Local Restaurants in St. Matthews KY

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty, Louisville East

The St. Matthews community is home to some of my favorite restaurants.  Living in St. Matthews I spend a lot of time eating, drinking, and shopping at the many great restaurants, bars, and boutiques in the neighborhood.  Within several blocks there are a variety of restaurants serving delicious food. You can find everything from sandwich shops and bakeries to high end steakhouses and culturally unique cuisine all within the St. Matthews community. 

If you are looking for a place to grab some of the best baked goods in town, Plehn’s Bakery has been a local favorite since it opened in 1924.  Plehn’s offers a spread of breakfast items such as donuts, coffee cakes and danishes that are sure to satisfy your morning sweet tooth. Plehn’s also has a full deli as well. The deli menu includes fresh breads, deli meats and cheeses, and homemade soups and salads. I often go to Plehn’s Bakery for an after dinner treat. Plehn’s offers a wide variety of cupcakes, sherbets, and ice cream flavors that are all simply delectable. Plehn’s Bakery is located at  3940 Shelbyville Road.

Lotsa Pasta is a Louisville staple for anyone who loves food. Lotsa Pasta is the only real International food shop in town and it is located right in the heart of St. Matthews. With both a café and a grocery store, you can shop for specialty items such as oils, cheeses, and imported and homemade items and then head to the café and order off the impressive menu. The café offers sandwiches, salads, and boxed lunches with gourmet ingredients, delicious spreads, and a wide variety of meats.  Losta Pasta is located at 3717 Lexington Road.

Havana Rumba is one of the most popular restaurants in St. Matthews and in the city of Louisville as a whole. On any weekend night make sure to make reservations because the place is always packed.  Havana Rumba has been serving Cuban cuisine since 2004 and has been causing Louisvillians to have Cuban food cravings ever since. If you are unfamiliar with Cuban food, you can expect a lot of rice, black beans, and meat. A couple of my favorite dishes include the Pollo Asado, a roasted half chicken marinated with sour orange, garlic, and spices, and the Camarones al Ajillo; shrimp sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and lime juice. Most of the dishes come with fried sweet plantains, a popular Cuban dish, and a delicious addition to any meal. Havana Rumba has won many local awards including one for the best margarita. I can personally attest to the accuracy of this award. The margaritas are amazing and the atmosphere is one that makes you want to stay to eat and drink more. Havana Rumba is located at 12003 Shelbyville Road.

Another one of my favorite places to grab some specialty cuisine is Simply Thai. Located off the beaten path, I heard about Simply Thai through word of mouth, and boy was I glad I did. Simply Thai serves some of the best Thai food in the city. The curries are delicious and can be made to any level of heat that you desire. Simply Thai is located at 323 Wallace Avenue.

Meridian Café is one of my favorite restaurants to go to for lunch in St. Matthews. A locally owned restaurant that serves only breakfast and lunch, Meridian Café has simple, fresh and thoughtful food. The menu includes such dishes as pita sandwiches, paninis, and burgers and local ingredients are used when they can be. The atmosphere at the café is part of the restaurant’s incredible charm. Located in a reconstructed 1940’s house, you can choose to eat on the first or second level or even in the sunroom. Meridian Café is located at 112 Meridian Avenue. 

There are so many other great restaurants that I would love to mention but of course I can not. St. Matthews has new & old, expensive & cheap, healthy & unhealthy, and simply every variety of restaurant that you could imagine, all within the community. All of the businesses that I  mentioned in this blog are locally owned and St. Matthews is known for it’s impressive amount of  amazing locally owned restaurants. We have an incredible food community available to us, so take advantage of it and get out there and support your local restaurants. 

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