list that is not a local joint but it’s so good that I just had to include it. In every city I’ve lived in I’ve made it a point to find the best wings in the city. In Louisville, Martin’s is it for me (though Mama’s in St. Matthews is a close second.) I get the Memphis dry rub with the Devil’s Nectar on the side. Be warned - the Devil’s Nectar packs a lot of heat! Martin’s prides itself on its whole hog sandwich, but if you ask me, the brisket is where it’s at.
5 Carmichael's Bookstore
I love a good bookstore. The only thing I love more than a good bookstore is a good local bookstore. Carmichael’s is just a short walk from my apartment so if I’m ever out and about, there’s a pretty good chance I will stop by. They carry tons of stuff for such a small shop - local authors, Kentucky history and classic novels as well as stickers, bookmarks and magazines. They also have an official Carmichael’s Community Book Club, which meets quarterly at the Frankfort Ave. store or you can start your own book club and get a 20% discount of the books you select when you buy with them.
6 Orange Theory Fitness
I’ve tried and tried to find a workout routine or a gym experience that works for me. I tried Orange Theory a year ago and something just clicked. I love it because they jam pack a lot of exercise into a tight one-hour class - from cardio and abs to weights and stretching. And what I like best is that you don’t stick with anything for too long as they keep moving you through a series of exercises. There are many boutique gyms like it but this one is mine!
7 Big Four Walking Bridge
This is probably one of the best additions to Waterfront Park since I left and came back to Louisville. There’s a great route for cyclists that runs across the bridge, down the river, across the Snyder and then back down on the Louisville side. On cool spring days like these, I like to take a nice leisurely stroll across and take in the best view of Louisville from the other side.