This Side of Paradise

I was saddened to hear about the abrupt closing of one of Louisville’s most beloved staples, Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. Following a tumultuous few weeks, on January 12th it was announced by the owner, Lynn Winter, that the quirky restaurant on Barret Avenue was officially a thing of the past. The loss of this establishment is unfortunate, and I will surely miss browsing the novelty items in the World of Swirl before eating pancakes for dinner amongst the eccentric decor, illuminated by ugly lamps and paper lanterns. However, the loss of Lynn’s is not felt so hard when reminding oneself of the other incredible, unique eateries Louisville still has to offer. Below, I’ve listed my two favorite restaurants that prove even without Lynn’s, paradise can still be found in Louisville.

1. Hillbilly Tea



Located at 120 South 1st Street, Hillbilly Tea has quickly become a Louisville hotspot, and rightly so. This gem offers an astounding assortment of teas and delicious old-fashion country cooking. The restaurant is a large supporter of local ingredients, and the menu offers something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options. The best part is the incredible prices. It is a lovely place to grab a bite with friends.

2. Ramsi’s Cafe on the World



Located on Bardstown Road, Ramsi’s menu knows no geographical bounds. Picky eaters and foodies alike will adore this restaurant’s cuisine, as Ramsi’s offers grub with origins from all over the world. It’s a great place to host celebrations, but also a prime location to grab a drink with friends.


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